Let’s face it – we’ve let technology take over all aspect of our lives, and today it has become impossible to imagine a world without technology. Phones, laptops, tablets – you name it. And when the battery’s low, we immediately rush to the closest charging point.
So what happens when the power goes out? Sure, you may have power banks and battery backups, but they too will last only up to a specific point of time, right? What happens after that? Have you ever thought of what you should or could do when there is a long power outage in your block or city?
Things to Do When the Power Is Out
Rush to the refrigerator
This is one of the first things to do when power is out, especially if you know it’s going to be hours or days before the problem is fixed. This is because the first thing that’s going to be affected in a power outage is your refrigerated food, especially food items in the freezer like ice cream. They will begin to thaw and before long, they’ll go bad.
So you can do the following – consume as much of the food in the fridge as you can, and then donate what you cannot eat any more to the nearest homeless shelter. On a side note, avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer as much as possible. This is because the more you open it, the more warm air enters your fridge which in turn will make your food and drinks go bad.
Prepare your body
If it’s the summers, then it’s going to get hot very soon without air conditioning. In such cases, you should make sure you drink lots of water to stay hydrated, as well as to control your body temperature. The next thing to do is to wear loose and airy clothing without any layers so that your body is as exposed as it can be (if you’re inside your home, that is). You can also take showers every few hours if you feel your body temperature is rising.
If it’s the winters, it’s best to pack on as many layers of warm clothing as you can. Huddle with each other or stay under thick blankets to keep you warm. And make sure you close all your windows and doors so that no cold air can get inside. So when thinking about things to do when the power is out, you should definitely take good care of your body.
Go to the mall (not the reason you’re thinking)
If it’s getting hot at home and you’re sweating like a pig, drive to the nearest mall. All malls have central air conditioning and power backups, which means you can spend literally an entire day at an air-conditioned place without having to pay for it! You can make it a thing and tag along your friends and family – watch movies, do shopping or just sit down, drink some coffee and talk to each other!
Same thing during winters – malls keep their temperatures high during winters, which means you can take a break from the chilling cold and enjoy some "warm" time with your friends or family!
Make a camp site
Again, this is one activity that both adults and children will enjoy alike. Why? Think about it – when was the last time you really took the time out to just enjoy nature in its beauteous glory? I know – never. So how about you take this opportunity and finally do something you’ve never done? And it doesn’t have to be a fancy camp site. You can make a tent out of old bedsheets. You can make an actual fire (if you have the safety equipment for it) or you can use your flashlight to substitute for fire.
Then you can tell each other ghost stories, do some star gazing and even make your own shadow puppet shows. Or you guys can play games like spinning the bottle, treasure hunt, Mad Libs, dumb charades, hide and seek, tug o’ war, card games or memory game. Group activities like these enhance the bonds between friends and families and should be on your top 10 list of things to do when the power is out.
Build the day away
Of course, you always have the option of playing board games and all that tired stuff which immediately comes to mind when you think of things to do when the power is out. But here’s a twist – bring out those LEGOs! Everybody loves them, and if you said no, then you’re lying. Make groups of 2 or 3, and challenge each other to see who comes out with the better finished model!
It doesn’t matter if you have children or adults to entertain. You can spend hours with LEGOs and still not be bored. To spice things up, you can compete on specific themes, like Star Wars or cowboys. If you’re creatively challenged, bring out the copy of the LEGO Ideas Book and see how to build the same model in the least time.
Other Things to Do When Power Is Out
Contemplate your life and current career, read books or tell family stories to your kids;
Receiving a real letter with words on paper is so amazing and touching nowadays. Why not sit down and write a letter to those far away friends that you care so much about.
Give yourself a treat by cooking a great dinner, barbequing, or have a drink of whisky from the bottle no matter what time it is;
Sing all the songs you know to your content no matter you are in the tune or not, but make sure do not disturb the neighbours.
Circle around your apartment to see how familiar you are with it. By the way, try the shoes of the blind and see if you can move around freely in your own place.
Here is another one of things to do when the power is out. Go to sleep early or have some really good sex with your partner or yourself.
Do some house chore, especially those you've been putting off for days like gardening, repairing old stuff, clearing the garage, washing your car……
Everyone has a thing with drawing. Maybe this is a chance for you to pick up the pencil and draw or paint something;
Enrich your life by doing some handwork like knitting, making duct tape wallets or making something out of play-doh or clay, or you can do some exercises like biking, jogging, yoga or dancing.
Get out of your house and visit your neighbours, friends, or family. Or you can just have a road trip and see where the road leads you to.