Storing food for emergencies is one of the aspects of prepping that require you to shell out money. You can reuse plastic soda bottles to store your dry foods in, instead of buckets and #10 cans. So a good hack to save on money is to buy dry foods in bulk and repack them into soda bottles. Soda bottles come cheap and you can find them in trash bins or ask your neighbors for their discarded soda bottles. Let the bottles dry – this can take anywhere from 1 day to almost a week, depending on the heat and humidity where you live.
Once the bottles have dried, you can now get your rice or beans ready as well as bay leaves. After filling the bottles with dry food, add a couple of bay leaves again before sealing the bottles tightly. In the past I would try to incorporate my prepping supplies into the rest of my household items thinking that by doing this I would enable a good rotation plan. I figured on buying a ton of prepping supplies and then checking that box off my big prepping checklist that I had. One day my wife told me we were out of pain medicine and naturally this occurs when she has a screaming headache. Organization is an important part of prepping to avoid some of the problems I mentioned above but primarily it helps you to know where your supplies are. When space is at a premium, it helps to group like items together in storage bins so you can keep track of what you have and for perishable items, rotate stock. Food is the easiest because we do eat on this every day, it has a place already (the pantry) and I don’t worry about anyone taking food because it has to be rotated. Items like batteries last the longest in cool (not refrigerated) spaces so I wouldn’t want these to get stored in an out building. It might seem easier to shove everything into a big box and forget about it, but a little organization will help you and your family with knowing what you have, keeping their intended use in the front of your minds and ensuring you can find it quickly when you need it. Sometimes I get way behind and the best I can do is to throw things (temporarily, I always hope!) into a box labeled with the year.
Graywolf has a great site and I have something similar plus two different solar charging options.
So, one day, I listed everything in the bags alphabetically with the number of the bag also listed.
If I was out of crazy glue and needed to grab some from my BOB stash, I just looked at the Cs, and found which # bag to get from.
In our agrarian past, we didn’t have  a grocery store in every town receiving shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables from all corners of the world on a daily basis. The first root cellars in recorded history were in Australia – more than 40,000 years ago it is indicated that they were burying their yam harvests in order to keep them fresh.
The produce is still alive – stored carbohydrates of energy is consumed in the presence of oxygen and produces heat and carbon dioxide.
Most cold tolerant or cool season crops will store best between 33 and 35F or just above freezing and up to 40F.
Reasons for ventilation include: 1) removal of heat of respiration, 2) replenishing the oxygen supply, 3) removing volatile compounds from the produce that may effect flavor or sprouting like ethylene. For example, apples, pears, and tomatoes produce high amounts of ethylene and should be placed higher than other foods, and near vents if possible. Two small investments for your root cellar should be a thermometer to measure temperature and a hygrometer to measure humidity.
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Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. As disaster prepping continues its precipitous rise in popularity it seems every conceivable gadget, defense rig or bit of advice has been done or handed out. Do your research, envision the finished trailer in your mind, go look at potential buys in person, seek out used trailers for sale to save money, and pick the one that best fits your needs. These types provide solid bases from which to customize to your unique specifications offering enough variety to fall within particular budget constraints. The biggest decision to make (most likely made before even buying the trailer) is will it be a sleeper or a transporter. If you’re starting with what is, essentially, an empty box on wheels then it would behoove you add a layer of insulation, especially if you plan to sleep inside.
Many people who go this route with their bug-out trailer make them into truly rugged, go anywhere contraptions. Both types of trailers, open topped and enclosed, can incorporate external storage containers mounted to the outside walls, on over-sized wheel wells and to the roofs.
The problem I see, is that many lack the vision to organize a small space to fit all their needs under the roof. I’d never think of stealing something in ROL times, but if chaos has ensued, no one is going to blink at it, except to try to steal the one you just took. That’s a good point Bolo, but wouldn’t that also apply to almost everything we acquire in the realm of prepping? I thought about the range of assumptions in the realm of prepping and came up with this conclusion: The planned mode of travel in a bug out scenario carries the greatest risk of failure. On the other hand, there are innumerable circumstances that could lead to a breakdown in transportation modes (including any scenario that involves a towed unit).
IF I could afford it, I’d love to have one of those customized tear drop units, but economics and practicality dictate otherwise. What your thoughtful commentary leads me to is a single bug-out plan with multiple branches. If you’ve been a prepper for very long you will start to build quite the stockpile of food. Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started. The top of the pyramid is for stocking the smallest amount of food for the shortest amount of time.
This pyramid will keep you from spending time and money on preps that, while they may be useful overall, are pointless to you right now.  How much of a 50 pound bag of flour or rice will you use in a 3 day long power outage?
If you are new to prepping, or you are experienced but find your supplies jump all over the map, start by stocking enough food and supplies for a 3 Day Emergency. If you have a typical local situation, such as a major snow storm or power outage, you won’t be one of the people raiding the grocery store. Be sure to include at least 1 gallon of water per day, per family member, and something to cook on, Forge Survival Supply has several types of survival stoves.
Remember that the extended survival food supply is going to need regular cooking supplies to be stocked, such as oil, flour, sugar, spices, etc. You will have to have stocked bulk supplies of staple foods for cooking, like flour, wheat, sugar, and canned goods. The perpetual food supply is for total collapse from which there is no coming back or voluntary off grid living indefinitely. If you have a question, comment, there’s a problem with the site, or you just want to say Hi, Send Us an Email.

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Using 5 gallon buckets for beans and rice can be expensive, especially if you are going to store a 3 month to 1 year supply of food. There used to be 3-liter plastic soda bottles, it was first seen in shelves in 1985 but soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi discontinued them in around 2005. You can save more money by using them instead of buying expensive #10 can or 5 gallon buckets. All you need is your effort and some simple supplies that you can recycle and reuse in storing your food items. Some of these have been incremental, single purchases and some have been raids of the local Walmart or Sam’s Club to buy a ton of items in one trip. If you add 12 packs of batteries into the battery drawer you will ensure they are used and never expire or at least that was what I thought. In each bug out bag I had a small clear plastic bag that contained the basic hygiene supplies so that if we were forced from our home we could clean up should the opportunity present itself. Once I bought these sundry items I figured I was good, but I slowly remembered due to this reinforcement that I was pretty much the only person who was thinking about supplies like this in my family. Not really, but I began to take them out of circulation so they wouldn’t disappear without my knowledge. She asked me if I had any, knowing that I had planned for the apocalypse like a good prepper and of course I did. I opened the box to see the items I had stored and smiled to myself a little for being so darn smart to have thought of this in the first place.
Have you ever purchased anything related to prepping and then couldn’t remember where you put it? If you have a ton of storage space in your home, like a completely empty basement or garage, no problem.
All those prepping supplies hidden in the back of the closet were fine but I neglected to remember to rotate things we did use like medicine, vitamins and batteries. Actually, if I gave my daughter a pile of all of our prepping gear, enough time and plastic storage totes, she would have it all organized, notated and inventoried. It isn’t just enough to go on your supply runs to Walmart and drop a couple hundred dollars and hide it away.
I do have places for freeze-dried food and MRE’s because those are not part of our short-term storage. For example in the hygiene box I have soap, shampoo, toothpaste, combs, razors and a lot of other things.
They should ideally be rotated too but if stored in their original sealed plastic they will last a very long time. I think rechargeable are the best long-term options you can have and I got a charger that handles both AA and AAA up to 16 at a time.
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To maintain the proper “living” conditions, at least three variables need to be considered: temperature, humidity and ventilation. Warm season crops sensitive to chilling injury (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc) are typically stored at temperatures above 50F unless processing, cooking or eating will occur shortly after removal from storage. Root crops like carrots need to be stored in some moist medium to maintain quality. Some crops like onion, garlic and winter squash store better at low humidity level (less than 60%).
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For many of us who don’t have the ability to live year round at our survival retreat, a bug out vehicle is the next best thing. The benefit of these trailers is they are already enclosed which is a head start, so to speak, which allows you to jump right into customizing the inside.
Will the trailer be self-contained with room to sleep and move around or will it serve as a gear and supply storage and transport?
Will the environmental conditions require an insulated, indoor living area or will an expansion component like an attached tent or pop-up roof sleeper be sufficient and comfortable?
The typical, recreational, camp trailer will already be insulated but it’d be worth checking its condition if the unit is an older model.
Aftermarket interiors such as cabinetry, foldout beds, convertible seating (into sleepers), and counters are available from various travel trailer retailers or you can build them yourself. By the term “open” we mean what is essentially, a flatbed trailer with 1-2 foot sides all around or a shallow, open-topped box on wheels.
Fitted with independent suspension, off-road tires and specialized hitches with couplings that allow for extreme vertical and horizontal towing angles these trailers can go virtually everywhere the vehicle towing them can go. There is often space on the trailer’s tongue for sturdy containers, propane tanks for cooking fuel or battery banks to store power. I have a unit I built myself as well as a gas hogging 24 foot sub-urban escape vehicle with a 270 gallon fuel tank.
The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way. The idea being that someone who is completely new to prepping can start with a cheap and easy goal and build (downward) from there. On further trips to the store, add a few food items to your 3 day cache each time and you will soon have enough to survive for several weeks.
You will also need larger water containers to support not only drinking and cooking, but hygiene. A large fuel supply, or alternative cooking method will have to be used, and hunting if it is available. You must have a self sustaining food supply, like a garden with heirloom seeds and large hunting area. But if you’re lucky to get 3L size bottles in different soda brands, they will be handy for storing bulkier dry foods. You don’t have to worry about mold or rot because the bottles can keep moisture out, and as long as you put them in a cool and dry place, you need not worry.
I suggest using the freezing method on your product to kill larvae, which will take 24 to 72 hours (and does not degrade your dried pasta). When I do get to make trips like this I usually come out of the stores with bags of items and have to put them somewhere. I did this with things like batteries, hygiene items and first aid supplies but then I went to look for batteries for a GPS I bought several months later only to find that we were almost completely out. I had travel size toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and other minor items that would just help you feel like a human again if you had been without a shower for a while.
I put a bunch of supplies in a large bin and tucked it safely away behind a lot of other things like wrapping paper that was reserved for the holidays, decorative centerpieces and Knick knacks that almost any home has. About that time I looked at the expiration date on the Tylenol and realized it was expired by a year. I have done this before and almost always find it, but if time was of the essence, looking around the house for that crucial piece of gear is not what you need to be focused on. If you are like a lot of people and shoving food under the bed you have to think about your prepping organization plan a little differently.

We don’t need to rotate any of these supplies because they will last decades provided the storage location is free from heat or moisture. Vitamins should be rotated, so should medicines and one way to do this is to keep your rotatable items in a separate container. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced. The temperature needs to be actively monitored and managed and will vary with the quantity of produce in the space. Moisture may need to be added by wetting the floor or walls with water depending on the construction methods. Ventilation or air tubes need to be planned prior to construction and place during construction. A bug out trailer could give you much-needed storage space and other amenities that could keep you safe or simply make life better in a disaster scenario. Trailers in all shapes and sizes have been manufactured for decades to meet all kinds of utilitarian needs from the professional contractor or construction firm hauling equipment to trailers meant for moving goods to those built for transporting recreational toys. Longer trailers, obviously, need a larger turning radius and more space, in general, to maneuver. Having said that, though, there are numerous examples of people who have built up open-topped trailers, or even homemade pickup bed trailers, into rugged, workhorse camp trailers capable of going anywhere the vehicle towing them can go. Once the usage of the inside space is settled on you can set to designing the features; insulated walls, the sleeping and sitting areas, storage (gear, food, water), cooking equipment and fuel (Used inside or out?
Sinks and plumbing are easily found at supply stores and counters can be built to fit a typical camp stove.
The customization opportunities are extensive, limited only by your imagination, time and to some extent, your wallet. The trailer has two sleeping racks and storage for a years supply of food for a family of 6. You can have freeze-dried, dehydrated, MRE, canned, homemade food bars, grains, beans, etc.
After readying through each section you will be better educated and be able to better prepare with they types of food that you want to have in a survival situation. Buy a 3 day supply of food for you household (be sure to get things with a long shelf life) and place it somewhere other than your pantry. You will also have to have an alternative water source such as water collection, filtration, and recycling. It takes a bit to actually get any pasta into the bottle however my 4 year old loves to do this, thus hones her fine motor skills and patience. Three of the bags were missing items that had been pilfered throughout the year for camping trips, vacations and out-of-town travel.
My wife knew about these supplies so that if I wasn’t around she could make use of them, but keeping them out of the general population of household items ensured they didn’t get used.
Not because I wanted my wife to have any pain, but I didn’t want to have to resupply the aspirin or Motrin or whatever she needed, but naturally I dug out my box and grabbed her the medicine she was asking for.
I know that expiration dates do not render medicine bad or ineffective, but still I wanted to have the freshest supplies for my family so I needed to go back to the drawing board. I wish I had a basement that I could line with shelves and keep all of my supplies, food and tools in an easy to access place, but I do not. When you go to the store to purchase new medicine, it goes in this container and you take out something with a closer expiration date. We got that charger so we can use it in our semi also, but we mainly keep it at home for right now. It makes more sense to keep like items together (medical with medical, and water with water) than store everything for a bugout in one place. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. Add to those variations all the recreational camping trailers on the market and the choices seem pretty much endless. They are also limited to predominately flat roads as they are unable to manage rolling trails with narrow troughs between steep inclines.
The trailer will already have ribbed, structural support throughout, just as a wall has studs.
Research space-saving techniques online for innovative storage areas, utilizing every empty space inside and out.
A number of companies have cropped up over the years that manufacture folding, or pop up tents that collapse into a zipped up square and overlays the open trailer. You should have a designated place for prepping supplies or maybe several but the supplies should be labeled and your family should understand that some things are not to be used.
Instead of throwing everything in the same drawer, this discipline will make it more obvious that you need to use the first in first out items.
I seriously wish we had the space to be able to organize our preps similar to the first pic at the beginning of your article. Plus do I really want to put my food out in the 90+ degree detached garage in the summer just to be near the spare gas cans? Cut and fit sections of insulation between these ribs and cover over with sheets of plywood, measured and cut to fit properly and don’t forget to do the same with the roof. Add storage fuel and propane tanks, generators and batteries outside to avoid gasses from building up creating dangerous conditions inside.
The tent and its support platform are hinged on one side and raise like a hatchback and serves as a cover lid for the open-topped trailer.
It helps to start this when you are getting started prepping but can also be changed even if you have been prepping for years.
This way we make sure we grab everything we planned to take (my checklist also has the item’s location) and pack it up according to my tested load plan. For additional energy supply needs beyond fuel, with most trailers’ flat roofs, consider installing solar panels or even a roof-mounted, wind turbine. The inside space is used for equipment and supply storage which can be partitioned off to effectively organize supplies.
These are all good and can do the job of ensuring your stored foods last as long as possible. The residue from soap will not rinse well and can add a not-so-pleasant flavor to your stored food. Or a portion of the inside houses slide out storage containers or even full, outdoor kitchen set ups with stove, sink and counter space. But if you can use a cheaper alternative that can do the job just as well, why not give it a try. This is exactly what should be done for a bug out vehicle, or in this case a bug out trailer. It has to meet your specific needs and include those particular adaptations and improvements that will be comfortably functional for you when everything else is going down the tubes.

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