An off the grid lifestyle isn't for everyone. It can be difficult to be truly self-sufficient, giving up creature comforts and all the conveniences of the modern day.
But it's also an incredibly rewarding lifestyle. There's nothing better than knowing that you're truly self-made and that you will be able to protect and provide for your family no matter what comes your way.
One thing's for sure: when it comes to off the grid living, you can never be too resourceful. Every tool in your possession should be used to its full potential, and nothing should go to waste.
The video below from Postmaster Prepper demonstrates several surprising uses for everyday items and tools to help make your off the grid lifestyle a little easier. Check it out, and feel free to share your own tips in the comments!
Best Living Tools for Off the Grid Preppers
1. Zippo Lighter
In a SHTF situation, starting a fire will be one of your primary concerns.
A Zippo lighter is a classic fire starting tool. These lighters are long-lasting, durable, and perfect for your bug out bag or EDC.
Just be sure to have some fuel handy, such as Zippo lighter fluid, butane or even rubbing alcohol.
2. A Hand Drill
You probably have a cordless drill or two in your garage. These are great tools to have on hand, but in a SHTF situation they're unlikely to work once the power runs out.
Whether chopping wood for a fire, building a survival shelter or doing finish work (carpentry), you will need a trusty, sturdy saw to help you get the job done.
Remember that different types of saws are used for different things. Since you don't want to have too much gear to carry when SHTF, it's important to choose the right tool to fit your specific needs. Click here to read up on the different types of saws and their uses.
4. An Axe
An axe is an off-grid survival tool you can't afford to go without.
There are so many reasons you will need an axe in a survival situation. Firemaking is an obvious one, along with building shelter or a raft.
5. Trench Axe
This tool isn't a necessity, but if you have access to one, it wouldn't be a bad idea to include it in your off-grid plans.
The fact that the trench axe is sharp and pointy at one end and flat at the other makes it a surprisingly versatile tool. It can be used for digging and scavenging, as well as busting through doors or windows, or even for self-defense.
6. A Crow Bar
A crow bar is a great tool to have in any situation where you need some sort of leverage.
Whether you're busting up wood for fire or busting open a door to save someone, you will be glad you have a crow bar on hand. Just make sure it's sturdy and made of strong enough material to be up to the task.
7. A Standard Clamp
You might be surprised at just how many uses a standard clamp like this one has.
A clamp's purpose is to free up your hands by holding something in place as you're working. It comes in handy when you're sanding, filing, working on weapons, or any number of other tasks you might undertake when living off the grid.
8. Grinding Wheel
If you're going to be using sharp tools such as axes and knives, the time will come when you will need to sharpen them. A grinding wheel is great for this.
9. Hand Cleaner
After working with your hands, it often takes more than just soap and water to get rid of the dirt and grime. That's when “GOOP” or a similar hand cleaner comes in handy.
10. Oil Lantern
In a SHTF situation, you will need alternative sources for light that do not require electricity. An oil lantern is a great choice.
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Here are some more of our favorite off the grid living tips. Do you have any of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!
- Using Straw and Ice for Refrigeration
- Things You Need to Live Off the Grid
- Homesteading and Sustainability — How to Become Self-Reliant
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 12, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.