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Thinking about living off-grid, but you’re not exactly sure what that means or what you’ll have to do? You’re in the right place because we’re going to discuss the basics of living off-grid right now.
What Does Living Off-Grid Mean?
Developed housing sits on several grids which provide utilities and essential services. These grids include the electrical grid, water grid, telecommunications grid, and natural gas grid. The term ‘living off the grid’ simply means one is deliberately disconnected from these utilities and services as well as society itself.
Why Would Anyone Consider Living Off-Grid?
There are a number of reasons someone may choose to live off the grid. Some people have a substantial distrust of the government while others are extremely anti-social. Some may be running from the law and others simply prefer a life of self-sustainability and/or a survival-based lifestyle. Each reason is as individual as the person, so each person must decide if living off-grid is the right decision for them.
What Do I Need to Move Off the Grid?
As you can imagine, the choice to move off-grid is not one to be taken lightly, it is a drastic lifestyle adjustment that requires leaving behind modern conveniences and comforts. Living off the grid demands you have basic survival skills like hunting, foraging, sourcing and purifying your own water, building, gardening and a whole lot more. Basically, you’re moving to the wilderness and never coming back so prepare for exactly that. Get as much information as you can find and prepare yourself with knowledge of this lifestyle so you will be ready for it.
I Feel Like I’m Not Ready to Move Off-Grid Yet. What Can I Do?
Your reluctance is completely normal, so don’t feel badly about being hesitant. A good piece of advice is to continue learning more about the off-grid lifestyle and put your new knowledge into practice while you can still fall back on your traditional resources. Improve your wilderness survival skills, read up on bushcrafting (the skill to create needed items out of natural materials) and practice feeding yourself without a grocery store. These skills will be invaluable if you ever decide to take the plunge into living off-grid. Buy and stock your own bug-out bag to get a sense of what you’ll need and what you’ll be using if you ever change your mind about bailing out.
Off-grid living is not easy or a simple decision, but it is certainly worth the effort for many people and for many reasons. Once you’ve decided to go this route, prepare yourself as best as possible so your endeavor can be successful and you achieve your goal of survival outside of society.
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