10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Preps

Glow sticks are a fun child’s party toy, and a great addition to a night game of hide and seek. All kids love wearing glow necklaces and bracelets, or pretending to be Jedis with “glowing” light sabers. Campers love using them when they are telling spooky stories in their bunks. My kids love to freeze them then bend them to activate them again. Did you know they are also a must have for your emergency preps? Here are 10 reasons you should add them to your emergency kit today.

No Batteries Needed

Glow sticks don’t need batteries to give off light. For this reason, you can rely on them to help give light in the dark when your batteries run down. They are excellent temporary backup lights! You can also see them from pretty far away, so they make a good DIY ‘flare” if you are trying to flag down help or alert authorities.

Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

They are low cost. You can get a package of about 10 glow bracelets or necklaces at the dollar store. Talk about economical.


They are waterproof, and won’t break open unless cut. No leaking or sharp edges! This is one reason they are so popular with kids, and parents, too.

Short Term Solution

They have varying “glow time” so the shorter lived ones can be given to kids, or used in situations where you don’t need light for a long time. Some will last up to 12 hours, which is the ideal type to have in your car glove box, or in your emergency kit.

Safe For All Weather

They are weather proof. You don’t have to worry about them going bad in hot or cold conditions, and they can be used in the rain. So if you are caught out at night, and need a waterproof light, these can be your go-to choice.

Military Grade Options

You can get chemical or military grade glow sticks that have a much longer life that the party store version, although they are a little more costly, they are a good investment. If you spend a lot of time out doors, or are making large scale preps, this is probably a good option.


You can clip a glow stick on your child’s backpack or wrist to help keep track of them when camping or hiking at night. Plus kids love carrying them around!

No Fire Risk

Glow sticks are non-flammable, so you don’t have to worry about them igniting or sparking.

Instant Portable Lights

You can put some in jars in different rooms of your home, or in your tent, and have light. No candles or campfire needed! Plus, it’s fun for kids to help “make” lights for different rooms.

Long Shelf Life

Glow sticks have a long shelf life of several years. This makes them an ideal choice for bug out bags, car emergency kits, and even first aid kits.

As mentioned before, glow sticks are often thought of as a party treat, but they can be used in emergencies, too. They are a low cost, safe way to shine a light in the darkness when you are in survival mode. Buy some by the case today, and you’ll be ready! Have you added glow sticks to your bug out bag yet?

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About Ms. Prepper

I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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