Survival equipment is based on what you are trying to survive and for how long. What do you think is required for survival? Lets see, water, food, shelter, light, a means to stay warm or cool, and security. Now what about location, some places are hot, others are cold, mthere are even a few places where it's just right. Where you plan on being? These questions need answered before the list of equipment can be made.
I think the #1 skill is mental. You have to have your mind set so know you are ready and can do it, otherwise you you will fail. It will be hard enough with that mindset. Folks who aren't ready are going to struggle-- badly.
Location is the a pretty big thing to me, but that's because I'm right now fixing to move to a permanent location that I don't plan on ever moving away from. I think it needs to be rural, on at LEAST a secondary road, preferably a tertiary road, far away, but not so far as to be without anyone nearby anywhere at all. Tricky. I'd prefer temperate climate, because I'm getting old, but I guess we just adapt and overcome, right? We have been saving for a long time, and finally (hopefully) have enough saved so we can get a small piece of property. We've been looking up in the area where Arkansas/Missouri/Oklahoma meet up. We like it all around those parts.
I'm a collector (hoarder) of tools, appliances, etc... that don't require electricity to use, are solidly made, and reparable. What are now considered "old timey" skills are very helpful. My generation is probably the only one who remembers the old folks "doin' for themselves". I wish I'd seen the opportunity I had before me back then to learn more from the old folks. I've spent half my life trying to learn what they could have shown me if I'd just realized then what I know now.
Because of my age and current lifestyle I think health and fitness are my weakest areas. I'm working on it but it doesn't come as easy as it did when I was younger.
Sorry for the long answer. I think about this stuff all the time and don't have folks to talk to about it, lol. I guess you were my ear to bend today.
People hate the truth. Luckily, the truth doesn't care.
Rhenda... I welcome your long answer, Its good to get someone that wants to talk and share. We, my wife and I have been in South Central Missouri for almost 20 yrs. We spent 6 months in a tent while we built our place. Its a pole barn with an apartment in one end. We started with a small garden and built it up to three acres. We have had chickens, pigs, rabbits and a steer. Money required I go back to work, homesteading is expensive, believe it or not. So we sold everything but the chickens, and have maintained a flock. After that first go to work moment that lasted about a year, we have had to return to the workforce occasionally when that extra cash was needed for some special project or need. Now we have reached the golden years and have a meager retirement, am thinking its fools gold. We have been so blessed to have had good neighbors, and continue making new friends. It is not a lifestyle for everyone, it's hard work and Nothing like " Lil house on the prairie " I wish you luck on your move to your forever homestead.
Post by avalancheknit on Sept 21, 2021 20:16:57 GMT
Though I’d love to homestead, my hubs can’t. His job can’t relocate, and… his back is messed up. He’d be of not much use physically around the property. He has trouble mowing our meager plot of suburbia - a guy from his company does it for us. So, for us, survival is the mindset of protecting what we have, and providing as much as we can. We have made our home as self sufficient as we financially are able to. Our survival equipment is what we need to be sheltered in place… or to load up one of our trucks and be nomadic truck campers for whatever time is ever needed.