Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget When Preparing for Off-Grid Living

Off-grid living is an adventure that many people choose to embark on. This lifestyle choice can be for various reasons, including the desire to live more sustainably and escape technology overload.

With almost every home appliance requiring electricity, you will need to have a mobile and off-grid power solution to enjoy your life outside infrastructure. Living off the grid can seem daunting at first, but there are some steps you will want to take before leaving your old life behind.

To help you prepare for this new experience, here’s a list of items that every off-grid person should pack when they move.

Off-grid home in Canada

Mobile and Off-Grid Power

An average household in the US consumes about 29.2 kWh of power every day. If you are living off the grid, you will not have access to this traditional source of electricity, so it is important that you find alternative ways of powering your home. According to experts at EcoWatch, solar panels are a great way to generate electricity, but you will also need batteries and inverters for storing it all up on your own property.

Solar panels

Food Supplies

An off-grid person should pack an entire year of food supplies. These items include staples, canned goods, non-perishable foods, and dehydrated or freeze-dried foods. You will also want to bring spices and condiments that you use regularly. Be sure to pack enough for everyone in your family, so you don’t have to worry about rationing while surviving in the wilderness.

You will not be able to pop into the local grocery store whenever you need something. You may have a hard time finding food at all if there is an emergency or natural disaster that cuts off access between your new home and the outside world. Ensure that you take care of this before moving by storing up enough supplies for several months in your new location.

food pantry

Functional Clothing

An off-grid person should have clothing that will keep them warm throughout the year. You may need to bundle up or be prepared for extreme heat, so packing various clothes is important. For men and women, jeans are always useful in any situation because they can be dressed up or down depending on your needs at the time.

People often forget clothing when preparing for off-grid living, but it is one of the more important things on this list. You’ll need clothes that are appropriate for all seasons, not just spring and fall. This includes warm coats, sweaters, boots, wool socks, long pants and shirts, gloves, scarves, etc.

Man in farming clothes with tractor

Water Supplies

You will need several water barrels to store drinking and cooking water for your off-grid home. These should be kept in a well-ventilated area isolated from the rest of your supplies, like an outhouse or shed, so they do not freeze during colder months. You can also buy containers explicitly made for long-term water storage. You will need to know where to source and filter off-grid water.

Water tanks

Hygiene Supplies

Off-grid living requires a lot of water, so you need to have enough on hand for drinking and hygiene. This includes bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste and paste, mouthwash or floss, feminine products (if applicable), toilet paper, and diapers (for babies).

personal hygiene supplies

Off-Grid Tools

An off-grid person will need tools for building, repairing, and working around their home. More everyday items include hammers, saws (hand saws), axes, shovels/spades, wrenches, and screwdrivers. You should also bring ladders to help you get on the roof or fix things that are hard to reach.

off-grid tools

Personal Supplies

A variety of personal supplies are necessary for an off-grid home. This includes toiletries, first aid items, medications, over-the-counter drugs, sewing kits or needles/threads, pet food (if applicable), fishing equipment, and hunting gear if you plan to hunt in your new location. Consider packing some extra blankets just in case someone gets cold at night.

An off-grid person should pack some personal items that will make their new life a little more comfortable. This includes things like:

  • books
  • board games and cards for entertainment
  • sewing supplies to help with repairs or alterations
  • playing instruments if you enjoy making music
  • pens and paper (for writing)
  • knitting needles or crochet hooks (if applicable)
  • knitting supplies, and other similar items.
sewing supplies

Off-Grid Entertainment

You will need to find new ways of entertaining yourself after moving off the grid. This may mean you have to get creative with cooking, crafting, or hikes in nature. You can also bring old board games like Monopoly for family game night on special occasions, play cards against humanity, or learn to play a new instrument. 

Be sure that you have packed everything on this list before moving your family off the grid to experience a smooth transition into their new lives. Living in nature will be an adventure for all of you, and it is important to bring what you need from civilization, so everyone stays safe and healthy while learning how to live off the land.

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