When it comes time to become self reliant or take care of your own during a crisis situation, you’re going to have to work harder than ever. You’ll need tools that can help you get things done.
Power tools may not be an option unless they’re battery operated and you have rechargeable batteries that can be charged with a solar charger. So you’ll need to have a variety of hand tools available, too.
Hand tools are harder to use, but they don’t require the use of electricity, so you won’t have to worry about not having them functional whenever you need them. You can buy a ready-made large toolkit, or invest in a small one that’s perfect for taking with you on the go.
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What kind of hand tools will you need for your homesteading property?
The basics are always good. A hammer will help you build things – and of course, a variety of nails to go with it.
Screwdrivers will come in handy – both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers. Make sure you also store a variety of different sized screws for projects you might take up on your property.
A wrench might help you if you’re dealing with nuts and bolts. If you purchased some items to build from scratch, then you’ll want to have a wrench handy. A tape measure for projects is also a great idea.
Pliers, saws, levels, and utility knives are all additional tools you’ll want to invest in – either as a group toolkit or individually if you’re picky about your items. A Leatherman is also a nice tool to have, as is a Swiss Army Knife – which both house a variety of tools in one that’s portable.
As a homesteader, you may also want to invest in a variety of gardening tools. Some will be handheld smaller tools for raised bed gardening, like a spade for example. Others will be larger, like a shovel, rake or garden hoe.
But what about large tools you may need as a prepper?
Many communities plan as a group to invest in large machinery that helps build houses and pave roadways. You might even get machines that harvest grains and other large crops for your prepper community.
Start small, with what you can carry and what you may need to make repairs, protect yourself, and use for gathering food supplies – and then move on to the larger, long-term tools that might help you become more self reliant.