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8 Ways to Keep Boredom at Bay During Hurricane Lane

Stave off cabin fever with these fun time-killing activities.




We’ve stocked up on bottled water, bought our candles and lanterns, taped up those windows, read all the safety reports ... but now we want to have some fun. If being cooped up inside for hours with your loved ones sounds like a natural catastrophe waiting to happen, you’ll want to make sure you have a serious emergency-preparedness plan for Hurricane Lane. Here are some fun activities to help you prevent domestic disasters in your home. 


1. Host a playing cards party

What you need: 

  • Scotch. Reserve. This is an emergency, people—time to break out the good stuff.

  • Snacks

  • Your favorite playing cards

Poker with classy hors d’eouvres? Uno with junk food? Cards Against Humanity with whisky? Playing cards is the perfect activity to while away the time. Just add friends and a lantern if the lights go out and you could go on for hours. 


2. Create your own hot cocoa bar

What you need: 

  • Cute papers, ribbons and letters

  • Scissors and tape

  • Adorable straws and mugs

  • Your favorite hot cocoa

  • Assorted toppings 

When the thunders a ‘thunderin’ and the rains a ‘rainin’, there’s nothing cozier than a good, hot cup of cocoa. Sweeten the event with Pinterest-worthy decorations, such as a cute “Lane Cocoa” banner made from ribbons and paper, or make personalized mug labels for the whole family. Fill your prettiest bowls with toppings so everyone can personalize their drinks. Try cinnamon sticks, Pirouette cookies, marshmallows, Bailey’s Irish Cream, peppermint sticks, whipped cream, berries, chocolate chips, sprinkles, Maraschino cherries and almond extract. Extra points if you already have them on hand!


3. Make some DIY lanterns

What you need: 

  • Mason jars (of course) 

  • Lace doilies 

  • Burlap or twine 

  • Candles

  • Glue

  • Paint

Not only is this a fun craft project, it’s super practical during a potential lights-out situation. These charming, homemade lanterns are a breeze to make: Just glue the doilies on the outside of the jars, wrap the rims with burlap or twine, and fill with candles. Feel free to really let the creative spirit run free with paints, glitter, paper cutouts and anything else you can think of. 


4. Hack a BBQ

What you need: 

  • Thin-cut meats from your fridge, like short ribs

  • Sliced veggies. Try bell peppers or eggplant (or whatever you need to get rid of). 

  • Sauces and marinades 

  • A pancake griddle (or a camping grill. Just stay away from flammable things/the fire alarm.)

  • Tongs

  • Beer

If the fridge goes kaput, you won’t want to deal with a bunch of spoiled meat, so you’d better take care of all that now. Barbecuing on the beach definitely won’t be an option (seriously, don’t even try), but some indoors yakiniku will do in a pinch. Invite the neighbors over, crack open a few beers, shut the windows, and you won’t even notice that howling rain outside. Probably.


5. Try out some no-cook recipes

What you need: 

  • Zucchini 

  • Mushrooms 

  • Lemon 

  • Shallots

  • Salt and pepper

  • Herbs

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Cutting board

  • Sharp knife

Our emergency packing list looks a bit different from everyone else’s. In addition to bottled water and flashlights, we’re looking for recipes and ingredients we can use for a delish no-cook dinner should the electricity go out. This raw zucchini linguine recipe, with thinly sliced zucchini and mushrooms tossed in olive oil, herbs, cheese, shallots and lemon juice, is at the top of our list to try. We’re also loving the sound of these Mexican ceviche tacos. Or, you could also raid your fridge for yummy kebab inspiration. Try melon, prosciutto and mozzarella.


6. Write your long-distance friends

What you need: 

  • Colorful pens

  • Adorable stationery (or DIY with cute scissors and stickers) 

  • Stamps 

  • Envelopes

It’s the one time you know you won’t get distracted by YouTube and Facebook. Your long-distance buds will love getting a real-life snail-mail letter, especially when you adorn it with stickers, sketches and color. 


7. Have a boozy movie night

What you need: 

  • Wine (we suggest at least a bottle per person. This is a serious storm, after all.) 

  • Downloaded movies

  • A fully charged laptop

Also at the top of our storm survival must-have list? Wine. Besides, with your busy lifestyles, you and your girls are way overdue for a night in. Download your favorite comfort movies (it’s never too early in the year for Love Actually!), and snuggle up on the couch with your BFF and a bottle of vino. 


8. Battle your friends

What you need: 

  • Nerf guns

  • Lots of couch cushions

  • Friends

Storm days were always most fun as a kid, so throw adulthood to the (very strong) wind and corral your childhood pals for a good old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek-in-the-dark-Nerf-war. No lights required, which works out perfectly in case the electricity goes out. Make sure you pool all your couch cushions: You’ll need a lot of material for home base forts. 


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