Light Sticks in the Get Home Bag

Next time you’re near a dollar store, swing in and pick up a few light sticks. You can usually find them in or near the toy aisle. While they won’t produce quite as much light as their more robust military spec counterparts, they are still very useful.

Even the cheap ones produce a good amount of light, usually enough to read by if need be. They work fairly well for guiding your way around camp, whether that site is complete with a nice tent and port-a-potty or a debris hut in the middle of nowhere. While of course you can’t turn them off, at such a cheap price you can afford to let them go all night long.

They are also very useful in signaling for help at night. Tie the light stick to a length of paracord and twirl it in circles in front of you. The glowing circle can be seen for quite a ways and is considerably larger than a flashlight beam.

Light sticks weigh next to nothing so even if you have several in your get home bag, you’ll never feel them weighing you down. You can sometimes get more than one use out of them too. The glow won’t be nearly as bright the next time around but if you shake them up, they’ll activate again for a bit.

A side benefit is they’ll keep kids entertained for hours!

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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