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12 Items You Should Stockpile Other Than Food and Water

We live in very volatile times, times that are marked by increasingly horrific weather events, water scarcity, financial instability and in many cases, civil unrest. What does this mean for us? It means we need to live in a state of preparedness. That doesn’t necessarily translate into being a “hardcore prepper,” but rather just being aware and understanding what it means to be prepared. Of course, when you h

50 Percent Of Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping For ‘The Apocalypse’

There is a new fad in Silicon Valley and Wall Street: Some of America’s richest and smartest people have become survivalists. “Anyone who’s in this community knows people who are worried that America is heading toward something like the Russian Revolution,” hedge fund investor Robert H. Dugger told The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos. Osnos profiled a wide variety of wealthy people who believe American civilizati

Completely, 100 Percent Off-Grid: 9 Essential Foods You Should Grow

Are you ready to feed your family by what you grow and raise? If you want to reduce your dependency on the commercial food supply, you better start now. It is important to develop a functional homestead capable of producing enough food to live on before you need it. Establishing crops, building infrastructure, raising animals and working out the kinks all takes time, and you may have a few less successful years bef

The Most Isolated, Amazing, Off-Grid House In The World?

The ultimate off-grid home also might be the world’s most isolated. It is a hunting lodge located on the island of Elliðaey, which is in the North Atlantic off the southern coast of Iceland. The house has a 110-acre island to itself, with the only things being a few trees, grass, puffin birds, and a rocky coast that belongs on a postcard. Want Free Off-Grid Electricity That Will Work ANYWHERE? Despite its’ rem

Little House on The Prairie: 5 Must-Haves for Living Off the Grid

There are many reasons why people go off grid. Some individuals seek to be away from the danger of other people in the event of a disaster. Others simply cannot take the stress of the daily grind anymore. Others enjoy braving the elements and seek to prove that they can live off the land. Whatever the reason, it is important to be aware of a few necessities before pulling the plug. Adequate Shelter The first concer

4 Hidden Off-Grid Dangers That Could Kill You

Many of us living off the grid have a homestead where we strive for some level of self-reliance. This can be accomplished by using an alternative energy source, having a thriving garden or raising livestock for meat. Regardless of exactly how we strive for self-reliance, often our homestead is remote and private. However, living on a remote homestead comes with some hidden dangers that could kill you if you’re no

The 5 Greatest Threats To Off-Grid Living

It’s nothing short of ironic that this nation, which was founded, explored, and made great by adventurous and self-reliant people, has now become a haven for those who insist on being cradled and sheltered by convenience. Responding to the demand that this has created, the government has increasingly made it more difficult to be self-reliant and now seems thoroughly dedicated to preventing anyone from taking care

How To Turn Old, Useless Clothes Into Homemade Rugs

To read part 2 in this series, click here.  Although it is simple to create a functional rug with purchased fabrics, it can be more resourceful and economical, and even more rewarding, if done with recycled materials. Recycling worn clothing and other home fabrics may seem like a no-brainer, but in fact there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Just as proper preparation and storage of your canned goods ensu

10 Medicinal Trees That Heal Virtually Everything

Alder tree. Image source: TreesPlantsFlowers blog Growing your own groceries is one of the most important steps to developing an off-grid or self-reliant existence, but growing your own medicine should also be placed at the top of the “to-do” list. Tending to medical needs is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of preparedness. However, creating a pharmacy to harvest the healing bounty of Mother Nature

How to Store and Stack Firewood The Right Way

Winter is coming! For some folks, perhaps it is already here. If you’re living in a place where wood heat is a primary or supplemental heat source for the winter months, firewood is a big deal. The Best Kind of Wood to Burn The best kind of wood to burn will depend on where you live and which kinds of trees are available. Generally speaking, hard woods, like oak and cherry, burn longer and put off more heat, and

The Amazing Confessions Of A Man Who Lived 37 Years Off Grid (AMA)

By Ron Melchiore Imagine if you can, a homestead nestled deep in the forest, fronting a beautiful lake. Oh sure… that sounds dreamy and might be reality for a lucky few. But now let’s take it a step further. The homestead sits on the shore of a remote, pristine lake which is located 100 miles in the wilderness. No roads, no trails, no neighbors. Only forest, water, animals and silence. Float plane is the only w

How Long Should You Boil Water?

In this guide we show you how long to boil water before using it. Learn how to make your water safe to use without wasting fuel. Today a friend asked me, “How long should I boil my water?”. He’s a prepper and a smart guy, but it’s no surprise to me that he’s confused on such a seemingly simple topic. I frequently come upon bad advice on blogs, books and forums about boiling water for purification. It

Surviving Off-grid: 5 Ways to Manage Chimney Creosote

The government is doing everything it can to deter people from burning wood, it still remains popular with home owners that don’t want to use oil or other more expensive fuels. Wood is also very popular with off gridders, preppers, and homesteaders because it can be harvested from natural resources or grown for this purpose. Many people that burn wood are plagued by creosote that builds up in chimneys. As dangero