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?


  1. LizSetsFire

    November 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Booze. Hurricane parties have gotten me through every hurricane I’ve been through in FL.

  2. FanBoy1

    November 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    anyone who doesnt know how to survive without power has never been camping.

  3. Rorschach7

    November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

    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.

    • Foggy_Otis

      November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      @Rorschach7 We have a wall phone BUT last year we switched to cable phone. Now its decorative!

  4. TheDenRadio

    November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

    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. 🙁

  5. georgiadawgsie

    November 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm


  6. jerkstoresean

    November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    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.

  7. HappyTypingGirl

    November 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    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.

  8. @iSmellBit

    November 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Connect Four and bong loads are essential

  9. FanBoy1

    November 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    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.

    • HappyTypingGirl

      November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      @FanBoy1 power inverter! yes that’s it!  greatest thing.

      • CardiffGiant11

        November 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        @HappyTypingGirl  @FanBoy1 you can even build a portable inverter setup that you could keep in an apartment if you didn’t have a car and weren’t allowed to use or didn’t have space for a generator.
        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.

      • FanBoy1

        November 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        @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.

  10. FanBoy1

    November 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Good caller solar chargers are awesome…. we have one that will power up to a laptop battery. it was less then 75 bucks.

    • HappyTypingGirl

      November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      @FanBoy1 link to a good one?

      • FanBoy1

        November 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        @HappyTypingGirl we got ours off of EBAY. and I think its the 1600 Mah? I would have to go get it out of the garage. but it charges MP3 player phones tablets, laptops etc etc etc plus came with about every adapter known to man.

      • FanBoy1

        November 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        @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.

      • FanBoy1

        November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        @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.

  11. jerkstoresean

    November 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    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

  12. AaronInDunedin

    November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    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.

  13. Scott From Jersey

    November 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Led flashlights and those square ones with magnets

  14. endquote

    November 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    Best campstove you’ll ever find. Burn anything, super efficient and will charge your phone or any other usb device.

  15. Docintoxicated

    November 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    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.

  16. big al 1

    November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    propain stove

  17. jerkstoresean

    November 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I always thought the wicks in the kerosene lanterns looked like a stick of gum

  18. SpongeSteve

    November 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Aqua pods, at least 3 day supply of water. They have a 5 year shelf life.

    • treekiller

      November 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      @SpongeSteve water has a shelf life?

  19. CardiffGiant11

    November 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    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

  20. K Dubya

    November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    how about some tang!

    • Foggy_Otis

      November 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      @K Dubya Poon!?

  21. OakParkDad

    November 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Your french press pot and gas stove won’t help when you still need to grind your beans.

    • vdiddy2011

      November 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

      @OakParkDad Grinding beans in a pinch? Sheeeet, go Native American style. Or mortar and pestle!

  22. lickballs

    November 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    This list starts out smart then turns dumber than a retard.

    • AssWhack!

      November 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

      What? You don’t like making pancackes on your electric stove with no electricity??

  23. AssWhack!

    November 2, 2012 at 11:26 am


  24. someone

    November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    If I could add-quick counterwipes, wet wipes and facial wipes are a godsend when you’re conserving water.

  25. SkiBum69

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Board games……kills time so you won’t kill your family……..

    • CardiffGiant11

      November 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

      @SkiBum69 unless you’re a particularly ruthless monopoly player

  26. Jeff0015

    November 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Everyone has forgotten about Fez’ forever casserole?