Survival Debate: Home Stocks or Self Storage

A self storage facility sounds like a no brainer for any survivalist. You get a bunch of extra storage space for a few dollars a month that is away from most prying eyes. However, a self storage cache comes with it’s own security risks both day-to-day and Post-SHTF.

I have a storage cache that has all the basics and then some. It includes food, five gallon water jugs (refreshed every two weeks), clothes for all seasons, and a few of the knives I have made, as well as some axes.

I also keep some spare parts for my Jeep there like tires, old military fuel cans, gas and some oil(transmission, engine, and 90 weight for the rear pumpkin).

That said, there are some things you will want to consider before filling a self storage survival cache:

Home Stocks


  • Home Food StorageFree
  • Gear is always available
  • Secure as long as your home is
  • Do not have to travel to it during Bug Out


  • Space is limited for most
  • Available space may not be climate controlled
  • Can be seen by friends/neighbors/visitors
  • All your preps are in one place – vulnerable

Self Storage


  • Self Storage Survival CacheStore a ton of stuff
  • Lockable and reasonably secure
  • Very Private
  • Can pay by week, month, 6 months or yearly.
  • Available near your home or outside town for Bug Out
  • Climate Controlled available


  • Food not available for regular use
  • Cost
  • Have to travel to your gear
  • Food/Water have to be refreshed
  • Security is always breakable
  • May be raided by others Post-SHTF

Middle Ground

Obviously the middle ground here is to do both if you get a self storage space, which I think most smart preppers would do.

Your Storage?

I find self storage to be useful because it is close to my house (less than 3 miles) and I can walk there quickly cutting cross country.

Do you find the cost and work of a self storage survival cache worth the effort?

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Written by Joel Jefferson

Joel is one of the original founders of After college, he joined the USMC where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping. Read his full interview here. Read more of Joel's articles.