Living off the grid comes with many advantages over “normal” modern life. There’s a comfort in self-reliance. However, getting there requires some effort. And there are things you need to remember along the way.
The Homestead Notes site posted a great list of nine off grid essentials that you need to keep in mind. Of course, these are a little general as there are many things to do and to watch out for. But it is a great starting point.
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Nine Off Grid Essentials
- Land. This one is a no-brainer. Whether you have your own cabin out there or you’re foraging as you go, you depend on the land itself.
2. Food. People, preppers included, have to eat. There are many things to consider when it comes to food production, food storage, and food preparation. A good food source is essential for survival.
3. Water. This is even more acutely critical than food. You must have access to water. And you must have a way to clean and store it.
4. Shelter. Everyone needs a home, from the simple hut to the luxurious mansion. What kind of shelter you have is up to you and your circumstances. However, there are many factors to sort through in order to get it right.
5. Power. Going off grid means getting away from the power grid. Leave the canned juice and gas to the unprepared city dwellers. And that means you must have an alternative. Think about wood, wind, solar, and hydro-power.
6. Security. This one is as critical as any other. You must be able to defend your little corner of the world. For most people this means firearms. Take care to assess your situation and determine exactly what kind of firepower you’ll require. Take into consideration defense and hunting needs.
7. Waste Disposal. Off grid means no sewers. And you still have to dispose of the wastes. Think hard about the out-house and the septic system. And don’t forget the toilet paper.
8. Communication. Very few preppers want to completely isolate themselves from the rest of humanity. Everyone else will need some form of communication. This can mean letter writing, radio, or cell service. Plan it out and have backups as needed.
9. Medical. The human body is still subject to harm even if the doctor is miles away. Invest in some basic training and keep a good supply of bandages, medicines, and other equipment. And have an emergency plan to access care if things get bad.
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These are excellent things to keep in mind. They cover the super simple, like having land to live off of, to the complex (medical, etc.). Each is extremely important.
Even if you’re not a full-time off grid master, these points are heedful. In fact, they probably more important to “ordinary” preppers than to anyone else. If you can apply these ideas through your preps, then you’re ready for anything.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.