Off Grid Essentials, a few tools to make off grid life a little less painful.
Below are just 10 of hundreds of off grid essentials items that you probably wont want to be without if you was to end up in an off grid scenario for a few days or weeks.
Permanent off grid survival is a completely different ball game and requires much more equipment and a lot more skills.
After shelter being absolutely priority to keep you and your kit dry and out of the elements I have listed a few key items below to make your off grid experience a little less painful.
The items below are in no order as everyone has their own preference and all are required plus hundreds more.
There are a few different communication devices available from Mobile Phones and CB Radio’s to Ham Radio’s and a lot more.
Personally I think a Mobile Phone and a Ham Radio would be the best option. Ham Radio requires a license to use but would be gold in an S.H.T.F situation.
Whether you’re an iOS or Android fan, Apple, Samsung & Sony all offer waterproof phones meaning whatever your taste you’re covered.
- Design and Display full screen
- Face ID for unlocking and payments
- Wireless charging multiple apple devices at the same time
- Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby;A/B band independent operation
- 128 groups channels storage
- Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
2. Solar Power
Solar power is all you will have when you’re living off grid, I have 2 methods that I like. The ECO Worthy 100 Watt 12V Solar Panels Kit & The BioLite Camp Stove 2 for its dual purpose uses.
The BioLite can charge your devices whilst cooking your dinner, definitely worth its weight in gold.
- High efficiency 100W solar panel with high quality frame which has excellent performance in harsh weather.
- Perfect for 12 volt battery charging, Easy to use, and sophisticated to use with your RVs, boats, and other outdoor equipment’s
- Used for all solar power systems (on-grid and off grid): homes, boats, businesses, and industrial energy supplementation!
- Easy Installation with pre-drilled hole, controller can protect battery in charging and Z style bracket will help to install. Extension cables is good to use, father than usual panel can reach.
- 5-year material and workmanship warranty and 25-year transferable power output warranty
Biolite Campstove 2
- Turn fire into electricity! CampStove 2 generates 3 watts of usable electricity and stores it in it’s internal powerbank for USB charging of LED lights, mobile phones, and other devices. The internal, rechargeable 2600 mAh battery stores excess power to charge devices, even without a live fire.
- USB charge output with 50% more power than our previous CampStove 1, with updated thermoelectrics creating even more electricity from fire, and Smart LED Dashboard gives you real time feedback on fire strength, power output and fan speed settings
- Internal jets have 4 fan speed settings to circulate air for improved combustion and efficiency to boil 1 liter of water in 4.5 minutes
- Lightweight aluminum legs fold up for nested portability and durability for camping, backpacking or power outages
- The FlexLight is a portable, pliable USB gooseneck for quick, controlled light and internal fire-starter makes setup a breeze
3. Water Purification
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
- Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
- High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand; weighs just 2 ounces; 0.1 Micron absolute hollow fiber membrane inline filter
- Attaches to the drinking pouch, a standard disposable water bottle, a hydration pack, or use the straw to drink directly from a water source
- Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; and 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium
- Filter rated up to 100,000 gallons; includes 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger
Nalgene Stainless Steel Mug Standard 1.1 Litre
- Made from surgical grade 316 (18/10) stainless steel that resists tastes and odors and is easy to clean.
- Unlike aluminum bottles, these bottles have no lining of any kind.
- The wide mouth accommodates ice cubes and water filtration devices.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
- AWARD WINNING: The LifeStraw Personal water filter is a must have for hiking, camping, travel, backpacking and emergencies; no survival or disaster kit is complete without it. FOLLOW THE LITRES: For each LifeStraw product you purchase a school child in a developing community receives clean drinking water for one school year. In 2018 LifeStraw will have supported more than 1 million children in Africa
- HIGHEST FILTRATION STANDARDS: Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EU and EPA filter standards. It removes E. Coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium oocysts, and many other waterborne contaminants
- SAVE MONEY: Buy a 2- or 5-pack of the LifeStraw Personal to ensure your family, friends and you are well equipped for your next trip or outdoor adventure. No need to buy plastic bottled water. It is also the perfect Christmas gift for your outdoor loving friends or family members
- INNOVATIVE WATER FILTER: The LifeStraw filters up to 1,000 litres of contaminated water without using iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; LifeStraw does not require batteries, it has no moving parts and uses no chemicals. The LifeStraw displays a great and more innovative alternative to iodine tablets and bulky purifiers
- ULTRA LIGHT: The LifeStraw only weighs 57 grams (2 ounces) only 22.5 cm (9″) long and 2.5 cm (1″) in diameter for portability. With the handy strap you can easily carry the LifeStraw around your neck or fix it to your backpack. Its high flow rate makes it easy to drink clean water from any water source, such as streams, lakes or various water containers.
Katadyn Micropur Forte
- Water purification tablets
Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watch
- Stainless steel bezel and forged steel back with built-in GPS + GLONASS EXO antenna and anti-glare coated lens back to maintain best integrity in demanding environment
- Preloaded with activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, trail running and more. Supports Strava Live Segments
- Performance Widget shows your training status, training load, VO2 Max, recovery advisor and more.
- Built-in navigation sensors include: GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning, 3-axis compass with gyroscope, barometric altimeter
- Smart Notifications, Connect IQ App support and QuickFit interchangeable bands (no tools required) for further customisation
Silva Compass Ranger S
- Detachable safety-release lanyard
- Declination scale inside capsule
- Luminous markings
- 1:25k, 1:50k, mm, inch
- Mirror sighting, with sighting hole
UST Strike Force Fire Starter
- Exceptional all-weather firestarter
- An incredible 4,000 strikes from the firestarter
- Weighs only 105g
- Dimension: 12.7cm x 3.8cm x 1.3cm
- 7/16″ diameter flint bar embedded in ABS case
WENGER CLAVA CHROME/BLACK LIGHTER
- High Altitude lighter (Over 2500 m)
- Rugged Construction
- Extra Large Fuel Tank
- Unique styling
6. First Aid
Lifesystems Camping First Aid
- Tough nylon ripstop fabricwith Lifesystems QUICK-FIND system
- Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme recommended kit
- European quality standards and carry the CE mark
- 40 items of first aid kit to treat most common camping injuries
- Water resistant zip and webbing carry handle
7. Food Items
Pack of 6 Ready To Eat Camping Meals
- Ideal for Camping, Hiking, Expeditions or Emergencies
- Each pouch is pre-cooked (can be eaten cold in an emergency)
- 5 pouches containing 300g of food (approx. 450kcal) + 1 dessert 140g (approx. 200kcal)
- Place the pouch in boiling water for 7-8 minutes to heat and then simply open and eat directly from the pouch
- Steak & Veg, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Mushroom, Veg. Curry Rice, Choc. Pudding, Meatballs and Pasta
5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack
- Built from high strength, water-repellant 1000D nylon; 2894 cubic inch capacity
- Dual-zippered front and main compartments with glove friendly molded grip pulls
- Admin organization pocket to store maps, pens and documents
- Adjustable dual density closed-cell foam shoulder straps; cinching waist strap and dual compression straps
- Ideal for recreational use or as an operational bug out bag
9. Cleaning Items
Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
- 12 Cooling, aqua scented wipes
- Perfect for hot days and travelling
Travel Kit Toothpaste-Toothbrush & Cover
- Dr. Fresh Toothbrush Travel Kit contains: Adult soft toothbrush
- Toothbrush head cover
- Toothpaste (.85 Oz) -may contain either Colgate or Crest
- Travel Pouch
- Colour may vary
10. Cutting Tools
Mora Pathfinder Knife
- Fixed blade knife with 1/8-inch (3.2 mm) thick carbon steel blade with anti-corrosive black coating
- Blade length: 6.75″ (171 mm); Blade thickness: 0.125″ (3.2 mm); Total length: 11.6″ (295mm); Weight: 8.8 oz. (249g)
- Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty; Made in Sweden
Schrade Outdoor Axe
- Schrade Outdoor Hatchet
- Stainless steel 3Cr13
- Fire starter
- In the handle
- Plastic Head Sheath
Bahco Lap Laplander Folding Saw
- High-quality Sandvik steel blade
- Non-stick clade coating helps blade glide thorough even the most difficult materials
- Bahco XT toothing cuts in both directions
- Blade locks safely in both the open and closed positions
- Ideal for camping, gardening, fishing and other outdoor pursuits
Leatherman Charge TTI Multi-Tool
- Titanium Handles
- Needlenose Pliers
- Regular Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Hard-Wire Cutters
- S30V Clip-Point Knife
- Cutting Hook
- Serrated Knife
- Wood/Metal File
- Diamond-Coated File
- Large Bit Driver
- Small Bit Driver
- Large Screwdriver
- Ruler (8Inch/19C