Off Grid Supplies, Equipment and Gear List: 101 Must Have Essentials

It takes a lot of equipment, gear and supplies to live off grid, especially if you want to live off the land by growing all your own food or selling surplus. I’ve compiled a long list of off grid supplies you may need and broken it down into categories.

Depending on what type of lifestyle you want to live while off grid, you probably won’t need all of these supplies. To make your own customized supplies list, first, make a list of all the systems and things you want while living off grid (hydropower, raising animals, beekeeping, canning, harvesting firewood…).  Then make a list of all the supplies you would need for these activities.

By the time you are done, you should have a complete list of what you’ll need to live off grid.

Worried about how you will pay for all of this? See these posts on How much it costs to go off grid and How to make money while living off the grid.

Power Equipment

  1. Solar panels plus mounts
  2. Charge controllers
  3. Deep cycle batteries
  4. Power inverter
  5. Backup generator
    1. Gas generators
    2. Indoor generators
    3. Dual fuel generators
    4. Propane generators
    5. Diesel generators
    6. Off-grid generator
  6. Transfer switch
  7. AC and DC load center
  8. Wind turbines
  9. Hydropower system
  10. Extension cords
  11. Fuel containers


  1. Water storage tanks
  2. Piping
  3. First flush diverter
  4. Wire mesh/leaf screens
  5. Mounting hardware
  6. Water filtration and purification systems
  7. Well hand pump + backup power for electric pumps
  8. Submersible pump
  9. Buckets
  10. Tarps/plastic sheeting


*You can often rent these instead of buying

  1. ATV
  2. Tractor
  3. Saw mill
  4. Woodchipper
  5. Backhoe
  6. Plow

Appliances, Kitchen Supplies and Other Home Necessities

  1. Propane stove
  2. Woodstove
  3. Solar oven – see other off-grid appliances
  4. Propane, solar and/or tankless water heater
  5. Propane refrigerator – read more about off-grid refrigeration options
  6. Eco-friendly dishwasher
  7. Solar shower – off-grid shower options
  8. Hand-powered clothes washing machine – bucket washing machine and off-grid washing machines
  9. Smoker 
  10. Dehydrator – best food dehydrator options and guide to food dehydrating
  11. Canning jars and lids – water bath canning guide
  12. Fermenting crocks – best fermenting crock options
  13. Meat grinder
  14. Grain mill – best manual grain mill
  15. Cast iron cookware
  16. Chimney brushes
  17. Sewing machine
  18. Internet connectivity supplies – off-grid internet options
  19. Emergency radio – best emergency radio for preppers
  20. Washing basins


  1. Energy-efficient lights – survival lighting options
  2. Lanterns and oil – best emergency lanterns
  3. Candles – emergency candles
  4. Outdoor solar lights
  5. Flashlights
  6. Headlamps


  1. Hand tools
  2. Electric tools
  3. Saws – folding saw
  4. Axes – survival hatchet reviews
  5. Felling wedge
  6. Tool sharpeners
  7. Gardening supplies
  8. Hard hat
  9. Safety glasses
  10. Work Gloves – survival glove reviews
  11. Workboots – survival boots reviews
  12. Work clothing
  13. Ladder
  14. Shovels
  15. Buckets
  16. Spotlights
  17. Rope
  18. Welding equipment
  19. Staple gun
  20. Tow chains
  21. Ratchet and lashing straps
  22. Bungee cords

Garden, Animals and Land Supplies

  1. Wheelbarrow
  2. Pruning shears
  3. Rake
  4. Hoe
  5. Pickaxe
  6. Pitchfork
  7. Tiller
  8. Watering cans
  9. Mower
  10. Power blower
  11. Hoses
  12. Irrigation supplies
  13. Animal crates and cages
  14. Feed pans
  15. Water troughs
  16. Fencing
  17. Post hole digger
  18. Fence post driver
  19. T-posts
  20. Compost bins
  21. Beekeeper suit
  22. Milking stand
  23. Hayfork
  24. Storage bins
  25. Wagon/trailer

Other Supplies

  1. How-to books

What other off-grid supplies would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Thank you very much for the fantastic coverage of costs and things one needs to be aware of before taking the plunge! Food for thought…


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