Starting a Prepper Pantry: How To Begin

Starting a prepper pantry can be a smart move for anyone looking to be prepared for unexpected situations. When Trinidad went into lockdown in 2020 I began to realize that temporary and long-term shortages would become a way of life. As a full-time caretaker and homemaker I needed to find a way to mitigate these gaps. But how? Online research quickly led me to the discovery of the concept of the prepper pantry. Keeping one to two months of household essentials on hand, not only has continued to help me to weather temporary shortages (which I am still experiencing here), but also allows me the ‘luxury’ of waiting on items to go on sale before re-stocking.

Often, the idea of getting started can feel a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry – there are ways to overcome common blocks and get your pantry stocked up in no time.

One common block is the feeling of not knowing where to begin. According to an article by The Prepared, “Starting small is key. Begin by picking up a few extra non-perishable items each time you go grocery shopping.” This approach makes the process more manageable and less daunting. You don’t need to build a pantry overnight; taking small steps can lead to big results over time.

Another block is concerns about shelf life and waste. The folks at Ready Nutrition suggest that you “focus on foods your family already enjoys and eats regularly.” This way, you rotate through your stock and reduce the risk of items expiring. Also, pay attention to the expiration dates and practice the principle of “first in, first out.” By consuming the oldest items first, you minimize waste.

Lastly, the cost factor can be a roadblock for some. An article on Urban Survival Site recommends looking for sales and discounts to build your prepper pantry on a budget. “Take advantage of buy-one-get-one deals or coupons,” the article advises. This strategy helps you save money while gradually building up your pantry essentials.

Remember, the key is to start small, focus on foods you already enjoy, and find ways to save on costs. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to having a well-stocked prepper pantry for any situation that might arise.