These days, it’s hard to avoid the hustle and bustle of a plugged-in lifestyle. While technology such as the internet provides many benefits, sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming. There is a media presence everywhere you turn, from social networks to the globalization of business to the constant barrage of content and advertisements on your phone, laptop, tablet, TV, even your watch! Being “on” all the time, constantly connected to the world, has been seen as a convenience but is starting to be seen as draining and unhealthy by many. Whether you need a break from the seemingly unending onslaught of technology or you just want to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more simple lifestyle, the challenges of living off the grid might be worth it. Here are six inventions that make cutting the cord and going off the grid a lot easier.
1. Solar Powered Everything
The very concept of going off the grid means cutting the cord, but sometimes it’s hard to make it with no power. Electricity isn’t essential, but we’ve become very accustomed to relying on it. Despite not needing electricity, it is a good idea to have a power source on hand to in case you need it. Fortunately, solar technology has come a long way in the last few years, and now it’s relatively easily to produce and utilize solar energy. Whether you’re staying in town but looking to decrease your energy bills or reliance on the utility company, there are a number of ways you can create your own power. From solar panels for on your roof, to more affordable and portable devices like solar powered battery chargers for your phone or flashlight, there are many options that can unplug you from the grid thanks to the power of the sun.
2. Water Purification
Water is one of the top three essential resources all living creatures need to survive. The average human can survive about three weeks without food, but a human cannot survive more than a week without water. In order to provide your body with this precious resource, there are a number of products that allow you to filter water so it is safe to drink no matter the source.
One popular water purification product is the Berkey water filter. These filters provide powerful and portable filtration which allows the user to take water from a source such as a pond, lake, or stream and quickly filter it making it safe to drink. There are a number of sizes available, with many compact designs perfect for carrying with you while out and about.
A more affordable and even smaller option is the Lifestraw. As the name implies, you can use this device as a straw to drink straight from a water source. The straw has a filter inside that allows individuals to drink up to 1,000 liters of water without worry – the filter eliminates dirt and silt as well as 99 percent of contaminants and parasites.
3. Backup Cameras & Any Safety Measures You Can Think of!
I cannot stress this point enough. Increase your chances of survival by preventing stupid mistakes. Especially if you have children, under a stressed situation do everything you can to prevent silly issues at the house. Make sure you have first-aid materials, security (more on that later), and anything else you need. Obviously in a serious SHTF situation provisions will run out, and luxuries will disappear but even if you’re settling into your new homestead, help is going to be far. Get used to being resourceful, and get used to not being stupid! Get the luxuries, because they’re cheap compared to an injury. I recommend getting things like back-up cameras, they’re easy to install and one less thing to worry about (you’ll also never know who or what might be sneaking up on you) I personally have an F150 back-up System on my truck and love it!.
4. UCO Stormproof Sweetfire Matches
Need to light a fire in unsavory conditions? The UCO Stormproof Sweetfire strikeable fire starter might be the best solution. Made from renewable biofuel, each match in the box is windproof and waterproof, burning for a full seven minutes after a simple quick strike to get things started. There are 20 matches in each box, and they’re guaranteed to light even after being submerged in water, so you’ll never have trouble starting a fire out in the rain or snow again.
5. GoSun Stove
With the GoSun Stove, you can harness the power of the sun to prepare a hot meal in a matter of minutes without using fossil fuels or fire. The stove uses an aluminum exterior to attract sunlight, retaining 80 to 90 percent of light and putting that energy towards the cooking process. It even works on a cloudy day! The GoSun Stove a safer and easier alternative to a traditional campfire; no open flame is needed and the exterior of the stove remains cool to the touch even as the inside reaches temperatures of up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
Living off the grid can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Many people find that unplugging from our non-stop media consumption, even temporarily, provides a welcome relief from the stresses of modern society. Technology isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes it’s nice to disconnect from the internet, put down your cell phone, and get back to basics. These five inventions make it a lot easier to do just that!
6. BaseCamp Stove/Charger
If you’re off the grid and you need to cook, you could try your hand at a campfire, or you could go with the sure thing and invest in a BaseCamp Stove and Charger. Not only does the BaseCamp Stove allow you to easily start a controlled fire to prepare food while simultaneously converting the heat from the burn chamber into electricity so you can charge your devices via a built-in USB port while you cook! It’s a great feature if you need to charge up your flashlight or cell phone or any other powered device.