Survivalism Meets Homesteading: Essentials For Every Homesteader

Welcome to the next article of my aSurvivalism Meets Homesteadinga series where we will be tackling the essentials for every homesteader! Letas quickly go over what Iave encompassed so far.A In my first article, Why Every Survivalist Should Be Homesteading, I talked about the importance of learning lifelong survival abilities you and your family can use on your homestead.

Essentials For Every Homesteader

In my second article, Survivalism Meets Homesteading: The To-Do List, I encompassed the basics of homesteading to get you started. I encompassed different options for food, water, clean products, and dres for rural and urban homesteaders.

In my third article, Survivalism Meets Homesteading: Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Homestead, I covered things such as zoning ordinances, energy, water, and road access among other things to be considered in the process ofA purchasing land.

The next step most new homesteaders take, after buying land, is to make a solid list of every essential item they will need to stimulate the next step of the process easier- generating their dreaming homestead lifestyle!

This list of essentials will also include all you future urban homesteaders out there! Urban homesteading is a fast growing trend. Of course, you wonat be able to have kine or a large crop but, there are other ways to make any home a great homestead.

Letas begin!

Essentials For Every Homesteader

Grab a notepad, a pen, and a comfy seat! Here are some great essentials to consider to get your rural or urban homestead off to a great start!

A Pickup

If you do not have a pickup truck, it might be a good notion to purchase one. Pickups are extremely useful and well worth the investment. They are great for “the worlds biggest” projects such as carrying large bags of feed, bales of hay, and any other large essential items needed for your homestead.

This also goes for urban homesteaders as well. Granted, you are not able to need to haul feed or bales of fodder but, you are able to discover over time that a pickup is much needed and appreciated.

A Composter

Composting is a great way to naturally fertilize your harvests and other vegetable plants. If you are new to the world of composting check out my article, Composting For Beginners | The Building Blocks To A Better Harvest.

And for all the urban homesteaders out there, check out my article, 10 Simple Tips Every Urban Homesteader Needs to Ensure. Included in this article is a detailed instructional infographic to get you well on your route to urban style composting.

Outdoor Clothing

A rural homestead is a tough job, from time to time, due to the elements such as rainfall, dirt, or snow. Expending in garment items such as a pair of overalls or jeans, a durable pair of mud boots or hiking boots, a durable climate resistant coat, and a climate resistant hat, gloves, and scarf. Buying garb that you wonat mind get a little roughed up or dirty is a must on a homestead.

Urban homesteaders could benefit from these clothing items as well. Homesteading is a rewarding experience but, from time to time, a messy one!


A homestead isnat complete without tools! Over day you will realize the tools that youall need for all your homesteading wants but, here a good listing to start off with: a hammer, fingernails, tape measure, a level, a shovel, a power drill, and an air compressor. This list runs for rural and urban homesteaders alike.

Weather Radio

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This must have essential, I believe, should be in EVERY home- especially the homesteaders who have chosen to live without access to internet or cable. When bad weather is on its way, it is vital to stay informed of what may be coming your route. Preparations for bad weather are crucial for every homesteader. Also, consider stocking up on extra batteries, just in case.

First Aid

This is must have knowledge for EVERY household. Rural homesteads are often days in a remote location far away from the nearest hospital. So, having a thorough first assistance kit and knowledge is imperative! Check out our article, The Homesteaderas Guide to First Aid and CPR, for an in depth look into first providing assistance to the homesteading lifestyle.

Instructions in this must-read article include:

How to build a first aid kit for your homestead

Step by step first aid instructions on choking, poisoning, burns, bleeding meanders, sprains/ stress, broken bones, hot stroke, snake bites, glitch bites , nosebleeds, and CPR.

For first aid care for someone who may be in a hypothermic country, check out my article, Surviving Hypothermia: What To Do Until Medical Help Arrives.

Outside Structures

This is an important part of rural homestead planning. Outside structures such as barns, sheds, and fencing all play a part in having a successful rural homestead. Whether you want to build these structures yourself or hire a contractor is the first decision to induce. If you decide to build these structures yourself, you will save money. But, if you hire a contractor, you will save yourself hour which will be valuable in the long run when it is necessary to planning other areas of your homestead. Dedicate these options some serious thought so you know for certain that youare stimulating the right choice. Like Iave said before, do not become stressed in the process. Constructing a homesteading lifestyle takes time.

Sheds and structures such as a chicken coop( for example) will be essentials to consider for the urban homesteading lifestyle.

Vegetable Crops and Gardens

For rural homesteaders, you can plant a large vegetable harvest or a vegetable garden- or both! Either route, make a list of the veggies you wish to grow and be sure to map out your land accordingly.

For urban homesteaders, check out my article, Container Gardening for Your Patio or Balcony. This a great read for those who live in an apartment, townhome, or those who have restriction outside space.

If you are new to horticulture, check out my article, 12 Budget Friendly Must-Haves For Every Beginner Gardener, for the tools youall need to get you started.

Livestock Options

This is another important consideration for rural homesteaders. You donat have to make an immediate decision. Take your time with this one.

To attain things easier here are some great articles to read to help the decision-making process run a bit more smoothly.

10 Tips for Raising Healthy Cattle 9 Tips for Creating Healthy Pigs 16 Tips for Creating Goats A Beginneras Guide to Raising Sheep Hen Pecked: An In-Depth Interview On Creating Chickens( backyard chickens is a great alternative for urban homesteaders) How to Create Quail for Eggs and Meat( great option for urban homesteaders) Raising Rabbits( great alternative for urban homesteaders)

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