Glow Sticks: 10 Reasons You Want Them in Your Bug Out Bag

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.

11 Ways To Light Your Home When The Power Goes Out

Flash, Boom, and Crash.  Power is Out

You may have a generator to run, but how long do you really have before you need some other source of light either for emergency or to just simply get around the house without kicking a coffee table or falling down the stairs.

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Flash, Boom, and Crash.  Power is Out

You may have a generator to run, but how long do you really have before you need some other source of light either for emergency or to just simply get around the house without kicking a coffee table or falling down the stairs.

Here’s a list of items you need for emergency and ways to light your way.

1. Flashlights

You must have multiple flashlights and they should be reglarly check for charged or good batteries.  With the cost of LED flashlights coming down in cost over the last couple years, you have no excuse.  Go invest in a couple high quality, water proof or highly resistant flashlights.  When emergency strikes, you’ll be thankful you did.

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2. Rechargeable/Dynamo Flashlights

When you pick up your battery powered flashlight, look at rechargeable or dynamo powered flashlights or lamps.  These flashlights never need batteries because they are human powered by you.  When the light intensity begins to fade, you either crank the handle or shake the light for a while to charge up the built in battery.

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3. Head Lamps

Have you ever needed a third hand.  Or perhaps your working on some repair and need a buddy to hold the light for you.  With a head lamp you can use your hands and where ever you look you have the illumination needed to complete the job. These lights are also great for camping, hiking and hunting.

4. Candles

Candles are easiest and often first line of defense against the darkness.  Emergency lighting with candles have some great pros: They are easily attainable, have no expiration, and are easy to use. Cons: Dangerous due to open flame. If candles are part of your emergency preparedness plan, be sure to take safeguards and obtain fireproof candle holders or place the strategically in areas of low fire hazard.

Long burning emergency candles are the best option.  Sure your mother’s cranberry cinnamon FooFoo candles will work, but generally do not provide very much light in time of need.

Candle Tips:  Reflecting surfaces can help direct the light where you need it.  Using a cut open coffee can, or small tea lights in a soda can can give you more light were you want it.

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5. Kerosene / Oil Lamps

Oil lamps in some form have been around and lighting the way since 4500 bce.  These are awesome light sources, especially the old school hurricane lanterns. As with candles, however, they are an open flame so you need to be careful with them. Oil lamps also give off more heat and carbon dioxide than candles and should only be used in a well-ventilated room.

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Store lamp oil in a non-corrosive container as it sometimes eats through the plastic bottles. If you decide to use oil lamps, keep extra wicks as well as extra oil on hand.

6. Propane Lamps

Propane lamps also are great sources of light and have plenty punch to light your way out of darkness. The danger of such lamps is their high heat output and high oxygen use. A propane lamp should be used outside or in a well-ventilated area. If you decide to use a propane lamp, make sure you have a few extra propane bottles to keep your light going.

7. Battery Powered Lamps

You’re going to use a lot of batteries if you go this route, so you might want to invest in some rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger. Rechargeable batteries don’t last as long so you’ll be changing them a lot, but at least you won’t have to deal with kerosene or lamp oil. It depends on your preference.

8. Rechargeable Lights

These come in a variety of sizes, power, light types, and costs.  No batteries are necessary because you just plug them into the wall to charge them up. They’re great for short-term power outages, but obviously they won’t be a great option if the power is out for more than a day. It’s a good idea to have a nice rechargeable work light, anyway. Then when the power goes out you’ll have another option.

9. Solar Lamps

Solar Lamps have really comp down in cost over the years.  You can pick up an entire box of solar lamps for $20-30 and use them around your home.  They are typically cheaply made and need to be replaced ever couple years, but they could definitely help out in an emergency situation.

10. Glow Sticks

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Kids love glow sticks, and for good reason.  They are fun.  It’s not going to allow you to see what’s going on in the back yard from you back door, but they can give you enough light to read, or provide a little comfort to a young child. Other options include glow bracelets, necklaces, and UV Paqlite.

11.  Your Cell Phone

Almost all modern cell phones have either a camera flash that can be used as a flashlight or the screen itself.  When using the front screen as a light source, try to use a app or page on the phone with the most white or bright colors.  This will intensify the brightness.  Many light apps are available for both Iphone, Android, and others, that not only turn your phone into a flashlight but also can strobe your lights to get someone’s attention in an emergency.