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Living Outside: A Guide


To live and travel outside, you will need:

1. to eat
2. to drink water
3. to bathe
4. to sleep

Useful Items

fire starter fanny pack(s) sheet(s) steel canteen (for water) portable rechargeable battery small smart phone headphones charging plug and cords rechargeable headlamp washrag (for drying face or other) small tooth brush, tooth paste and floss bar of soap in soap box

Secondary Useful Items

paracord pocket knife small instrument socks

Key Resources

- Traveling group discussions
- Local buses
- Affordable plane tickets
- Non-profit organizations
- Charity

Key Notes To Surviving

1. Have faith

2. Use reasoning

3. -Build a fire-

Winter can be very harsh. A snowfall can and does kill. Life is no joke. Pain is a very real sensation.

Gather fallen branches and sticks and tinder material (pine needle, wood shavings, etc). Put this material in piles that will be sheltered from snow and rain.

Build a fire and stay warm. Build a surrounding wall to keep heat within and continually warming you from all sides.

Build - A - Fire

4. Travel with the seasons.

Migrate with the birds.

5. Sleep when you need to sleep.

Sleep in the woods, sleep in a parking lot, sleep on some grass.

When exhaustian is calling, it is better to sleep and be awakened than to wait for sleep and not be able to find it.

Even if you were located in an area with mosquitoes, it would be better to sleep during the day when the mosquitoes are away than it would be to sleep through the entire night while these little suckers do bite!

6. Strive to learn

7. Sobriety

8. Stretching and massaging limbs

9. Recognize the enemy.

Insects can ruin a lot of things. People can ruin a whole lot more.

Animals are usually rather timid and reserved, although some times mischievous.

10. Travel light.

The more light-weight you travel, the more access you will have to privacy. Also, the faster you will be able to flee from potentially dangerous situations and will be able to get on your feet and get going when needed.

Even in case of a hurricane or other natural disaster, do not wait to realize that your tent and belongings are not coming with you unless you pack it all up and out.

Weight can and will hurt your body. Use this time outside to learn and grow and consider what is truly of use to your ability to thrive.

Where To Sleep

1. A tent will become trash. A tent will be hot some times and also will block from spotting potential threats.

2. Why not sleep on the dirt, or on concrete?
You can carry a sheet or two sheets and carry any small, useful items in these sheets.

3. Use cardboard or styrofoam for ground insulation (prevents carrying a ground pad).

4. Build a shelter.

1. Trees do fall

2. A tent can leak and even collapse from rain

3. Blood suckers (ticks, mosquitos, kissing bugs, noseeums, etc)

4. Spiders can litter the ground, but this is not actually bad and nor are the ankle bites

5. Pooping at night

6. Cleaning your poop

7. Teeth care

8. Hunters (supposedly more than 1000 people are shot by hunters every year in the United States and Canada)

9. Water is polluted (chemicals, exhaust, metals, plastics, feces, dead animals, etc)

10. The sound of society travels far

11. Shoes can damage your feet.

Walking many miles with closed toe shoes might damage your toes. Flip flops are recommended but even the wrong sandal can wear your skin and joints out.

A sweaty sock or a hot foot adds no help to a hot and wet and contained oven. Skin is meant to breathe.

Any pain or strange feeling on the body needs to be relaxed and let free from stress and constraints.

1. You will immediately create a trail wherever you walk, whether through grass or through leaves. After walking the same path only a few times, your trail will be more than evident.

2. Travel more silently by sticking to the trails you have made (or to other trails) than to make a new path, crunching and smashing.

3. When you settle in a new location during the day, look for landmarks and count your steps to and from your location! Always check behind your back as well because one way in will always look different the other way out. This way, if you leave your area to return at night, you can count your steps back in and better recognize your whereabouts.

4. The most dangerous thing in the forest is other people.

5. A wheezing whistle that is followed by a snorting and maybe sounds of death is probably a raccoon.

6. Most times silent, some times only making a slight sound: if anything making a home below your tent "seems" like a mouse or mice, it probably is. They will mind their own business and learn to sleep away from where you sleep. They will even learn to come in at night, settle quickly and be quiet.

7. Spiders are pretty harmless. Even lost spiders in a tent will try their best to hide along cracks and corners until they can get out. The only spiders that attempt to be in your face are the tiny specs who hang a few inches from your ceiling or hair.

8. All sorts of things live in leaves and sticks, including the ones that are burnt for fire: beetles, spiders, ants and even snakes and other things, all trying their best to be avoided and to avoid.

9. Deer, squirrels, turtles and many other animals can sound like a human walking.

10. If you have a winter sleeping bag or a fire and you arrive to your sleeping location at night but are weary of removing your socks and jacket and etc, remove them! These items are restricting and your own skin may be warmer against itself, especially once in a sleeping bag or next to a fire.

11. The ground can swell with water during a heavy rain.

Carrying a large ground pad can have you sticking out like a sore thumb, displaying openly that you are travelling and sleeping outside.

Used, unwashed fabrics, unattended in a tent for too long can grow mildew and spread to everything else.

A small towel is good for drying, but an even smaller towel (nearly a rag) will dry you all the same but will dry it's self faster than any larger towels or towelettes.

A backpack can cause a sweaty and itching back. Always, it is best to be as minimal as possible (if possible).

When this world breathes, you breathe.

The vision of this place is your sight.

The music and the birds, the wind and the silence is your hearing.

and feeling: it is much more than skin. The feeling is motivation, inspiration, love, tears, glory!

Certainly, you can not stop tomorrow from approaching. It is not you who moves in toward tomorrow, but it is tomorrow which moves in through you.

Let go. There is no need to strive for so much.

Life is much more than a mountain of gold, or even than a backpack.

Additional Resources

» squattheplanet.com

Shelter-Building Links

1 (quick shelter)

2 (tipi)

3 (tipi)

4 (turf house)

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