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Living off-grid is the ideal type of living for many Americans, but only a few manage to fulfill this dream and adjust to what it all implies. Living off the grid is not as easy as seen in movies and it requires a certain mindset and the ability to adapt to various restrictions.
You may think that becoming self-sufficient while living off the grid is possible if you put a lot of time and effort into it, but that usually works for retired people or those folks that managed to put some money on the side. If you have a steady job and if you depend on others to bring in a steady income, you will be able to deal with your off-grid lifestyle during the weekends. That alone, will not be enough to obtain the level of self-sufficiency that makes off-grid living comfortable.
You will need to install a system to generate electricity like photo-voltaic solar panels and in some cases, you will also need an auxiliary power source like a wind turbine or mini-hydropower plant. Another critical part of a decent off the grid living is how to arrange for your own food. Making your own food is possible and everyone can do it as long as they put their effort into it. We buy food or groceries from the stores because of the hectic work life we have and because we lack the time and will to do it otherwise. Growing your own fruits, vegetables and meat is a skill that goes under constant development for those who live off the grid.
Not to mention that the social interaction will also diminish once you start your off-grid lifestyle. The further you live from “civilization” the less interaction you will have with people. Some may see this as a good thing since most of them seek peace and quiet. However, when friends stop visiting because you “live too far”, you will begin to understand why your social life declines.
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.