This post originally appeared on CoffeeBreakUniversity.com
Hurricane season is upon us, and so are the same stories you read every year about stocking up on survival basics: water, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series, etc …
But we’re not the type of folks who think about “the basics” of hurricane preparedness, are we? Whether you grew up with MacGyver teaching you how to repair a blown fuse with a chewing gum wrapper, or learned how to make a winter scarf out of snakes from Bear Grylls, the mantra is still the same: make the most out of something seemingly insignificant and look cool doing it!
These hurricane hacks will help keep your life as normal as possible while you save the world, or at least your neighborhood, and dub yourself the “Hurricane Hero of (insert your unfortunate coastal community here)”.
5 Important Hurricane Life Hacks
You can pick up an inexpensive camping (reading) headlamp at most stores near you for under $ 20 and turn one of your water jugs into a lamp that will light up an entire bedroom. Don’t have a water jug? Well, you’re not prepared for a storm, are you?!
Sure, you might think crayons are just for kids, but did you know that there are actually coloring books with stress relieving patterns out there for the overworked and underpaid thirty-something? Keeping a mega-box of crayons in your house at all times is not only great for artistic expression, it’s a blackout survival tool. Simply melt a bit of the bottom, stick it to a plate and light the top for a candle that will burn up to 30 minutes while you get your Water Jug Headlamp MEGA LIGHT up and running.
Stocking up sometimes means the fridge is overflowing with perishables you’re just not willing to go without. I dare Hurricane Joaquin to deny me the joys of coconut milk yogurt! Take two large terra-cotta flower pots (making sure one is at least 3 inches smaller than the other in diameter) and place the smaller one inside the larger. Fill the space between them with sand and put all your perishables inside the small one … just don’t put the eggs on the bottom.
Dryer lint itself makes for a great ball of fire, but unfortunately it’s out just as quick as it’s lit. Add a bit of petroleum jelly to your lint balls, and VOILA … great balls of fire! Don’t have a steady stream of lint in your laundry room? Try using a 100% cotton ball instead.
Common sense tells you to stock up on water when a hurricane hits. What’s one place in your house that holds the most water? The bathtub! The fill up is easy, it’s the thoughts of your dad washing his man feet in your bathtub Big Gulp that’s a slight turn off. The Water Bob is basically a heavy duty (food grade) 100 gallon plastic bag that fits inside your tub and comes with a siphon for easy water jug filling. And, it’s under $ 20! That means you can put off cleaning the hair out of the drain for one more day.
Remember, hurricanes are some serious business so don’t go out there and build a water powered generator from your flooding front yard in the middle of the storm just yet. The most important thing is making sure your family is safe and has the tools necessary to keep a relatively normal life during a power outage.