For those interested in caching supplies for emergency use, three bloggers all wrote about the same subject over the past couple of days. All of their articles are interesting and useful. In alphabetical order, they are:
Aesop: "For A Rainy Day"
John Wilder: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Cache"
I'm not one for caching in the traditional sense, because I'm old and semi-crippled, and I don't see myself hiking any great distance to recover emergency supplies. However, I keep them on hand at home, and I have a couple of emergency stashes with friends (to whom I offer the same service).
It's a pretty good idea to have a small store of real essentials available within striking distance if possible, and in today's unsettled, mercurial world, it's even more important.
My recommendations for an emergency stash or cache:
- Emergency food (i.e. lifeboat rations or similar) for 24 to 48 hours.
- Water - at least a quart, preferably half a gallon, in smaller bottles.
- A change of clothes suitable to the season (which probably means stashing both summer and winter clothing, and making a selection when you need it). Don't forget light, tough shoes and socks.
- A light fold-up backpack to hold everything.
- Standard emergency kit such as a general-purpose knife, flashlight, compass, map of the area, strike-anywhere matches, kindling, a few empty Ziploc bags (I prefer gallon size) to hold anything that you need to store, etc.
- A handgun and ammunition (even if it's a lowly .22LR pistol or revolver - that's not a bad survival weapon, in a pinch, and they tend to be small and lightweight).
- If you're in a rural area, and might have to hunt for food or defend yourself at longer ranges, a compact rifle might not be a bad idea.