7 Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should Know

Check out these building ideas and learn how you can use shipping containers for more than just a tiny home! 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. Continue reading and discover the potential of shipping containers for your survival needs!

Innovative Uses for Shipping Containers to Inspire Preppers


1. Guest House or Spare Room
Guest House or Spare Room | Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should KnowAmazing 20ft Shipping Container Home Photo by John [The Railroad Yard Inc.]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 planning to prepare for these scenes or only want to build 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 or even less than when constructing from regular building materials.

2. Underground Shelter
Underground Shelter | Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should KnowUsing Shipping Containers for Underground Homes Photo by Underground-Homes

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. Indoor Garden
Indoor Garden | Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should KnowAwesome Shipping Container Garden Container Professionals Inc. Photo by Sumpter.org

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 accommodate a soil or hydroponic 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
Storage Shed | Cost-Effective Uses For Shipping Containers Survivalists Should KnowHow To Build Amazing Shipping Container Homes Storage Containers Within Shop Plans Plan 15 Photo by NrDesigns.org

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 need for emergency scenarios and self-reliance, you need an adequate 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.

5. Workshop

Preppers and survivalists are some of the busiest people around. You will always see as puttering on something whether building a bug out bag or trying on new survival gadgets and tools. We want a safe place for working on these survival hacks.

Most of us have a separate place for a storage and a workshop. I would suggest you do if you are dead serious in prepping. A workshop and storage in one could potentially contaminate or mess up your organized storage, but you can always build compartments. That is where shipping containers come in. They are inexpensive, durable, and repurposing shouldn’t cost you much.

6. Emergency Shelter

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

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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 containers 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.

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 along with other things to consider when buying. It’s a 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 it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 18, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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