Thinking about amusement and entertainment during a period of crisis may at first blush seem frivolous but think about it. If things were bad, really bad, and you had to shelter in place or perhaps move to a community shelter, what would you do to while away the hours?
Let us assume you have food, water plus the other necessities of life (TP, meds, first aid, sleeping bags) on hand so the basics are covered.
Now your choices are:
1. Sit around and grouse about how bad things are
2. Feel sorry for your self and get depressed
3. Make the best of things and keep mind engaged
Given a choice – and given that the basics are covered because you have been following the weekly preps at Backdoor Survival – I go for door number three. Today I took a stroll around the house and gathered up some fun and games to stash in one of my survival bins.
Here is what I included:
- A selection of paperback novels. I chose thrillers and suspense tomes – pure escapist
- A deck of Canasta cards. It seems that everyone at on time or another learned to play Canasta from from their grandparents. And if not, no worries. The rules are included in the box.
- A book of Sudoku along with some mechanical pencils and a big eraser. (Whenever my mind feels fuzzy or slow, I get out the Sudoku which always helps to get the brain cells going.)
The nice thing about my selections is that they don’t take up a lot of room, do not weigh a lot and most important, do not require a power source. That is not to say that I won’t try to grab my iPod (for music and audiobooks) or my Sony reader (for e-books). But I can’t count on having power and even if I did, using the power for pleasure during a time of crisis may not be prudent.
This weeks prepping directive is to take a tour around your homestead and snag a few items that will keep you company in a crisis. Stash these items away in your bug out bag, your get out of dodge bin, the trunk of your car or even in a closet or cabinet in your shelter in place safe room.
Stuck for ideas? How about board games, jigsaw puzzles, sing-along music, or a harmonica? Let you imagination prevail!
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
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