Going Nomad: How to Use Your Military Surplus Tent to Live on the Move

September 9, 2020

If you're paying close attention to what is going on in the world around you then you are likely seeing the benefits of living away from an urban environment, and you might even see the benefit in living in such a manner that you're not easily found by certain factions who might be looking for you.

This country used to sustain some of the best tribes of hunter gatherers of all times, the Lakota and Dakota Sioux, as well as many others. However, the main problem that they had even then was the fact that they found it difficult to move the village easily. Even back then the mobile shelters they used were cumbersome and hard to take from one place to another because they consisted mainly of heavy hides and long dense poles. A travois was a perfect solution as it could be formed by the very poles used to erect the tipis and haul the hides used to cover them. The travois could then be successfully pulled by horses, dogs, or slaves. But, even then it was a bit of a struggle to get them from one place to another.

We still have this issue today. And any tent of substance, that is spacious enough to accommodate you and your family, will be heavy and cumbersome. The way I see it there are three options; however, two of them are not feasible in the event of a prolonged apocalypse. First, you could use a small four wheel drive vehicle. Anything like a Tracker, or a Dakota will work nicely for hauling gear and traversing mountainsides and harsh terrain. Better than that would be an array of ATVs. The problem with both of these options is that they require gasoline and mechanical parts. Once broken down in an apocalypse, you're likely to stay broken down. A better option is the use of pack animals. Bear in mind that any animal stronger than you, that can be tamed and trained, (bears for instance are likely to not make great pack animals), can be used effectively.

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