We’ve all seen post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows where the survivors go scavenging for food and supplies. Sometimes, they find plenty of food in abandoned supermarkets and houses. Those are the most obvious places to scavenge after the apocalypse, and in reality will be cleared out very quickly. Here are eight of the less obvious places to scavenge after the apocalypse.
Because they are less obvious, these are places that are less likely to have already been targeted. Some of them may have food, others may have tools or other useful supplies. These eight places to scavenge after the apocalypse are just the beginning. Go and explore your local area and think about which buildings might be abandoned but still contain useful items after the apocalypse.
Is It OK To Find Places To Scavenge After The Apocalypse?
After any kind of major disaster where food or water is limited, people will scavenge to find what they need. Some may see it as looting, others as justified means for survival. Whether it is acceptable to take things that aren’t yours depends on the nature of the place and the events that have occurred.
Obviously, this article relates to a post-apocalyptic world. Don’t go grabbing supplies from any of these places until then! Only when society has collapsed and law no longer exists should any of this be considered.
Some of the locations mentioned in this list are businesses. After the collapse of society these are very likely to be totally abandoned. This makes the business locations easier targets for scavenging.
Some of the locations included in this list will be owned by private individuals. Even after the apocalypse, the owners may still be living in or using the buildings. Some may be abandoned if the apocalypse wipes out a large proportion of the population. Only consider scavenging locations that are obviously abandoned. Don’t break in to properties that may still be in use. Not only is it unethical, but it will put you in serious danger of being attacked.
When scavenging anywhere in a post-apocalyptic world, be as careful as possible. There may be other people scavenging too, so always be aware of your surroundings.
Eight Places To Scavenge After The Apocalypse
1. Office Buildings
Office buildings will be abandoned pretty quickly after an apocalypse. They’re also a great place to scavenge. They’re not as obvious as supermarkets and food warehouses, but will have plenty of things that are useful.
A lot of office buildings have kitchen areas for staff to store food and make drinks. A great starting point to find food is any kitchen area, and there may be bottled water there too.
Many office workers keep snacks on their desks or in drawers and cupboards. Searching through desks in an office should provide a good haul of sweets and other snacks, as well as coffee and tea bags.
Have a look for vending machines full of chocolate, crisps and drinks. Don’t forget to check out any conference rooms too, as companies often provide bottled water in their conference rooms.
Office buildings aren’t just a source of food and drinks. There will be first aid kits containing useful medical supplies, and check the toilets to grab paper towels and toilet paper too.
If all that isn’t enough, offices are also full of stationary supplies. Paper and pens are always useful, particularly if you have children to entertain and educate.
Another great place to find loads of useful things after the apocalypse. Schools will be abandoned very quickly after the apocalypse, leaving behind many items that we can scavenge. The school kitchen is likely to contain food, as well as cooking equipment. The staff room and any other teachers’ offices will probably have snacks as well as tea and coffee. You might also find bottled water.
In addition to food and water, schools will have medical equipment and possibly some medications too. Some schools have a nurses office, which will contain medical equipment. If there is no school nurses office, then there will probably be medical equipment stored elsewhere, such as in the school office. There are also likely to be first aid kits in many places throughout the school.
Food, water and medical supplies are obviously the most important items in terms of surviving the apocalypse. However, as time progresses, other things will become important too. For those with children, some form of education will be important, and schools may provide equipment and books to help with that.
3. Storage Units
Storage units seem to be becoming more and more common. Nearly every town now has industrial buildings offering self storage. People now often use storage units to store extra furniture, or to empty out the contents of their garages. These are likely to be great places to scavenge after the apocalypse.
You’re likely to find tools and equipment in storage units. You’re also very likely to find furniture, and that could be very useful. During the apocalypse, you might not think you need new furniture, however you may want materials for increasing your home security. Disassemble wooden furniture to provide materials for increasing your home security, including boarding up windows.
You never know what you might find in a storage unit, but there will always be something that you can make use of. While you’re in the building, check for vending machines and first aid kits too!
4. Car Dealers and Workshops
Car dealers may not be an obvious place to scavenge after the apocalypse, but there are likely to be plenty of useful items.
Often, car dealers provide drinks for their customers, so may have bottled water. There may also be vending machines. Some of the higher end dealers also provide canned drinks and snacks, so there will be a supply of those.
Moving on to the workshop, this will be a great place to find all sorts of tools. The majority of people probably won’t be using a vehicle after the apocalypse. If you are, however, car workshops will prove to be very useful places to find the equipment and supplies you need to keep it running.
5. Farm Buildings
Farms are far less likely to be abandoned than schools or office buildings. However, in a major apocalypse that many people have not survived, you may find abandoned farms. Farmers store a variety of useful things in their farm buildings, including animal feeds and medications. You may also find water tanks.
Another item to look for is bags of seeds, which could be very useful for growing your own produce. In addition, there is likely to be a supply of fertiliser, weedkiller and insecticide.
Farm buildings also contain tools and equipment that you will be able to make use of. If you are still running a vehicle after the apocalypse, you may be able to obtain some fuel here too.
6. Marinas and Caravan Parks
Marinas and caravan parks are both places that people go to stay for holidays, weekend breaks or nights away from home. As such, there will often be supplies of longer lasting food and drinks stored. However, bear in mind that the boats and caravans may belong to survivors. People might even be using them as their bug out locations. Only look in places that you are sure are abandoned
Abandoned boats and caravans might still have food stored in them, . There is also likely to be a small shop or office on site with more food and drink.
Both boats and caravans usually have first aid kits. Medical equipment will be in short supply after the apocalypse, so first aid kits will be very useful to find.
Both caravans and boats may contain transportable, off-grid cooking equipment. Many have bottled gas connected to a small cooker, which you may be able to remove.
And lastly, if you are still operating a vehicle after the apocalypse, you’re going to need fuel. Boats will be a useful source of petrol (usually smaller boats) and diesel (usually bigger boats). Boats are less obvious places to obtain fuel, so you should still be able to find some. You’ll probably even be able to find jerry cans at the marina so you can transport fuel easily.
A scrapyard isn’t going to be a great place to find food. However, if you’ve ever seen the TV show Scrapheap Challenge you’ll know that they’re great places to scavenge for tools and materials. You’ll be able to find plenty of materials here for making items to secure your home. There will also be plenty of materials to make your own tools. You might also be able to create home made weapons with the items you find here too.
8. Pet Supply Shops
Dog food, yummy. If you’re desperate though, pet food contains plenty of nutrition. Or of course, if you have pets living with you, you’ll want to help them survive too.
In a disaster, pet supply shops are less likely to be scavenged for food than supermarkets. If you can’t find food elsewhere, then pet food will keep you alive.
There Are Many More Places To Scavenge After The Apocalypse
This list isn’t just to give you eight places to scavenge after the apocalypse. It’s to help you think differently about your local area, and consider places that might be useful to you in a post-apocalyptic world. Identifying places to scavenge after the apocalypse is just one of our five things to learn about your local area. Make sure you know your own area well, it might just save your life.
Do you have any other ideas for less obvious places to scavenge after the apocalypse? Let us know in the comments below!