The current climate our world now lives in due to COVID-19 might not be as feral as Ed Stafford's favored surroundings. (Neither it is apocalyptic, with all governments trying to contain the virus.) But the man, a clear fan of extreme (mis)adventures as Guiness World Records' first human to walk the length of the Amazon River, surely knows a thing or two about survival. As the second season of Ed Stafford: First Man Out airs next week, he has inspired here some tips for those of you so used to convenience you might not have the slightest once the worst—like a blackout—happens.
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Prioritize your essentials
What's "important" can be pretty subjective, it can be a gadget or a non-digital tool. Hence, the key statement: "Know what you can and cannot live without." Having them in your disposal may add to your confidence and security as you set out living without electricity.
Find an alternative water source
No electricity could mean no running water. And with bottled waters not a sustainable option, best to find a well or any relatively clean body of water nearby. Once sourced, gather what you can back home.
Disinfect your water to be used for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and body use (hand washing and brushing teeth), to avoid contracting diseases. Do so by boiling water, using a portable water filter, treating it with carefully measured disinfectants (bleach, iodine, and chlorine), or distilling it.
Light the way
Lighting up a house at night without electricity is done easily thanks to use candles, flashlights, and oil lamps— so stock up on these! Or, go the more resourceful way and make an LED light bulb or a flashlight light up: Just use some water, two tea spoons of salt, and a magnet!
To cook or not to cook?
It's all well and good if you have a stove, a grill, a fire pit, or any place where you can safely start a fire for cooking. Otherwise, ready foods not requiring cooking over fire like canned goods, bottled food, and dried fruits.
Learn to ration food if the blackout continues longer than expected, to help sustain you before replenishing your stock. To help save, try cutting up your servings and set aside some for another time. Or, do the “super chewing”—bite a piece of your food at least 32-100 times as a way to thoroughly break it down. (This will also get more nutrients out of your food!)
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Maintain personal hygiene
Those without running water may opt for timba and tabo as a way to help budget bathing water. Worse comes to worst, skip daily showers in place of a wipe down until the second or third day—or any day you still feel clean.
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