Friday, February 12, 2010

12 Things Live You Will Need to Live Comfortably While Houseless

Having lived in the woods , and houseless for quite a few years before I had offspring I know about what you DO need , and what you DON't need to live happily in an offgrid houseless situation.

Here is what you NEED -
  • Bandannas (Washcloth , napkin , snot rag , TP , Easy Bag for berries or herbs , a quick shirt (two knotted together) , loincloth , head cover , mask , to tie things together , slingshot.
  • Para cord / Rope - Because there is never a lacking of uses
  •  Mid-Sized Pocket Knife - Food Prep , Splinter removal , Fishing , Making fishing lures (from twigs) balance , boredom relief.
  • Tarp - Blanket , shelter , cover , rug , backpack (roll up all your gear in it) , water collection.
  • Wide Mouth Metal Water bottle/ cup / bowl (Preferably w/ sealable top)  - obviously water , herb/fruit gathering , holding bait , transporting small animals , Food Prep
  • Sewing Kit - Clothing , tent , tarp , or human repair. A Few peices of Duck Tape wrapped around the case can come in handy as well.
  • Magnesium Carbide fire starter - with this and your pocket knife you will always have a fire source.
  • 6 Combiners - The real ones not the pocket ones. These are invaluable and will handle rough usage , air cacheing , dog leashing , shelter construction. You could do with 5 , but 6 is better. Also cab be used for fishing (hold line) and creating handing bed from tarp & rope / cord.
  • Tea Tree Oil - Stinks to High Heaven , but it keeps critters away. Mosquito's  , parasites , disinfects etc. 
  • A Sturdy hand sized candle - Because you never know when you will need to go answer natures call.
  • A pouch of tobacco - you would be amazed how much a person is willing to trade for a cigarette. Even if you dont smoke , this is valuable.
  • A Salt shaker / Bottle of Hot Sauce - You never know what your gonna have to eat , bit be prepared for it. Also of great barter value.

Things I learned from Long Term Camping

Things I learned from Long Term Camping
  • Snails can CEMENT themselves to nearly anything , and Often they will do it in the least expected places.
  • You MUST make peace with the giant spiders , They eat mosquito's.
  • Raccoons have no respect for personal property.
  • If you fall asleep in in the open don't be surprised if you wake up with wildlife curled up w/ you.
  • Nothing Shiny is ever safe in the open if from raccoons.
  • Armadillos like to lick plastic & exposed toes.
  • Make peace with skunks or your life will stink. (litterally)
  • Always look where your taking a squat (answering natures call) at least 3 times before going.
  • Make sure you know what bull thistle look like.
  • Dont allow people to throw cigarettes in the latrines.
  • Cedars smoke may be hard to live with , but mosquitos are much harder to deal with.
  • Dont Camp by a still waters.
  • Clear the Area where you put your tent well , rocks , briars and twigs just dont dissapear because you put a tarp over it.
  • Racoons will chew through things they can not open easily.
  • Its easier to appease the racoon than keep buying new things.
  • Shake your clothes well before putting them on.
  • Don't trust itchy headed travelers to stay in your tent.
  • Wet Tobacco makes fire ant stings stop hurting
  • You may not react to the first , second or 100th fire ant bite , but someday YOU will and get huge welts from it.
  • Dont camp anywhere near fire ants.
  • No matter how awesome that spot in a valley looks , and no matter how much your significant other likes it , dont camp there , water ALWAYS goes to the valley.
  • Do not attempt to burn American literature books  , it wont work.
  • Raccoons can  chew through  sterilite containers.
  • You can not protect your valuable from raccoons unless you half bury a box on the ground and set a small boulder boulder over it.
  • Dont piss off Blue Jays , they remember and have no inhibition in attacking you.
  • ALWAYS I reapeat ALWAYS Check your shoes before putting them on.