posted on Sep, 24 2007 @ 09:56 PM
Two days will be easy. I was an avid camper when I had money (in other words, before I moved out of my parent's house and started having bills to
pay). 2 days off the grid is camping, but in a more comfortable shelter.
I don't believe there was ever a single trip I went on where I remembered everything, but me and my friends always did just fine. Most people who
fear economic collapse would be amazed at just how easy it is to get by without electricity, running water, and so-on.
As for tips, yeah I have a few. When starting your fire, remember it's difficult to get a log burning so start with paper and kindling. Make sure
your house is ventilated properly, fire in an enclosed, unventilated building will poison you with the gases it releases.
If it's going to be COLD when you do this, try limiting the number of rooms in your house that you are using. This will give your wood stove a
smaller area to heat, thus conserving wood.
For a good light source that won't burn your house down, consider LED light sources (if batteries aren't off limits). They use less energy than
regular bulbs. This isn't a huge deal for a 2 day experiment, but it's a great bit of knowledge for long-term preperation. An idea I read on another
forum was to get ahold of a few of those garden lights with solar chargers build into them, they'll last ages and the batteries can be removed once
charged and then put into anything you need them for.
If you are planning on ditching batteries and only using that oil lantern, REMEMBER FIRE SAFETY. Keep the smoke alarm on and a fire extinguisher
nearby. No sense in losing your home over a practice run!
Consider getting a crank radio. I have one of those all-in-one units that has a radio, flashlight, siren, and cell phone charger as one unit. Good
ones will give you an hour or so of light for a minute or less of cranking. Also, the crank ones are quieter and easier to use than the ones you have
to shake. Anyways, these are not only good for a long-lasting light source but the radio can give you entertainment for your weekend (not to mention
information in a real disaster.)
Board games are also good entertainment, and entertainment is a must if you don't want your kids to murder you in your sleep for all this. I suggest
a game called "Love it or Hate It," if spending money on a new game is in your budget. It's freakin hilarious. If you get really bored, try
inventing a board game. Maybe you can market it afterwards and end up so rich you'll be part of the NWO instead of enslaved by it.. hehe j/k.