WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? People are asking this a lot now.
PEOPLE ARE ON THE MOVE BACK TO THE COUNTRY LIFE – Most of them by choice, but a growing number of them by necessity. When homes are lost, money is gone, jobs cannot be found, there are a lot of people being forced to choose where to go. BE PREPARED JUST IN CASE.
The ads today on CraigsList indicate people who are looking for supplies to move off-the-grid, as well as one ad for “items needed to move to Alaska Wilderness”.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Sláinte
Just received a private email from someone who has to move with her entire family of four, because of the economy, and the fact that their home was foreclosed on by the bank. A sad story – all too common these days and getting more so. So, I wanted to share a few of her remarks, and some of our answers.
My inquiring person just happens to be largely Native American, but one who has never had to live the more rustic life style. Therefore, she was sending out questions to those who have at least lived “primitive” for a while. I will change some facts to preserve her anonymity.
Please remember, FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, and COMMUNITY
She writes… “We called all the people we knew. A close friend from (she named a state far away) called us back to tell us his family member would let us live on his land rent free to help him take care of property. We have a 35 ft. travel trailer, which we would be living in there. It needs some fixing up.
There is no electricity and the only water is from a creek somewhere (?) on the property. So we will live off grid, which is new for us. We are trying to gain insight from anyone that can share any information that might benefit us. Or maybe connect us with those that have some knowledge. I’ve been getting what I can from the library but its limited. We’ve bought a small solar unit for the top of our RV, and we have propane. So we are completely starting from scratch until we can save to buy our own piece of land.
This is really going to be a test of our traditional teachings of the old ways of living.”
Her questions were basically “WHAT DO WE DO NOW?”
Her information base appears to be small, and supplies seem to be few.
MY FIRST BIG ADVICE WOULD BE – FIND A COMMUNITY TO LIVE IN. Doing this on your own in an area you don’t know anything about, can get you into BIG PROBLEMS. Trust me, please, we’ve done “Portable Living” and it takes courage, guts, and a lot of prayer – plus, a great “we-can-do” attitude. Go to the Intentional Community Directory and search by state, country, or type of community. http://www.ic.org/resources/
Many communities will accept persons who have their own trailer, or tent, in a work exchange program. Some want as little as 16 hrs. per month, but most want 12 hrs. per week. Make yourself useful, keep a good attitude, and help others all you can. You become indispensable.
Now to start from the ground up would take quite a lot of articles, a series of them, which I may do. But, for now, with their shelter provided, the advice began on the subject of WATER.
For hauling water: Get some 5 gal. buckets and lids. Minimum of 4-5. Usually about $7 w/lids, or go to deli/produce dept. at big grocery stores for their cast-offs, dirty but hose & clean them out. Sometimes really cheap, maybe free, always less $ than new. Check Thrift Stores, and get to know the people who work there!
Collect an empty milk jug for each family member. Put their name on theirs and assign 1 gal. per day for washing & sponge bath. Allow 1 gal. per day for drinking ea. person.
Our local small town fairgrounds has pay-showers and they are great. Nice hot water.
Make sure you have a woodsmen’s saw that folds up and packs on belt loop. Ragged teeth and stout. Don’t go too cheap. Axes, and hatchets. Can’t do without those, and good all-purpose woodsmen knives.
Make an outhouse in warm weather. Use a tarp all around for privacy and put a toilet seat on a 5 gal. bucket. Pick up a hanging shower, even if its a cheapy – maybe Coleman.
We lived in a much smaller RV in winters with 3 grown ups, plus 2 dogs. We stacked straw bales around the perimeter, maybe 2 high. Got lumber wrap for free at lumber place and hung all over the trailer. If there is just the right branches/trees, you can lean poles up against the stoutest limbs, and extend over the trailer, and then tarp it. Get free pallets out of alleys for walkways, side panels, wood boxes, and tons of other things.
Hit the Thrift Stores, and grab a few tents, blankets, plastic containers & tubs. I got two really good complete tents, one medium, one very small, for about $10 to $12 this past summer. They were priced cheap because no one had time to check them out, so they offered them “as is”. I gambled and won. Both perfect, one like new.
Haul water if you must, or get a tank fairly cheap, and hire someone to deliver some water for you. We couldn’t afford that. We warmed our water outside in summer for bathing.
Kerosene lamps are ok, but not all that bright. Have 3 or 4 anyhow, but make sure the bottom tank is big enough, not a tiny tank. Keep wicks, and fuel on hand.
Preferred light of ours is D-light with a solar panel. Has several light settings, and charges by the solar. Just love it. Paid about $50 on Amazon.
Gotta be careful with lamps and candles, etc. Make sure you watch out for kids, pets, and accidents. Keep a small fire extinguisher on hand at one end and in the middle of the RV. Really prefer cheap solar lights, even the outdoor type for $20 from Northern Tools.
Have a good supply of games! A real life-saver, along with good books, magazines. Hobbies too. Again, the Thrift Stores.
KNOW YOUR AREA – Plan on growing your food. Know the growing season of where you are going, the laws about it, and WHAT KIND OF SOIL IS THERE? If you can’t grow food, and the nearest town is an hour away, you’re in trouble.
Last tip: Better pray good and hard BEFORE MOVING TO “certain unnamed State”. To know why I say this, research each state on survival and freedom issues. Idaho, or west. MT is best choice. And NE wash. Great analysis at http://www.survivalblog.com/retreatareas.html Also, he has a survival real estate section and occasionally see cheap. Not often. But, they’re there. Look by state.
Which would you rather be in — the first picture, or the second picture of community living at Ekone Ranch? One of many, many communities. http://ekone.org/