Power outages are an inevitable fact of life, and we all know how important it is to be prepared for when they strike. It’s essential to make sure you and your family are safe and that you are stocked up on food and water. Canned foods and flashlights are fine, but why suffer through a power outage when you can up your game and enjoy the high life? A power outage is an excellent opportunity to drop your everyday responsibilities, be out of communication with the office, and just have some fun. If you don’t have a generator, try these simple steps to make the most out of the situation, and the next time the power is out, just pretend you are on vacation.
Having the right lighting on hand for when the power goes out can make or break your experience. Flashlights are handy, and candles are romantic, but to prevent the feeling of being in the dark you are going to need more. There are a variety of rechargeable lamps, battery-powered lamps, and even oil lamps that will light up a room right. Make sure to use anything with a flame in a well-ventilated area.
If you don’t already have a propane camping stove, get one, and while you at it make sure you’re always stocked up on charcoal for your outdoor grill. There is no reason you can’t have an elaborate, fully cooked meal when the power is out. If you call the power company and know it’s coming back on in a reasonable amount time, go ahead and go big! Take advantage of the need to use up the fresh meat and produce on hand, and get cooking.
Invest in portable backup power sources for your devices if you don’t want to be forced to open a book. Battery powered radios are an inexpensive investment and a great to have on hand. A power outage is also an excellent opportunity to break away from the routine of electronics and get playful. Bored games with the family are always fun, and a game of candle-lit twister with your sweetie can make it a night to remember. Take the opportunity to get creative and enjoy yourself.
Unless it’s summer, your house can get cold fast without power. If you’re lucky enough to have a wood stove, fire it up. If not, huddle around candles, kerosene lamps, and propane stoves. If you have a gas oven and burners, crank it up and open the oven door. Make a batch of hot buttered rum while you’re at it. Layer up with warm clothes and wrap yourself in a blanket. Do some actives that require moving around, or get close and do some snuggling.