Possible locations for your prepper pantry need to meet only three necessary qualifications: cool, dry, and pest proof. The rest is up to you as you find different possibilities in which to have one.
Good Locations for your Prepper Pantry
Almost any space you find that you are not using is a great option for turning into a prepper pantry. This can be a closet, space under the stairs, your basement (if it is properly ventilated. Some basements regularly flood or feel musty), or even a spare bedroom. You can feel free to get creative with this part. There is not even a rule that says your prepper pantry has to all be in one place! You can have separate places for water, food, and other things with no problem. Just make sure they are accessible to everyone and meet the three qualifications.
For us, we store extra canned and dry food in unused cabinets in our dining area. We store extra paper products in a closet under our stairs and we have a stand alone freezer for bulk meat and other frozen foods. As I mentioned before, we have a working pantry, not a long-term emergency pantry, so this arrangement works for us. I recommend assessing your own risk of natural disasters (and possible job layoffs) before you plan.
If you are looking for inspiration, research creative organizational styles like those found in tiny homes. You are sure to find the perfect resources you can customize for your particular available space.
Bad Locations for your Prepper Pantry
Attics, outdoors, bathrooms, and under sinks are terrible places to set up a prepper pantry. These places tend to have a lot of temperature fluctuation, can be very musty and humid, and are often where pests of all kinds like to hide. Keep any supplies you want to last away from these and similar places in your home. Food, and even non-edible supplies can become moldy and damaged in these environments. This would make them unusable and a complete waste.
This last idea is not the best or preferred idea. I don’t really recommend it except in extreme circumstances. But, if you simply cannot keep a prepper pantry in your home, you may consider renting a storage unit. This can be a large expense and not very practical for larger families, especially since you would need to pay extra to keep it climate controlled.
However, if this is the option you choose, it can be very convenient to keep your prepper pantry separate. It will prevent you from being tempted to use up your supplies in non-emergencies. And, if something terrible happens to your house, at least you will most likely still have your prepper pantry supplies. You will want to be sure this storage unit is within walking distance, though. A big con that comes with a storage unit prepper pantry is that it is not as easily accessed in a variety of situations. You have to be able to get to your supplies in order to benefit from them.
How To Keep Your Prepper Pantry
No matter where you decide to keep your prepper pantry, it must be well organized. Labels and delegated spaces are very important to have early on. Sticking to these protocols as you expand is absolutely needed. If you simply throw your supplies in any available space, it will be very difficult to track what you need, what you do not need, and what may be compromised over time.
The options are not as few as you may think when you are searching for the perfect place to set up your prepper pantry. All you need is a cool, dry place you can pest proof; and some organizational skills for the perfect prepper pantry recipe.