If you have ever heard of survival prepping or just “prepping” in general, you’re probably familiar with the concept of living off grid. Essentially, the idea is that you build your life in such a way that you’re not reliant upon the power grid, government or even modern food/water supply for your survival. The whole concept is about sustainability, being able to exist with very little impact if something unforeseeable happens to disrupt our modern way of life.
One of the single biggest issues that most people come across when considering an off grid lifestyle is how they’re going to power their home and lives. There are plenty of ways to keep your home powered without dependence upon a centralized power grid. From solar and wind energy to generators, you have a lot of options. Some people opt to live in such a way that they require as little electrical energy as possible in an attempt to get around their dependence upon these resources.
Water and sewer are other big considerations for people who choose to live off grid. If you’re going to keep your water supply steady (which is vital) it’s best to live in a temperate climate and either have property with a well and/or other water rights or to have a well-managed rain water collection/storage practice.
Sewage can be managed with a well-maintained septic system.
If you’re living 100% off grid, this means you’re not relying on modern supply chains to keep yourself and your family fed. This means that you’ve incorporated a serious system of food storage and/or food cultivation into your life. If you are planning on being off grid forever or even for an extended period of time, growing/raising your own food is pretty much essential.
You can store food for a while, but if you can’t replenish your food supply as you use it, it’s eventually going to run out.
There are many ways to keep up on your food storage. Gardening, canning, livestock and even game hunting can help to ensure your family is never short of food. Of course, there are some foods (such as sugar and salt) which you’re going to want to maintain a healthy, long-term supply of. If you can’t grow and mill enough grain to keep you in flour, you may want to stockpile that as well.
Even those who live primarily off grid find themselves in need of outside assistance from time to time. Items such as medications and first aid need to be maintained. In the even that something does happen to disrupt modern society and all of the conveniences we take for granted, these will be the hard to come by items.
Keeping an extra supply of prescriptions and OTC medications, as well as emergency medical supplies, is a great way to be prepared. You’ll also be well-served by taking some basic courses like CPR and other medical training classes. These simple tips can literally mean the difference between life and death for people living off grid.