Discover survival uses for shipping containers and how you can use a sea container for more than just a tiny home!
In this article:
- Guest House or Spare Room
- Underground Shelter
- Shipping Container Indoor Garden
- Storage Shed
- Emergency Shelter
- Off-Grid Family Home
Innovative Uses for Shipping Containers to Inspire Preppers
1. Guest House or Spare Room
Using shipping containers is great for people who want to build a tiny home or room on a budget! The tiny home community picked up on this idea and it’s quickly becoming a trend.
I personally love this idea of a home you can build almost anywhere!
My favorite part: shipping containers are modular. This means you can stack them as needed for more space!
For sure every prepper or survivalist imagined getting together with the rest of the family or friends in case of an SHTF scenario. Your mind will rest easy with your family around.
Yeah, they’re family but we all still want some privacy. Just in case these straight-out-of-a-disaster-movie scenarios strike you’re ready to house them.
Provide your family with a comfortable dwelling in the safety of your place. Whether you’re preparing for when SHTF or only want a place for your visiting family, a tiny home from a shipping container is great.
You can build the perfect guest house you want with shipping containers. You can do this for half the cost too, or even less than when constructing from regular building materials.
2. Underground Shelter
If the shipping container is installed properly it can make a great underground shelter.
Here is a great instructional video on how to build an underground shelter using a shipping container.
You might also want to check this article on how to build your own underground bunker for more survival ideas!
3. Shipping Container Indoor Garden
With recycled shipping containers, you are looking not only at its potential for living quarters. You will be surprised there are more to shipping containers than meets the eye.
Convert shipping containers into indoor gardens! More than anything, food supply is essential if we are to continue as a civilized society come what may.
Shipping containers are ready-made structures with the right space to hold an indoor garden. You only need to add mechanics to control the environment for the plants indoors.
The video below shows just how it can be done. I have to say this idea is absolutely revolutionary and I personally can’t wait to get started on my own indoor garden!
4. Storage Shed
Shipping container shed made with 2 twenty foot containers for storage with room for our tractor in the gap pic.twitter.com/xYHLlzXFBN
— OurContainerHouse (@tina42963477) March 18, 2016
Shipping containers are used in the shipping industry for the transport of cargo. But, they are used in several innovative ways outside the industry, too.
They are repurposed as anything from workshops and even extra storage. A prepper and a survivalist is never without a storage shed.
With all the tools and supplies you have, you need a place to organize your essentials. Losing or misplacing your tools and supplies is a luxury you cannot afford.
A shipping container is a fantastic place which is almost ready-made. You only need to add divisions and compartments to keep the place organized.
— Cottage Life (@cottagelife) April 23, 2015
We want a safe place for working on these survival hacks. Most of us have a separate place for storage and a workshop.
I would suggest you do if you are dead serious in prepping. I would suggest you do if you are dead serious in prepping. A workshop and storage in one could mess up your stuff so consider a separate place.
That is where shipping containers come in. They are inexpensive, durable, and repurposing shouldn’t cost you much.
6. Emergency Shelter
— Waldy Diez (@_waldy) July 27, 2017
Here and the world over, shipping containers play a vital role in temporary housing projects for refugees or displaced families. They are inexpensive, quick and easy to put up, and quite livable with utilities and furnishings installed.
Since it is temporary, nothing could be more perfect for building an emergency shelter where you don’t have to build from scratch. We’ve seen prototypes of container emergency shelter which are by far more decent than shacks made from lightweight materials which are supposedly “easy” to install.
7. Off-Grid Family Home
While a cabin in the woods is the traditional shelter for off-grid living, more and more survivalist are looking at the potential of shipping container homes as an inexpensive off-grid family home. Or at least a part of the home if not the whole structure.
Transport can be a bit of an issue but from there, you are good to go. More and more people living off-grid are finding the idea of a modern structure out in the wilderness.
Looking at shipping container homes plans and design ideas will inspire even the most traditional of us.
This video from Tiny House Listings will also show you how to build a shipping container home:
How to Buy a Used Shipping Container
Here is a great article that’ll tell you everything you need to know on how to buy a shipping container.
It’s very useful information with tips to consider before you buy and try them on the different uses for a shipping container here!
Find out more about the wonderful uses of recycled shipping containers for survival in this video from Mashable Daily:
Using shipping containers is the perfect response to questions of sustainability, practicality, and cost-effectiveness in building modern structures. Whether for everyday survival in the urban jungle or preparing for possible disasters in the future, the role of recycled shipping containers is now more active than ever.
Today, we have bistros, food shacks, offices, apartments, and even pools made from shipping containers. In the area of survival and prepping, explore these possibilities for shipping containers you need to be aware of!
If you have re-invented a shipping container, tell us about your experience! Share your thoughts about shipping container uses for survival in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 30, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.