What to Put in Your Bunker

Now that you’ve gotten your bunker built, now you need to stock it. I’m sure you’ve already decided on the main important things like food and water. Besides the obvious things what should you put in your bunker? Here’s a list of s few suggestions:

IN YOUR PANTRY

FOOD

If your bunker is not equipped with a refrigeration system, you’ll need to stockpile several different types of non-perishable foods and in quantities that will last you and your family a long time. You should stock up items such as:

Grains

  • Bulk dried beans -Look for grocery wholesaler liquidators, or even your local farmer’s market sells beans by the #25, #50, and #100 pound bags. I recommend buying by the #50 or #100 bag. You get more for your money.
    • Pinto Beans
    • Black Beans
    • Kidney Beans
    • Black Eyed Peas
  • Bulk long grain brown and white rice
  • Flour
  • Wheat
  • Oatmeal
  • Cornmeal

It’s important to remember to make sure to store your grains in a container that keeps out moisture and bugs. Bull weevils are particularly pesky, finding their way into all types of flour including my favorite, cornmeal. They can ruin a good bulk of food if you don’t take precautions to make sure you keep them out.

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Dehydrated vegetables
  • Dehydrated fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Freeze dried vegetables
  • Freeze dried fruits

Most dehydrated and freeze dried fruits and vegetables are already in the proper packaging needed in order to preserve the quality of the food.

Meats

Canned Meats such as:

  • Spam
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Beef Stew

Rotating canned meats is important. When rotating the canned meats, eat according to the closest expiration date. This rule goes good for any canned food, whether meat, vegetable or fruit. Placing the newest to the back and bringing the oldest to the front ensures that your supply is kept fresh.

Granola, Cereal, and Candy Bars such as:

These are great for replenishing your protein in a pinch. When buying and stocking these items in your bunker pantry, follow the eat the oldest first rule. Every time you buy more, place these with the latest expiration date towards the back of the shelf.

Also stock up on:

  • 12 – pack of canned sodas
  • 2 and 3 liter jugs of soda
  • Non-carbonated drinks like lemonade and fruit punch
  • Brewing tea in bags
  • Powdered Milk
  • Condensed Milk in a Can
  • Evaporated Milk in a Can

WATER

Aside from the beverages mentioned above, you will need to stock water; and lots of. At bare minimum, you will need 3 gallons of water per day, per person. This is bare minimum. So in order to sustain a family of four for six months, you will need approximately 2,160 gallons of water. That’s a lot of water!

IN YOUR MEDICAL ROOM

FIRST AID

You’ll need a sustainable bunker medical system in place. When you designed your bunker, more than likely you set aside a specific area for medical treatment; where you can treat the sick and injured without exposing them to the other that may be sheltering with you in your bunker. Most people would make sure they stock the basic medical supplies, but when you’re considering a shelter in place type of situation, you’ll need to think long term. Here are some basic first aid items to put in your bunker:

  • Plastic bandages of various sizes
  • Cloth adhesive bandages
  • Waterproof bandages
  • Liquid skin
  • Gauze
  • Ace bandages
  • OTC Medicines like:
    • Acetaminophens (Tylenol or equivalent)
    • Ibuprofens (Advil or equivalent)
    • Naproxen Sodium (Aleve or equivalent)
    • Allergy medicine
    • Decongestants
    • Cough and Cold Medicines
    • Flu medicines
  • Prescription Medicines like:
    • Asthma meds (Liquid albuterol sulfate, albuterol inhalers)
    • Heart meds
    • High blood pressure meds
    • EpiPens
    • Antidepressants
  • Antibiotic Ointment cream
  • Burn creams
  • Anti-Itch creams
  • Analgesic Pain Cream
  • Pain patches
  • Bite kits
  • Tubing for Asthma Nebulizer
  • and more

More Advanced Type of First Aid to Include Are:

MEDICAL ROOM FURNITURE

  • At least one cot, or
  • A metal frame bunk bed to conserve space
  • Storage containers to store medical supplies
  • Camp stove to sterilize instruments
  • Lighting
  • A chair or a stool

MEDICAL ROOM ELECTRONICS

If you have special connections and can get your hands on some special medical equipment, these are some things you can add:

  • EKG Monitor
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
  • Sonogram Machine
  • Nebulizer (This machine can be acquired at a local pharmacy if you or your family member has been prescribed liquid albuterol sulfate to manage asthma symptoms)

IN THE BEDROOM(S)

Each bunker should have a place to sleep. If you’re a one-person family, you might opt to have a simple cot or a sleeping bag. If you have set up your bunker to shelter your family, you’ll need several beds. Here’s a general list of what each sleeping area would need:

  • Single sized cot, or
  • Bunk beds to conserve space
  • Bed sheets
  • Thermal blankets or
  • Comforter set
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Clock

IN THE BATHROOM

A bunker would not be complete without a bathroom area. A good bunker bathroom has a 2 in 1 shower and toilet to conserve space. Here are a few items that you need in your bunker bathroom area:

  • Compact toilet,
  • Shower,
  • Medicine cabinet to store toothpaste, floss and camp toilet paper.

IN THE MAIN LIVING SPACE

This is the area where you and your family will spend the most time. In the event that you are sheltered in place for an extended amount of time, then making sure this space is function is important. When we say functional we mean a space where everyone can relax and spend quality time together. This will be the gathering space. And in this gathering space you should have:

  • Decent lounging chairs
  • Card table
  • Bookshelf with books and magazines that are of interests to you
  • TV
  • DVD Player

IN THE KITCHEN

A simple kitchen setup is good for your bunker. In building it, you made sure to install the proper appliances that fit your needs. Most opt for a compact electric stove for lightweight cooking. In addition, you should have:

  • A small space to prepare your meals
  • Flat ware or plastic ware
  • Paper plates
  • A space to eat your food. Space permitting, a simple card table will do.
  • A system to clean your dishes

IN THE (SECRET) WEAPONS & DEFENSE ROOM

The weapons and defense room is vitally important for your survival. This room should be carefully planned according to your abilities and skillset. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you don’t know how to shoot it, don’t include it. There’s nothing worse than needing to defend your bunker and reaching for a fancy high tech gun and having no idea how to use it.

If you only know how to shoot a shotgun and a .22, then acquire several of these and stock your weapons room with them. In this room you will stock items that will guarantee and prolong your survival. Some of these items include:

Guns & Other Weapons

  • Long range rifles equipped with scopes
  • .22 Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Handguns
    • .22
    • .357
    • .44
    • And any other you see fit.
  • Pellet or BB guns
  • Bows, slingshots and other back-up alternative weapons
  • A year supply of ammo for each gun that you’ve stocked
  • Gun powder & copper to make new ammo (advanced prepping)
  • Gun cleaning kit
  • Gun repair kit

Defense Room Surveillance

You’ll need surveillance outside of your bunker and throughout it. You can have a simple camera set up or an advanced perimeter camera/security system set up. Find whatever suits the needs your bunker has. Making sure that your bunker stays safe from the ill prepared people on the outside is a must. Investing your money on a solid video security system is advisable.

Every bunker and its functionality will be different according to the owner. You may be someone who wants a place just to make sure your family survives or you may be a person who wants to establish your bunker as a base for operations for your group. Regardless of your intentions, your bunker needs to be able to sustain you and those with you. You can easily take this list and adjust it to your needs, and make it work for you. Keep working with it, adjusting things here and there until it works for you. That’s the important thing; that what you put in your bunker works for you.

About Mira J. Ross

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Mira has been prepping for 10 years. Living in the outskirts of metropolitan Atlanta with her 3 children, she's preparing not just for SHTF events but also for everyday emergencies.

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