The more you prep, the more stuff you “hoard”. It’s natural, because most people focus on bugging in rather than bugging out and, although I could tell you that skills and knowledge are 10 times more important, I’d rather see your stockpile safe and sound and talk about skills in a future article. Let’s spend a few minutes reviewing all the places you can keep your food, water, medicine, tools and gear.
In the Attic
Odds are you already have an attic full of “junk” you’d never thought you’d use. And that’s fine, if you think most of the things you have there are useless, go ahead and sell them. You can use the money to buy other things, including some of the containers we’ll tackle in a minute. However, I do suggest you go through them one by one as I’m willing to bet that many of them could be of real use. You know what they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
The attic is probably the best place to keep the non-perishable part of your stockpile. You can’t store food and water because the temperatures will probably go over 100F during the summer. Even if that’s not the case, temperature variations are also a factor in decreased shelf life of foods, so use the attic to keep items such as clothes, books, tools, gear blankets and so on.
In The Basement
This is the best place for your food, water and medicine. If you don’t have one yet but have the place to dig it, I suggest you make it a top priority. The cooler the place, the more shelf life you get out your foods. This not only means you won’t have to rotate your stockpile that often but it also increases the chances that the food will edible after it hits. What a tragedy it would be to invest time and money into a stockpile, only to find yourself with rotten food and nothing to put on the table a few months or years from now.
In the Bathroom
Due to humidity, it’s NOT recommended that you store medicine in there. However, other things such as toilet paper, floss and anything else that isn’t affected by moisture can be kept inside cabinets or even under the bath tub. You’ll want to be discreet about this. Though it’s unlikely a friend or neighbor will ever go up into your attic, it’s very likely they’ll use the bathroom at some point.
In Your Nightstand
A survival knife, a gun, a flashlight and even your go bag – these are all things that you can keep in or on your nightstand. This way, if something happens in the middle of the night, you’ll be swift to protect yourself or to bug out.
Inside MOLLE Compatible Pouches
What’s MOLLE? It’s a sort of webbing sewn on the back of some backpacks and pouches so you can attach them to one another. Some preppers consider putting all the items in their BOB inside these pouches, which will then go inside the main backpack. This makes it easier to find them as well as attaching them to other backpacks.
You can find plenty of tactical-looking or not-so-tactical-looking items on Amazon, you just have to read the reviews and don’t rush to buy anything you’re not sure is what you need.
Buried In Your Backyard
You can bury anything in your backyard, it all depends on how much you’re willing to dig and that you have the right containers:
- PVC pipes
- ammo cases
- metal buckets holding plastic buckets
- and even a sturdy suitcase
Not everyone wants to go this far but if you’re really worried someone might steal your large stockpile, you may want to take this into consideration.
Keep Your Veggies Hidden in Plain Sight in Your Survival Garden
There’s a type of gardening that’s rather special… and perfect for survival. It’s called permaculture and it relies on the fact that plants can help each other grow without human help. What’s even better is that the fruits, berries and veggies are hidden underneath other types of plants. From a survival standpoint, this couldn’t be better.
If you’re already a gardener, you already know some of the basics of permaculture. Google “permaculture” it and you’re going to find a lot of info on the subject. This way you won’t have to take all your crops and hide them in secured places inside your already crowded basement. You can just let them continue to grow in their natural environment and no one will be able to see them.
In Plain Sight inside the House
Pretty much anything large enough to contain something will work. A second condition is if it’s harder to open. If so, looters may decide it’s not worth their time and leave it alone. Consider the following:
- Pringles cans
- Tic-Tac boxes
- TV boxes
- inside your printer or TV
- inside fake air vents
- inside fake walls
- behind paintings
- …and on and on.
Inside Your Car
The supplies inside your vehicle’s trunk are just as important as your BOB. What if disaster strikes when you’re away from home? If you don’t take your bug out bag with you everywhere you go, it’s probably best to start putting things (including food and water inside your car) – just in case.
At Your Bug-Out Location
This is a little tricky because you have to split everything between your home and your BOL. It also means you’re going to have to rotate the food, water and medicine. Lots of dos and don’ts here. Still, it’ll be fun to take the family out to your retreat for the weekend every now and then.
When it comes to hiding your stockpile, creativity is key. Of course, you don’t want to take it to the extreme and have preps scattered all across your house because it’s a matter of time before someone accidentally stumbles to them and then your cover is blown. Still, choosing the right container can make a big difference.
Are you a prepper? What did you do to prep this week?