Prepper Book Festival 11: Preppers Guide to Caches

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 2, 2019

Do you have a survival cache?  Or have you wanted to store items, currency, or ammo in a hidden locations but did not know what, how, or where?

How to go about putting together a survival cache is a frequent question both in comments and in the emails that cross my desk.  Until know, I admit to responding in a rather lame manner since for me personally, the answer has been to have a geographically separate bug-out-location.  On the other hand, I do know that relying a upon a well-stocked alternate location is foolhardy.  It can be vandalized or too difficult or dangerous to get to when you really need it.

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The latest book in the Prepper Book Festival is The Prepper’s Guide to Caches by Joe Nobody and T. Pike.  This is the book that will teach you what you need to know about burying your stuff then disguising its location so that even the most diligent sleuth can not find it.  (Hint:  bury your cache under a stinky, gross, pile of fresh manure).

Prolific author Joe Nobody is back for his fourth interview and has a copy of the Prepper’s Guide to Caches available in a giveaway.  Honestly, I do not know of a single prepper that would not want this book!

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Joe Nobody, Author of The Prepper’s Guide to Caches

Since it has been awhile since you answered this question, please tell us again what you are personally preparing for.

I prep for an extended grid-down situation, most likely followed by extensive civil unrest.

As my family goes about improving our skills and knowledge base, we think of years, perhaps decades without electricity, city water, fuel, and grocery stores. We envision a world that is a far more dangerous place at first, followed by a simpler lifestyle.

In your opinion, what is the likelihood that the event you are preparing for will really happen?

I’ve always thought that the likelihood of “the event” is low.

Our preps are like the smoke detectors in our house. That chance that our home is going to burn is very low, but if it does catch on fire, the detectors can save our lives. I sleep better at night knowing they are installed. I walk through everyday life with a healthier attitude knowing I am prepared.

Here is a related question. Of all the events that are likely to occur, which situation do you feel you are least prepared?

A nuclear winter would probably overwhelm my family. Our preps require access to outside food sources after some number of months.

What is your own personal #1 prep?

Defensive capabilities. You can have all the seeds, water purification, and medical equipment in the world, and it won’t do you a bit of good if desperate men take them from you.

If you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

We would train more on the skills we acquired. Camping, outdoor-oriented vacations, putting what we read and learn to actual use.

I would also network more with on-line forums populated with like-minded people. There you can bounce ideas, read about others’ experience with equipment, and learn a lot of things without investing time or money.

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Be a prepper to be happy, not because you’re convinced the end of days will be next week. Use your preps to increase self-esteem, confidence, and family bonding, not because of paranoia. Focus your preparing energies on skills that are fun, enjoyable, and give you a sense of accomplishment.

In my experience, my own walk through life is easier because I know my family can survive practically anything, and that knowledge allows me to hold up my head and carry on when things go badly.

The Giveaway

Joe  has reserved a copy of  The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear for this Book Festival Giveaway.
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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Joe’s advice (the last interview question) simply blew me away.  Being a touchy, feely type of person (if you were here you would get a hug and not a handshake), his message to all of us was remarkable in its truth as well as it’s simplicity.

The Prepper’s Guide to Caches is like that as well.  It is easy to read and easy to digest.  It is universal in it’s message to prepare by having a cache somewhere, anywhere really.  Stashing a cache is not just for those with a plot of land.  Joe and T. Pike share tips for the urban apartment dweller as well.

The bottom line?  Hiding a cache of goods is not hoarding any more than having a smoke detector in your home is being paranoid.  You are going to love this book!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear

There are a variety of circumstances where creating a cache is a wise preparation. Natural and man-made disasters abound in our headlines, many of which can completely destroy valuable preps in a matter of seconds.

With proper techniques, equipment, and methods, practically any type of critical supplies can be safely stored in a manner that is nearly impervious to the elements. The largest single threat to any cache, however, is being discovered by other people. This guide will provide you with several methods, including disguise, diversion, and technology to defeat even the most sophisticated metal detectors, theft, or illegal seizure.

Author Joe Nobody is joined by T. Pike, USMC. During his two deployments in Afghanistan, Pike’s job with the Marines included searching for enemy caches. He found a lot of them, denying his foe important weapons, ammunition, and supplies. He also developed a unique level of expertise and experience that can now be leveraged by anyone who wishes to keep their personal assets out of harm’s way.


Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.


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44 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 11: Preppers Guide to Caches”

  1. Personally, I believe that the bulk of your supplies should not be stored at your primary location. Instead I feel that it is better to have a concealed, secure location about a half days walk from your residence. If someone attempts to take your supplies from your primary site, but does not seem to be likely to be a real danger unless forced, offer token resistance and then go to the “store” when it is safe again. However, be prepared to defend what you have on hand with your life if necessary.

  2. My 3 items would be food, water, and a weapon.

  3. Guns and ammo, water purification of some sort, and some emergency food bars.

  4. Gun, ammo, extra cash

  5. Three items stored in a hidden cache;

    1 – Survival knife – Mora or K-Bar. Something large enough to use for cutting, chopping, hunting and skinning

    2 – Fire starting material, matches, fire steel, or flint and steel. I’d prefer fire steel

    3 – A compass or area maps. All depends where the cache is hidden. If in a remote undeveloped area a compass. If the cache is in an urban or suburban setting, and I was somewhat familiar with the area I’d have street and topographical maps.

  6. Caches are good to have. My three items would be ammo for my EDC weapon, a lighter and an MRE. All would be in a separate waterproof bag (aloksak) and then in a larger waterproof bag to place in the container before stashing the cache.

  7. Gun (with ammo), some means to purify water, food

  8. A gun, a knife, and seeds.

  9. food,seeds,and.knife

  10. A gun & ammo, water purification, lighter or matches

  11. I would store a weapon (firearm or crossbow with ammo), water purification and fire starting materials.

  12. 1. shelter/clothing protection from weather and temps.
    2. Food/water supplies and ability to replenish both.
    3. Protection and defensive weapons, and necessary maintenance tools. i.e. denatured alcohol to remove the cosmoline I put on a gun for storage.
    Have to cheat
    4. 1st aid, medicinal products, vitamins, etc.
    5. map & compass.

  13. Gun, knife with fire starter in handle and water.

  14. The only reason I have my cache is in case Obuma gets to confiscating guns, or taking food to redistribute to the hungry. I have a 55 gallon barrel with a cheap Mossin rifle with a sealed can of ammo (440 rounds) with the rest of the room taken up with cans of dehydrated vegetables. I buried it under the rabbit’s cages with all the rabbit droppings for cover.

  15. Joe Nobody would be proud of you – the rabbit droppings part.

  16. Everyone needs to have at least one cache set up somewhere with relatively easy access for food, water, weapons/ammo and fire.

  17. Tough choice. Food, water filter and water. I would probably arrive with most everything else.

  18. A good all purpose knife, water, protein bar.

  19. gun, ammo, water filter

  20. If I could just win one internet contest I would be a happy man.

  21. Several MREs, extra ammo/knife, food bars

  22. Gun and ammo. Knife. Water filter.

  23. I’d like to have a bunch of hope with a little encouragement to continue no matter what.

  24. It’s difficult to pare it down to just three items! I would go with water/water purification, emergency food bars, and a weapon/ammo.

  25. Probably water, fire starter and sufficient clothing/shelter to stay warm.

  26. Water purification, Knife/axe, means to start a fire

  27. Different caches for different needs. But for one:
    1. A low-maintenance handgun (like a Makarov), holster, and ammo
    2. A set of workman-type overalls and boots
    3. Flashlight with batteries (stored next to it)

  28. Gun, ammo and water

  29. Weapon with ammo, water purification, fire starter.

  30. Gun/ammo, water, protein bars.

  31. Guns, ammo, and food.

  32. I have a pretty god store of defense/offense, water, food, and shelter. I do however like the idea of not everything all in one place.

  33. gun, water, food

  34. life straw, my pistol/with ammo and fire starters.

  35. pistol, sawyer water filter, lighter

  36. 3 best items would probably be some freeze-dried food, water purification item, and gun with ammo.

  37. I’d hide cash, a knife, and concentrated food, all in a small cache. Funny, I keep all three, in small versions, in my purse now. You know a woman and her purse–always with her at all times!

  38. A water filter, some food and a loaded firearm with extra ammo…

  39. 3 items would be an external hard drive with a boatload of information stored on it, attached to a small-ish screened laptop, a solar-powered battery charging set-up (mine is similar to the one at, and a fire starting device.

  40. Water filter, food & weapon.

  41. Ammo, water purification (filters, tablets, LifeStraw, something), and a sealed bag containing packets of heirloom seeds.

  42. Things I would cache would be water and food, 50 W HAM radio with power source, gold coins.

  43. Water filter, first aid kit and a .22 rifle…

  44. Okay, I won the book- hurray! I just finished reading it. No one asked me to write a critic for this book. This book is easy to read and is 96 pages of very useful information. I learned a couple of new technics and some concrete methods of selecting a cache location. You can’t go wrong by adding this book to your survival book collection.


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