Emergency Prep: Don’t Underestimate This Tool

Humans have become accustomed to lighting up the darkness with the flip of a switch. But what happens when a blackout strikes or a car breaks down late at night in a remote area? In these scenarios, the world will be plunged back into the dark and anyone stuck in it will either have to wait for morning’s light or find an alternative way to brighten things up.

Consider the following survival tool, that often goes overlooked:


Glowsticks are a popular way to light up the night, especially for children. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, not to mention numerous colors. Go to any fair or Fourth of July celebration, and you’re bound to see them waved around by someone. But did you know they’re also an ideal, yet inexpensive, tool for an emergency kit?

In the following video, AOB Technology provides a brief demonstration of the effectiveness of military-grade glow sticks:

Glow sticks are handy in an emergency kit, glove box, tackle box or even a purse. You never know when you may find yourself in a dark situation.

When a light source is needed, activate the stick by bending it — breaking the chemical container inside — releasing the phenyl oxalate into the hydrogen peroxide — and then shake it.

Glow sticks are durable, waterproof, non-toxic and non-flammable. These lights float in water, require no electricity and stay illuminated for hours.

They seem to have one major drawback: They aren’t as bright, or last quite as long, in colder temperatures.

Needless to say, any light source is better than none in an emergency situation, and this is definitely an item that won’t take up a lot of space when preparing your vehicle survival kit.

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