In my previous article, Why Every Survivalist Should Be Homesteading, I talked about why it is important that every survivalist should consider starting a homestead. As survivalists, we are prepared with our stocked bug out bags ready to go at a momentas notice. We have first aid kits and other required supplies in our homes, our vehicles, and at work. We carry that preparedness stance and our mindset is aWE ARE READY! a … but, are we? For a 72 hour emergency? Yes, the majority of members of us are. Read on for the to-do list when survivalism satisfies homesteading.
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Survivalism Meet Homesteading: The To-Do List
In my previous article, I operated the scenario of being homebound during an emergency. No evacuation but, instead, the exact opposite. Roads shut down, which causes travel to become impossible, and our link to the outside world beyond our front lawns is cut off. You are in an entirely different situation. If you have stored food, water, and other renders then thatas great! But, do you have enough of those necessities to sustain you and your family for maybe months or even years? What happens when your supplyings( your lifeline) are gone?
Now, I realize that this scenario is a little extreme. You may be wondering aWhy the heck would roads shut down? We would be evacuated before that happens! Our outside world cut off? Oh come on…thatas overdoing it a little! a.
Maybe. Maybe not…
Whether my scenario will ever become a reality , none of us can be sure. I donat know about you, but, I want to be prepared just in case. This is where I introduce homesteading as a survival tool…a survival mindset if you will. A homestead is not achieved overnight. It takes extreme dedication and hard work. The world of homesteading is a lifestyle and can be your biggest reward in life, a great big ally. Survival begins at home.
aWhere do I begin? a If you are now asking yourself this question then you have built that first step. You are considering it or have decided to give homesteading a go to ensure the long-term survival of every person in your household…your family!
Whether you live in an urban area or a rural area, it is feasible to done. To give you an idea of what your homestead has the potential of becoming letas go over your daily necessities and how those requires can be met based on wherever you- a rural area or an urban area. For now, letas call it your to-do list- a listing of needed items and tasks to get you well on your route to having a homesteading lifestyle that they are able literally be life-saving!
The To-Do List
Youad be surprised how similar urban and rural homesteading can be. Of course, you canat have cattle in your backyard or a corn crop on your apartment terrace but there are ways to have your needs satisfied no matter where you live.
Of course, we will not learn all there is to know about homesteading in this one article but, letas come off the basic needs and your possible options.
Rural area options : You can raise cattle, chickens( and other poultry ), pigs, or goats. You can grow vegetable harvests and/ or raise honey bees. Urban area alternatives : As far as creating animals for meat you can raise backyard chickens, quail, and rabbits.
Hunting is another great alternative for urban( and rural) homesteaders. If you have room for an extra freezer then, by all means, consider taking advantage of this extra space.
You can also have a garden, even if you live in an apartment! Check out my previous article on container gardening. This is the perfect answer if you are limited on space.
Rural region alternatives : For a long-term water supply, a well is the best option. Iam not an expert on this so I would like to share this website. Itas a great resource of information for water well basics.
Also, for more tips-off and ideas, check out this great article on procuring and storing water.
Urban area alternatives : Unfortunately, for urban homesteaders, there arenat too many options for an unlimited water supply. My suggestion here is every time you go shopping, just make it a habit of grabbing as many gallon jugs of water as you can. Your water supply will be built up in no time.
Collecting rainwater has been done in the past but, it actually has become prohibition of many countries due to ongoing droughts. Click HERE for more detailed information regarding rainwater harvesting laws and legislation in your state.
This section is for both rural and urban homesteaders. Handmade products such as soap can be made anywhere.
To construct personal soap, check out this articleon 23 DIY soap recipes you are able to make at home.
To make soap for clean purposes, check out this article on DIY liquid castile soap. Itas all natural and is easy on your skin.
For your laundry, check out this article on 9 DIY laundry cleanser recipes.
This section is also for rural and urban homesteaders. Learning how to crochet and how to sew will significantly benefit your whole household. It is also a great way to involve the children in the whole homesteading lifestyle. When infants are involved in this way they feel like theyare a part of something…something important.
Itas a great idea to stock up on crocheting and sewing supplies whenever you can. Another great idea is investing in a decent sewing machine. I only bought one for myself and I love it. Itas an excellent way to stimulate your own clothes, blankets, etc.
James Yeager shows us a video on what food he has stored for bugging in :
The things Iave listed thus far are the basics of homesteading. Your basic needs can be met in a homebound situation with the things Iave listed in so far. As I go along with this series, I will go in more detail and do my best to bring you more valuable information on this part of your journey.
Remember, survival starts at home. Being a survivalist is more than bug out pouches and first assistance kits. Being a survivalist is a mindset that should carry you in every part of your life, especially on your own turf.
Stay tuned for my next article: aSurvivalism Satisfies Homesteading: Money Saving Tipsa
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