Well here i am again in the same boat. Long story short i am homeless again (not by choice).
I have few to little resources, but some decnt ones. I set up a dome tent in the desert pretty close to a small park. Bathrooms are clean
is a library close as well (cha-ching! free internet).
My sig. other and her kids are staying in a womens shelter (cant have kids living in the desert, i dont approve). She can wash a few of my clothes
here and there.
I can wash up in a park bathroom or use a shower at the local pool for a dollar.
So i had a red dome tent (all i had) i set up in the desert in a shroud of trees. The back end of the tent is nestled into a large hedge covering
its backside. When the trees start to bloom all there foliage will make me 95% invisible.
I took some basic paints for camo and sprayed the exterior of the tent. Its now not an eye sore it actually blends in. Theres one way into my "tree
den" without making noises and moving large branches. I can hear people coming for a good distance out here. (hikers and such)
I did have some capitol to start so i bought some basics for myself:
LED Lantern (5$ small and powerfull, long lasting)
Dynamo powered flash light and radio (no batteries needed 20$, entertainment and flashlight )
Military can opener (5$)
Magnesium Flint bar (fires 7 $)
high powered LED keychain light (the brightest light i have 8$)
Assorted knives, including a 1$ one from wlamart.
DUCK TAPE!!!!! (2 $ Duck tape can do almost anything from making a bandage with some tiolet paper, a splint for injuries, repairs in clothes)
Assorted back up lighters (5$)
niMH Battery charger and batteries (girlfriend can charge it, for my camera and LED lantern)
water bottle (few of them)
capsium spary (only animals i have to worry about are coatis, javelina, rattle snake, tarantula
After the installation of the tent i softened up my look by placing live green foliage in the barren branches around me. Even more camouflaged
. Built a small fire pit approx. 3' in front of tent opening.
Been really cold at night lately (32' F) some carpet under the tent and three blankets keep me pretty warm. The blankets were a few dollars at
salvation army. Wind was and issue so i had to anchor down the tent stakes with large blocks of cement (found in the desert
Been just trying to adjust this past week. Animals, humans, off road trucks. I was spotted a few times even though i come and go in cover of dark.
Theres always some kids out drinking or smoking out in the desert.
I need to be close to resources however. So i am not gonna head up in the mountains to be more concealed from public.
Anytime you find a toilet, roll up a ton of extra paper (or take a spare roll) so you always have some to clean you up and to use as napkins and wet
wipes with some added water.
Most grocery and deli stores have utensils and condiments. Stock up, there free.
Find a trash dump out in the middle of nowhere, ive got lots of supplies from these. I got a 8 inch think peice of foam to sleep on. Took it to the
carwash and hosed it down then let it air dry in the trees.
I do not condone this type of activities and i am not doing this by "choice". So when i can get out of the gutter i will.
I will add more later if anyone is interested.
[edit for additional thoughts on 1-4-2010 by djmolecular]
[edit on 1-4-2010 by djmolecular]