When you are putting together your bug out bag, there is a long list of gear you will want to add. Things like a knife, water purification tablets and a flashlight are all at the top of the list of essential gear. As you get to packing your bag, you will likely discover you have a little extra room. You can always squeeze in a little extra something that gives you an edge in a survival situation. One of the things you should add are glow sticks.
Glow sticks are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk for even more cost savings. Some people will assume they don’t need the glow sticks because they already have a flashlight and a way to start a fire. However, there are some other reasons you should add the glow sticks to your bug out bag or stash a pack or two in your emergency supplies.
1-Glow sticks are perfect for adding just enough light to a camp spot without being overly bright. They make perfect night lights for those nights you won’t have a fire.
2-Glow sticks can be used to mark a trail or set near something like an outhouse or the car to act as a beacon.
3-The sticks are waterproof and will stay lit, even in the rain and snow.
4-They can be used to indicate your location if you are trying to be rescued.
5-Kids or members of your group can wear a stick on their shirt or around their wrist so you can see them in the dark.
6-Glow sticks can be left at your camp while you go off looking for firewood, food or water without fear they will start a fire.
7-They can be easily hidden should you need to hide in the darkness.
8-The sticks can amuse children for hours.
9-The sticks are much safer to use than a candle and do not require any batteries.
10-You can use a glow stick at any time, even if you suspect there may be flammable gas in the area. If you are in the house after an earthquake and natural gas is present, a glow stick will not ignite.
The glow sticks are inexpensive and most will last for about 12 hours. You can pick up smaller glow sticks at the dollar store or order the larger sticks that are meant to be used in a survival situation online.