Nomadic Living Tips, Tricks and Techniques


Nomadic Living Tips, Tricks and Techniques

A group for sharing knowledge, methods and wisdom on living nomadic.  How to survive living on the road.  Sharing diverse money making methodologies along with other different skills.  

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any tips for heating a tent/survival shelter.....

Started by Renee. Last reply by Dennis Hardy May 31, 2013. 19 Replies

I was just trying to see how many differant opinions and whys of heating a shelter there are.... also was wondering if any one knows how to make a home made nature glue? and lastly i am trying to…Continue

From a purely practical perspective

Started by Old Jules. Last reply by sojourner Nov 26, 2012. 3 Replies

This only applies to those who haven't gone completely off the radar, who are attempting to survive inside the current, fluid societal environment with all its gradually developing constrictions…Continue

survival in the sh(c)ity

Started by Keith blahblahblah Jun 28, 2012. 0 Replies

   NEVER EVER TRAVEL WITHOUT HOT SAUCE! I always like to carry instant soup in my pack and when I go to a truck stop I get a cup of hot water from the coffee brewer, mix in some onions and relish…Continue

Freeganism aka dumpster diving

Started by Gypsy Scout May 7, 2012. 0 Replies

I have been known to frequent grocery store dumpsters, the ones that do not have enclosed compactors, where all types of delecacies can be found. Also, for free water, truck stops/travel plazas have…Continue

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Comment by solarbob on August 4, 2012 at 8:33pm

another tip, you do not have to heat you're dwelling, there are 12v heaters for you're body too. In the winter I use a pair of seat heaters, (after  market for those of you who did not order them in you're new car) as heating pads in my bunk, toast's it up nice in five minutes I turn it off, if I get cool during the night I will flip it on again for few minutes. Food for thought.

Peace and love

Comment by solarbob on July 31, 2012 at 6:12pm

thanx it's mine and I fit fine, we all learn from each other, I am just a student too.

Peace and love

Comment by solarbob on July 30, 2012 at 10:17pm

Can't really call it a 'RV' but Mini, I've been living in it for almost 5 years now, does this count as 'RVing' ?

Peace and love

Comment by Joseph "Gypsy" Villalobos on July 24, 2012 at 11:56pm

Really awesome blogs/sites if anyone is interested.

Comment by helen banai on June 12, 2012 at 12:40am

hi I am here

Comment by Mini Snyder on May 9, 2012 at 9:21am

Is there anyone here who has also traveled via rv? Looking for someone to share experiences with!

Comment by LD on March 27, 2012 at 10:48am

I've learned quite a few things living off the radar. The key to it all is to be able to adapt quickly and use what you have. I've been using a hammock as sorta a stepping stone to a three or so person tent but never upgraded. I think that a hammock with a tarp for when raining is a very quick and easy setup and tear down method of shelter. Also when I leave my camp I take down the hammock and cover with the tarp in case of rain when away in town. In cold conditions which in my mind is less than 50F either a second blanket or sleeping bag will be needed to keep the bottom of the body warm. A hammock can be made out of a queen or king size bed sheet and two pieces of rope. Use two S-shaped hooks on both ends of the rope to connect to the tree or support posts. There is a good explanation video on youtube that shows how to make the hammock out of a bed sheet. BTW I've never had the knots on the ends of the sheets un-tie or come apart...... P.S.- 550 cord isn't a long term option for a hammock or is the nylon type rope. I've had both of those pop quite a few times. I use a braided white cottony fabric rope that has did well so far. 

Comment by Countrypagan on January 7, 2012 at 8:42am

invitation to settlers. I'm putting out there... Please share... I'm looking for up to three adults to share my three acres in ideal survival area weather wise. gardening zone 7a and not too far from Uwharrie forest in NC. two hours drive from black mountain and four hours drive to the ocean. county living within walking distance to main street. damned lake and two major creeks. the land has a low volume artesian spring providing year round. close neighbors are tolerant and good people. no minors. no debt. up to three mature adults invited to inquire of mutual agreements... serious minded only please. repairs, sparse, close to primitive conditions due to neglect, composting, gardening, maintenance. if you're already familiar with the piedmont section of NC the better.... private discussion by phone. contact me initially to provide your phone number and I will call at your convenience. Only those free to relocate with a personal income need inquire.

Comment by Peaceful Valley Walker on December 15, 2011 at 6:51am

Where to sleep while on the road:

The level area at the top of the incline under freeway bridges is okay, not great, but okay during dry weather. When it is raining, be warned that decades of urine odors may come to the surface and permeate your blankets and clothes. (Junction I-10 and I-95, 1983) The best bridges for sleeping have a ledge between the girders right up against the buttress. Traffic sounds are usually minimal during the dead of the night and increase sufficiently to wake you up for those crucial, early-morning long distance rides.

Wild animals: I slept under a freeway bridge in Northern Cal a long time ago. It was cold and I had my blanket pulled over my head. Suddenly I awoke and from under the blankets I could tell that a large animal was sniffing at my head. I did not peek... and I suspect it was a mountain lion. Eventually I fell back asleep. (84 or 85)

Tame animals: found a great late-night campsite just north of Charleston, WV. I was able to have a little fire and boil up some lentils and make a hoecake. I didn't have time to make any coffee in the morning though as Daisy Dog woke me up barking madly trying to keep a herd of cattle from trompling me as they attempted to get past my campsite to their milking barn. (Mid Eighties)

Canada: If you are in a decent hitching spot just past the edge of town, look for a trail over the first rise or blind. In most cases you will find a tidy hobo hilton with an established fire-ring. (trans-canada between Portage and Brandon, 1983)

Set up a tent in plain sight next to the interstate. Did this in the central valley of California and also along the transcanada. Note: both times I had company and neither time led to any adverse consequences.

The sensible thing is to find a hidden place as advised. Be careful though, if the spot is adequate to conceal you, there is a possibility that the site has been used by someone so disrespectful as to not scratch out a hole for their shit. (Sacramento, 1984)

Comment by Dalton on December 14, 2011 at 2:57pm

Anyone got any advice about how to eat if you're on the road backpacking? I want to travel but I don't want to depend on buying food, as my money would soon be gone and I feel that by depending on stores and whatnot for food takes away from the spiritual aspect of travel that I long for.


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