Survivorists. Preppers. Off-gridders. Those are just some of the names attributed to those who live a self-sufficient lifestyle or are planning for a disturbance of modern society caused by natural disasters or man-made catastrophes. Although there’s some cross-pollination between preppers and off-gridders, for the sake of this article, we’ll be focusing on those who want to unplug from utilities and many modern conveniences and live a sustainable lifestyle in a rural setting.
Living off-the-grid is a rewarding way of life for many Americans. Those that value privacy and a rugged individualism love the freedom and simplicity that living off-the-grid provides. Yet those looking to unplug need to plan for a safe and comfortable everyday living experience.
Tips for Living Off-the-grid
Originally, the grid referred to the United States’ electrical system. An estimated 200,000 Americans have unplugged from this power network and have embraced off-grid living, opting for more self-sufficient and eco-friendly alternatives such as solar and wind power.
Today, the term “living off-the-grid” also refers to shunning gas and sewer lines (at least as much as possible), cutting off your cell service, and generally getting away from dependence on technology and outside resources. Sometimes far away. Off-gridders aim, essentially, to reduce their carbon footprint and, all in all, lead a simpler, more self-sufficient life.
People who’ve figured out how to live off-the-grid usually build homes in rural areas with cheap land, abundant natural resources—and maybe even room for solar panels. Most off-grid homes are custom-built for maximum efficiency—that means no wasted space to heat or cool and no utility and energy bills to worry about.
Off-gridders can have power, often generated from wind or solar sources from turbines or panels. That’s how many can keep food storage safe and provide some convenient heating methods. Water can be gathered by cisterns that capture and store rainwater for cooking and bathing. Many off-the-grid grow their own food in gardens or even hunting and fishing for meat.
Thinking about off-the-grid living must include planning for an emergency. Ensuring the safety of your family, home or property is paramount to anything else. Being prepared is as simple as having a plan and a supply of essential, life-sustaining items that are easily accessible in times of need.
Fortunately, new emergency preparedness technology can help keep you safe in a survival situation. There’s a growing market for off-grid tools and supplies geared towards the unplugged lifestyle that can give peace-of-mind when faced with emergency needs like:
- Food & Water
- Medical Supplies
Special consideration should be given to plans for a medical emergency or accident. This is where research and training can make the difference between life or death when living and working in remote areas.
Medical treatment and prevention can be a challenge that must be planned and prepared for in several potential situations. Access to doctors and modern medicine may be limited living off-grid, so having the right supplies and training just makes common sense.
First aid training is available through the American Red Cross or other organizations. Stockpiling a vast array of modern medicines and medical supplies to help treat both foreseeable inconvenient maladies and life-threatening injuries is prudent. Ample supplies of pain medication and antibiotics should be at the top of the list.
Off-grid Medical Supplies from H&H
Off-grid medical supplies are easily found from H&H Medical Corporation. Our lineup of military-grade bandages, gauzes, tourniquets, and trauma essentials means confidence that you have the right medical supplies to keep you and your family safe.
We’ve made it easy to plan and shop for what you need to survive with our Ultimate Survivalist Emergency Kit, plus many other tools and tips to stay off-the-grid safely. Emergencies happen. That’s why you should trust the combat-proven readiness of H&H products.