Becoming Independent and Off the Grid

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Lifestyle Budgeting — Or Dreaming?

How to budget for camping, fishing, and hunting supplies is a big issue for most Americans, indeed, for most people the world over.  It’s like anything else.  People spend their money on what is the most important to them.   And, just like everything else, people differ in their opinion about what is important.

For us, we think it is important to live today and plan for tomorrow.  One of the ways we plan for tomorrow is to plan our vacation money carefully.  It goes a lot further if we go camping.  We spend the money we saved by traveling more and more often.

There are campgrounds all across the country, heck, all over the world!  For us, there is no limit on where we can go.  Camping along the way offers opportunities to fish and hunt in areas most people don’t see.

When we get to destinations, we will be able to do all the same site seeing as people who stay in hotels or buy RVs, but with thousands of dollars in our pocket to buy things like that extra pair of tickets to the symphony or theater we’re pretty happy.


Let Your Lifestyle Prepare You for Disaster

When purchasing gear for hunting, fishing and camping, consider if it is something you can use to bug out or hunker down.  If you can pack it in on a camping trip or float it on your yak, you can probably use it as part of your emergency plan.

Our camping gear is part of our evacuation plan.  It’s not like there will be hotels and apartments just waiting for us when we get home.   We will be able to use our tent as an alternate shelter should a hurricane blow away our home.   The camp kitchen will serve us well.  Taking it with us when we have to evacuate ensures its availability when we come home.  As soon as we can get on the property, we will immediately set up camp on the spot that used to be the garage and set about the property clean up.

Being accustomed to using the outdoor gear, we won’t be fumbling around and having unexpected results when cooking on the camp stove.  We will not be looking at our property and wondering where we will sleep that night.  We won’t be crammed into some shelter with 300,000 other people.  We will have temporary shelter until something more suitable can be arranged.

In the past, whenever I thought about hurricanes I only concerned myself with the process of evacuation and being prepared.  No one ever talked about the homecoming after a hurricane.  We all just “hoped” our house would be still standing even if every other house in the neighborhood was gone.  Since we began taking our lifestyle to our emergency plan, I am no longer worried about the “after hurricane” days.  It’s amazing what having a plan, and maybe even a “plan B” will do to ease your mind.

Camping? Really?

Which kind of camping is for you?  Roughing it?  Packing in?  Camp fire?  Camp stove? Tent or under the stars?  Cell phone off?  Some people even say a cabin might be considered camping if there are no modern amenities like hot water and indoor restroom.  What about the more recent trend called glamping?

What ever you call it, spending time in the great outdoors is a worthwhile activity.  For us, camping doesn’t survival camping, pretty much anything else that brings us close to nature and away from the noise of the city is perfect.  We wouldn’t even mind glamping if the fishing were good and the only thing we could hear was nature.

A good camping experience requires excellent planning and efficient packing.  Special care must be taken to consider campers’ ages and medical and physical conditions.    Obviously the less optimal a camper’s condition, the more “stuff” you have to bring.

The point is to get out of the house and do something.  No matter what kind of camping you choose, spending time in nature will change you in ways most people can’t fully articulate.