I got this nifty little item from a dear friend for my birthday. From uvPaqlite, it's a square piece of hard plastic-like material, quite bendable when warm to wrap around something, mountable on the wall, and easy to tote and carry. It's their UVMatlite. What does it do? With no batteries, no power source but light, no chemicals or radiation, it glows in the dark. And I mean GLOWS. It's bright enough to light your way out of a dark place, place a piece of paper over it for writing, or place near where you may need to find your way in the dark of night when the power is out.
The uses around the home are many. Open a safe to get out items you need to take out in the event of a natural disaster or Zombie Apocalypse.
What about hunting? Put it up in your blind (photo from their website.) Have it handy to find ammo in a moonless night before dawn without spooking the game with the spotlight or "click!" of a flashlight. I can see the size I was given easily working in a small tent. The Matlight is one size, but the less durable but just as effective Paqlites in the smallest size can be had for less than $4 and can be used as trail markers.
My birthday Matlite is in my briefcase which goes with me to airplane and hotel. Another one went on the dash of my vehicle when I leave it in airport parking (very helpful in finding the Bat Truck in the giant sea of long term parking when I roll in on the red eye) and then stored in the car emergency kit. There will be another one in the home emergency kit. It's not so bright as to keep you awake in your bedroom, but it will give you the light you need to be safe and aware. Having such tools for emergencies is essential. If you are new to survival supplies there's lots of information out there, including a brand new prepping blog for folks who are neither flush with cash or experts, folks that want to read and learn at the basic level, on a shoestring, as they say.. Go check out the Erin and Evelyn, David, Lokidude and Chaplain Tim at Blue Collar Prepping for what is shaping up to be a great source of information.. Click on the name to go there, or visit them from my Folks Smarter than the Average Bear Sidebar.
I like this little addition. Ob dark and story nights when predators abound, it will provide an illuminated platform for things I need close at hand when things go bump in the night. That's sleeping peacefully, in my book.