Power Outage Kit-What You Need
Today, we must talk about a power outage kit and what you need. Have you ever been left in the dark after a power outage, for an extended period of time? Having stripped away your everyday luxuries that we take for granted, for a number of days is almost torture.
If you haven’t, trust me on this one, it’s not a very pleasant experience. While you can’t control your circumstances, you can make the situation a little more bearable. Putting together a power outage kit is easier than you may think.
Please be prepared to pass the time when the power is out. Please stock up on batteries, and games to play.
How to Put Together a Power Outage Kit
How about considering putting together a power outage kit that will help you manage your situation better, instead of being left miserable in an unfortunate circumstance?
While there are already power outage kits out there, you can gather together a kit that you’ve personally customized, in case of emergencies that may leave you in the dark.
Take a look at our list of things you will need, for when the next time your power stays off.
Before we take a look at this exhaustive list, keep in mind that you need to keep everything in the same vicinity. Having these items and tools scattered all throughout your home during an emergency will do you no good.
To help solve this problem, consider purchasing a large storage box that can hold a majority of your essentials.
Having a first-aid kit on hand at all times is never a bad way to go. You never know when an accident will happen, and you don’t want to be left with a head injury after a severe storm and not have the right aid to patch you back up.
Getting sick during a power outage is about the last thing you need to be dealing with. Keep hand sanitizers on supply, to keep yourself from catching any unwanted bacteria and germs.
Flashlights and Batteries
About the first thing, you want to reach for after a power outage is some form of light. Have several flashlights and extra batteries on hand for such emergencies.
Having a multi-tool on hand can keep you from scrambling to find a can opener or scissors in the dark. This tool is great and helpful to have even in non-threatening weather situations.
If you need your hands free while doing an important task, considering getting a headlamp that will light up the direction you need lit up the most.
Camping lamps don’t just work great while you’re in the outdoors, but also for emergencies such as a power outage. Having several camping lanterns all stationed throughout your home will be extremely useful.
When the power goes out in the summertime, say goodbye to the comfort of your ac unit. Try to beat the heat with these great portable fans that can try and help cool you down.
Box of Matches and a Lighter
If you have an electric stove, how do you plan on lighting a fire to cook your food? Unless you plan on eating granola bars and tapioca pudding the entire time, be sure to have plenty of matches and lighters on hand.
If you’ve ever been camping and used a camping stove before, you know how it would come in handy during a power outage. Typically they have one to do burners and can boil water for coffee or cook your next meal just as effectively as a normal stove.
Plenty of Spring Water
Most people drink on average, around a gallon of water a day to stay hydrated. While your tap water might work for a little while, you’re going to need something else to fall back on.
Make sure to stock up on bottled or gallon spring water to prevent yourself from being left without water. Be sure to rotate out your stock out every year to ensure safe drinking water for when the blackout takes place.
Please stock four-gallons of water per person per day to have enough water for drinking, cooking, spit baths, and for washing your underwear. You’ll thank me later, I promise.
If you’re stuck in a situation where your refrigerated foods have spoiled from being left without power for several days, what are you going to do? Having a stockpile of non-perishable foods such as canned foods will get you through.
A can opener is also another tool to keep on hand for surviving a power outage. How else do you plan on opening your canned foods? Don’t forget you want a manual can opener.
Heaven forbid that the power might go out during the winter, but if it does, have several sleeping bags to keep you comfortable during the night.
It’s also not a bad idea to have extra warm clothing stored up in an airtight, waterproof container. If your home is hit by a flood or hurricane, you might not have other dry clothing options.
An emergency radio is also a great item to have on hand. Having the power cut off and you are cut off from the outside world, you can leave you without important information.
Coolers and Ice
Have several coolers and ice prepared beforehand, to help keep your perishable foods cool, long after your refrigerator has thawed out. Refrigerators and freezers don’t come in handy during a power outage.
Living in a technological world without any way of charging your phone or electronics is an end of the world scenario in and of itself. Don’t be caught with a dead phone.
There are several portable chargers and power banks that will charge your devices. Make sure you have a battery-operated charger for your cell phone.
750 Power Watt Inverter
If you’re needing more charge to keep all your devices up and running, get a 750 power watt inverter. It’s also useful in having around to jump the battery in your vehicle.
A generator that’s able to keep your refrigerator and other appliances will be a huge money saver during a power outage. They are expensive but for some people, they are truly a lifesaver.
Please keep in mind you can use solar generators in the house or in tents. You may have seen this post on using solar power to power nebulizers and a CPAP.
Never bring a gas generator into your home, as it would dangerously expel carbon-monoxide into your home. (Be sure to read the safety tips in the manual).
The next time that a power outage happens in your home, will you be better prepared? At this point, there’s really no reason that you shouldn’t be. What other items would be helpful to have on hand when the lights go out for a long period of time? Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this word, Linda
11 thoughts on “Power Outage Kit-What You Need”
You covered the important items and how to fulfill basic needs, but you didn’t mention how to pass the time in this article.
Now a lot of people will suggest playing cards (Dominoes) which is fine if you like to play card games, but I think I would keep batteries on hand for portable or hand held electronic games and tape players (I know that’s old school) or CD players.
If you have adequate lighting then board games such as Monopoly or RPG’s (Role playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons, etc) are possible options as well as crossword puzzle books, coloring books for kids and yes, even adults.
Background music or a radio playing and some lighting will make it more enjoyable.
Hi Frank, you are so right on being prepared to pass the time. I better add my post on games to stock up on. Great reminder! Linda
Linda, your link for a generator is for an oxygen generator. Please let your people know that you can use a solar generator inside their home & they don’t have to store fuel for it either. Not to mention how quiet they are. Thanks again for all you do & for this article.
Hi Jay, oh my gosh, thank you for letting me know. I REALLY appreciate it! I will go fix it now, Linda
Yesterday I attended an Emergency Fair put on by the county emergency management group. I found a really good radio – Kaito Voyager KA500 – that has 4 ways to charge it. It can be charged by hand crank, solar, USB and battery (there is a rechargeable battery installed but also has room for AA batteries). It also has a reading light, flashlight, am/fm radio, weather bands (7) and shortwave (2) bands. It has built in USB port and micro USB cable. I think that it will be very handy in a power outage to keep up on what is going on in the area (weather channels) and play music. It was about $60 but I think well worth the price. (NOTE: I did find it later on Amazon for $49.99 – ah well).
Also, a tip for all of us: if we have advanced notice of severe weather, we need to make sure we have all of the necessary preps and get that vehicle gassed up, get to the grocery store for any miscellaneous odds and ends that we don’t always have on hand – perishable items. We cannot wait until the storm hits then decide, oh, I wish I had a loaf of bread or oh my, my peanut butter is really low.
Something else that I think would be handy! A cooler! That way we can, if we have advanced notice, get a block or two of ice to keep our perishables cold without having to open the fridge and freezer unnecessarily.
If you have a family of small children, to keep them “entertained” make it a camping trip! Sleeping bags on the floor, flashlights, story time. Make it fun and not stressful.
Personally, if there is an outage in my area like we had last winter, I really sort of enjoyed it! It certainly was not a stressful situation because I am prepared. Those living in my apartment complex who are not prepped for this sort of occurrence suffered but having tried my best to counsel them on this very issue, I didn’t have a whole lot of sympathy! Of course, those on oxygen and other life necessary medical equipment I do have sympathy for. BUT they also must have a plan in place for this sort of emergency.
Also if we have no power, we also have no elevator. Those confined to walkers, scooters, wheel chairs and other mobility aids were in a real bind! Hard to believe that our apartment complex managers rent 2nd and 3rd floor apartments to those who do not have the ability to navigate the stairs.
Hi Leanne, thanks for the tip on the radio, I need one. I will order one today on Amazon. I totally trust your judgment. I have tried so many and have sen back so many. This brand is a good name, thanks for the heads up. I did buy two large coolers a few years ago, for the very reason you mentioned. They will keep food cold for 5-7 days as I remember with ice of course. The elevator is scary for those if they were to have a fire or another life-threatening emergency. Stay safe my friend, Linda
One thing I have on hand for power outages is oil lamps. I have 4 or 5, also 4 extra chimneys
and extra wicks, 3 bottles of oil and lots of matches. These come in handy when the lights go out and they do put out some heat too.
Hi June, I love this idea for the oil lamps. I researched them when I was writing my book. They really are valuable to have stored. Great tip, June! Stay safe! Linda
As I’m reading your article plus comments, I Really wanted to prank my grandson and his 5 friends, all playing internet video games, all enjoying my furnace providing heat (yes, its 39 degrees here outdoors), my electricity giving light…and, since we are rural, sky overcast, absolutely black! Literally, it takes one flip of one switch…no water, no lights…to begin with discomfort, nay panic, at least for our guests who live in town. Gosh, I really want to do this flipping of switch…but this very scene could happen for real should an emp occur…or a Hemp or Hack….I won’t do this because my grandson would be labeled as someone who has a wack job of a grandma.
Hi Wendy, oh my gosh, I have the giggles. I may be labeled a wack job of a grandma. Love this!! Linda
All Great ideas. I think I have most of them covered. We have 2 emerg. radios and I love the one mentioned above, the Kaito Voyager. It works really great. I have lots of candles and working on learning to make candles as well. Also have about 8 oil lamps. Lots of flashlights. One thing I didn’t see mentioned was the solar chargers.. I have solar chargers to charge my cell phones, kindle and nook as well. I also have bought rechargable batteries and a couple of solar battery chargers. I am working on a solar generator that I hope to be able to keep my fridge and freezer going. But they are expensive, so trying to save up for that.