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.
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.
As everyone(?) knows, your bug out bag (BOB) is what you grab when you have to leave. And I mean leave right now. For the most part, it’s prepacked with the most essential items you need to survive for the next 72 hours or so.
Survival Lilly shows in 3 videos (we’ll publish the third one when it’s available):
The least important items go in first. Then you pack the gear you want to be able to get at quickly. Pretty obvious, but think about it carefully. You pack the most important stuff that you can carry quickly and comfortably. The kitchen sink stays at home.
Many of the posts and articles on preparedness and survival sites are focused on some sort of kit:
Kits are good topics because they usually take an important aspect of the Law of 3’s and identify the gear/items needed to extend that “3-something” survival time.
Are you considering placing your first survival food order? Do you know how you should start sampling different food kits?
This is an important topic I’ve discussed before in these posts:
This post gives additional insights into this critical prepper strategy. Most importantly: order items you know you can use in your favorite recipes. If you’re not sure about an item, order smaller sizes to test for taste, etc.
1. … [T]he fruits and vegetables that you typically buy at the grocery store. Those will be the best choices for your early purchases … they won’t go to waste …
2. What are a few of your favorite recipes? It’s a good idea to stock up on those ingredients. …
3. Consider the staples you use most often: sugar, baking powder, herbs, etc. and then compare … to what you typically pay at a grocery store … these products will be packaged for long term storage unlike those purchased at grocery stores …
… Here is a link to … answer what size?
4. Keep in mind the importance of snacks. … Perhaps order a few snack items in either the pouch or #2.5 can sizes to try these out. The smaller containers are also good for emergency kits.
5. Do you have some just-add-water meals for emergencies? … Make sure you give them a taste test, though, before buying in large containers …
6. … [T]ypes of meat and poultry … [B]uy smaller containers of the ones you … use most frequently. Give them a try in … your recipes. If you like the flavor, texture, and convenience, then you’ll know what to stock up on …
7. You’ll need some meal-stretchers, such as rice, small pasta, certain grains, and beans … when added to a casserole or soup, they help provide many more servings, as well as more nutrition and fiber.
8. Stock up on ingredients for soup … an ideal recipe for survival scenarios … [start with a broth] and then add whatever is handy. Have a balance of veggies, proteins, and grains …
Source: Lisa Bedford is The Survival Mom. For 6 years she’s provided excellent advice and insights to preppers everywhere. Read her stuff.