Living in America in the 21st century means you probably have access to a good power grid. Blackouts and busted transistors are rare, but they do happen. That's why when the lights do go out, you see people running around panicking.
Don't be one of those people. Plan and prepare for a power outage before it happens so you can turn it into something fun for the family, and not riddled with anxiety.
Here are 6 items you'll need in a long term power outage
1. Flashlights or Headlamps
Obviously, if the power goes out you're going to need light. A good flashlight will have a zoom function so you can stand it up and use it to illuminate a room. Headlamps are good in situations where you need two hands.
Without power, batteries become more valuable than gold. Maybe not on the second or third day but by day 5, when people start running out of juice, they will be ready to trade for power. Consider getting rechargeable batteries, and multiple sizes. You will want a solar charger as well.
3. Portable Gas Stove
Unless you can cook outside every day, you'll want a portable stove that can cook your meals. In the winter these can produce good heat as well. Kerosine bottles can be found on sale for as low as $1.
4. Power Inverter
If you're trying to use electronics like a laptop, you'll quickly see how fast you run out of juice. The power inverter lets you turn your car battery into a replenishable power source.
5. Solar Battery Banks
A battery bank or charger will keep your devices charged up, even if it isn't very sunny. If you're waiting for loved ones to check in, the last thing you want is a dead battery when they try to call.
6. Kerosene Heater
If you're in a colder climate, staying warm can be tough. Cooking meals over an open flame helps, but depending where you live it might not be enough. For warmer climates, you can try to make your own AC but buying one from Home Depot will set you back a few hundred and they take up a lot of juice.