Deciding to live off the grid has many advantages. It teaches you to be more self-sufficient with everything you have. And to also chose items that can be used for many different purposed instead of less efficient supplies. When you start living in a more self-reliant way, you learn a thing or two. You learn off the grid hacks and skills you wouldn’t learn any other way. That’s what this post is about.
Hacks To Survive Living Off The Grid
Here’s what we cover in this post.
- The Off-Grid Lifestyle
- 47 tips and tricks to be more efficient and live better off the grid.
These tips and hacks will help you save money in general. And they will help you hone your off-grid and homesteading skills.
The Off-Grid Lifestyle
Living off the grid is a lifestyle that represents self-reliance and finding happiness in simple things, which is one of the best ways for feeling fulfillment in today’s world. You’ll find that homesteaders are some of the happiest people you’ll ever meet. They grow their own food. They find multiple ways to make money from what they already do. They are generous with their resources. And they let nothing go to waste. We use an item for one purpose.
They find four other ways to use the same item. They’re efficient with their supplies. And everyone could learn a thing or two from the off-grid lifestyle. We’re always looking for new ways to be more self-reliant and efficient.
47 Survival Hacks, Tips, and Tricks Living Off The Land For Homesteaders
1. Use Mason Jars For Measuring Liquids
As you’ll find this to be a common theme in this post and in general. Mason jars are essential to have around the house. You can use them for so many things and they are relatively inexpensive to buy and maintain. Use them to measure your liquids. Mark the jars with the measurements and then you have a jar that can measure liquids.
If you need to pick up some mason jars, you can get them here.
2. Make Candles From Crisco Cans
Don’t let your Crisco cans go to waste anymore. You can save them for later to make candles with.
Watch this video to see how.
3. Use Mason Jars To Test Your Soil
Mason jars are highly versatile as it’s probably always obvious. Since you probably already have many of them unused at the moment in your house. You can use them to test your soil as well.
4. Set Broken Bones With Duct Tape
You broke a bone but don’t have the piece of equipment to set it. Grab some duct tape and toilet paper, you can set your broken arm yourself in the meantime.
5. How To Get Free Planting Containers
What’s better than buying something? Getting the same thing for free, or so I’ve heard. You can most likely find free containers for planting your seedlings at stores like Home Depot and Lowes. They frequently have piles of those plastic containers that they are going to recycle. All you have to do is look for them and then ask if you can take some. More than likely they will say yes.
6. DIY Haircuts To Save Money
You may have tried to cut your own hair in the past and found out that it can be a risky business. Risky business can be indeed. But not this way. If you just use trimmers set at a specific level and you’re not trying to do anything complex with your hairstyle. It’s very practical to do this yourself. Saving that haircut money every 2-4 weeks makes a difference after a few months.
7. Make A DIY Makeshift Raft
Want to go rafting but don’t have a raft? Like many things, you can DIY. You can make a raft for very little cash. Under $100. See the full instructions here.
8. Make A DIY Aluminum Can Lantern
Aluminum has dozens of uses. One of them is for a DIY lantern. The full instructions are here. Typically these are made with soda cans. You can use other types of aluminum cans, soda cans are the perfect size for making one. See the instructions here with pictures.
9. Use Diapers For Cheesecloth
One of the fun parts about living off the grid and homesteading is finding new ways to be more efficient and save money on everyday items. One of these items is cheesecloth. Buying cheesecloth can get costly. Save money by buying old fashion diapers instead of cheesecloth. Put that money back in your pocket.
10. Make A DIY Bow With An Old Bike Wheel
If you wanted to practice with a bow and arrow before ever buying one. You can build a DIY bow with an older bike wheel if you have one laying around. The older bikes have wheel frames that are a near perfect half circle. That becomes the frame of the bow.
11. Make a DIY Rock Boot Rack To Keep Your Boots On
You got to keep your boots somewhere. You can make a boot rack yourself to keep them on. And they’re sturdier and more durable than fancy ones you would buy at a store. The step by step instructions is here.
12. How To Give a Goat a Pedicure
Everyone, including goats, could benefit from a pedicure every now and then. Cutting a cat or dogs nails is one thing. But a goat, that’s a different story.
See how it’s done in this video.
13. Store rice beans and corn and with 2-liter soda bottles
Get more than a sugary sweet drink from your soda bottles. You can use them to store foods like corn and beans. There are many other uses for 2-liter soda bottles for survival purposes. For storing, they are excellent.
14. Use Mason Jars For Beekeeping
These jars are great for beekeeping. This video shows you how to use them.
15. Make A Waterproof Jacket
Waterproofing a jacket is a good way to protect the jacket from water damage and you’ll never have to worry about wearing it in the rain. See the full instructions here.
16. How To Bake Without An Oven
Want to bake but don’t have an oven? No problem. You can use a dutch oven to bake anything you want.
Watch this video on how to do it.
17. Make A DIY No-Dig Fence
Making one of these fences is ideal. You don’t have to dig and they come out looking beautiful. You can see the step by step here.
18. Save Your Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds are very popular among avid gardeners. They also have many different uses that make them more than worth storing.
19. Make A DIY Chicken Feeder
Taking care of and maintaining a chicken coop is no light task. Especially in the Winter. There are many tasks and responsibilities it comes with. It’s a fulfilling activity though. To make things easier for you, you can make a DIY chicken feeder so your workload for feeding them isn’t as demanding. See how to do it here.
20. How To Grow Potatoes Vertically
Vertical gardening has many benefits and is definitely worth learning. It’s a huge space saver.
Watch this video on how to grow 100 lbs of potatoes, vertically!
21. Use Eyeglasses As Magnifying Glasses
Turn your eyeglasses into a multi-tool with this off the grid hack. You can use your eyeglasses as a magnifying glass. The thicker the eyeglasses the better.
22. Make The Ultimate De-Skunking Solution
This is a DIY solution that is great for de-skunking. It’s natural as well.
See the full recipe and how to make it here.
23. Carry Gallons Of Water With A Wooden Stick
Use a hockey stick or any other strong pole like object to put through the handles of water jugs to carry a bunch at one time. Keep in mind you can use the water jugs to store many different things. So it doesn’t have to be water in the jugs. Fill the jugs with rice and now you can carry multiple jugs of rice in one trip.
24. Prevent Eggs From Rotting
If you have a chicken coop, there comes a time when you have one or two too many eggs. You can freeze the eggs to prevent them from rotting. A good way to store them. You can put them in large plastic bags as well. It makes storing them in a freezer easier.
25. Always Keep Generous Amounts Of Baking Soda and Powder In Stock
Baking soda is essential as well. It’s an essential ingredient for the prepper’s pantry. It has not only dozens of uses for around the kitchen but also many uses for survival and preparedness.
26. Use Duct Tape To Squash Bugs
Duct tape will be a recurring item that’s mentioned here because after all, it has dozens of uses and is an essential item to have around. Killing bugs can be annoying depending on how you’re doing it. But pack some duct tape with you when camping or spending time outdoors. The tape makes good use of killing bugs with. It’s not as messy.
27. Make An Improvised Spear or Arrowhead
If you happen to have an old computer or other similar electronic device laying around that you don’t need. You can turn an old circuit board into the shape of an arrowhead. And yes, it’s plenty sharp enough.
28. Use Snack Chips for Tinder
You can use common snacks as fire tinder.
This video shows you how to easily do it.
29. How To Warm Up Soil Before Planting
Warming up the soil before you plant is common practice. If you want a different way of doing this. You can use polyethylene sheeting to warm it up. Here’s how to do it.
30. DIY Udder Balm
Udder balm can help you with a few different things around the homestead. This video shows you how to make it yourself.
31. Use Rocks To Make a Survival Knife
Forgot to take your tactical knife? You can make a knife with rocks.
Watch this video on how to do it.
32. How To Calculate The Weight Of A Pig Without A Scale
If you need to know the weight of a pig, here’s how to do it.
33. Use Duct Tape To Open Stubborn Jars
You’re probably using many mason jars as they are useful for so many different purposes. One of them is bound is get stuck. You can use duct tape to open the stubborn jar.
34. Make A DIY Watering Can
Make your own watering can to make it easier for watering.
35. Keep Apple Cider Vinegar In Stock
This is another essential for the prepper’s pantry. You can use it as a tonic or use it on salads. It’s beneficial for your immune system. There are too many reasons to carry it in stock at all times to list in this post.
36. Make a DIY Tick Lasso To Easily Remove Ticks
This might not seem important. But when you do have a tick, you’ll be happy you have this to remove it quickly and easily.
Go here to see how to make it.
37. Use AAA batteries when you run out of AA batteries
This is a cool hack that has been working well. When you run out of AA batteries, you can still operate the device with AAA batteries. Take a small piece of aluminum foil and make a little ball. Stick the ball in between the empty space between the AAA battery and device to it’s tight in place. The device should work.
38. How to Prevent Root Vegetables From Going Bad
Instead of letting your vegetables go bad, which is more common than you might think. You can freeze them so you’ll have them for later.
39. Use Baby Oil To Prevent Frostbite
Baby oil is frequently used as a hack to help prevent frostbite. Keep it around if you’re going to be exposed to colder climates for extended periods of time.
40. Don’t Get Kicked By Cows
Nobody likes getting kicked, by anything. Getting kicked by a cow isn’t a day you’re likely to forget. Let’s avoid the pain and avoid getting kicked that would feel like getting hit from Bruce Lee. As you may have learned, cows are able to kick you in more ways than one. Go here for 10 tricks on how to not get kicked by cows.
41. Make An Off-Grid Hot Shower
Watch this video to see how to have a hot shower off the grid.
42. Make a Micro-Garden
Micro-gardens are great for growing small amounts of herbs or food. If you use one ingredient or eat one food frequently. Making a micro garden to grow that one thing is beneficial.
Watch this video on how to do it.
43. Make a DIY Terrarium
This is a fun DIY project to do. You can make this with a light bulb. You can also use this project and the DIY micro garden to make money with as well.
This video shows you how.
44. Drying, Smoking, Preserving
Using these food preservation and storage methods helps with saving tons of room. Being a Prepper, preserving and storing food for the long term is a common practice. In a survival situation off the grid, having stored food is essential.
45. Make a Rainwater Collection System
Why let all that natural water that falls freely go to waste? Use water storing methods and capture rainwater to use later. As far as natural sources of water goes, not much can beat it.
This video shows you step by step, how to make your rainwater collector.
46. Make a DIY Alarm System
You can make a DIY alarm system with a mousetrap and a Glowstick. In fact, it’s simple to do and costs less than the $50 a month for a security system. What you do is attach tripwires to the mousetrap. When the wires are tripped. They will activate, hitting the glowstick causing it to glow like a lantern. Someone would have to be keeping an eye on the glowsticks. But when you see that one is lit, it’s time to grab the survival shotgun.
47. Whiskey and Gardening
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For Container gardening, we need containers. Which make sense. But what kind of containers? Well, when you finish off that barrel of whiskey, you can use the barrel for the container.
Do you know any other hacks for living off the grid that makes things easier, more efficient, or saves money? Let us know below in the comments.
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