If you are interested in learning how to live independently then learning these tips for living off the grid is a great starting point. In modern society people are far too dependent upon the infrastructure that has become a part of our lives. We pay utility companies for water and power, we go to the grocery store for food, the doctor for medical care, and depend upon the police for protection. But what happens if that all falls apart? The scary truth is that most people wouldn’t make it. But you don’t have to be like most people, by following these tips for living off the grid you can learn to be self-sufficient.
1. Make sure that your home is a secure location. This means making sure that you have solid exterior doors and windows. Ideally you will have a basement or other type of shelter that you can retreat to in the event that a disaster strikes.
2. Install solar panels or wind turbines, and get a generator. One of the first things that you will lose in an emergency is electricity. By taking steps now you can help to make sure you keep the lights on when the power grid can no longer be relied on.
3. Make sure you have plenty of water. Having a couple of 500 gallon water jugs is a great starting point, but that water will go far more quickly than you may realize. So make sure that you have other ways to obtain water. A well would be ideal, but that’s not reasonable for most people. Instead make sure that you have a water filtration system, a rain catch, water purification tablets, and containers you can boil water in.
4. Have enough nonperishable food to last you for at least a month. Non perishable foods include dried and canned foods, as well as dry staples such as sugar and flour. Having an easily accessible garden is also a great idea because this will allow you to replenish your food supplies in the event that you end up in a long term survival situation.
5. Make sure you have enough medications and fuel for at least 30 days, and also make sure that you have changes of clothing.
6. Have flashlights, extra batteries, and a cell phone ready for use.
7. Make sure that you have the means to defend yourself in case you are forced to. Having a pistol on hand is a great start, but you should have more than one. You should also have plenty of extra ammunition. Having a hunting rifle is another way you can replenish your food supplies, and you can also use the scope on it for keeping an eye on your surroundings. Finally there are few better options for home defense than a shotgun. A simple pump action, 12 gauge shotgun is a gun that you can easily use effectively even with minimal training.
8. Prepare a bug out plan and supplies. Having a great shelter to hunker down is a great way to prepare for a disaster. But if that disaster turns into a long term problem then you are going to need a way to seek out better circumstances. This means having a reliable vehicle that is fueled up, and also having supplies of food, water, blankets, weapons, fire making supplies, and a first aid kit you can take with you.