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If you like to spend time outdoors, you should take some time to learn primary survival skills.

Shelter building, fire making, primitive fish trapping, and more. I go over it all in my Wilderness Survival Basics article.


How to Build a Solar Powered Drip Irrigation System

Watering your garden in an off-grid scenario requires some ingenuity.

In this article, I guide you step-by-step for building your own autonomous solar powered drip irrigation system.


Ultimate Bug Out Bag Guide: Contents Listed and Explained

Being prepared takes more than just stocking up on supplies. If you need to evacuate quickly, you will want to have a bug out bag fully stocked and ready to go.

It takes some thought to design and fill a bug out bag correctly. In my Ultimate Bug Out Bag Guide, I go over every item you need (including item weight) so you can design your bag to your capabilities.


How to Filter Water in an Emergency (+ Product Guide)

Water is the most critical element when facing an emergency. Are you prepared to provide you and your family with clean drinking water?

In my Emergency Water Guide, I go over both primitive and modern water filtration and purification methods, along with a review of filtration products.


What does it mean to go off grid?

The essence of going off-grid is to become more self-sufficient. This, in itself, can have many interpretations.

For me, going off grid means to apply techniques, methods, and lifestyle changes in order to be more independent, even if the change is small.

You could go all out and build a remote cabin in the backwoods, relying on the resources around you for sustenance.

You could also set up a compost pile, install solar panels onto your home, or learn how to start a fire in the woods. All of these things are working towards becoming more off grid.

Whether you are learning how to preserve food, enjoying a trip to the great outdoors, or setting up a vertical garden in your apartment, off grid living is about building a culture that you love through knowledge, skillsets, and most of all, freedom.

Start empowering your life now by instilling new systems that bring you freedom through self reliance.


Maximum Off Grid Topics

Off Grid Water System Section

When building an off grid installation, setting up a reliable and efficient water system is paramount to the success of your endeavor.

There are multiple variables to consider when designing your off grid water system.

First, you need to figure out where your water will come from. Will it be from a well? Do you have a year-round water source to rely upon such as a spring or river? Will you have to haul in your water for part of all of the year? My off grid water system article addresses this in detail.

Second, how will you move that water into your home? Typically the use of pumps is required to move water from its source into your water tanks or directly into the plumbing. But, with a bit of ingenuity, you can use the force of gravity to provide enough pressure to deliver the water for you. Check out my off grid water pump article.

Additional off grid water pump articles:

The Best Hot Water Recirculating Pump [2020 Product Reviews]

The Best Submersible Sump Pump Reviews [2020 Product Guide]

The Best Battery Backup Sump Pump [2020 Product Guide]

Wayne VS Zoeller Sump Pump – Which one is better? [Chart]

Third, how will you both filter and purify the water? Natural water sources need to be filtered of sediments and debris and also be purified of both bacteria and viruses to make it potable. I have written extensively on how to filter and purify off grid water.

Additional water filtration articles:

The Best Well Water Whole House Filtration System [Guide]

Gravity Fed Water Filter: What It Is and Why You Want One

Shungite Stone Benefits: Get the REAL Facts! [Case Studies]

Go Berkey VS Travel Berkey – What’s the Difference? [Chart]

Although not necessarily essential, heating water in an off grid situation provides specific challenges that municipal dwellers don’t have. In my off grid water heater guide, I go over the best methods to provide hot water to your homestead.


Survival Skills Section

This is the newest wing to my website and one of the most exciting! I love the idea of developing outdoor skills for long term wilderness expeditions and overall survival preparedness. The deep fulfillment you get from being prepared and knowing how to start a fire or build a shelter is profound, and I suggest that everyone become prepared on some sort of level.

In my newest wilderness survival basics article, I go over both primitive and modern survival skills that you can put to good use while in the bush.

Check out my articles on how to bug out in the event of an emergency. Instead of just listing a bunch of stuff as other websites do, I have taken the time to research bug out theory and how bug out gear relates to actually bugging out.

In my bug out gear article, I have organized all the gear listed into sections from essential to robust so you can make an informed decision on what you really need to what is more of a luxury item. I have also listed item weights so you can calculate what the final weight of your bug out bag will be.

Being that water filtration is so essential for survival in any situation, I have written an emergency water filtration guide that covers the scope of how to both filter and purify water for both stationary and mobile treks.

In a long term situation, alternative currencies such as bartering and gold may come into play. Why not work on some prospecting skills?

I love to prospect for gold so much, I created my Ultimate Guide to Finding Gold in the Wild. I go over modern-day strategies, techniques, and equipment to recover them thar nuggets!


Alternative Gardening Section

Traditional methods of gardening works great if you have a nice rectangular plot to work with. But many of us have unusual spaces, or even no space at all, to grow our own food.

Being that I am a fulltime RVer, I fall into the category of having no space at all. I had to become creative with my gardening skills to incorporate growing food into my life.

Hence, this Alternative Gardening section was born!

There are a few major categories that I talk about, which can be applied to any living situation.

Vertical farming can be done in small spaces and plants can thrive even better than being on the ground.

Permaculture farming is a technique where you apply the principle of gardening and space from zone zero (your home) to several zones rippling out from there. It’s quite interesting.

Growing sprouts is a great way to add nutrition even if you feel you have absolutely no room whatsoever. You can grow sprouts anywhere, and it’s cheap!

You can take it a step further and grow microgreens indoors with a tray and light system.

I also have made a very special article about how to build a solar powered drip irrigation system. This article combines two energy-saving techniques (water and electricity) to make an off grid autonomous watering system.

Composting is an easy way to create food for your garden and recycles your old food scraps, so I have dedicated a whole section about it, including an article on composting toilets.

Check out my additional articles on composting:

How to Fix Your Compost Pile [40+ Actionable Solutions]

Apartment Composting Methods that Don’t Stink [5 Step Guide]

The Best Winter Composting Solutions [8 Critical Strategies]

Build a Compost Pile in 7 Steps [Ultimate Foolproof Guide]


Solar Power Systems Section

Capturing the energy from the sun with a solar power system installation is so far the best method for alternative energy and for using it in an off grid setup. There are other methods, such as wind power, and water power, but so far, solar is the cleanest and easiest way and the technology just keeps getting better and cheaper.

In my no bs guide to home solar power, I wanted to make solar more understandable and less intimidating. When you breakdown all the components of a solar installation, its actually pretty basic and easy to understand. That’s exactly what I do in this article.

I also talk about on grid vs off grid solar power, because there are some huge and profound differences to understand before deciding on which setup you will pursue. Choose wisely!

Another hot topic is whether you want to build a DIY solar power system or hire an installer to do the work for you. There are pros and cons to both which I cover in detail.

If you do decide to build an off grid solar power installation, then you will need to configure a backup generator to your system. This is a tricky task, so I have compiled solar power backup generator installation resources to help you figure it out. I also made an article devoted to the solar power combiner box, a little known component that has a whole lot of benefits.

Take a moment and visit my solar power system section.


Hi, I am Regina, the creator of Maximimum Off Grid.

I started this website because I am personally working toward going off grid.

As I began to research, I had to compile bits and pieces of information from all over the internet to come up with the answers I was seeking.

I realized at that moment that I wanted to start a website where I could share a database of cohesive information about the off grid lifestyle with others in one well-organized place.

And Maximum Off Grid was born!

The website is now evolving to cover a range of topics from off grid system building to survival skills.

I hope you are enjoying the website and please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Regina Caligiuri