Anyone who has ever gone camping overnight would probably relate to that magical feeling, disconnected from the urban prison, sitting by the campfire, simply talking and connecting with people while roasting those sweet marshmallows.
The entire idea of off-grid living can be a refreshing thought. It is often embraced as some sort of adventure, a form of rekindling with nature and simply disconnecting from the mundane and cumbersome drag – that is life.
But if you’re thinking about taking hiatus from the fast-paced and stressful life and move somewhere more synched with nature and off the grid, than you should what awaits you and your family if you take such a step.
In this article we’ll talk about ten different reasons why you shouldn’t even think about living off the grid.
If however, you feel like you are up to the task after reading this article, we bid you farewell on your journey towards the serenity that is in living off the grid.
10) Be Willing to Work and Work Hard
What can you really do in this world without money?
Unless you’re planning to trek to the farthest corners of the world, you’re going to need some money – money that you will invest in equipment and knowledge to help you live off the grid.
And if you have a family and all of you desire such a change, the money factor gains even more importance.
Now that we understand the importance of money, you need to be willing to work extra to earn enough money to fund your endeavor.
9) Start a Small Business
Although, it might not be as simple as that, there are many ways to earn through a small business.
The reason you should start a business is that, it will free up a lot of time that you will be spending learning important survival tips and preparing for the life altering experience that awaits you.
At the same time, having your own business is much more secure than a job.
Even if you earn less, you would be surprised to learn how easy it is to live without all the un-necessary habits we have developed such as Netflix, car loans, extra credit cards and so on.
As you will be moving towards your exit from this superficial and shallow communities we’ve created, you will obviously have to reduce your expenses and pay down your debts.
This will be your period of transition and self-employment is a huge part of it. Having income from only one source (a job) severely limits how much money you can make.
8) Collect Building Materials for Your Future Life
When you are living off the grid, you can’t exactly drive to your nearest Home Depot to pick up some building materials.
Quite often you will be forced to make due with whatever you can find at hand, this means getting wood through manual labor or gathering recycled building materials.
Now as far as gathering materials is concerned, you can head towards old buildings and scrape yards, even wooden pallets are excellent building supplies.
7) Physical Fitness
Now this shouldn’t surprise many.
If you intend to live off the grid, you need to be in good physical shape.
Not only will you be walking a lot, you will probably have to carry heavy loads and performing strenuous activities such as chopping wood and carrying water.
Essentially, you will have to use your body a lot more than you’ve ever had to before.
The best way to prepare for this is to get in shape now and avoid struggling in the initial phase of your move.
6) Buying a Property
After all of the preparations, you will finally need a place, which you will call home.
This place must have access to water.
Finding such a property that is off the grid is usually not an easy task.
You must take into account all of the various factors that will make the place livable.
For example, if you intend to generate your own power through solar or air, meaning you will need good sunlight all year round and moderate winds.
If you have children then you must also consider: your location in relation to schools, hospitals and even entertainment.
5) Acquire a Trade
The entire premise of living of the grid is about being self-sufficient.
However, in our modern society we rely on others to literally do just about any skill. Whether, we’re talking about car repairs, construction, plumbing, electrical work, etc.
So it is important that you learn at least the most basics of skills so you don’t need to call the handyman every time there is need for repairs in your new home.
Once you get familiar with a few basic trades, you can even try learning some of the difficult ones such as welding.
4) Find the Green Thumb within You
There is nothing more important than food independence.
First off, it will help you save large sums of money. Just by growing your own vegetables and fruits you will be forced to spend less on unhealthy produce and eat your own home grown organic foods.
It will also help you reduce your dependence of grocery stores, making a stop closing to truly living off the grid.
3) Butchering and Skinning
What could possible better represent living off the grid than butchering and skinning your own meat?
We all know there is a griller within all of us but wouldn’t you want to go even deeper and empower that butcher within you?
This will help you in the grand scheme of things have help you integrate into your new lifestyle of self-sustainability.
2) Learning to Cook
If you don’t already know how to cook, this would be the best time to get acquainted with the stove.
If you are not willing to learn how to cook, then there is literally no point in opting for an off the grid lifestyle.
Cooking on your own is about as self-sustaining as it can get. Besides, you are not going to find Chinese takeout in the middle of nowhere.
1) Survival Guide
Let’s face it there is more uncertainty to living on the outskirts of human civilization and completely off the grid.
But when it comes to uncertainty, we need to be completely prepared even for the most unforeseeable circumstances.
We need to be able to support our families and even ourselves in the case that something happens.
In such a case there is nothing better to go through a proper survival guide that will help you understand and familiarize all of the skills you need to survive off the grid.
So now that you understand the ten main things you need to do before you can even thing about living off the grid.
If you think are willing and able to do all of these things, then welcome, welcome to a life of true contentment and joy.
Live life the way humans were supposed to live – within nature.