In the following you will find valuable information that will assist you in being equipped with basic items that are not only necessary but easily accessible, whether you are off grid already or planning to be.
WHAT ARE OFF GRID SURVIVAL TOOLS ?
By basic definition, Off grid survival tools are those which are required to be owned in order to achieve independence, existence and ease of life, when living off the grid. They fall into many categories. Within this information will be a checklist of “basic essentials” that draws from these categories.
They are fundamental, practical and simple. Without them ‘off grid’ living becomes problematic, hostile and unfriendly. Many of the tools which are listed can be found at home, in the garage or purchased from a store.
Some items will need to be purchased, but that should not be seen as a problem or a sacrifice, as every tool you buy for your grid free lifestyle not only becomes an asset but also becomes a solution to a problem.
“Remember that almost all tools have multiple uses and as a result, multiple problems are resolved. The value and worth of these items shouldn’t be dismissed”.
In all of my years I have never met one ” off gridder ” who didn’t have a basic collection of essential tools. If you want to play football then you will need football boots ! If you want to live off grid then you will need tools ! The law dosen’t get much simpler than that!
INVISIBLE TOOLS ?
I view tools as more than just something we can hold in our hands to fix or achieve something with. Such tools also include the greatest one of all, that we all possess, “Our brain.”
A tool is not much good to us if we cannot apply it properly. Much like our common sense and our ability to make correct decisions at the right time. By using our common sense and logic in situations that require problem solving , it brings us closer to finding solutions to our problems. It reduces and removes our dilemma or difficulty.
“This ability we have is a vital skill that cannot be bought in a shop. ” The best tool you own is the one that’s under your hat !”
Heard of the saying, ” The right tool for the right job ” ? It’s not a new concept by any means, but one that needs to be mentioned. The saying means exactly that, by using the appropriate tool to solve a certain problem is not only more efficient in many aspects but also easier ! That is what this is all about. Making off grid living easier.
I have used shovel heads as a hot plate, to cook sausages on the fire with in the past ! It may not have been the right tool for the job but at the time it was my only option as it was the next best alternative that I could use. This brings us to the concept of ” thinking outside of the box “.
Being able to think ‘outside of the box’ gives gives birth to creativity, new ideas and solutions. Have you ever used a rock or a hard instrument to use as a substitute for a hammer? This is an example of “thinking outside of the box”. It is a skill we all have forged into our instincts.
Communication with others using various means, for example; mobile phones, the internet, word of mouth etc, is a tool that a lot of people look past. Communication with others is not only vital to life itself, but will be another one of your arrows in your quiver. From as simple as asking for guidance, advice or general directions, to informing another of location, whereabouts or information, will give you support, safety and strength.
“Off grid living will be a lot easier if you link yourself into a network of others either in your neighboring community or into a place or platform where suitable and like-minded people can be contacted for support in any way. I recommend both”.
So as you can see not all tools are the ones that you buy at a hardware store or hold in your hand. This aspect is something of importance and need of understanding . Now with that being said, lets get straight into the nuts and bolts of the “ other types ” of tools that we are going to need in our hands !
VISIBLE TOOLS !
In this section I will be naming all the basic essential tools required to ensure life off grid is not only easier but more efficient. The ability to undertake your own building, modifying and repairing is not only rewarding but will save you a lot of money at the same time.
“Being able to be self-sufficient and self-reliant delivers the victory of independence and growth within oneself “
It puts the responsibility in your hands and rewards you with the fruits of achievement, satisfaction and experience.
These items are what I call ” Off grid survival tools “. I have chosen them according to the ‘5’ basic principles of survival. My checklist comprises all of these ‘5’ categories and to be informed correctly we must begin with these principles.
The ‘5’ principles of survival are below :
- Will to live
Please find below my basic essential tool checklist. Feel free to print this off for your own convenience and reference or just photograph the screen image using your smart phone or similar device so you always have it with you on demand.
Obviously some tools are more important and of priority than others. However, they all serve an equal place of importance and for this reason, I have chosen to leave them as they are listed.
Some of these items will not be of relevance to you depending on your location or level of isolation. I have created a basic field of items or “tools” that are mostly applicable to all.
OFF GRID SURVIVAL TOOLS
- Axe – ( Wood chopping Axe, Block Busters, Tomahawk )
- Shovels, Spades – ( Both long handled and short handled shovels, Square mouth Shovel )
- Mattock / Pick
- Crow bar
- Sledgehammers – ( Small and Large size )
- Nail toothed rake
- Wheel Barrow – ( Puncture repair kit for Tyre )
- Multiple 20 litre Jerry Cans – ( for fuel, water storage and carrying )
- Simple GPS tracker – ( in the prevention of being lost or for marking locations )
- Assorted Chains, Ropes and Ratchet Straps
- Buckets, Funnels and Vessels – ( for water and fluids )
- Garden Hoses
- Tarpoleans – ( Rainproof )
- Gas bottles – ( Basic cooking and Lighting Attachments )
- Chainsaw – ( Spare bar and Chain ) ( Containers for bar oil, fuel etc also )
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit – ( Basic medications included, Insect repellent and sunscreen )
- Water Purification Tablets
- Personal Protective Equipment – ( Gloves, Goggles, Ear muffs/Plugs, Steel Cap Boots, Hats etc )
- Wet weather Apparel – ( Rain coats, Boots etc )
- Toiletries – ( maintain Hygiene )
- Stored Foods – ( Long shelf life products )
- Socket Sets – ( Extension Bars and attachments )
- Hammers ( Claw, Ball Peen and Lump hammers )
- Allen Keys
- Assortment of Pliers – ( regular, long nose, pincers etc )
- Spanners – ( Ring and Open ended, Shifting spanners )
- Wood Saws – ( Hand operated )
- Hacksaws – ( Spare Blades )
- Nail Punches and Cold Chisels
- Wood Chisels
- Files – ( Flat, Round )
- Wire or Steel Brush
- Tape Measures
- Rivet Gun – ( Various sized Rivets )
- Large collection of various sized washers, nuts, bolts, nails, screws, rivets etc. – ( Used for basic repairs of items )
- Torches – ( Spare Batteries )
- Assorted Candles and Ignition Sources – ( Lighters, Waterproof Matches, Flints )
- Ratchet Hand Winch
- Car jump Starter Leads
- SuperGlue, Electrical and Ducting Tape
- Roll of Thin Guage Wire – (1.5 – 2.0 mm )
- Battery Powered AM/FM Radio
- IPhones, Smart phones, Computers, Laptops, Ipads etc – ( Charging devices and Portable Charging Battery Devices included )
- Tent or swag
- Bedding and Sleeping Equipment
- Generators – ( Diesel and/or Petrol )
- Compressor – ( 240 volts or 12 volt ) + ( Air hose and attachments for inflation, etc )
- Inverter – ( Converts 12 volt DC electricity into 240 volt AC electricity )
- Deep Cycle 12 volt Battery/s
- Soldering iron – ( Soldering Wire )
- Basic Solar Panel Kit – ( 200 Watt minimum )
- Electrical Power Leads
- Power Boards – ( With safety and sine wave protection preferably )
- Ground Camp Oven – ( Vessels and steel ware for cooking / Boiling of water )
- Basic fishing equipment – ( If Applicable )
- Firearms – ( Depending on your Jurisdiction and Laws ) ( Ammunition and Cleaning products )
- Eskies or Cooler Boxes – ( For use with ice for refrigeration )
- Heavy Duty plastic Garbage Bags
- Basic Car Parts – ( Spare hoses, belts, fuses, fluids, tyres, jacks, etc ) Without your vehicle you won’t be traveling far especially if you need it in the event of an emergency )
- Various Sized Scissors
- Utility Knives or Razor blades
- Syphon Hose – ( Jigger Stick or Vaccuum operated Syphon Hose )
- House hold Minerals – ( Vinegar, Bleach, Salt, Kerosene, Detergents etc )
- Appropriate Clothing, Footwear and Apparel
The above list contains items that you may find inappropriate or not necessary, but in my 10 years of living off grid, I personally could add more to this list! The more tools you have in your possession, the more solutions you have to your problems. It’s as simple as that !
The above mentioned items can be used individually or collectively and the combination of certain items with others, provides more customized tools and options to work with.
As stated this is just a basic list of items that will provide a primary level of survival and satisfactory comfort, meeting the minimum required field to keep moving forward in a healthy and independent state.
By learning new skills and gaining advice from the experience of others, will not only be of a huge benefit to you, but your family and fellow friends as well.
We are never too old to learn and I myself personally are always seeking new skills and information to make the life of myself and others easier.
I would like to add some varying considerations in regard to this article. They are simple but kept short and sweet!
- Work smart, not hard!
- Always minimize risk of injury to yourself and others.
- Maximize efficiency with well-thought-out solutions to problems.
- Think ‘outside of the box’, gather options, consider alternatives.
- Minimize your footprint on the environment. Be resourceful and recycle when possible.
- Remember The 5 ‘P’s: ” Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance “
- Use communication to your advantage.
- Maintain your tools ! If you look after them, They will look after you !
- Always make fun a priority !
I would like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes to ponder on.
” By failing to prepare, You are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this subject. I hope you were able to pull something useful from this article.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to reply and help you out !
All the best,