In the past few years, more and more people have become interested in life off the grid.
This way of life lets you get away from the busyness of the city and gives you a sense of pride and success if you can really make it on your own.
And The Sims 4 now works with this way of life, up to a point.
Yes, you can give your lot the right trait and use the off-grid things that go with it. But there are still a lot of holes to fill and chances to have a real unplugged experience that are being missed.
So, it makes sense that Simmers have made some amazing things that your prepper will love.
- 20. Functional Canning Station & Custom Canning Skill
- 19. Canned Food
- 18. Off the Grid Teapot
- 17. Carbon Flashlight
- 16. Carbon First Aid Kit
- 15. Trekking Pack
- 14. Off-the-Grid Typewriter
- 13. Functional Water Pump
- 12. Alex Décor Set
- 11. Wood Pile
- 10. Wood Burning Cook Stove
- 9. Functional Chicken Coop
- 8. Homesteader Aspiration
- 7. Off Grid Bath and Shower Tubs
- 6. Outdoor Activity Bags
- 5. Fishing CC Set
- 4. Small Stereos
- 3. Stump and Wood Basket
- 2. Toddler Washtub
- 1. Laundry Set
20. Functional Canning Station & Custom Canning Skill
If you’ve ever watched any sort of ‘preppers’ show, you know survivalist types love their canned goods.
It’s definitely not an unfounded pursuit.
By canning food, you can have some security knowing you won’t be hungry for years to come. It requires skill and due process to make sure what you’re canning is preserved just right.
This amazing mod really brings this old-school skill to life in The Sims 4.
You get an actual canning station, complete with a stovetop and decorative hanging utensils.
Now you might think that’s already pretty cool. It’s something to place in your survivalist Sim’s home that doesn’t look out of place, right?
Well, it gets even better.
This mod also includes a fully fleshed-out canning skill!
As your Sim rises through the levels, they’ll unlock different types of things to make, from jams and spreads to pickled foods.
19. Canned Food
Not every canned delicacy can be made at home, of course.
Simple foods like beans, soups, pastas, and vegetables are always good to have on hand. They make for a quick meal or side dish, last forever, and in case there’s ever a weather emergency, can usually be prepared and eaten without a stove.
Just make sure to have a can opener.
For some reason, I’ve always been a little obsessed with pantries. My house doesn’t have one, and yet I just love to dedicate a space in my Sim’s basements to non-perishables.
For survivalists, a pantry is a necessity.
They aren’t gonna be heading to the store two or three times per week.
So with these decorative cans, you can make it look like your Sim really does have a stockpile.
18. Off the Grid Teapot
Nothing beats sitting outside in the fresh air with a cup of tea and letting all your worries melt away. It makes your stomach feel better and calms your soul at the same time. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors.
With this Off the Grid Teapot CC from MadameRia, your sim can now have a quick cup of tea even if they live off the grid.
There are many delicious hot drinks to choose from, such as tea, ginseng, chamomile, and more.
17. Carbon Flashlight
They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and that certainly applies to lighting.
I don’t have sources to back this up or anything, but I’m pretty sure the term ‘off the grid’ itself is a reference to not being connected to the power grid.
Folks usually have some sort of other system, such as a generator or solar panels. But no matter what, you never want to be caught in the dark with no way to see.
And don’t think you can rely on your phone, either!
This flashlight from wondymoon is exactly the heavy-duty sort of item a survivalist Sim will want to have in the house.
16. Carbon First Aid Kit
If you were alone in nature, you would be far from a hospital. As a survivalist, you should always be ready for the worst-case events, especially ones that could cost you your life.
If you want to live off the grid, you must have a Carbon First Aid Kit. This is the one thing you should never forget, because burns and cuts are inevitable when you’re outside, and a first aid kit can save your life.
With this CC, your sim will look like he or she is ready for anything.
15. Trekking Pack
Being a survivalist means having a backup plan.
In some scenarios, being off the grid simply might not be enough.
You might have to travel on foot, or disappear into the wilderness for a while.
Yeah, some pretty catastrophic events would have to happen for such a thing to be necessary.
But hey, you never know. And neither do your Sims.
And you can really clutter their home up to look like they’re ready for anything with this CC set.
It has everything a Sim who’s taking their survival into their own hands will need. Hiking boots, maps, flashlights, and sturdy backpacks are all good to have for sure.
14. Off-the-Grid Typewriter
Without power, you can’t use a computer, so you can’t use Microsoft Word.
Isn’t it horrifying?
But at least your Sim can still write stories or letters.
If you want to play a poor writer who lives alone in the middle of nowhere with only this typewriter, this CC could be a lot of fun.
That is a great reason to live off the grid.
13. Functional Water Pump
The most important thing is always clean water.
Without it, you can’t stay clean or hydrated, and nobody wants to be thirsty and stinky.
This custom-made water pump really changes the game.
Your Sim will have to get water from the pump, and doing so will add five buckets of water to their collection. They can use this water for doing laundry, dishes, bathing, and anything else that requires water.
There are also a lot of cool buffs that your Sim might occasionally get, like sore muscles or a bee sting.
Even though it might not be fun, that’s the way it is when you pump water. I think it’s great that the author put these things in.
12. Alex Décor Set
This custom furniture set has a few more things that any well-equipped Sim would have in their home.
So any of this CC will be great for your Sim’s home that isn’t connected to the grid.
There is a Geiger counter, compass, first aid kit, torch, lantern, and best of all, toilet paper.
In a real disaster, the one thing that became rare and that no one saw coming.
There are a lot of great colors and patterns to choose from for these things and more. There’s an olive green and red set that looks like it was made for the military. There are also blue and white or yellow and white sets with camo on some of the pieces.
11. Wood Pile
Food and drink are just as important as heat.
And you might not be able to get it without burning wood.
If you put this log pile in your Sim’s house or on their lot, it will look like they have settled in and are ready for winter.
And it’s important to keep in mind that heat isn’t just for keeping warm. It’s important for safe cooking and for sterilizing things by boiling water.
10. Wood Burning Cook Stove
While you can’t actually use the above wood pile to fuel this stove, they certainly complement each other, don’t ya think?
This stove is much better suited for off the grid lots than any of the regular stoves we currently have in the game.
It features a simple vent and front door. The top is plain black with a few burners, but the main part comes in a variety of colors.
There’s a little pile of wood beneath it as well.
Because the last thing anyone wants to do is to run all the way outside for a log to stoke the fire when they’re in the middle of cooking dinner.
9. Functional Chicken Coop
With eggs being such an excellent source of protein, chickens are the go-to livestock for many people.
They’re fairly low maintenance, and pretty cute as well.
I don’t know how it’s possible, but creator icemunmun has made this CC just as elaborate and functional as it ever was, if not moreso.
There are tons of amazing interactions here.
The chickens are arguably just as sentient as the cats and dogs. You can talk to them, play with them, and hug them. How sweet!
But of course, there’s plenty to do with eggs as well.
Your Sims can collect eggs, which come in a carton, and there’s a whole system for Easter eggs too.
But simply checking for eggs isn’t always a guarantee to receive them. They are available every three hours, though, so keep checking and see what you get.
8. Homesteader Aspiration
The description for this aspiration is as follows:
“This Sim wants to be self-sufficient and live off the land”
And that pretty accurately sums up the off-grid lifestyle.
A lot of skills and know-how are required, so for many people, it turns into ambition to be totally independent.
Plus this mod comes with a new bonus trait, Green Thumb, which allows your Sim to learn the gardening skill far more quickly.
There’s also a new aspiration bonus trait, so your Sim will always get the best results from fishing and gardening.
7. Off Grid Bath and Shower Tubs
Keeping an off-grid home in good shape is hard (and sometimes back-breaking) work.
When a Sim works in the garden all day or fishes for hours in the sun, they are going to smell.
But since there is no water, taking a bath can be a little hard. But really, it’s more of a bother in The Sims than in real life.
I think people sometimes forget that wells still exist and are used by a lot of people to get water.
With these unique tubs and showers from K9DB, your Sim doesn’t have to wait for it to rain to take a bath.
They will work fine on off-grid lots, and you can even put a beautiful heater there.
6. Outdoor Activity Bags
Many of the things we already have in our garage would be very helpful to people who are trying to survive.
These bags, which look like charcoal, wood chips, and different kinds of farming soils and fertilizers, will make it look like a busy bee lives on your Sim’s land.
Of course, not a real bee. That’s a different kind of activity that can be done if you have the right gear.
I just love how these bags look.
The person who made them got that Simlish style right, but they are still close enough to the real thing that you can tell what they are.
5. Fishing CC Set
Suppose you want an unlimited source of free food, no need to look further than the nearest lake or river. Fishing can be an easy way to provide food for your sim, especially in off-the-grid living.
Sims 4 has already developed fishing as a great aspect of the game, hooking many players.
This Fishing CC Set from HelenSims is a decorative set that will show off your love for the hook.
With a variety of wooden boats and fish barrels, your sim will look like a hardcore fisherman.
4. Small Stereos
It looks like there are no battery-powered things in this game, which is a shame.
Radios and walkie-talkies are often used or at least kept on hand in real off-grid houses.
So, if you want this bit of reality in your game, you’ll just have to use your imagination a bit.
Even though these stereos look like the kind that would have a place for a battery in the back, they won’t work without power.
Still, you can put them in your house and pretend. They’ll look great with the rest of the room.
3. Stump and Wood Basket
These stacks of wood don’t just sprout out of nowhere.
Well, I suppose they do, at least in this game…
But if you want it to look like your Sim is actually doing the chopping, you’ll need an axe, a stump, and some logs.
All of that is here for you, and it’s all very clear.
It’s hard work to gather and chop your own fuel. But for Sims who live away from the grid, it’s not always as easy as going to the store and getting a bundle.
2. Toddler Washtub
Sometimes it’s better to do things the way they’ve always been done.
When a toddler is bathed in a washtub instead of a bathtub, more water is saved because the washtub is a smaller place.
Toddlers are small and don’t really need all that room, so it’s a good thing they don’t need it, right?
Well, this is a really cute option to bathing them inside or putting in a full-sized shower and bath.
1. Laundry Set
Laundry is just something that has to be done.
But at least with this CC set, you can just add it without having to, you know, actually do laundry.
Even if you don’t have the Laundry Day Stuff pack, it will still work.
It also has a tub, a washboard, a rack, and laundry soap.
Now, I love that pack, but this might be even better in some situations.
If your Sims are busy running their off-grid farm, you might not have time to deal with stinky piles of clothes.
This is therefore the best of both worlds.
You think you need to wash clothes, but you don’t have to do all the work.