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If you going to get serious about living off the grid then here are 6 quick things to learn and learn well. I love living off the grid. Very few bill’s, plenty of things to do, and all the time in the world to live freely! Its work but its all worth it 100%!

1.  Stay in good physical shape.  Life in the rough is more difficult that life on the sofa.  You will more likely than not be walking with a packSix Things to Do to Prepare for Going Off Grid   Backdoor Survival, carrying water, chopping wood and performing other strenuous activities.  The best way to prepare for this is to get in shape now.

2.  Plan on water for drinking – and lots of it.  Make sure that you acquire some way to purify water in the field plus make sure you have some way to carry the water whether it be it bottle or a portable bladder.  Heat will be your enemy in this regard, so be prepared or you will go down like a flash from dehydration.

3.  Think about the gear you will need and start acquiring it now. There will be no Santa Claus to deliver gear to you when the grid goes down and if there are stores open (unlikely) they may not have what you need.  And just as important, keep your gear together in a central location – you are less likely to forget about it if it is all located in one place.

4.  Redundancy is your friend.  Sure, it is great to use a lighter or matches to start a fire.  But also have a flint and steel as well.  The same thing applies to lighting (candles, lanterns and chemical lighting), knives and other items.

5.  Practice in advance.  Go camping and enjoy a family weekend in the wilderness.  Learn how to use your stuff before your life depends upon it.

6. Make a list and check it twice or even three times. Put a checklist in your bug-out-bag and use it.  I personally keep a list on the inside of my closet door – front and center where it can’t be missed.

The Final Word

Even the best of preppers can learn from real-time experience.  Of the six ways to prepare for going off-grid, perhaps the most important is taking the time to drill and to practice in advance.  Hone your craft and have fun doing it.  And as always, hope you never have to use your off-grid skills for more than just a day or two.

And Always Remember To Practice, Practice, and Practice some more!

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