Becoming totally self-sufficient is the ultimate goal for all homesteaders and preppers. However, no matter how much we struggle, money is still part of the self-sufficiency equation. Learning to live on a budget as a homesteader is a challenge for some people. The lack of money is the number one reason why people abandon the homesteading lifestyle.
When most people hear of words such as preppers or survivalists and even off-gridders, they assume that there must be something wrong with these people. They think we are crazy and that we should wear a tin foil hat. Preppers can be labeled as eccentric people, but they are probably not crazy and here’s why.
In every disaster movie, you see a panning shot across a broad highway packed with cars attempting to flee the city. The scenario continues with people abandoning their cars and joining their fellow citizens pushing onward on foot trying to escape. What they leave behind is up for the picking. Scavenging abandoned cars for survival will help you gather essential supplies.
The invention of gunpowder changed the battlefield forever and man was able to improve his ways of waging war and killing food. Long before gunpowder was invented, a sharp stick propelled down range was the top of ballistic technology. For thousands of years, survival archery was the only thing that helped man provide for his family and defend his lands.
The emergency blanket is one of the items that one should consider adding in his lifesaving bug out bag. It may not look like much, but this thin piece of Mylar film can prove useful in an emergency situation and it may even save your life one day.
In 1862, America was in full expansion and Congress passed the Homestead Act, opening up millions of acres for the pioneers. It was a helping hand for the settlers who were encouraged to conquer the Western frontier. All you needed to do to make the land yours was to build a sod house on it. You were supposed to grow crops on it and fight against the old bad luck for five years.
Our ancestors didn’t need much to survive. With a good piece of land and a little backwoods know-how they managed to live a fulfilling life. Today, picking the right piece of land for an off grid home is not so easy. There are many things we should consider before making this step.
The way things are going, it seems that daily carry will become a memory of our rights. A memory of when we were allowed to carry a handgun. We will live to see the day when our guns will be taken away from us and we will have to find other means to protect our families. Self defense in a gun-free zone is not a picnic and we should learn in advance about the options we have.
Treating wounds using alternative healing methods will become a vital skill when there is no doctor around. Besides providing you with the much-needed food, your pantry also holds two items that will help you treat wounds: honey and sugar. These two ingredients are beneficial for cleansing and healing traumatic wounds.
Having in your survival bag a versatile item like a tarp will come in handy during an emergency situation. It will help you gather water, camouflage your supplies and it will provide an excellent shelter in case nothing else is available. Improvising a basic tarp shelter can keep your head dry, it will help you conserve heat and it provides a sense of comfort and safety.
If you are one of the unfortunate people that had a close encounter with poison oak you should know by now how to identify and stay away from this plant. This is how repellent plants work and the same principal applies to pests if you know how to use the correct plants. Companion planting will help you protect your garden and keep pests far away from it.
Vetigel is an algae-based gel that can stop bleeding in just a few seconds. It is set to become the band aid of the future. According to the manufacturer this wonderful gel should be available for human use in the near future and it will revolutionize the way we heal.
Gathering water is a must in any survival situation, but you don’t always have a guarantee that the water is drinkable. This is why it is always indicated to gather water that doesn’t require purification. If you manage to do so, you will save time, fuel and energy. Natural water sources are all around us and we must learn how to make good use of them.