Storing your emergency food supply is a vital component of prepping. Whether you have a year’s supply of freeze dried foods or your own assemblage of edibles and water, those extra bags and containers can overwhelm your existing storage capacity. If you own your home, rent an apartment or live in a mobile home, there are ways to store your food supply in a way that keeps it fresh and accessible.
10 Best Places to Store Your Emergency Food Supply
While the kitchen is the most obvious place to store food, it often has a lack of space. By the time you fill your cabinets with weekly food plus your dishes, glasses, pots and pans, there isn’t usually much room left over. However, if you do have extra kitchen space, take advantage of it.
Basements are generally a good food storage location, if you have one. They tend to stay cool year round; however, be sure to position your food as far away from the furnace as possible. Use a dehumidifier in the summer months and place food on wooden pallets to keep air flow between the floor and the food. Some food can be stored under the basement stairs; simply install some shelving. Ideal for canned goods.
Clothes and linen closets tend to be of a consistent height and temperature, so it’s easy to install shelves and store food safely if you have free space there.
4. Main Living Space
If you’re fortunate enough to have extra room in your main living space use it. Food rotation is easy in this scenario since you can load the food from the back and take what you need from the front. Adhesive labels can help you to identify what goes where so you can easily replenish your food as it is used.
5. Under the Bed
One place preppers tend to overlook for food storage is under beds. For many, it is unused storage space that could be used to keep part of the food supply. Pick up some of those plastic tubs that fit under a bed, fill them up and slide them under. We have 6 months worth of food under our guest bed.
6. The Water Heater Closet
If your water heat has its own closet, there will likely be some extra space around and on top of the heater for storage. Water heaters are usually insulated enough that they don’t heat the closet much, making it a good space to use for extra food storage.
7. Under the Couch
If your couch has any space beneath it at all, consider buying some flat plastic storage containers that fit and making use of them. Store small cans and bags of rice and beans that can be laid flat.
8. “Dead” Spaces
Just as under the bed is often an unrecognized, “dead” space, there can be many more areas like that around your living space. These unused spaces can be ideal for storing prepped food supplies. That empty decorative trunk, that unused cedar chest and the empty space behind your TV all have potential for food storage.
9. Bug Out Locations
There’s no sense in going to a bug out location without adequate supplies. It’s much better to have food waiting for you than to have to carry it with you. Make sure you stock each of your bug out locations with at least 2 weeks worth of food.
Caching can be used if your bug out location is more remote; if your bug out location is a barn, a shed or land that is not regularly maintained, consider caching sealed 5-gallon buckets of food underground at these locations. If your location is a substantial distance from your home, consider caching one or two additional buckets along the way.
There’s obviously more places to stash your long term food storage than these ten. What’s your favorite place to store you emergency food supply?