Our great grandparents were truly survivors and they were able to thrive in challenging times. If we think of our childhood and of everything they had to do, to be self-sufficient, we will realize they had survival skills that, today, we do not have. It is hilarious how we became so addicted to technology. How we forgot some of the survival skills our great-grandparents and grandparents thought us. We now use our phones even for the most basic things, like calculating the tip or learning how to boil an egg. We should look back and learn some of the survival skills our grandparents had.
Living off-grid has become one of the most popular options for the preppers out there. Every day, you hear stories about this alternative way of living. Although many people think that living off the grid means to live in a cabin, in the woods without basic comfort, the reality is totally different. Thanks to technological advances and due to the self-sufficiency solutions available today, living off-grid has become a good lifestyle. It offers freedom and lets you enjoy life without being stuck in the social vicious cycle. But, before giving up everything and dive head first into your new off-grid life, here’s what you need to know.
Every prepper tries to prepare as best as they can for when SHTF. Besides stockpiling food, water and ammunition, they also put a considerable effort into having a proper shelter. They try to find ways to secure it and make it as comfortable as possible, so that they can ride out anything the future might throw at them. For some bugging in is the only reliable solution for surviving, while for the rest of us, having a bug out location is a must. The Eearthship is a prepper’s best friend and here is why.
In these harsh economic times every penny counts and prepeprs know it all too well. We can live with older clothes, we can drive an older car, but we must have food. Water and food are a must for whatever scenario the future throws at us. Without a good stockpiled pantry, our chances of survival are slim. Some preppers consider they have to struggle twice as much compared to their average neighbor, since besides the daily cost of living they have to also stretch their budget for additional supplies. There are some tips to make your life easier and help you save some money.
Bugging in can be defined as staying in your house and holding down the fort during an emergency situation. If you have everything you need in your home in order to survive there is no need to leave and head for a distant location. You will have to bug out only if there are solid reasons to do so. Reasons that are usually a threat for you and your loved ones. Even though the trend is to bug out and there is a lot of literature dedicated to it, for some this isn’t an option. In fact, bugging in is usually the first choice for suburban and urban preppers when a crisis occurs. Since, not everyone has the chance to go for the hills or get access to a bug out location (BOL) is better to know what to do in order to bug-in and survive.
When it comes to creating electricity off the grid, there are many solutions available for your home or your bug out location. However, if you are mobile and you need to find a solution for your bug out bag, you don’t have many options. You have to rely on the classic batteries or rechargeable batteries. Luckily, there are some new developed solutions available out there. Most of them are unknown to preppers and you will see them in the following article.
Picking out a knife for your EDC is harder than one would expect. There are so many different models in an amazing number of styles and materials and the price range greatly varies from a model to the other. Most of the times, one will choose a blade only if it looks cool, without knowing that looks can be deceiving and the knife he chose might not be the right one for him. You should at least know why the blade is shaped in a particular style and what it is good for.
There is no greater sustainable energy source than the sun. Mankind has been trying to take the most from it since PV panels were invented. There are all sorts of DIY projects involving solar panel and harvesting solar energy. However, most of the PV panels have a low efficiency and even more, their performance is affected by the sun movement and setup location.
We take water for granted as we turn on the faucet and it pours out. We fail to notice that due to global warming and intensive farming, water has become the most precious commodity on earth. Even more, in the coming decades water will become more precious than gold. Collecting rainwater can be a viable solution for assuring the water needs for you and your family. And with the recent discussions regarding whether or not to allow the use of rain water, collecting rainwater has become a hot topic.
There are always difficulties to be encountered and dealt with when it comes to prepping. While some problems can be overcome rather easily, there are some that can prove deceptive and can lead to disaster. Many of these problems do not stand out at first and they occur when is too late to do something about it while others develop right under your nose. There are 6 deadly mistakes that can happen to anyone. It’s better to be aware of them, rather than facing them.
Our neighbors and our friends, like most of Americans are used to buying everything they need for a good oral hygiene. They go to the supermarket and they opt for the prefabricated, mass-produced items. Nowadays it’s easy to procure whatever you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy, but what will happen when all these commodities will be gone? Shouldn’t you be making your own toothpaste and not depend on others?