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Best Power Outage Essentials, Because You Can't Be Too Prepared

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It’s always good to keep a power outage essentials kit around just in case. With natural disasters like extreme winter weather or hurricanes looming, you’ll want to have everything you need handy.

But don’t worry — we did our research and found all the power outage essentials you need in the event of an electrical shortage. Our list of necessities includes everything from first aid kits and solar-powered generators to hand crank radios and emergency heaters. And as always, we made sure to include affordable options and products on sale. Because prepping for a disaster shouldn’t send you into a financial emergency, too.

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Pre-Made Power Outage Essentials Kits

1. Power Outage Emergency Kit Deluxe

When the lights go out, this kit offers a solution. With multiple candles, waterproof matches, lights, and communication devices, you’ll be able to see just fine. Last time we checked, this was on sale for 9% off, so keep checking for discounts.

$49.99$54.99(9% off)

2. Car Survival Kit with Winter Supplies

This compact yet useful kit has everything you’d need if you were stranded on the side of the road. You receive 10 items for about $50 with this set, one of the items being a full-on first aid kit.


3. 2-Person 72-Hour Emergency Kit and Backpack

We like that the backpack comes packed with food, light, emergency shelter and heating supplies, a first aid kit, hygiene goodies, and various tools. It also has a shelf life of five years.

$119.29$299.95(60% off)

4. Power Outage Kit

With this kit, you get multiple flashlights and lighting items, as well as a solar power bank and sleeping bag. However, you will need a separate first aid kit and food stores. This ships within three days, and keep watching for sales. The lowest we’ve seen this price was just under $200.

$199.97$357.67(44% off)


5. Energizer Water-Resistant Flashlight with Belt Clip

If you live in a place with the potential for flooding, you might want to consider this flashlight. The heavy-duty light has a long battery life that claims a run-time of 25 hours.


6. Coleman LED Lantern with BatteryGuard

When the lights go off, this lantern goes on. It also has a handy feature to prevent unnecessary battery drain, promising a longer lasting light. Keep an eye on this one. We saw a lower price of $23.99 in June 2022.


7. Rechargeable Emergency Light Bulb

These bulbs function the same as a normal light bulb, except when the power goes out, they stay on for another four hours. They can also be hung up and switched on or off with separate attachments.


Radios and Communication Supplies

8. Emergency Hand Crank Radio

This multifunctional device includes a radio, flashlight, and charging ports for cell phones. It has three power sources — a hand crank, a solar panel, and a rechargeable built-in battery — so it’ll keep running even during prolonged outages.

$17.91$32.90(46% off)

9. Patriot Power Cell

It’s a power bank that can charge two devices at once using solar energy. Added bonus: a portion of the proceeds goes towards charities that benefit veterans and their families.


10. Emergency Radio with Cell Phone Charger

The force is strong with this one — the radio features a high-capacity lithium battery that can charge up to four devices at once. It also has a flashlight, a motion sensor reading light, a solar panel, and a hand crank. Walmart+ members can get this shipped for free.


11. WeatherX Solar Charge Radio

If you’re in an area prone to weather-related crises, consider this weather band radio. It features an LED flashlight and uses a solar panel, hand crank, or DC battery to stay on when you need it.


12. PowerCore Solar 10000

This power bank uses solar power to quickly charge your devices. It’s also dust-, shock-, and water-resistant, perfect for rough and tumble situations. Use your Target RedCard to save an additional 5%.


Emergency Heating Solutions

13. HotHands 10-Hour Hand Warmer

HotHands is a tried-and-true product offering an inexpensive way to stay warm during a winter storm power outage. Don’t let the name fool you; you can stuff them inside socks, gloves, jackets, or hats. We’ll often see Walmart mark them down on sale for just under $7.

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$6.97$9.99(30% off)

14. Lamiga Hand Warmers

Bring the heat with a rechargeable hand warmer. With three modes, you can control the temperature. And it doubles as a power bank for your phone.

$17.99$24.99(28% off)

Solar-Powered Generators

15. Solar Generator Portable Power Station

This generator uses solar power to charge devices, play music via radio or MP3, and light up your space. No sunshine? No problem. It has a high-capacity backup battery just in case.


16. Portable Power Station

Complete with a flashlight, three LED lightbulbs that can be hung around the space, multiple charging ports, and its own solar panel, this generator has it all. And if it’s a cloudy day, you can charge it ahead of time using a wall outlet.


First Aid Kits

17. All-Purpose First Aid Kit

We love the affordability of this kit. Don’t let the price tag fool you, though. It still has 140 pieces, including bandages and gauze, antibiotic ointments, cleansing towels, and a cold compress.

ONLINE or In-Store Deal

18. Band-Aid First Aid Kit

Accidents can easily happen in emergency situations. Luckily, this 160-piece kit has everything for minor injuries including name-brand over-the-counter medicines, gauze and cleansing wipes, and of course Band-Aids.

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19. Be Red Cross Ready First Aid Kit

As the name implies, this kit has all the supplies you need to be prepared for an emergency. In addition to the standard bandages and medicines, it also includes a thermometer, CPR face shield, and materials for patching up sprains.

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