Survival Caches and Resource Dispersal

This is an updated guide to survival caches and resource dispersal that we first shared way back in 2016. We update our guides to be more current and thorough as we learn more ourselves and have knowledgeable survivalists join our team.

Resource dispersal is an important part of prepping that is often underrated and overlooked. Between redundancies, caches, and bug out locations, you can improve your odds when the unknown and unthinkable is happening.

Kit Redundancy

We know prepping can be expensive. Multiple disaster kits and bug out bags may seem too costly to many preppers, but having duplicate kits stored in separate locations in your home can greatly improve your chances of survival. If the part of your home where all your preps are stored becomes compromised, the results could be disastrous- even for a prepper.

Even if you do not have redundant kits to due space or cost, splitting up the stores that you have can help. I know preppers that keep all their food stores in their garage. In the event of a hurricane, if a tree fell on that garage they would be ‘up the creek.’ Spreading out your storage areas is necessary to truly be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

Survival Caches

Using caches for small or large survival gear is a great way to disperse your resources. Survival caches are the ultimate tool for resource dispersal because they are versatile and usable five feet from your home or 50 miles.

A good mid-size survival cache could be the difference maker in a SHTF situation. You can store ammunition, maps, personal information, money, and tools in a cache which all could provide aid when you need it most.

The Best Survival Cache

There are several types of containers you can use for survival caches. Typically, they are no bigger than a trunk- so there is a distinction between a cache and a buried bunker!
Some preppers choose to make their caches out of PVC, ammo cans, Altoid tins, or small pre-made geocaches. Our favorite caches are the MTM Survivor Dry Box (if you are looking for a smaller profile) or your typical 5-gallon bucket with a lid and some desiccant.

MTM Survivor Dry Box as the top pick in our survival cache review.
5-Gallon Bucket as our budget pick in our utility bucket review.
Gamma2 Lid as the top reviewed pick for our gamma seal lid for 5-gallon buckets.

Where to Hide Your Cache

Bury or conceal the cache in an easily accessible location that is not visible or well-traveled, so you can avoid having someone loot your cache. Burying a cache in your yard may be an option as well, in case your home is compromised in a disaster or emergency.

Redundancy in caches can also help since you can easily set up several small caches for relatively cheap.

What to Put in a Survival Cache

When you design your survival caches, you’ll need to add redundant resources that won’t affect you drastically if you aren’t able to reach them. Make sure you stash some desiccant in the survival cache as well to prevent moisture build-up

Canadian Prepper (the top YouTube Prepping channel) does a good job of covering this topic:

BOLs (Bug Out Locations)

Having a bug out location with resources can greatly improve your ability to contend with geographic threats. Without at least one bug out location or multiple locations, you may find yourself hard-pressed to survive when a regional catastrophe occurs. While you can learn skills to become completely self-sufficient, resources are always good to have, and bug out locations can provide places to store those resources.

Many preppers turn to the wilderness away from many natural and man-made threats. Distance from nuclear plants, military facilities, as well as natural disaster history can be taken into consideration when selecting a location. BOLs don’t have to be cabins that you purchase in the backwoods- friend, and family locations in different geographic regions can work as well and do not require purchasing property. Be sure to have a conversation with them regarding what and how much you store at their location- and be sure to include them in your preps if they are not preppers on their own.

The Final Word

You may lose some stored preps since we cannot control every situation no matter how well prepared. The purpose of resource dispersal is to make it so only a fraction of your survivability is hurt from any one kit being destroyed.

Disperse your preps, and don’t put your eggs all in one basket– and survival caches are a great way to accomplish this.

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Money in a mason jar being buried as a survival cache.

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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  • great articles.thanks.


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