Homestead And Survival

Guest Post by Mike Millerson

You may wonder how homestead and survival are connected. But if you truly want to survive any emergency, you should start by preparing your own land in an area where life is safest. To really prepare for survival, you’ll need to build a shelter, plant your own garden, lay out a lot of supplies, including food and water, and collect a first aid kit. Therefore, you should consider buying your own land away from civilization. Then you can stock your homestead with everything you need for survival.

You may think you live in excellent conditions with all the necessary amenities so even in an emergency you will be able to live comfortably on the territory of your estate. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Keep reading this article in order to learn everything about the Homestead And Survival in detail. We recommend starting emergency preparations now while you can read all the instructions and tips online and do everything without haste.

A Plan for Homestead and Survival

We advise you to adhere to a detailed plan during the process of preparing a homestead for survival.

The first thing you should do is carefully research the selection and purchase of a plot of land. It should be located outside the city with enough space for you to build a shelter and store supplies in case of an emergency.

Check the legal status of the land before buying it. It is important to know in advance whether you can build anything on the land you are purchasing.

After that, check whether you need to coordinate construction with the local authorities or can proceed on your own. Either way, it will be wise to make a detailed construction plan. Think in advance where you will place a shelter, where you will save and store water, and where you can prepare secure storage places for food and other supplies. 

Preparing Your Homestead for Survival

Once you have your land, here are the main points you will need to take care of first:

1. Construction of a Shelter

It is not surprising that the first thing you should do when preparing your homestead is construct a safe haven. The type of building depends on the legal status of your land plot, your budget, and needs. If you can legally build any structure, then you will have a choice between two main categories: permanent or portable shelters.

Permanent Structures

Permanent shelters include ordinary houses, huts, and bunkers. If your survival plan is to hide in your homestead and not move to other areas, then a permanent shelter will be the best choice.

Permanent shelters are characterized by durability and reliability. If you plan to hide for a long time, then the reliability and strength of the structure will be the main advantages.

homestead and survival log house permanent structure

In addition, you should not limit yourself to the size of the hut. You can build a shelter large enough to accommodate all your family members.

Finally, remember to plan enough space in your permanent structure for food supplies, weapons, and other necessities. 

Portable Shelters

Portable shelters include tents and campers. Obviously the space in such housing is limited. Therefore, this option is not suitable for a large family unless you buy several tents or campers.

The benefit, however, is that this type of shelter is most versatile. No matter what happens, you will have the choice to stay on your own land or pack things up and hit the road. This can prove the safer option in case of an attack on and/or ruination of the homestead.

tent in woods

2. Water and Energy Systems for Homestead and Survival

The next step in preparing your homestead for survival is the installation of water and energy systems.

To begin with, let us say that it’s best if you can find a plot of land that has or is close to a natural water reservoir. If you always have access to water, then you will not need to bother with setting up a water supply system from scratch.

You may, however, have trouble finding such a site. In that case, you will need to arrange the supply of yourself. We recommend collecting rainwater either in numerous tanks placed around your shelter or in a large tank dug onto the property. 

To provide your shelter with energy, you can cover its roof with solar panels. Several panels can even be placed on the roof of a van. However, it is worth considering the climate in the area where your shelter is located.

3. Grow Food Yourself

It is hard for us to imagine life without buying groceries in the supermarket. Food cultivation has become a complex, multistage process due to the development of commercialized production and globalization.

Urban residents who have never grown and harvested their own food will likely find it difficult to quickly change their habits in the face of an emergency. Therefore, we recommend that you set up places for storing food supplies in advance and start filling them right away. Buy products with a long shelf life that will give you something to eat while you learn to provide yourself with food. 

homestead and survival canned foods for storage

In an emergency, you may have to hunt, fish, and grow vegetables and fruits in the garden to survive. It is important to understand that this can be much more difficult than it seems. Start gathering information now and learn, at the very least, how to grow your own vegetable garden.

homestead vegetable garden

We advise you to start acquiring the skills necessary for survival in advance. Then, when an emergency strikes, you will know what to do and will not go hungry.

Things to Take Care of Later

So you have now prepared the basic things: bought a plot of land, built or installed a shelter, and started storing food. You may think you have done everything you could. However, this is not true. The question remaining is how practical and comfortable you want your emergency sheltering to be.

The truth is, you can always continue to prepare your homestead for the survival period. So let’s talk about a few advanced stages of preparation that are not mandatory but, at the same time, may save your life in the future. At the very least, they will make surviving on your homestead a lot more pleasant.

1. Understand There is No Limit to Perfection

This point may seem insignificant now, but it may become important later. In preparing for basic survival, the beauty of your shelter and garden is, of course, not important. However, if you stay in one place for a long time, you will want to surround yourself with comfort and coziness.

colorful flower garden

Also, ennoble the garden: think it over so that vegetables and fruits grow in it. However, do not forget that you can grow flowers, too. They will not only bring practical benefits but also create a pleasant home atmosphere. The main thing is to build up a sufficient supply of seeds of all kinds. So prepare a list and plan your garden in advance.

2. Become Part of a Homestead and Survival Community

Another piece of advice that we want to give you is to share experiences and not try to cope alone. We recommend that you team up with other people in advance so that you have support during a difficult period. The main thing is to find people you can really trust.

two couples around campfire black and white

It is best to cooperate with your old friends or relatives but do not be afraid to make new acquaintances on the Internet. Join or create a local community of like-minded people who are also interested in the topics of homestead and survival. They can share useful tips, point out mistakes you don’t notice, and help with everything from construction to the delivery of supplies.

3. Protect Yourself and Your Belongings

Naturally, in an emergency, the first thing you think about is how to protect yourself and your loved ones. The main thing that you will need to do is to get to your shelter and hide there.

shelter hidden in trees for homestead and survival

But you should never forget that other people can behave unpredictably and, due to a low level of preparation or desperation, they may steal your belongings, money, and food supplies. Therefore, it is best if your homestead is well hidden from the eyes of outsiders and removed from the road and other residential areas. However, you can also use fallen trees to reliably protect your homestead from ruin.

Make Your Homestead and Survival Plan

Now you are familiar with a few basic steps for turning your homestead into the ideal place for survival. Follow the plan, prepare in advance, and do not panic! In this case, you will definitely be able to create a practical and comfortable shelter.

A former USA Army sergeant and a highly educated survivalist and prepper with a degree and interest in Engineering and Electronics, Mike Millerson applies his extensive expertise in survivalism, homesteading, backpacking, hiking and hunting, spreading his deep knowledge about handling emergencies and prepping for them reasonably and effectively.