Do You Want to Make Make Apartment Prepping Easier?
If you’re like one of the 60 million Americans who live in apartments, then you might have found the convenience associated with living in an apartment can make prepping a bit of a hassle.
One of the main reasons people live in apartments is because they’re far more affordable than single family homes. They offer more conveniences than single family homes and they allow you to live in close community with others while being given easy access to a wide variety of amenities and services.
Of course living in a small apartment can provide some definite challenges, and one of those has everything to do with what you need to do when it comes to prepping.
One of the biggest issues is space, another challenge is apartments are a bit more difficult to secure than single family homes, and of course if you want to do any kind of gardening it can prove tough to grow food in your non-existent yard.
So how do you overcome these obstacles?
Let me show you.
Follow These Steps To Make Apartment Prepping Easier
If you live in an apartment and want to prep for SHTF then these tips can help you out greatly.
1 – Make sure you have your essentials covered:
Many times people get overwhelmed by the prospect of prepping because they feel like there’s so much to buy and the sheer amount of supplies makes them stop dead in their tracks.
If that sounds like you then stop, relax, and focus on the essentials.
That means start with food and water. Since you’re in an apartment you have shelter covered, so food and water comes next on your list of priorities.
If SHTF the chance your water coming into the apartment will stop. The grocery store located down the street you depend on to supply all of your daily food needs will likely be looted and remain empty for weeks.
So, do whatever you can to get emergency food and emergency water. With those two things secured you’re ahead of 99% of people out there.
I suggest keeping water storage on hand, and I suggest that water storage is something you can move and stack easily. This helps you save space while also supplying your needs. The WaterBrick is a great apartment water storage container as it locks/stacks together and stores 3.5 gallons per unit.
I also suggest getting a water purifier. If A crisis hits your ability to purify water via boiling or other conventional methods will likely be limited. That means you want to get a small, portable unit that’ll purify water in case your water storage runs out.
If you’re going for space saving options the LifeStraw Family is a great option. It can filter 18,000 liters of water which is enough for a family of four to live off of for 3-4 years. If you want smaller options we have a full selection right here.
After water the next thing you’ll want to focus on is food.
Emergency food storage isn’t the same as the stuff you buy at the grocery store. Instead it’s designed with extra long storage life and comes specially packed for storage.
Always shop for emergency food that’s inline with your dietary needs as well as your taste profile. I suggest getting sampler packs of food before you commit to buying large amounts, that way you know you like the food and you don’t waste money on food you don’t enjoy.
Also look for food that comes in containers you can move and stack with ease.
Our Legacy products fit the bill perfectly.
The bottom line is when you attend to the essentials first you turn your apartment into a place where you live into a place you can survive.
2 – Prepare your apartment from attack:
One of the first rules about apartment prepping is keep it quiet; you don’t want anyone knowing you’re prepping there because when things go haywire they’re going to come running to you get bailed out.
Your job isn’t to bail them out.
So that means don’t say a word and with your silence intact do what you can to secure your apartment from intrusion.
The truth is I could write a novel on the aspect of securing a home.
Well I don’t have the room and you probably don’t have the time to learn all about this, but I will cover some of the highlights.
First thing is to secure the windows and the doors.
Most apartments don’t give you the opportunity to make significant structural changes to the apartment.
My suggestion is to upgrade windows if you can, if not, add security bars to the windows that can only be released from the inside.
Then upgrade your doors from hollow core to wood or steel core. These doors are less susceptible to break ins and will offer resistance to intruders.
One of the smartest things you can do is to get a weapon optimized for home defense. I won’t go into much detail here because it comes down to personal preference, but ideally a weapon that won’t shoot through the walls into your neighbor’s unit is going to be the one you’ll want to consider.
To see what else you can do to secure your home take a look at this short video below.
3 – Consider backup storage space:
One thing people often overlook is the use of auxiliary storage units for prepping needs.
Think about it, if you have limited space but want to continue to stockpile preps then why not use a low cost storage unit to hold onto that gear?
Most apartment dwellers have several storage units located within walking distance and this gives you the ability to prepare without complicating your present living situation.
I would recommend keeping non-essentials in a storage unit and using an industrial lock to keep your belongings secure.
To prevent others from figuring out what’s inside your unit consider loading it in the dark of night. This is also true if you ever have to access it in a crisis. You can also store your supplies in nondescript boxes so if someone does see your gear they won’t be able to figure out what it is.
Not only does a storage unit maximize your storage ability it also helps create redundancies in your prepping supplies. If your apartment catches on fire or becomes inaccessible then you now have backups you can access for later use.
4 – Learn where possible essential backups are:
Let’s say you’ve done all these things and you’re now forced to wait out the present crisis, what do you do?
Figure out where you can locate additional supplies. Living in an apartment means you might have access to supplies others don’t.
Say for instance your apartment building has a large roof. If you can figure out how to access that roof you can set up a watcher catchment system to help secure additional water storage. You might also be able to set up traps on the same roof to catch animals for food (worse case scenarios).
The same could be said if you’re in a more rural environment.
Learn where rivers, ponds, and animal paths are so you can hunt and gain access to water.
The point is though your apartment might be your home base you’ll want to spread your wings and look beyond the confines of your home to help increase your odds of survival.
5 – Keep your preps protected
This is somewhat similar to point #2 but a little different.
Since you’re in an apartment and you don’t own the unit itself (and because complex personnel have keys to your apartment) it’s important to keep your items hidden.
Keep them packed in non-discreet containers and keep those hidden, out of sight from nosy people.
6 – Use your deck:
Almost every apartment I can think of comes with a small deck or patio.
To make apartment prepping easier I highly suggest using this space for your prepping.
If you’ve got some square feet to spare then you have the opportunity to grow a small garden.
It might not be enough to feed your for years, but it might be enough to help supplement your food needs for some amount of time.
Don’t want to use your deck? You can grow food indoors too.
Check out this video showing you how to perform container gardening in a small space.
Final Word On Apartment Prepping
The truth is obvious.
Anyone who wants to get their apartment ready for a survival situation is completely possible.
It’s only a little more difficult, but can be done a I proved in this article.
My #1 suggestion is go stick with point #1.
Water is that important and the LifeStraw Family is easily one of the best water filters for a survival situation.
It’s cheap, compact, and super powerful and you an get your own right here.