It can be a challenge to achieve a proper prepping stock when you’re living in a small apartment with no yard. There are many innovative ways to overcome this challenge, with a bit of imagination of course. One of our readers asked us to think of ways he could prep in his small suburban apartment. I personally have never had this challenge, so I reached out to a couple of prepper friends that are currently living in a small city apartment. They gave us some great small apartment prepping storage tips.
I asked my prepper friend these simple questions.
Where Should I Store My Prepping Supplies If I Live In A Small Apartment With No Yard Or Storage?
I was happy with how quickly he responded. He told me that he’s lived in both condos and apartments with near-no storage room. It indeed won’t be a sustainable “long-term” bug out storage, but anyone can easily pack away several months of supplies to cover things like storms, social unrest, grid shutdown, supply stoppage, or job loss. For the improbable event of long-term chaos, you might need to find a bug out location; Either on some property or even a friend with land willing to let you crash in trade for helping out with your prepping supplies.
There are lots of ways to extend your storage space with these small apartment prepping storage tips:
- Freeze dried food in boxes stacks very well.
- Stand-alone cabinets and wardrobes can add storage to any room.
- 20-gallon water barrels are relatively small and hold a 10-day water supply for one person.
- A water bladder for the bathtub will be able to store even more water in case of an emergency. Same as your water heater.
- Appropriate shelving is the difference between the partial and complete use of closet space.
- Honda inverter generators are tiny and MUCH quieter than other types of conventional generators. The Inverter Honda generators are also easy to store in a closet or cabinet. Fuel storage is more of a problem, but usually, you can find a solution with a balcony and an appropriate container.
- Storing water brick containers under tables and beds are great. You can use a tablecloth to keep the water bricks out of eyesight.
What Are The Best Types of Food For Long Term Storage In A Small Apartment, DIY Food Storage or Premade Emergency Food containers?
I personally only tried a few premade emergency food rations, and I was impressed. I tried a few different packets from a company called Auguston Farm, Click here to check it out on Amazon. The most prominent pros, in my opinion with the premade emergency food, is its 25-year shelf life. If you make your very own emergency food storage, you will need to rotate it from time to time before it expires.
In a small apartment, my friend told me that he purchased a few sealed buckets of premade emergency dried food from a company called “Wise Company.” I’ve never tried anything from Wise Company before, but my friend stands behind that product.
The reason why he chose these buckets is that he can place them in the corner of a small closet. The containers don’t take much space in relation to how much food you receive. He recommends the Wise Company Emergency Food Variety Pack with 104 Servings (See Picture).
I did notice that its currently an “Amazon’s Choice” product because of its positive reception and the reasonable price. Click here for current Amazon Price.
So What About Cooking? Do You Have something That An Average Small Apartment Prepper Could Use That Won’t Break The Bank?
And Finally, I Ask About Closet Organisers, Another Thing People Often Fail To Mention When Prepping In A Small Apartment.
Closet organizers can be expensive, but they can also be cheap when you go the DIY route. If you’re a prepper living in a small apartment, closet organizers can become your best friend regarding your prepping.
He responded that he built a few shelves but never felt the need to construct an elaborate food storage closet organizer. The reason for that is because of the premade pales of dried food. That was one of the many reasons why he went that route. The premade pales of dried food are easy to stack on top of each other and made building shelves mostly irrelevant.
He might have paid a bit more for the premade dried food supply, but he saved so much storage space and also money since he didn’t have to buy or build closet organizers. That’s also something most people don’t think about when considering premade emergency rations.
I hope you learned as much reading this article as I did when researching and writing it. Please share to all the preppers you know that lives in a small apartment or condo.