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People go off the grid for a variety of reasons. Some do it because it allows them to become more self-sustainable. They can grow their own food, get their own water, and don’t need to rely on grocery stores to survive. Others do it for the thrill. After all, there’s no better experience than completely supporting yourself off the grid. Finally, there’s the group of people who go off the grid after a disaster, either man-made or natural, to increase their chances of survival. In all three cases, there are some things you’ll want to avoid.
You can’t just say, “Okay, I’m going to live off the land now“, but then have no plan, supplies, or survival knowledge to back it up (without proper planning, going off the grid can actually be very dangerous). Christopher McCandless, who’s story was used to make the movie Into the Wild, helps us appreciate the importance of being fully prepared for living off the land.
For example, are you familiar with solar power and how to harness UV light to produce electricity? Did you know that a buildup of human waste in your living area can become toxic if not disposed of properly? Or that elevated water sources can provide you with a more efficient way of acquiring water? If you’re someone who’s never lived off the land, I wouldn’t expect you to know these things. But they’re crucial to making your experience a more comfortable one.
The last thing you want is to go off the grid knowing nothing about the wilderness, food preservation, etc. It’s also important that you become a handyman. By this, I mean learn how to fix things when they break rather than replace them. This is a crucial skill to have when living off the land. We’ll talk about all this and more in our article, so come check it out!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.