Bartering for Comfort

With the summer storms, it is easy to imagine losing power at some emergency itemstime. This also has happened to us in winter. Even if power is out for only 3 days, it can mean a lot of spoiled food, uncomfortable living (cold/heat) and few options for cooking.

I can’t stress it more, you need to plan for these things. I am not speaking about a doom and gloom scenario, but an act of nature. If you don’t have a supply of batteries, candles or flashlights, you may need to barter for them from your neighbors.

If you can build something everyone wants, if you have supplies that no one has; you will be queen of the block. So if you need something, be prepared to offer something they might need in return. (When your power is out for longer than 3 days, this situation can happen).

Here is a quick list of some things you should keep on hand. They are inexpensive so keep some spares in case you need to barter.

  • Fire making supplies, including lighters, matches, charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries
  • Standard Batteries
  • Reading glasses
  • Bags, including large garbage bags as well as smaller zip-close bags
  • Duct tape
  • Tie Wraps
  • Heavy plastic sheets and tarps
  • Hard candy
  • Condiments and Spices
  • Amusements such as playing cards, crossword puzzle books, Sudoku
  • Pencils, paper, crayons
  • Flashlights, candles, lanterns and oil
  • Mylar blankets
  • Hand warmers

I always have foot and hand warmers on hand in winter. I may live in the Midwest, but my body craves heat! Ideally everyone should have a sleeping bag. Keeping warm will let you get a good night of sleep. Heating your home without electricity was mentioned in my blog April 20, 2015.

There are hundreds more ideas on how you and your neighbors can withstand a power outage and survive. Just plan ahead, a little at a time and your comforts will be addressed.

What is your go to idea when your life has been disrupted by a power outage?

 

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