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Prepper’s Supplies for Power Outages

Dependence On Electricity

We are so dependent on electricity for light, comfort, cooking, and sanitation that any power outage becomes a major headache for the unprepared.

And it doesn’t have to be an EMP, or a natural or man-made disaster: the U.S power grid is frail enough to “fall down” on its own.

power lines in a field

Vulnerable Power Grid?

By definition, the prepper lifestyle demands preparedness.

Compare your prep level to the Survivalist Prepper as he inventories his “lights out” kit and power outage supplies. [You can watch his video on the Next Page of this post.]

An annual exercise, he checks supply levels and expiration dates. Below is his actual inventory list:

The Lights Out Kit

What it is…

It’s for stuff that you don’t want touched … I like to have a stash set up that I know for a fact that I have the supplies that I think I have.

It’s for stuff you won’t use regularly … I have supplies around the house that I hope will be there when we need them, and I have supplies stored in my lights out kit that I know will be there when I need them.

It’s an easy go to for family. …  if I am gone I know that the family can just go grab the lights out kit and have everything they need.

Light Out Kit Supply Ideas

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Solar USB Chargers
  • Lanterns
  • Head Lamps
  • Crank Radio
  • Games & Playing Cards
  • Lighters
  • Matches
  • Battery Tester (A must have!)
  • Glow Sticks
  • Power Inverter
  • Extension Cords

Emergency Power Kit Maintenance & Precautions

Rotate and check supplies yearly. Twice a year is even better …

Some supplies can’t handle extreme temperatures. If you store this (or any supplies) in the garage or shed you need to make sure items like batteries and food are not stored in them … batteries need to be stored at a temperature between 60 and 85 degrees to get maximum shelf life.

Do not store liquids or fuels in the kit. If you have oil lamps or supplies that use other fuels you don’t want to store them with your other supplies …

Other Important Power Outage Supplies

  • Power Inverter for car
  • Generator
  • Solar Generator
  • Fuel Storage – Gas, Propane, Coleman fuel etc.
  • Books and Games
  • Stored Water: 1 Gallon Per Day, Per Person Minimum.
  • Stored Food: 2 Weeks Minimum.


  • Spare 5 gallon bucket
  • 5 Gallon Bucket Toilet Lid
  • Trash Bags – Small for Toilet/Large for Trash
  • Cat Litter and Blue Gel Port-a-Potty Chemicals
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Solar Shower

Cooking Food

  • Dutch Oven
  • Coleman Propane Stove
  • BBQ Grill
  • All American Sun Oven
  • Camp Stoves

Too Much is Never Enough

This seems like a lot of supplies right? Well, if you need to go an extended period of time without power your lights out kit is going to seem like it’s not enough.

Survivalist Prepper VIDEO On Page 2

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