Lately, I’ve seen lots of folks hoarding toilet paper and paper towels, rice, beans, hand sanitizer, and ramen noodles (huh?). You might think all these folks were stocking a prepper pantry. But, if they were true preppers, they’d already have what they need. Preppers don’t wait for something bad to happen. They know that bad things do happen and they prepare for it. Prepper pantries are the backbone of the prepper life.
So, what is a prepper pantry?
It is essentially just like your normal pantry, but more well thought out and made to last. It is the place where you store all the food you need in the event of a disaster that may keep you from being able to live normally. These foods would be shelf-stable for long periods of time; like dry rice and beans, canned goods, dehydrated or freeze-dried foods, etc. Having all of these types of foods stored up can help you through several different types of emergencies, such as hurricane, tornado, or earthquake.
Who can benefit from building a prepper pantry?
Absolutely anyone can benefit from creating their very own prepper pantry. You never know what could happen; and if you live in a particularly high risk or turbulent area, you will definitely not regret stocking one up. Prepper pantries are perfect for anyone that wants to be prepared for getting themselves and their family through a potential catastrophe. This is especially true if you have a large family with children or more elderly family members. You will want to make sure any dietary restrictions are met, as well as having foods any picky little ones will eat.
What is a prepper pantry if it doesn’t have the food you like!
For us, this would mean stocking up on gluten-free flour, shelf-stable non-dairy milk, and nuts. It is always a good idea to stock up on non-perishable foods that are also enjoyed by you and your family. It is not necessary to only prepare with MREs and bland calories. You can be creative with your shopping, as long as you make sure to have the supplies needing to prepare the things you get!
When will you need a prepper pantry?
Emergency situations of all kinds are good times to have a well-stocked prepper pantry. The more thought you put into your prepper pantry, the more prepared you will be for virtually any situation that comes about. Your prepper pantry is the lifeline your family may need in the event of a life-altering situation that impacts your lives or entire town, state, province, or country. From an unexpected job loss, to a natural disaster, long-term power outage, or epidemic; your prepper pantry will be there to get you and your family through safely without starving. And, even if grocery stores are open, you may not be able to get to one because of road closure, wreckage, illness, or shortages due to the same reasons.
If you decide a prepper pantry is the right step for you to take for yourself and your family, here are a few things to keep in mind… Keep it in a cool, dry place; make sure it is pest proof; and be aware of how much of each thing you will need for everyone for a certain amount of time. Build it over time, too. Do not go out and stock it all in one trip.
I hope this has been useful in helping you decide whether you need a prepper pantry for you and your family. Good luck, and happy stocking!