You should have an emergency cache. That should include essential survival items you’ll need in the SHTF situations. Hidden items could include food, weapons, information, money, clothes, tactical equipment etc. whatever might be useful in disaster / emergency / SHTF.
Here’s SurvivalBarracks.com‘s guide to “How to Hide Things in the Woods and Make a Survival Cache”.
If something is hidden, there is always a chance of accidental discovery and systematic searches by scavengers and opportunists. You should take steps to prevent this from happening. Granted, with enough of the right resources, practically anything can be found, but you can do a lot to keep yourself ahead of the game.
Watch video: Scenario-A large cache made from a large oil drum.
Hiding cache in the woods
Hiding stuff in the woods is a good way to keep them out of sight and reach. Wilderness provides a remote location separated from your place and there’s also plenty of cover available!
There are three basic concepts you need to remember if you want to hide something in the woods, or practically anyplace else: disguise, distraction and concealment. Regardless of what you are trying to hide, any of these or a combination of them will make your chances of keeping a survival cache secret will be much greater.
Finding the best places in the woods to hide your cache
Determine landmarks. Ponds, trees with particular shapes, particular flower patches, or areas where the ground goes up pr down are all landmarks and easy to remember.
Try to find place which is quite far away from areas where people live and place which is difficult to reach.
When selecting tree for landmark or place of cache, remember that fruit tree is more likely to attract others including animals, so you should choose tree that offers nothing interesting.
You can use ice boxes, coolers and other similar boxes / waterproof bags. PVC tubes are also good. If you can’t ensure that a case is airtight / watertight ensure at least that termites and worms etc. can’t get in!
Disguise your survival cache
To disguise something is to make it look like something it is not. If, for example, you want to hide canned food, medical supplies, or a weapon of some sort, you need to hide it in a place where someone looking for such items would not think to look. Perhaps you could find a dead tree or other object that is hollow for hiding your cache. You should do everything you can to keep it out of reach of other people and animals, but this is a good start. And whether you want your cache in the woods or not, be sure to protect it from the keen sense of smell that many animals have.
A distraction is something you want someone to find instead of what you are really hiding. A good example of this could be called a “false positive,” such as another less valuable cache that you don’t mind losing so that someone will find it and leave your more valuable cache behind. If someone knows what they are looking for, they might be happy to find your cache of a few unimportant items that you have hidden in one place so they don’t continue their search for something nearby that is better hidden.
Concealment is meant to make something appear so that it will blend in with its surroundings. Burial, for example, is the ultimate concealment. Unless someone is good at tracking and know exactly what they are looking for, chances are good that they will miss something that is buried. But remember that type of soil matters a lot. If you can’t dig, you can’t bury your cache.
Instead of burying your stuff in the ground you could also make a waterproof survival cache and store it underwater.
Another example of concealment is to stuff your survival cache inside of a large PVC pipe painted green and brown, then hoisted up a tree so that it is concealed in the branches. Or if you are in an area that is covered with snow, hiding your cache inside of a large PVC pipe that is white, then forced into the snow would make it difficult to find.
Watch Your Step, don’t leave traces
Another important principle to remember when hiding a cache in the woods or anywhere else is to keep your recovery a secret. For example, if someone sees you hiding your cache, wherever you have hidden it, or if you bury it and leave a depression in the ground where it is buried, in either case you shouldn’t count on it staying hidden for long. Without being careful, your cache will not be there when you need it. By observing these ideas, however, it will remain until you return for it.
Make multiple survival caches
Some of us just wants to make things as sure as possible and be as prepared as possible. in such case, you should consider making multiple survival caches. If one is found, you still have others to use. In optimal situation different survival caches are located at different places, not even on the same area or state. If you have only one place where you have hidden your essential items, that can be found or destroyed by natural disaster or are where the cache is located could be out of reach. There could be flood, wildfire or hostile people or whatever that makes it too risky or impossible to pick-up hidden survival items.
Watch video: Hiding a Survival Multi-Cache
Hopefully these tips helps you learn how to hide things in the woods and make a survival cache that could save your life in SHTF and emergency situations!
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