We’ve all heard of bug out bags, but have you ever heard of a “black out bag”? It’s a bag filled with items you’ll need if the power goes out and stays out for an extended period of time.
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In the following video, Survival Know How explains what to put in your black out bag and why. Here’s his list:
1. LED Lantern
In many ways, an LED Lantern will be better to have than a flashlight. All you need to do is set it down, and you’ll have light supplied to the whole area.
2. LED Portable Hand Up Crank Dynamo Solar Camping Lantern
An alternative lantern idea is an LED portable hand up crank solar-powered lantern. Why? Because it does not rely on batteries to work. Instead, it relies on you cranking the wheel or exposing it to the sun.
3. Set Of Long-Burn Emergency Candles
Candles are among the most overlooked survival items. When you need to get a fire going fast, all you need to do is strike a match and light up the candle, and you’re golden. Get several of them going and you can warm up your hands or create enough light to see by.
4. Green Jumbo Glow Lights
Glow lights are an excellent item to have in addition to flashlights and lanterns. You can also use them as signaling devices as well. Green is one of the best colors because it will shine more brightly in darkness than blue or red.
5. Multi-Powered Handheld Emergency Radio
An emergency radio can be a lifesaver during a major disaster, especially if traditional forms of communication such as cell service or the internet are knocked out. Make sure to get one that can rely on battery power, solar power, or hand crank power so you have multiple options for getting it running.
6. Coleman Single Burner Propane Stove
A single burner propane stove, which is very compact and lightweight, is an invaluable cooking item to have during a power outage. Once you get it set up and burning, you can cook virtually anything over it.
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7. Hothands Hand Warmers
The nights can get cold without a heater, and hand warmers (as well as feet warmers) will be an immensely valuable thing to have, especially when you’re trying to sleep. If it’s the dead of winter, hand warmers can help prevent frostbite.
8. Waterproof Matches
Last but certainly not least, no blackout bag is truly complete without matches. Matches remain one of the simplest and most efficient ways to get a fire going. Matches are incredibly compact and lightweight, and you can get a box of roughly 40-50 of them that takes up hardly any space or weight at all.
For a more detailed look at these items along with other tips for getting through a blackout, watch the video by Survival Know How below.
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