Food and Water Survival Storage
Once you have acquired extra survival preparedness items, where is a good location to keep these things? More specifically, with regards to food and water, what are some ideas for storage locations?
Food Items Storage Locations
When it comes to food storage, it is very important to find locations that are ‘cool’.
High temperature is the worst enemy of food storage and will drastically reduce the shelf life expectancy. If you have a basement, and unless it is excessively damp, it will be an ideal place to store your extra food while keeping away from excessive heat. Excessive basement dampness though will rust your cans and will ruin foods that are not sealed, so, if necessary, one solution is to use a dehumidifier or find another location.
Find locations where the foods are not in the Sun’s rays at all during the day. Avoid attic spaces because they often get quite hot during summer months.
If space is hard to find, consider unconventional storage locations for your food items. One simple solution is to purchase plastic storage bins that are sized such that they will fit underneath a bed. You can fit a lot of canned food items (or other) that are in storage containers under your bed!
The variability in sizes of plastic storage containers will allow you to efficiently and neatly store foods in places like closets, under a table, corners, shelves, or inconspicuously stacked and perhaps covered or hidden with something decorative.
Another consideration is, ‘convenience’. Since successful food storage requires effective food rotation, keeping some or all of your food storage within easy access will help to maintain that practice. Food rotation shelving systems are a big help to a successful setup.
Water Storage Locations
Depending on where you live, and your risk of losing your drinking water supply for a time, you should consider storing some amount of drinking water. It’s simple to do. You can clean and use plastic ‘soda’ bottles, you could buy purpose-built water storage containers (they’re usually colored blue), or you could use food-grade buckets such as 5-gallon pails (Avoid using ‘used’ 5-gallon pails in this case).
Where should or could you store these water containers? Again, keep them away from heat sources. Soda bottles are perfect for shelves, but won’t hold a lot of water (they are convenient though).
I like stack-able containers. Personally, I like to use 5-gallon pails (with the screw-top lids) because it’s about the maximum weight that one can handle when filled, and they can be stacked, and 5 gallons is a decent amount of water. You may consider water treatment first.
Keeping 50 gallons of drinking water for example, is very doable – stack two 5-gallon pails, five along a wall, and it will only take up about 5 feet of wall space by 2.5 feet tall. You could cover it with a decorative or non-descriptive blanket and it will fit right in to the room. You could even place a finished board across the top to hold other items.
Water storage locations could include the bottom of a closet, in the corner of a spare room, in the basement (ideal since it is cool there), or hidden in plain site.
The point is, if your living space is limited, by being creative you can still find ways to store extra food and water.