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5 Lights For Your 72 Hour Kit That Don’t Take Batteries

Every 72 hour kit needs some kind of light. There are more than just battery flashlights out there. Check out these 5 lights for your 72 hour kit.

Batteries. They are the bane of my existence. We never have them when we need them and the ones we do have seem to always be dead. I have more flashlights without batteries floating around then I know what to do with (may become one of my toss it items for another post). So, without further ado here are 5 ways to have light when it’s dark without needing batteries.

#1 Candle

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This isn’t your every day candle. It won’t make your house smell like freshly baked gingerbread cookies or a pina colada. What it will do is give you light for hours and hours and hours. Another plus is that it’s super cost efficient. Right now you can find the 100 hour candle on sale at for $6.45. That’s right. Less than 10 bucks for 100 hours of light. This would be an amazing Christmas gift for family or friends.

#2 DIY Candle

If you are the kind of prepper who likes to be self sufficient as well you may be interested in a DIY candle. It only takes a few ingredients to make a candle that can be used for your 72 hour kit. You’ll need some Crisco, candle wick (you can get a wick kit on Amazon) and a glass jar. Start by attaching your wick to the bottom of your jar. Next, melt your Crisco in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it becomes a liquid. Finally, pour the liquid Crisco into your jar. Be sure to keep your wick at the top. Give your candle a day to solidify and then store it with your 72 hour kit. You can get up to 45 days of light from a regular sized can of Crisco. Sweet!

#3 Inflatable Solar Light

My mom gave me this for Christmas and it has been awesome. She found it on Amazon. It powers up by the solar panel on the top. It has an on and off button and a handle to carry it by. We have used it inflated but it also works without being blown up. It’s just a little guy and has been used to light our picnic table for playing cards at night or inside out tent. We even used it on our treat table for our outdoor movie. It would be a great addition to a 72 hour kit and doesn’t need batteries.

#4 Crank Flashlight

If you still love the idea of an old fashioned flashlight for your 72 hour kit but don’t want to deal with the hassle of batteries check out the crank flashlight. Sure it takes a little bit of elbow grease but you can count on it to work and light up when it gets dark.

#5 Glow Sticks

Need some light that you and the kids can take with you? Try a glow stick. Super easy to light up (just bend it until you hear the snap) and then carry it around or hook it on something (like a string and make a necklace) for up to 12 hours of light. This would be an awesome light for your 72 hour kit.

There you have it, 5 lights for your 72 hour kit that don’t take batteries. Which one of these lights will work best for you? You may choose to have a variety of lights in your 72 hour kit and any of these 5 would be a deLIGHTful addition!

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