We store water, food, gas, medical supplies, toilet paper, and other items we deem necessary to weather a disaster, emergency, or even End of the World as we Know It, but have you prepared for entertainment?
Our mental stability is just as important as all other items in your supplies. This has been proven during long term isolation tests performed by NASA, when preparing for long space flights, and even settlement of other planets. (source) We must be aware that the mental state of your family and members in your group is important for your success. Boredom and isolation can cause problems and be detrimental to all your physical preparations. Obviously, length of event, will play into this senario, as entertainment for a couple days may only require a deck of cards, and long events require more thought. Kids, without the ability to understand the gravity of the situation, will be hit hard. The loss of the ability to play video games, or watch television, will not go well with them. You’ll need to address these situations with understanding, patience and planning. Who knows, kids will learn to play outside again, provided “outside” is safe.
Depending on the situation, you may get friends or kids and play sports during the day or cards, dominoes, or dice games. A day fishing with dad or maybe a game of checkers is all you’ll need. I found some roll up checkers/chess/backgammon games on amazon and they are fairly inexpensive and weather proof. Playing charades or some other interactive game of imagination will go a long way. There are many things you can do as a family including singing, playing musical instruments, storytelling and theater.
Thinking about this scenario got me thinking about the best preps a family can make to appease the boredom.
Below is a list of games, musical instruments and books that will stave off dreary times.
Board Games are great, but transportation may come at a premium. Most modern games are cardboard and not waterproof, obviously. A couple games that come to mind that may prove to be more portable, Chess, Checkers, Dominos, and of course card games. We picked up some waterproof card decks and they are great. Check out the links below. These are some of the games we picked up and they are easy to pack, and won’t be damaged by weather.
I’m sure you can think of other games to play as well.
I thought about guitars and many people will plan on carrying one. I’ve been known to pluck and grin from time to time, but I just don’t have the space if I had to pack my family up quickly and get out. Here are some ideas for small portable musical instruments that would be able to entertain the family, once someone learned to play them. 🙂
Books and Theater
Charades and Eye-Spy are one of the best family activities to involve everyone. Nothing to buy and all you need is an imagination. We play punch buggie and license plate games when our kids were young. The same type of games can be used anywhere. Use your imagination and it will pay off in the long term.
Some books that I find great for all family members are fantasy. Fantasy stories like Princess Bride, Never Ending Story, and many many others, help keep your mind off what may really be going on around you. It’s good to take a break from reality from time to time.
Never Ending Story
Sit down with your loved ones at some point and brainstorm. I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas to keep boredom at bay.