If you do a lot of hiking like we do, or hunt, fish, snowshoe, etc., you will really want to have something with you to charge your cell phone. They have solar backpacks that keep you hands free but will charge your phone and other devices. Also a handy thing to have if you are lost and need to be found by your cell phone signal!
Clean drinking water is always a concern when living off the grid. We dug our own well but sometimes it dries up in hot days of the summer. We then draw water from the springs but when we do that, we like to filter it. The bucket system works great and we find that it gives you peace of mind and costs less than 7 cents/gallon! We’d like to hear from others as to what they do for filtering water!