What is a blackout box, and why is it an essential for any household? A blackout box is a box with all of the essential supplies for a power outage. It is essential because it is a single place where I can keep everything together. How many times has the power gone out and you can’t find a flashlight, candle, matches, or even a lighter?
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It’s about as frustrating as being on the phone and someone tries to give me information that needs to written down and where is a pen and paper? Nowhere nearby, and panic sets in as I’m trying to find it in a timely manner. Well, a blackout box is everything I need, and found in a timely manner. I love this for the ease and organization. Here is a list of how I’ve stocked mine and why:
Box: I’ve used an ammo can. My reason for this is the fact it’s small, easily portable with a handle, easily identified, water-proof. Any kind of container works, honestly. I simply like mine and I made pretty chalkboard labels for them so they are easy to find. My normal ammo cans are a different color, so there is no mistaking them either.
Candle: Candles are super important to any prepper because we need light and to be able to see. It is always important to have multiple sources of light as well. I also included matches and a lighter in my box, to go with the candle. You can learn about candle making as well.
Flashlight: I don’t know about anyone else, but I keep flashlights stashed around my entire house. I added spare batteries in a Ziplock bag as well. It is important to keep the batteries in a bag because batteries will corrode over time, and I don’t want to open the box to find everything covered in yucky battery goop, rendering it useless and unsafe. This would also be why it is important to rotate things and change the batteries.
Hand and foot warmers: If the power goes out in the winter, so does the heater. The blackout box is an easy place to stash a package or two of these just in case I need them. They are amazing, and I keep them because I am always cold. I find I use them even when it isn’t an emergency, I’m simply cold. I also keep these in my car and first aid kits as well. They don’t take up much room in comparison to how useful they are.
Rain poncho: If you had to go outside for something, such as to start a generator. Because these things typically happen in the winter during bad weather. Just a small added protection to make things a bit more comfortable.
Latex gloves: I stash them everywhere. Home, bug out bag, glove box of the car, first aid kits. They’re amazing. You want to keep your hands clean in instances like this. Naturally my blackout box was no exception in the list of places to keep latex gloves.
First-Aid Kit: It seems inevitable that someone, especially with kids, will need a bandaid or something once you can’t see to find what you are looking for. Why not have it in a convenient place?
Emergency blanket: I have blankets everywhere in my house. I’m always cold. But it would be just my luck that when the power goes out, I’d have just put a full load of them in the washer or dryer. Which is why I keep these around at all times too.
Another backup. I love that these is that they are individually packed, and take up almost no room. Perfect for throwing one in a bug out bag, first aid kit, purse, glove box. You name it, this can be a wonderful addition to being prepared.
Stationary: I keep a small notebook, a puzzle book, and a pen in here. Because, I may have to take notes, or just get bored. If you have kids, I’d imagine boredom would be an even bigger issue, so the puzzle book is good for that. I also threw in a deck of cards for the same reason.
Keeping everyone occupied in even a small emergency will refocus attention, prevent crankiness and maybe even result in some quality family time, or a good memory. If you have kids, one of those Mad Libs books would be a really fun idea to stash in here. I’m all about comfort and morale during a stressful time, which is why things like this are important.
Manual can-opener: If the power is out for any length of time, you’re stuck eating pork and beans out of a can for dinner. The can opener is very handy! It’s also always inevitable that somebody gets hungry when the power goes out. I keep a small bag of chocolate in the box for the same reason.
Lotion, Chapstick, and Kleenex: I threw these in my boxes, especially the ones I’ve given out as gifts simply as a comfort item. Many times basic items are very comforting. Are they absolutely necessary? Probably not. But the one thing many preppers forget to take into account is morale. Comfort items take that a very long way.
Whenever I’m uncomfortable, I always find little things annoying. My elbow itches when I put a jacket on, or I suddenly need to blow my nose and I’m fumbling around to find the box of tissues.
This is especially true with kids. Kids get bored and every little thing becomes an emergency. Well, it’s all right here and probably easier than trying to find it in the dark. Is it a necessary item? Not even close. But they are easy to buy small bottles/packages and throw them in for a little added comfort.
I’ve compiled this list because a blackout box is important and can make life a little easier when and if the power goes out. The blackout box is a wonderful Christmas present for someone in your life who isn’t so prepper-minded. I find giving helpful gifts like that to be even more fun than some useless gadget that nobody really needs.
These are also really fun because it is something I’ve made for myself to be better prepared. It wasn’t something I just went and bought at the store. I created this, came up with all the items inside and put it together.
In my house, I have four of these scattered around the house. I keep one in each of my two bedrooms, and one in the hall closet, and the living room. That way they are always within reach wherever I am in the house.
Do you have a blackout box at home? What have you put in it? Tell me about it in the comments! Read more of my tips on ways to be better prepared here.
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