by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:
Lots of people imagine a flurry of non-stop work when the power goes out for a longer period of time. Sometimes that’s the case, but at other times, due to a natural disaster, the safest course of action is to stay in your home. All of that idle time can wreak havoc on your mental state with boredom or your imagination running amok. So, before disaster ever strikes, it’s a good idea to think about what to do for entertainment when the power goes out.
In our tech-obsessed world, living without a constant barrage of entertainment and information can feel almost like withdrawal from a drug. Be sure to have some things on hand to keep your mind occupied. (If you have kiddos, here’s a list specifically for them.)
Here’s how to stay entertained when the electricity goes out.
I asked the group over at Prep Club what they like to do when the power goes out and they gave me some great suggestions. Use this list to stock up on the right supplies to keep yourself entertained and pleasantly busy.
Keep in mind you’re going to need some lighting for many of these activities. I absolutely love my inexpensive LED headlamps at times like these.
As for me, I stocked up on yarn to get a jumpstart on the holiday gifts I’m making.
I read…. A lot. And I have candles and lanterns for light in the evenings.
Most of my daylight time would be spent taking care of animals, finishing pens for security, checking gardens and probably canning up anything in the freezer that is left. Since I have trouble being idle, I would be focusing on what I can do and getting as much done as possible.
I love Word Searches, Sudoku, Hidden Words, and lots of books to read help with boredom for me.
Crafts – simple things like friendship bracelets, bead necklaces, and teaching the kids to make things out of paracord. It’s also a hidden way to teach knot skills
Luckily I don’t need to worry about keeping kids amused and unafraid – it’s just me. Since I have so many candles, light sticks, and flashlights, and buy my batteries in boxes of 50, it’s not a problem to read and enjoy adult coloring and other things …More often though, I use the time to enjoy the lovely sacred space I have created but often get too busy to use. Light some beeswax candles, smudge, drum, do an angel card or medicine card reading, meditate, journal. And of course if it goes on a long time, I enjoy some nice indulgent snacks and a nice glass of wine, then have a long sleep.
There’s always more downtime than you planned during a power outage. My hurricane supplies include coloring books and colored pencils/markers, decks of cards, travel games, yarn and crochet hooks, paperback books, spiral notebooks and pens, and dice. I’m always looking for portable entertainment at garage sales and thrift stores.
Playing cards, horseshoes (if able to be outside), doing puzzles
When we lived in typhoon (hurricane) country, I invested in board games. Even if we didn’t lose power, we could lose internet and cable, so lockdowns could get tedious.
Then there are our many books and craft projects. Hurricanes are a great excuse – er, reason – for a shiny new book! Audibooks on charged devices are handy too. When my kids were little, they listened to the Herb Fairies stories while playing with LEGOs and such; we all learned neat things about herbal medicine from those!
Cards of course; Dominoes. Scrabble, backgammon, and Trivial Pursuit. And not to be funny but you can sit around and practice knot tying give each kid a 3-foot piece of cord and teach them knots. When that becomes easy see if they can do it in the dark.
I have a variety of musical instruments. A recorder, drum, tambourine, lap harp and harmonica. No one plays much of any of those, although we all have a little bit of musical knowledge But it’s fun to sit around and see what sounds we can get out of them.
Knitting, spinning, and weaving
I bought a 15″ Cricket loom yesterday, so if the power goes out tonight, I will light a candle and figure out how to assemble it. 🙂
We’re a bunch of chatty Cathys here…we could sit around and talk to each other for hours!!!
Nothing different. More of the stuff we already enjoy. Musical instruments, knitting, and spinning, board games. Outside fun like archery and knife throwing. But I do have a 200 count box of crayons hidden away, just in case.
No kids to entertain but the dogs just want to hang out. For myself I probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of easily over 500 to 800 books plus a good reference library, not all read; piano, 3 ukuleles and a few percussion instruments; sewing, needlecrafts such as quilting, embroidery, etc; painting supplies with lots of blank canvases and the tools to stretch more; coloring books; various crafts; a 24 x 24 shed filled with furniture to refinish and repaint; clay and pottery wheel; and a full stained glass workshop.