Survival Basics

Hiding Things in Your Home

Between talk of the ability for FEMA to steal our food stockpiles and the constant attack on our right to keep and bear arms, it only makes sense for preppers to want to hide what they’ve got. While keeping some things off-site, in a survival cache, makes sense, that doesn’t make sense for firearms, which could then fall into criminal hands. But at the same time, we don’t want to be stripped of our guns, should anyone search our homes. 

You can’t hide everything!

To start with, we don’t want to hide everything. If we’re concerned about feds searching our homes to find what we have, then we need to make sure that there’s something for them to find. They don’t want to waste their time and go away empty-handed, so they’ll keep looking until they find something. Having some food and guns out where they can be easily found should satisfy that, hopefully convincing them that they’ve found our stash and can leave. 

Hiding Things in Your Home

Everything else has to be well hidden, so that those things won’t be found first. There are a lot of places where we can hide things:

Places where we can hide things

  • The boxes in or attics and basements can be partially filled with food and other items, then the old baby clothes and other things put on top of them. Stack other boxes, with those baby clothes on top, so that they are the first ones found. 
  • Take the kick plate off underneath the cabinets in your kitchen; then fill the space, putting the kick plate back in place afterwards. 
  • Take off the back cover to your appliances, especially the washer and dryer, there’s space inside there, which can be used to for storage. 
  • If your home has soffits above the kitchen wall cabinets, they are mostly hollow. Remove some of the drywall, fill the space, then put new drywall in place, texturing and painting it to match. 
  • Any remodeling project gives you the opportunity to hide food and guns in the walls, as there are 3-1/2” (the thickness of a 2”x 4”) of mostly empty space in there. 
  • The HVAC ductwork in your attic or basement can be modified, adding additional ductwork that’s physically attached to the system, but not a part of it. As long as that new ductwork is made of the same material, most people won’t be able to tell it’s not part of the working system. Fill it with supplies and seal it off until needed. 
  • Something similar can be done, adding another 4” wastewater standpipe in the basement. Most people won’t realize that it doesn’t belong there, especially if fittings are attached to make it look like it is actually part of the home’s plumbing. 


  • Closets offer some unique hiding places. While just about anyone searching a closet is going to be looking to see if it has a false back, they won’t bother to look at the wall area above or to either side of the doors. You can cut open access areas in these, from the inside of the closet, then use them for storage. I’ve hidden guns this way for years and nobody has seen them, even people using those closets. 

In case you have a two story home

  • If you have a two story home, there are several inches of space between the first floor ceiling and the second floor flooring. It might be a bit hard to access, but cutting that open, filling it with supplies and then closing it back up, finishing it to look like it had never been opened provides one of the harder places for them to find anything. 

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