72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #14: Light

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Welcome to week #14 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.

This series is all about making it simple and do-able to get a 72 hour kit put together for you and your family.

Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. But through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! You can see all the steps here. Just take one small baby step each week and in 6 months you will have a well stocked, personalized kit!

You can even go through the series a few times over a year or two adding just the most basic supplies the first six months and then a few more “extra” supplies each time you cycle through it again.

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Last Week:

I hope all of you were able to add needed medicines to your kit last week.

Week #13: Personal Care & Hygiene

Light isn’t essential for life, but it sure does make things a whole lot easier!  And it gets dark once a day or so (if you haven’t noticed)…Soooo, you ought to be prepared to provide your own light at night, right?

This week, add a way to provide light at night to your 72 Hour Kit Supplies.


How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit.

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90 thoughts on “72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #14: Light”

  1. Another great light to have is the round puck style lights that have 5 LEDs. I think a 3 pack of them costs $10-$12 and they even have them with high and low settings to save battery power. They are great to light a small area (such as inside a tent)and make things like playing cards or reading much easier. I used one for three days after a tornado came through and didn’t need to change the batteries even once.

  2. I have a game suggestion for those of you who buy light sticks and necklaces for your children. I saw this idea on Pinterest: use the round necklace glow sticks as rings that they toss onto one of the short squatty glow sticks that you set upright – indoors or out. Now you have a glow-in-the-dark game of horsehoes or ring toss that will beat boredom. I found packs of 3 for $1at the dollar store when hubby & I went to the beach, so you might find that the adults have fun too. We did.

  3. Misty,
    useful thing, which is especially useful for extended power outages, are solar powered walkway lights. If they are lightweight enough, they are also good for bugging out and camping as well.

    During the day, the lights recharge. At dusk, simply pull the top piece of the light fixture out of the stake that is in the ground. You’ll find that there is a short, round post that had been in the hollow ground stake. The short post will now fit perfectly into almost all candlesticks. You will have solar powered candlesticks, no batteries to run down, and no risk of fire.

    Not all will provide light until the morning, but you’ll hopefully be asleep. And they are great for putting in front of your tent when camping (stake them in the ground).

  4. We each have a small flashlight with two sets of batteries in a sandwich bag which is connected to the flashlight with a hair tie (can never have enough hair ties around). We also each have a head lamp with two sets of batteries, again attached with a hair tie. My husband, oldest daughter and myself each have an emergency candle and a heatcell (which I am not sure if it will let off much light, but if all other forms of light fail, it is an option 🙂

  5. We have a hand crank lantern/radio/siren that we got as a gift for our kit, but we only have one. So what I would like to do is to add some small flash lights with batteries to each of our kits. We actually do have two nice caving style headlamps…somewhere…where are those? Those would be great to add to mine and my husband’s kits as well!

  6. I have glow sticks, the headlamps and the little maglites but now that we are going through this again, I want to check the batteries.

    I have also added a couple of the small solar lights like we put in the garden outside. They soak up the sun during the day and can be hung or staked anywhere for about 8 hrs of light at night.

  7. We recently added battery operated light sticks. So rhey will work multiple nights till the batteries go. Of course you could always carry extra batteries too.

  8. We have a headlamp for each and extra batteries. We also have tall candles in each with matches. My husband has decided to add a large maglite to his pack for extra light as well as “protection” he said. It hangs on the outside of his pack. Not a bad idea I guess.

  9. I’m adding a few small flashlights to my kit, along with several glow sticks. The glowsticks keep the kids happy and entertained! We have some emergency candles in there also. The headlamp is a great idea!


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