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10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Going Off Grid

Off Grid Reality

Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.

Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.

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10 Things To Really Know Beforehand

1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.

2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.

3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.

4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.

5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.

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What To Do AFTER Bugging Out: A Survival Guide

Bugged Out? Now What

Well, it’s happened. Some disaster, or the SHTF. Doesn’t really matter.

You and your crew are bugging out. All the planning, discussions, and stocking is paying off. You know where you’re going, how you will get there, what you are bringing. It’s all set. Been set for some time.

And there you are. At your pre-determined bug out location.

Now What?

Now you can’t just stand there, or haphazardly start doing “stuff.” Hopefully you have a plan for this part of your bug out scenario. A plan or a step-by-step survival guide for after bugging out. A guide that deals with:

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Internet Tool Helps You Build A Bug Out Bag

Pack Your Bag

Now this solves your bug out bag problem!

Is your bag complete? Do you have one for your car? Do you have one?

Internet Tool Helps You Build A Bug Out Bag

Bug Out Bag Resource Tool

 

Well, there’s now an awesome internet site that helps you build, buy, and ship your pack. How? They start with 29 product categories including:

  • Bottles
  • Purification
  • Fuel
  • Multi-tools
  • Freeze-dried
  • MedKit
  • Cover
  • 550 Paracord, and 19 more.

Each category has several products from different manufacturers, all with customer reviews. As you make your selections, as you build out your bag, the tool (the website) tracks in real time the weight, volume, pricing, and progress of your build.

When you’re done, you check out through Amazon “knowing how much your bug out bag will weigh, as well as knowing that all of your gear will fit into it”.

Bug Out Bag Tips Video

Source: Scott Hunt, of Practical Preppers, discusses the tool on the short video below:

 

 

Here’s the link to the website tool: eBugout. It can’t get easier than this.

Image: Dan Evans

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