13 Must Have Homesteading Items to Survive the Apocalypse In Style

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By Activist Post

Disaster prepping and homesteading have gone mainstream. Because of the growing uncertainty in the world, post-apocalyptic themes seem to be everywhere. The massive popularity of books, movies and TV shows about the zombie apocalypse, disease outbreaks, or economic collapse reflect the growing concerns of millions.  In the real world,  the exploding desire for self-sufficiency gear has inspired the innovation of some awesome products.

Want to survive a potential Apocalypse in style? Or maybe you just want to have the best tools for your homestead? Either way, here are 13 super cool items that will help you survive anything in comfort and style.

1. The Groundfridge

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The Groundfridge is a super useful item to have for homesteaders or preppers seeking to survive grid-down scenarios in comfort. It’s basically a prefabricated underground root cellar about 20 times larger than the standard refrigerator. Similar to the root cellars that our grandparents utilized before modern refrigerators came to be, the Groundfridge uses no energy and keeps its interior temperature based on the temperature of the ground surrounding it. Prices start at $9,900. Learn more here.

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2. Deluxe Wine Making Kit

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Making your own alcoholic beverages is super easy when you have the right equipment. The wine making starter kit by Master Vintner is by far the most comprehensive kit to start making wine, mead, ciders and even beer. The large fermentation carboys allow for homestead-scale production. The kit only costs $145 with free shipping and comes with a 27-minute instructional video seen below.

3. Golf Cart with Solar Charger

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Once the dust settles from the Apocalypse and the last drop of fuel is gone, you’ll still have transportation with a solar-charged golf cart. This is a perpetual energy vehicle and it is quiet to drive. While others fight over oil and remain stationary, you’ll still be able get around. If you already have an electric golf cart, there are solar charging kits for under $1,000, or you can have a custom off-grid cart made for less than $10K.

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4. Wood Cook Stove

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When the power dies out and the propane dries up, you’re still going to need to cook food.  Most survivors of the Apocalypse will cook every meal over an open fire. You, on the other hand, will have read this article and spoiled yourself by getting a modern wood cook stove.  The designs of these stoves have gotten much better in recent times. They cook evenly and efficiently while also warming the kitchen. You can even find some nice models on Amazon for under $2,600 with free shipping.

5. Cast Iron Pots and Pans
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If you get a wood cook stove, or even if you don’t, you’re going to want a good set of seasoned cast iron pots and pans. If there’s even the slightest chance that people will be cooking over wood fires, cast iron cookware will be a highly valued tool worth their weight in gold. You can get the kit in the image above on Amazon for only $150 with free shipping.

6. Greenhouse

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Onsite food production will be a necessity to thrive during the collapse of society. A greenhouse allows you to extend your growing season and control the environment for your most vulnerable crops.  You can buy a fancy climate-controlled greenhouse, a DIY greenhouse kit, or you can build your own greenhouse for around $50.

7. Sun Oven and Food Dehydrator
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In the spring, summer and fall when it’s too warm to always cook with the wood stove, you can still bake bread, slow roast casseroles, or dehydrate your harvest with a passive solar oven.  The Sun Oven may be extremely valuable if the survival situation is dire and you don’t want to reveal wood smoke during cooking.  Baking temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Under $300 on Amazon with free shipping.

8. Solar Chest Freezer

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Having a DC-powered chest freezer attached to a solar panel is the ultimate survival treasure chest. The temperature of these freezers can be adjusted so they can serve as a highly efficient refrigerator.  The SunStar Solar Freezers come with 4.5-inch-thick insulation and are designed to work on a variety of off-grid settings. Cost for this set up is much less than the Groundfridge; around $1,600 without the solar panels.

9. Non-circulating Hydroponics

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Mike Adams of Natural News has developed an innovative self-contained unit for growing a wide variety of vegetables using non-circulating hydroponics which doesn’t need pumps or electricity to grow healthy food. These turnkey systems are affordable at around $99 and several of them can fit on a balcony or porch. Adams also provides full plans and video instructions on how to make these yourself. See more at FoodRising.org.

10. Berkey Water Filters

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You should already have an awesome water filter because public water is appallingly bad and feral water isn’t much better. In a survival situation, clean water will be crucial to being healthy and living comfortably. If you’re going to invest in a household filter that doesn’t require electricity, you might as well get the best. Berkey Water Filters come in many sizes from a sport bottle up to community-sized units.  The luxury Crown model costs $357 with free shipping. They get less expensive down the line.

11. Traditional Archery Gear
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Hunting with a gun during a collapse of society can be dangerous. Gunshots can be heard from miles away. So even if you are in your isolated bug-out location, your gun shots may give you away. Learn archery. Long after the bullets disappear and the compound bows break, traditional archers will thrive. Traditional recurve bows or longbows are a fun part of survival preparations. You can find quality starter bows for around $180 with free shipping.

12. Foot- or Hand-powered Laundry Washing Machines

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Pedal-powered laundry machine: Drumi

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No one wants to think about doing laundry without power and running water because it’s too painful to imagine. Luckily, there are two excellent options to avoid scrubbing clothes on washboards in the river with hunched backs.  The pedal-powered Drumi machine above is a brand new design that requires no electricity, has over 3 gallons of water capacity, and cleans up to five pounds of laundry per load. It’s in presales now for $239. The next one is a $50 hand-cranked washing machine that also doesn’t require electricity.

13. Gerber Apocalypse Survival Knife Kit

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Last but not least on our list of must-have gear to survive the Apocalypse in style is Gerber’s Zombie Apocalypse Survival Knife Kit. Not only is it practical to have a good set of blades and hand tools, this set is also super cool. During an Apocalypse, you might not have to fight off zombies but you’ll likely use sharp blades throughout the day for many tasks.  This kit is $325 with free shipping.

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Whether or not the Apocalypse ever arrives in full, the items above are must-haves for anyone looking to maintain a solid level of preparedness in their day-to-day lives. Even during small-scale disruptions due to natural disasters or economic conditions, acquiring useful tools and the skills to employ them will give you a feeling of confidence to meet whatever challenges might come.

Do you have a favorite must-have survival item? Please share your advice and help others prepare in the comment section below.

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  • Philippe Desrosiers

    The idea is not to try to continue the same of life has before in a pre or post apocalypse scenarios the more you carry more weight you have to carry around and more likely you will be more vulnerable for predators especially humans that will want your stuff. You freaky Americans, while people are all twisted up carbonized or zombiefied you will take a sip of wine… and make a dollar more on stuff to survive the end of the world. Capitalists to the very end… More is less and less is more. My prepping is mostly complete and all fits in a rock sack and covers just about all scenarios I could think of including the walking dead scenario as horrifying this may sound. I have two copies of the Holy Scriptures and this covers my higher needs. You will run out of food and will need to hunt or scavenge what ever dry food you can come across and some freak will want to get your food, your stash, your survival gear, and your throat if it comes to that… So you will sleep with one eye open if you are alone or take shifts if you are with trustworthy people. You will need to move around a lot so carrying too much you might have to leave some stuff behind especially the wine cellar…

    • nimbii

      You Renaissance Europeans have hid behind the Geneva Conventions, NATO, the UN, the NWO and the EU. Very soon will be fighting off Muslims and to prevent the scenario you describe above in Europe you will once again, expect American troops to save you.

  • xbj

    There are far worse things than death. Surviving under apocalypse scenarios is one of them.

    • Brett

      Thank you! Glad to see someone on my page. Death is nothing to fear. We are more than flesh and blood and I think thats what scares people the most; the unknown. I dont want to be hunted like a dog for the remainder of my days or live as a slave. So, I will go out fighting for my rights. At least I leave this world on my terms. Cheers, friend.

  • gweneth

    All salient points – especially the wine kit – makes sense to me, must have wine to get thought the zombie apocalypse. Call me a freaky American.

  • FalconMoose

    Entertaining, tounge-in cheek article….except the solar oven IS legit.

  • Brett

    Look you preppers, I dont want to judge you guys, we are all in this together. However, spending your days sleeping with one eye open and forever running is no way to live. If ‘they’ dont get you the anxiety will. Maybe just me but, I would rather face my enemy and fight. Death is nothing to fear if you face it on your terms. I know its going to be hard for us all but, you can run, but you cant hide. I think every creature on earth has this understanding. Except human beings. Cheers, friends…

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