Ultimate List of Must-Have Homesteading Tools & Supplies

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Safety Gear & Equipment

Hard Hat - It's never a bad idea to have a couple of these around for projects. We've been wearing ours for tree felling mostly, but they're also great when you're working with lumber, especially overhead! Your noggin is pretty important so even though hard hats look kinda silly, they're a cheap insurance plan.
Safety Glasses - When working with power tools it's always a good idea to wear safety glasses. Wood chips can fly in every direction when you least expect it. It doesn't feel good to get wood in your eye (ask Alyssa!). We both wear these when we're around our power tools because we can't do what we do if our eyesight was gone.

RV Living

If you’re like us, you may begin your homesteading journey by living in a travel trailer! This allows us to get a head start on building our off grid property while putting our money where it matters most. We have put together list of all of our tips for living in a travel trailer, but here are the tools we use that make our lives easier!

Wheel Chocks - When you park an RV, it's a great idea to use wheel chocks to make sure the RV doesn't go anywhere it shouldn't. These are fairly straightforward.
6-Gallon Water Jugs - Since we don't want to move our trailer every time we want more water, and since we don't have a well or cistern in yet, we are relying on these 6-gallon water jugs. These are great because they're relatively easy for us both to life and they have a nozzle on the end which makes for easy pouring. You won't want anything heavier as it takes a while to drain, and holding any more weight can put you at risk of strain or injury unless you have something to set it on. We fill up a few of these every time we go to town.
ShelterLogic Garage in a Box - As you will discover in this blog post, we needed protection for our RV immediately as it is prone to leakage. We ultimately will build a barn to put it in, but we had rain when we arrived on our property so getting a shelter up pronto was at the top of our priority list. Out of desperation we bought this Garage in a Box and looking back on it, we couldn't be happier with the purchase. It's a great temporary solution for protection but it's sturdier than your typical tent-like carport. It survived a hefty wind storm without any damage whatsoever and was also a breeze to put up. Check out this post to see how we built a deck to put the Garage in a Box on top of to give us some additional clearance + an awesome deck! Oh yea... this won't work for extremely long RVs. This is 20' long and our RV is 19' so we were in luck!
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths - Needless to say, living in the middle of a piece of dirt in an RV is filthy. We sweep out the RV daily and wipe down surfaces weekly with these microfiber cleaning cloths. As a general rule of thumb, it's easiest to clean dry than it is wet. Wipe down the dry debri, and then use water only when something won't come up dry. Water + dust = mud so try to eliminate the dust all together. We also wipe down our boots, camera equipment and other tools with these cloths.
Schumacher Ship N' Shore 15 Amp SpeedCharge Charger with Battery Clamps - After living in our travel trailer for a couple of months we got around to fixing a huge problem: our trailer battery wasn't really charging despite having the generator turned on for 8 hours. This is because most trailers are equipped with a trickle charger. We were actually draining the battery quicker than it was charging. With this battery charger, we charge the RV battery directly which bypasses the trickle charger. So far, this is a great solution (not to mention affordable) and should hold us over until we are ready to invest in components of our solar setup. Watch our Schumacher battery charger unboxing on YouTube.
GrassWorx Clean Machine Omega Doormat - As we mention in our ultimate guide to living in a travel trailer, one of the best ways to keep the trailer tidy is by leaving dust and dirt at the door! This is the second doormat on our homestead and the best so far. This one really helps to collect the dirt where others do not.

Kitchen & Cooking

We’re not doing too much cooking at the moment but what we do have serves us well and allows us to keep a healthy yet satisfying diet while we build our home.

Vitamix Blender - We've been using this Vitamix blender for 5 years or so and it's worked like a charm. We use it to make smoothies, ice cream, pureed soup, nut butters, cat food, laundry detergent and more. We've worked the crap out of the thing. It's worth every penny to us... we're all about buying once and buying a tool that does it all, reliably.
Waring MG105 Professional Meat Grinder - We've been using this particular meat grinder for 4+ years to make our own homemade cat food. Even though it's on the lower end cost-wise, it's worked great for us with zero issues whatsoever. It grinds bone without a problem. We've also used it to make sausage once, although we hope there is a lot of meat-grinding and sausage-making in our future!
GoSun Stove, Sport Edition - We just received this solar stove and are happy to start cooking with it! The idea is that it uses the sun to cook rather than a limited resource such as wood or propane. The only downfall is that it can only be used when the sun is shining (or overcast days), but not at night. That said, it seems like a great tool to have when living off-grid as the sun is an abundant resource. We like knowing that we always have a way to cook our food if the sun is out. Watch our GoSun Stove unboxing on Youtube.
Cast Iron Cookwear - We purchased this 3-piece cast iron skillet set a couple years back and love it! To be honest, we mostly use the 10" skillet which is PERFECT for two people, but if you're cooking for more than two people I'd recommend something larger. Once we learned how to season a cast iron skillet, we were even happier because our pans became as close to non-stick as it gets for cast iron.

Blogging & Documenting

We take documenting our journey very seriously AND work from home, so it’s important that we have technology that’s reliable 99.9% of the time. Here are the tools we use to make the quality of our content and videos top-notch.

Nikon D5200 - When we embarked on our video journey (started with producing our own digital products), we knew we wanted our videos to have a professional feel to them. We weren't about to produce professional videos with an iphone or low-end camcorder. This camera, while meant for still photography, is great at producing video. It has a short battery life but with multiple batteries, we're able to easily produce the videos we need. We bought a refurbished camera at a discount but it has problems... mainly, it never turns on on the first try. Others have great success with refurbished cameras. Only you can make the decision on what camera to buy!
WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - As you can imagine, we were quickly filling up the storage on our Macbooks. We also wanted to easily share footage. We decided that a high storage capacity external hard drive was the way to go. Anywhere we go to use wifi, we simply plugin the external hard drive and have access to all of our footage and videos. With this we are easily able to back up our memory cards so that when they go back in the camera they are empty and ready for a full day of filming.
Macbook Pro 15.4 Inch Laptop - We didn't buy these strictly for our homestead blogging but for all of the digital work that we do. These are a hefty investment of around $2k but to us, they're worth every penny. On our old Dell desktop computers, rending a video would take around 4 hours. On these, most take under 5 minutes. This is priceless to us. They are also capable of running Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop without crashing. We're able to edit video, photo, and upload to the blog quick and painlessly. They also seamlessly dock into our Thunderbolt displays which is great, although our Thunderbolts are in storage at the moment due to limited space in the RV!
AmazonBasics Camera Backpack - Protecting our camera is important to us, especially as we're working in rugged climates! Getting dust all over the camera is a normal day! We store the Nikon in a backpack so that it doesn't get bumped around in the trailer, and also so that we can easily haul it to whatever the job site is for the day. When in the backpack, we can *gently* toss it into the bushes when we're done filming or until we're ready to use it. It also acts as a place to store our microphone, extra batteries and tripod.
PNY Elite Performance 64GB High Speed SD Card - This is a high-capacity SD card, compatible with our Nikon D5200, that allows us to capture lots of video throughout the day. We've never maxed it out in a day, but as a good rule of thumb, we empty the SD card after a day of filming. We love to start every day with an empty SD card and fully charged batteries.

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