Your Homesteading Heritage: Top Tips for Taking Your Family Off the Grid Gracefully

Going off the grid appeals to a lot of families but a fair number of them tend to hold back on their plans, simply because they don’t really know where to start in order to turn that dream into a reality.

It can often help to learn some basic prepper skills as part of your learning curve, as well as finding just what it takes to take your family off the grid as seamlessly as possible.

Anything is possible

Although your plans might be a bit easier with some cash in the bank to help get you started with some of the things you will need to go off the grid, it should also be noted that there are families who started living this way with virtually no money at all.

The trick is often to be as resourceful and creative as you possibly can.

One family moved to a remote spot in the desert which they managed to buy for just $1,000 and then spent time living in an old bus that they fitted out, with a solar panel and batteries for power.

They used this as their base while they worked on building a more permanent base that had more amenities and space to live in. The point about this example, is that anything really is possible if you approach the idea with a positive can-do attitude.

Getting in the right zone

Going off the grid is a lifestyle choice and something that you want to do in order to make a permanent and positive difference to your family’s life, and in order for it to work, you need to be excited by the challenge and commit yourself to learning how to make it happen.

If you are planning to live a family life off the grid, your parenting role will take on a new dimension, and you will have to learn how to keep them safe and comfortable in what will be a very different environment to the one that they have been probably used to up to this point.

Building a sustainable homestead

If you can build a sustainable homestead in the middle of a desert, you can pretty do it anywhere, so location should not necessarily be a barrier to your ambitions.

What you have to do is make a detailed assessment of your immediate needs, making a list of the things that need to be in place from day one. These will include developing a home-scale energy resource, a supply of clean water, sewage and waste solution, heating and anything else that you consider should be in place immediately in order to get the project underway.

Preparing for baths rather than just running the tap, cutting logs on a daily basis, and restricting your energy requirements, are just some of the examples of life off the grid will be different, but ultimately rewarding for those that take the plunge.

By Conrad Novak. “I’m a proud father of two great children. My journey to being better prepared began when Hurricane Katrina hit and when I lost my job due to the 2008 economic crisis. That made me realize that in a short time everything can change for the worst. This experience pushed me into a new mindset, preparing me to expect the unexpected in life and to remain ever vigilant. All these hard events gave me the motivation to go through several courses, soaking in a number of books and put the knowledge into practice in order to improve my skills regarding survival and preparedness. I’m committed to providing you with the most accurate and up-to-date tips and information to help you become more self-reliant and keep you prepared for whatever life throws at you.”

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