We have no control over the government or the weather, both of which are unreliable at best. We do, however, have some say over our readiness to cope with an impending crisis created by either one.
This is where home prepping comes into play. Stockpiling disaster supplies is more important now than ever.
If you are preparing for an uncertain future by consistently gathering a wide variety of survival supplies – and we certainly hope that’s how you are spending some of your time – the last thing you want is for everyone to know about them.
When the stuff hits the fan, you could be a target if this is what you’re known for in your neck of the woods.
One of most common prepping mistakes is not storing your emergency supplies covertly disguised or hidden. Keeping those supplies out of view, even from friendly guests who visit your home, is a good idea.
And it’s certainly wise to keep your survival gear out of sight in case intruders ever find their way into your home, either during normal circumstances or during a crisis when the odds of a home invasion increase dramatically.
Especially important to hide are disaster supplies such as cash, weapons and emergency equipment.
You’ve probably spent good money and a significant amount of your time preparing for an emergency situation and securing your future. So, don’t let those preparations go to waste. Keep them protected by hiding them well.
There are creative ways you can keep your stash hidden. Some of my favorites are do-it-yourself projects you can knock out in a matter of a day or two.
Below is a list of ideas for keeping your home survival stash as covert as possible. As you work through these secret storage spots for prep supplies, consider how long it might take for you to quickly access your items.
Keep certain ones that you might need in a hurry, such as guns, stored in areas closest to your most trafficked rooms. Other survival items, such as water, can be stored in harder to access areas of your home.
Everyone should have basic prep supplies on hand, such as food and water. More experienced folks concerned about the future will have all types of disaster supplies stockpiled, such as cash, weapons, emergency equipment, etc.
Laundry Pedestal – The laundry room isn’t usually high on a priority list during a home invasion, making it an ideal place for secret storage. You don’t want to store supplies in plain sight, so build DIY laundry pedestals with secret storage compartments. No one will think to check those for your emergency supplies.
Staircase – You can turn nearly any indoor staircase into a secret storage spot by making each step into a drawer. You can easily find step-by-step instructions on Google by simply searching for “stair drawers” and “DIY.”
Floor Boards – Add secret storage to your home with in-floor cubbies. This is another DIY project that can yield tremendous room for storing all types of valuables and emergency supplies right below your feet.
Wall Shelf – Buy or build a wall shelf with secret compartments. This small space is ideal for storing cash, handguns or any other small items you want to keep close and quickly accessible.
Window Bench – Utilize unused space beneath a large window inside your home by building a DIY storage bench. This is a perfect way to store larger items such as emergency water, food or even a generator. Add decorative pillows and do your best to hide the fact that the bench contains storage.
Toe-Kick Hideaway – There’s so much unused space underneath your kitchen cabinets right behind the toe kicks. If you have basic carpentry skills and tools, this is a perfect storage project.
Air Vent/Return – Build a dummy air vent or air return to secretly store small items. Do not use working air vents and returns, which can damage supplies.
Interior Door –This is a perfect place to store cash. Drill a hole in the top of any door. Size the hole to fit a cylinder, such as a small mailing tube. Roll up cash and insert for safe storage
Spare Bed – If you have a guest bedroom, this is a perfect place to store larger emergency supplies. Purchase a lift-up bed frame for maximum under-bed storage space. You can also buy an inexpensive bed with storage from IKEA. This type of bed storage can be highly visible, so you’ll need a long blanket to cover drawers.
Old Appliances – There typically isn’t power during a disaster, so the last thing an intruder will care about is an old, outdated appliance. A large TV can be hollowed out for storage. An old washer/drier set has ample storage. Remove the insides of any old appliance and fill it with supplies. Store them away where it makes sense, such as in your garage or shed.
Backyard – You can easily bury emergency supplies in your yard. Use weatherproof containers, even larger pvc piping or food-grade buckets, which are perfect for canned food and water. Just be sure to make yourself a map of where items are buried because it will be easy to forget.
This is just a small sampling of places where you can creatively and covertly keep your survival supplies out of sight. You can find plenty more online, and probably come up with some that are completely unique to you.
Make it a family project to inject more creativity into the process. Have fun and protect your survival supplies at the same time.