Living off-grid is something many preppers plan doing once a disaster hits, and is something many people still consider as an option.
If you're going to do it, you need to be an expert prepper, as it requires a lot of reliable sources of supplies to be able to allow you to survive. Yet after that, there's something else you need to pay attention for.
The fact of the distance of your off-grid survival is also a major factor. Just how far can we go? Are there issues depending on how far out we get? And is there a limit how far we can physically go before running into more civilization.
Obviously, these are all very good questions to ask. Yet, they can't be answered so easily. Instead, we've got our friends from The Prepper Journal to help us out, as they've come up with some pretty good information on how far we can go off the grid. Check out what they've got to say below!
With the furthest you can get from a paved road in the lower 48 states being 22 miles, (Northeastern Wyoming) getting “off the grid” is a lot harder for most of us than we think.
Every prepper needs to challenge themselves and their family to practice. To get off the grid. And the key to this is to start small and safe and then remove the fallbacks. One night at home, from dusk to dawn with no utilities, no electricity, no running water, no natural gas (fireplace, stove, BBQ hooked to home gas system) is a good first step. And no running water means no “bathroom” facilities unless you operate them using buckets of water carried from a water source such as a pool, or pond or lake. I assure you if you have not done this it will be eye-opening.
From this you can step it up at your own pace. Do it again but in the woods or out in the dessert. Whole different world. Do it for a couple of nights and bring only enough supplies for one – see if you can “ration”, if you can find things like more water, or other things to eat if you must.
And, before the Sourdoughs of the world chime in my experience in Alaska is you are “off the grid” as soon as you lose sight of a paved road. While I will get plenty of push-back on this, the last time I stayed at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage (hardly off any grid) a grizzly was tranquilized in a city park just 8 blocks away, a woman was killed by a black bear just south of Elmendorf AFB, and an Inuit child of 8 was killed by a grizzly near Iliamna Lake, all over a ten-day span. You have your “off the grid” definition, and I have mine.
Learning for yourself what you need physically and mentally to survive, how each member of your family will deal with things, how to keep your head, can only be done through practice under real conditions.
As you can tell, the distance of being off the grid can be much more variable to the environment. With that piece of information, the true distance you need to go is just the distance of how much you think would be needed.
So, when planning to go off the grid, take a look at the surrounding area of your options, and decide which is the best fit for you. After all, it's our own definition of “off grid” that matters!
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