Posted by on December 21, 2016 10:00 am
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Categories: Prepping while Renting

Prepping usually conjures up images of mountain men at a remote cabin in the woods. However, many (if not most) preppers live in or near cities. That mirrors American demographics in general. And living in cities may mean living in an apartment or some other connected housing unit.

Apartment preppers still have to maintain their skills. Elise Xavier wrote up a great list of 25 apartment prepping tips. You can read that original article at the More Than Just Surviving site. And prepping is about more than just mere survival.

Lower Manhattan Cityscape in New York City.

Photo by Expert Beacon.

Apartment Prepping Ideas

Here are Elise’s great ideas for urban preparedness enthusiasts.

1. Invest in storage.

Maximize the space you have with a good storage system. Spend the money necessary to keep things organized.

2. Grow herbs inside.

If you don’t have room for a full garden, you can still do a lot with indoor pots.

3. Build a quality tool kit.

You probably don’t need heavy tools. However, everyone needs the basics. Buy quality that will last.

4. Security.

Make sure your doors and windows are secured. Invest in an alarm system. And arm yourself.

5. Make fire plan.

A confined area makes it critical to escape if there is a fire. Make a plan and rehearse it regularly.

6. Keep fire extinguishers.

Have as many as you need. Keep them in all your living spaces. Make them part of your fire plan. And know how to use them.

7. Be able to escape via the windows.

This is critical if you live on an upper floor. Consider a suitable fire ladder.

8. Keep a prepper library.

Buy hard books in case the grid goes down. The library does not have to be large. Get the basics. And read them.

9. Stockpile water.

You may not be able to rely on the municipal water source in an emergency. Keep bottled water. Also have the ability to filter or purify unclean water. Water is life.

10. Keep blankets around.

If you live in a colder city, consider that an emergency might cut off your heat. Prepare accordingly.

11. Beware of fire hazards.

Understand that portable heaters, etc. start fires sometimes. Make sure you know how everything works. Incorporate this into your fire plan.

12. Get the winter supplies.

In spite of the fire dangers, you will still need to stay warm. Make sure you can stay warm and survive.

13. Stockpile multipurpose items.

When space is short, use items that have numerous uses.

14. Go compact when possible.

Many or most items preppers use come in smaller sizes. These still work and will fit better in an apartment.

15. Stockpile high calorie, low space foods.

Think about canned goods and protein bars. You want foods that have high nutritional value in a smaller size.

16. Stockpile foods that do not require cooking.

If the stove stops working, you still have to eat. Plan accordingly. Get foods that you enjoy.

17. Consider foods that only require simple boiling.

If you have to cook, keep it simple.

18. Think about solar power.

They make solar panels and systems you can hang from windows. These are ideal for apartments. Keep all your devices charged just in case it gets bad.

19. Hide your prepping from the neighbours.

Unless you trust the neighbors and know they have your back, be cautious in revealing preps to them. Otherwise, they might view you as prey in a SHTF scenario. It’s sad but true.

20. Scan your neighbours for threats.

There’s a difference between potentially needy or annoying people and those who are dangerous. Know who is who before it hits the fan. Plan accordingly.

21. Plan a bug out location.

If things get really bad you will have to run. Plan to get out of the city as fast as possible. Mao this out now, not then. And make sure you have a definite place to go.

22. Consider adding a second front door.

An airlock like space increases insulation and security. It’s another layer an intruder has to go through. And it will give you more time to prepare a proper welcome for them.

23. Invest in communication tools.

Assume the phones will go down. Have a backup system in case – walkie-talkies or a radio system.

24. Don’t forget your pets.

Pets are part of the family. Treat them well. Include their needs in your planning. Keep extra pet food, litter, medicine, etc. just for them.

25. Per my usual habit, I’m leaving this one blank. It’s good and funny. Make sure to check out the original for tip number 25!


Photo by Better Improvement.

*About Elise: Spyderco diehard and shutterbug. Into prepping and self-sufficiency. Coauthor and photographer of survival blog More Than Just Surviving.


Photo by Wikipedia.

Living in a city or in a smaller space does not mean the end of prepping. In fact, living the urban lifestyle makes it even more important to prepare.

Follow these excellent tips and you will be ready for whatever the city throws at you. And these ideas carry over into any environment. Go through them and see which ones fit your situation. Then try to think of ways to modify or improve as necessary.

However you do it and wherever you do it, just keep prepping!

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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