Survival Hack: Garden Lights to the Rescue


( – Part of preparing to face an emergency is acquiring the right gear before life rains on your parade. Unfortunately, some survival items run a bit on the pricey side, so finding affordable tools that serve multiple purposes is a major win. With that in mind, here are a few reasons to consider adding cheap solar garden lights to the yard in case of an emergency.

A Cheap Option

When spring rolls around, stores begin selling small sidewalk solar lights at extremely cheap prices — some as low as $1 to $2. This means if one light breaks, replacing it won’t break the bank. There are higher-end solar lamps available as well, which provide brighter and longer-lasting light than their cheaper counterparts. In a pinch, the low-end lanterns work just fine.

But why exactly are these budget preps so good?

Safe and Reusable Light

In the event of a blackout, these solar lights provide a source of rechargeable light indoors. The fact that most come with an on/off switch helps, too. One can simply shut the lights off when it’s time for bed. More expensive models, such as solar spotlights, even work as makeshift flashlights in a pinch.

In addition, these little lanterns don’t run the risk of starting a house fire, which is a very real concern if one chooses to use candles instead. Even if a person has taken the proper precautions to ensure their candles burn safely, eventually, their stockpile will run dry (especially in a prolonged power outage).

Long-Term Survival

In a long-term survival situation, having a rechargeable light source is a major blessing for a number of reasons. Yes, these lights allow a person to operate after sundown inside their shelter when they would otherwise be sitting in the dark. But that’s not all they do.

Should the situation become so bad that one must begin growing their own food, solar lights are a big help. For starters, the light they provide may deter predators when placed around chicken coops at night. They also provide light to help plants grow after the sun goes down, or when put inside a greenhouse. Not bad for a small investment.

Granted, the batteries these solar lights use will burn out eventually. This is why it’s a good idea to buy backup batteries and put them into storage (most stores carry replacement solar light batteries).

Outside of a survival situation, these lights will make one’s yard more attractive. The added light may even make a thief think twice before targeting your house. To see why lights can make burglars move on to an easier target, plus a few other helpful hints on keeping intruders away, take a look at our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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