This post is the result of a question one of my grandchildren asked me. He is going to college in Idaho. Here is his question “If you are a poor college student living in an apartment in what ways can you start preparing now when you have limited space and limited income?” Now the answer to this question may help more than just college students, there are a lot of people who have the same limitations on storing preps for various reasons.
Fortunately we live in a very affluent society and many things are readily available. The first thing that you have to do is to take stock of what you have. For instance, do you have camping gear, outdoor clothing, food and water? Look at the resources that you already have. Will your kitchen knife work in the field. You don’t have to have a fancy sheath knife. Take a look at the homeless, some of them get by on very little.
Water storage is cheap and easy, but it does take a little room. Find some free two-liter soda bottle or something similar, wash them out and fill with clean tap water. Allow for one gallon a day per person minimum.
Go to thrift store and garage sales. You will often find good quality items that you can afford. Food is often a hard item for poor college students. Don’t be trying to buy the latest long-term storage foods which are expensive. Buy extra of what you normally eat and rotate it into your diet.
I realize that storage space is often very limited especially if you live in a dorm. Food can be stored under you bed and if you have a car, you can store preps in the trunk. Weapons are an additional problem. You do not want to violate the law and get yourselves into trouble. If you have firearms and live on campus, hopefully you can find a trusted friend or relation who lives off campus that will store your firearms and possibly other preps.
If you are sharing an apartment with others or living in a dorm, try and keep your preps out of sight. Don’t talk about them. The less attention you attract the better.
The one thing that you want to remember is that while you may be short on preps, you have other advantages. You are young and physically strong. Accept the fact that you will never be able to store enough preps in this limited space. Work on storing the gear and preps to get you to a place of safety. And the most important thing of all is to gain knowledge, spend time outside, and learn how to survive. Often this knowledge can be better than any preps you can obtain. As you gain more knowledge, you will many of the answers to your question.