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.

6 comments:

Tami said...

great post!
i've been meaning to ask- what are the seeds that you wrapped in a paper towei and put in a baggie? there was no id :)

i'm hoping to get some seeds started in the next 2 weeks!!!

Prep said...

With all of the tent cities springing up, this is pretty relevant, if depressing. Good post.

-Stacey
www.journeytopreparedness.com

Survival Spot said...

Yeah there is an element of depression that accompanies prepping, but I feel like this type of post is very empowering. It just gives you yet another advantage in hard times.

Susan said...

What an adventure you've had! I always wanted to go live "off the land" for a while. I grew up out in the woods and spent a lot of time doing "survival" things just for fun! I'm interested to follow your gardening ventures, etc. My blog is on being self-reliant also. I found you from the Preppers Network!

God Bless!
Susan

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