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Scenario: $1000 cache

Some recent talk of caching got me thinking along these lines, and I thought I'd throw a scenario out to the tribe for a fun thought exercise. Time to put your planning caps on. Here's the  scenario:

Whether through good fortune, a little bit of legwork or the help of a trusted friend, you have the opportunity to set up a small cache. For purposes of the scenario, assume that it is either stored with a trusted friend/family member or in a secure and relatively anonymous storage locker.

A few things to note about the cache site:
  • It's indoors and relatively climate controlled
  • You'll be able to lock up whatever you decide to cache; unauthorized access is a non-issue
  • Privacy concerns have all been addressed, and the site can be accessed as needed
  • The site is located a relatively convenient area for your and your plans
You have a total of $1000 in resources to devote to equipping the cache. Note that if you'll be caching old/used stuff, factor in the going the market rate for those items.

What do you include in your cache?

Updated to include: There's no specific disaster/crap hit the fan/zombies arising scenario in mind -- consider your current environment, concerns, and what would be of most use to you (or most interesting to plan out). Do you go full operational cache? A speedball/consumables cache to help you get where you need to go? Preposition some needed supplies or tools?


  1. What is the cache for? General post-apocalyptic scenario? Or running from the law/mob during normal times?

  2. Whichever you think would be more useful to you :)

  3. Well, if its for running from the law/mob during normal times its an easy and short list: pistol, fake ID, and the remainder in cash.

    1. No holster? Knife? Burner cell phone?

    2. Actually you might NOT want a holster - if you ever need to throw the gun away and pretend like never having one. Holster will give you up.

    3. you can throw away a gun, but not a holster too? this logic is failing me.

    4. Try removing your belt in a hurry while driving.

    5. So wait, your prime concern is being able to pull off a drive by and toss the gun during your getaway? You sure about that?

    6. _you might_ - _if you ever need_

      Not a primary concern. Just a concern.

    7. Ok, I have to explain further myself. In some countries (and some areas in USA) found with a gun (or a holster for that matter) may rise a red flag during a routine check - thus brought to the PD "to clear things out". If you're running from something I suppose going low-profile makes more sense.

  4. Okay, I'll play. Let's not worry about a meteor strike or a zombie apocalypse. Let's say some oncoming storm (of the natural or civil variety) made the home unsafe. Naturally, being the prepared folks we are, we hit the road well in advance of the calamity--but something goes wrong. The truck breaks an axle, or we're forced off the road by flooding or blockade. Naturally, moving on foot is pretty much worst case for a bunch of reasons, so we want to travel light and fast. We don’t even grab our bags, we bolt to the cache. We’ll resupply there and get back on the road. With that in mind--

    -First is gonna be information. That’s the Bug-Out Binder concept, either on hard copy or USB (Whynotboth.gif). The usual suspects: birth certificates, Social Security cards, medical and immunization records (for two- and four-legged family members), insurance documents, CCW permits, emergency contacts, bank account numbers, coordinates to a hidden stash of pirate gold…I think this needs to be top priority.
    -Medications. If you have to leave your prescriptions, you’ll want backups. Also an extra first aid kit—nothing fancy, no snivel stuff, maybe some SWAT-Ts, Israeli Bandages, and gloves. Anything minor will keep. But if it’s major, whether it’s us or somebody we find, I want to be able to take care of it.
    -Spare cell phones, all charged up. Ideally preprogrammed with a few emergency numbers, or maybe you memorize those.
    -Cash, definitely. I don’t want to put a denomination here, but folding money will keep talking as long as the dead haven’t risen. Buy a seat on a bus or ferry, a gallon of gas, a bottle of water.
    -Lights. If we’re going to be traveling by foot, we’ll need to be able to see where we’re going. Good flashlights and headlamps, maybe one extra set of batteries for each (let’s not go too crazy).
    -Tools. Nothing crazy. Spare Leatherman, a big one that I wouldn’t normally EDC (maybe an OHT or something equally tacticool). Gorilla Tape, maybe in the 1” rolls. Couple of good knives.
    -Clothes. We’re all wearing our boots, of course, but everybody gets an extra pair of socks and something to keep the rain off. If it’s fall or winter, maybe a space blanket or two.
    -Provisions. Light on food and water, but everybody gets some peanut butter and a few bottles. Maybe a Sawyer filter. A box of 5 Hour shots.

    And this last one is a little out there, because I don’t know how many I could get and still be under budget—but some good, lightweight bikes. They’re a lot faster than walking, don’t need gas, you can carry them over rough terrain…if you have to cut through wilderness, they might not be a good choice, but in an sub/urban environment, they’d be invaluable.

    1. Oh, some Benadryl in the IFAK. Something to make the dog go to sleep. :)

  5. Start with the 10 C's and build up from there based on region.....Every cashe should have a 10 C's kit in my opinion as without them it's extremely difficult to effect survival. If you are in the NE maybe some snow shoes :)

    1. The 10 C's are Dave's basis for wilderness survival; certainly useful tools, but not the be all, end all for any crap hit the fan scenario.

      For example, if my home has been compromised to the point that I'm needing to access a cache, I'm a lot more likely to want a decent firearm...and a decent firearm is a lot harder to come across than a roll of duct tape, tarp, sewing needle, etc.

  6. I'd keep it simple as possible. 1) windbreaker, oversized so you can layer something else inside. 2) Multi-tool, Super Tool or SAK Sprit. The 2nd is very nicely made, but its HEAVY! 3) small handgun w/ spare magazine or Bianchi Speed Strips (2). 4) 2 - 1 quart canteens with cups and covers. 5) Blanket, see Canterbury 10 Cs specifications 6) Bankline - 100 feet. 7) 6 Ramen packs. 8) Lifestraw or Sawyer water filter 9) Grey Man day pack to carry all the above. 10) $$$ for rest, small denominations (20s / 10s).

    1. Good list, and thumbs up for remembering a pack to carry it in :)

      - $75 jacket
      -$400 gun and ammo
      -$40 canteens and cups
      -$60 blanket, bankline, duct tape, etc.
      -$50 pack
      = $625

  7. For 1k you can't really build a large bug out stash for a considerable length of time unless you forgo utilizing a modern battle rifle. Next you need to consider what your plan will be when you will need to utilize it. Here are the reasons I've come up with that could be reasons for me to have to use the cache

    1. House fire
    2. gestapo house raid
    3. natural disaster
    4. Non permissive environment or social lockdown

    Budget concerns dictate a utilitarian loadout so lets go over the basics that any partisan would consider required in a kit.

    1 IFAK, enhanced. $85- If the deification has met the oscillation, you'll want this. Basic kit enhanced with trauma packs, shears and antibiotics. I put a splint in mine as well.
    2 Water filtration/storage $18. Military tabs and a canteen or sports bottle fit the bill.
    3 Food $45- A few freeze dried meals, some power bars and a bit of snare wire.
    4 Heat source $16. Folding tablet stove
    5 Steel cup. $5
    6 Utensils $4
    7 Cordage 5$
    8 Tarp $6
    9 Jungle bag & bivy $48
    10 Pack $56
    11 swiss army knife/multitool $36
    12 Headlamp/batts $15
    These are absolute minimums. Anyone in anyplace at any age can have these items. The rest would be optional or country specific.
    1 Wind breaker/rain jacket. $55
    2 non cotton shirt $15
    3 Fleece sweatshirt $30
    4 non tactical Gargo Pants $40
    6 Socks/Drawers x2 $45
    7 Used hiking shoes/boots $40- 1/3 of their life left so 1/3 cost new.
    8 Non tactical head cover. $10
    Grey man gear- 235 + pack 339 =574

    Basics covered you can decide if you wish to double down on food or purchase comms, GPS, sat phone/fuel or arms.

    I chose these ancillary items.
    Compass $15
    Maps Free
    Ruger P89 $250
    Ammo $50
    Uncle mikes soft IWB holster $15
    100 cash in small bills
    small radio- $38


    I don't consider a handgun as required gear for grey man travel unless you know the area you will be traveling is going to be hostile. If there is an oppressive regime controlling travel, it can possibly be a hindrance. Once again, this is all subjective and prescribed dollar limit is the main factor for choosing these items.

  8. my old remington 550I 22lr plus ammo then of course my ruger p95 and my set of soft armor . then a old back pack plenty of food ........... wow i can store alot of stuff for cheap okay i like this idea