The 5: When You’re Out of Electricity…
This Week on the 5: Small Luxuries to Make Life Easier in a Power Outage
There are certain things you need when the power goes out. And a long list of news reporters (plus a very sweet boy broadcasting from his own tv station in Canada) can’t wait to tell you all of them. Batteries. Candles. Flashlights. Generators. Battery powered radios. Car chargers. Water. Even boxed milk. You know the drill. But then there are a few other things– they may not be necessities– but man, they will make your life so much more comfortable during those dark days. Here are 5 things that are keeping us sane. If you don’t have a gas stove, some of these won’t work for you. What keeps you from losing your mind?
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- A Camping Lantern. All the flashlights in the world won’t keep you as happy as one camping lantern will. Some of you will find this suggestion incredibly obvious but how many never thought of it? Hands free light that fills a room. You can cook. Read. Feed the baby. Thank you Ray O Vac!
- Battery Powered Candles. Yeah, these are made for romance. Yeah they don’t throw that much light. But they will also burn 24/7 without melting, and will mark a path from room to room, or keep your bathroom partially lit. You don’t have to be worried about starting a fire. Fall asleep with it on, pick it up, carry it under your arm. They seem worthless but they’re amazing.
- Old School Wall Phone. Not a cordless phone. Not a phone with an answering machine. We mean the old school princess phones that didn’t plug into an electrical outlet. All you need is a phone jack, and when the power goes out, you won’t have to waste your precious cell phone power to contact loved ones. This is more a necessity than a luxury in our book. We can’t believe everyone doesn’t have one.
- Bialetti or French Press Coffee Maker. Listen to the news this week. The only thing you’ll hear people wanting more than gas– is coffee. It’s a little embarrassing really, but if you need your coffee that bad, you don’t have to give it up. As long as you have a gas powered stove and some coffee grounds you are in business. The Bialetti makes fresh amazing coffee on your stovetop, and the french press works by pouring hot water in it. And this isn’t instant coffee– it’s some of the best coffee you’ll have. You may give up your drip machine completely after using either of these.
- Shake and Pour Pancake Mix. When you get tired of eating peanut butter sandwiches, and you’ve stretched your no-longer-refrigerated food as far as you can, what’s left? Pancakes. If you have a grill, if you have a gas stove, or if you have an open fire, you can safely and happily eat pancakes till the cows come home with this little invention. (If you don’t have any of those things, scrap the rest of this list and get one). Yes we know, normally we’d call this disgusting. It’s the exact opposite of the fresh food we believe in. But it’s Armageddon time, and you don’t want to be eating spam, do you? Shake and Pour is your savior. Add water. Shake. Pour onto a hot pan. Boom. Pancakes. Enjoy.
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What do you have to keep you sane in a power crisis?
If I could add-quick counterwipes, wet wipes and facial wipes are a godsend when you're conserving water.
I got a Red Cross led flashlight am fm weather band radio that has a solar panel and a hand crank for charging in addition to regular charging ability for 40 bucks at radio shack. It can even charge a cell phone. Didn't need it this time but I'm hanging onto it since it does so much
Old fashioned porno mags. No internet, VHS, or DVD to rely on you should always keep a stash of Big 'Uns kickin around for emergencies.
Best campstove you'll ever find. Burn anything, super efficient and will charge your phone or any other usb device.
Living in Florida I thought I was smart getting a landline bundled with my cable and internet, but then it was pointed out that it comes through the cable, so it still goes out when the power does.
A pelican headlamp is great when powers out. Clip it on your hat, it Makes pissing in the dark, playing board games and blinding people really easy
Good caller solar chargers are awesome.... we have one that will power up to a laptop battery. it was less then 75 bucks.
Its easy to set up an emergency kit. seriously and have lots of luxury's in it. and a 5 buck garage sale wall phone thrown in a closet is a nice idea. Hand crank radios, hand crank flashlights.... multiple ways to start fire, can openers. etc. a power inverter that can run off a car lighter is a good idea as well.
If you have a car, I'd also highly recommend one of those converters that you plug into your car charger, and then can plug a three prong regular cord into. You can charge your small electronics in your car--- assuming you don't need to worry about running out of gas.
I gotta go with @LizSetsFire. I started drinking on Monday as soon as my lights went out. Sex is great to do. Masturbation not so much.
You know the only problem with the land line phones these days is if you get one of those everything in one packages. Those landlines won't work with the cable out. :(
Weed.. whiskey and batteries. NOTHING is better than a can of cold sweet baked beans and some rolls. Whats scary is.. I know of no one with a wall phone anymore. No one.
@OakParkDad Grinding beans in a pinch? Sheeeet, go Native American style. Or mortar and pestle!
@SpongeSteve water has a shelf life?
@FanBoy1 link to a good one?
@FanBoy1 power inverter! yes that's it! greatest thing.
@HappyTypingGirl I was wrong its the 11200 mAH size..... Ebay about 60-70 bucks but they make smaller ones for just phones and MP3 players.
Grab a deep cycle Marine battery (the AGM kind is preferable because they don't need venting so they can be stored inside),wire the inverter to that. Use as needed to charge phones or use small appliances, then to recharge it when the power comes back recharge the battery with a 12v battery charger for the next time you need it.
@HappyTypingGirl again we do a lot of cmaping but love to have our electronics and dont go without.. HAHA I even have portable sirius/xm that works in the Sierras.
@CardiffGiant11 @HappyTypingGirl thats another great diea and Ive got a similar setup also I take my batterys out of my boat every winter and they are right in the garage..... I also keep an old spare just for that purpose. add to that a solar battery tender or float charger and you should be all set.