A while back, I wrote an article on building a survival cache around the house. Today, I thought would be a good time to add the second part of this article on caches in a vehicle.
Unless your are in a tractor trailer, it is difficult to stow away survival items. However, if you have any automotive skills and a little time it is possible. Because there are so many different makes and models of vehicles, I can only give a sort of “mile high view”.
Now would probably be a good time for a disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. If you tear anything up… well you get the picture.
The best way to start would be to take a good long look at your vehicle. What kind is it? Not the make and model, but the size. Is it a compact, a sub-compact or a full size? Is it a car or a truck? These questions will give you an idea of where to start.
The first thing you must realize is the spaces for concealing things is very limited and usually kind of small. You aren’t going to be able to hide away a large deal of gear, so you will need to decide what it is you are conceal and does it really need to be.
All vehicles have certain areas in which they are similar. For instance, my ‘93 Jeep Grand Cherokee has wheel wells, a rear storage area, a “glove box”, etc., just like the newer models of cars and trucks have. The only difference being a cars rear space is usually a trunk and trucks have a bed. Some vehicles have “preinstalled” hides. In the trunk of a car, there is usually a hidden area to place a tire. It is an ideal place to stash something like a bug out bag, as long as there is no tire in there. You could also place needed items around the tire.
Another space most people don’t think much about is inside the front dash. It isn’t very difficult to make some minor adjustments, as long as you know what you are doing. Just realize the space will only be big enough hold a weapon or a small (like a small kit , precious metals, a document kit or money.
Car doors have a hollow area between the inside and outside layer of the door. This can be used, as long as you don’t block the tracks and levers that run window, lock/ unlock and opening functionality. Usually, all you need to do is carefully take off the panel on the inside of the door.
I’m sure there are other places that can be used. If you can think of any, send me a comment.
Thanks for reading.