Life can be a series of unpredictable events, leaving us pondering, “where is the instruction manual”? After years of school, many of us emerged with information we will never use. What do you do in the event of an emergency? There are moments when help may not be readily available. Being an adult can be complicated, but it does not have to be. Here are a few tips that will come in handy sooner than later. 

Moving to a new home

Moving to a new home can be difficult, especially if you are new to this process. Before you pack your first box, consider having a garage sale. Getting rid of old belongings means fewer items to pack. The cash earned can help with your moving budget. 

Set aside a couple of days for your sale. Having it on multiple days opens up more opportunities for potential customers. Organize your items by type so that they will be easier to navigate. Clean everything. Consider learning how to clean jewelry because those old necklaces could be a big-ticket item. Decide on your prices. Be sure they are fair for both you and your customer. The most crucial step is to advertise. You can do this online and with the help of signs to direct everyone to your sale. 

Anything leftover, schedule a time to stop by your local samaritan center. 

After removing the clutter, you can prepare to pack. The money made from your garage sale can purchase packing supplies. Before purchasing boxes, make sure to check your local grocery and liquor stores. Often businesses will have boxes left after receiving new inventory. Reach out to family members and friends. Less money spent on boxes means more money you can put toward your moving budget. 

When packing your belongings, make sure to place similar items together. Make sure to label your boxes by the room. It is also helpful to mark which boxes are heavy and which are fragile. Doing this will prevent your belongings from being broken during the move. You can leave your clothing in the dressers and on their hangers, which will cut down on time. Wrap all of your delicate items. Towels, blankets, and pillows can also assist with cushioning your breakable things. 

Finish your packing before moving day. Utilize your movers. The extra hands will make all the difference when transporting the boxes out of your old house and into your new one. 

Do not forget to change your address with the post office and your utility companies. 

Hosting a dinner party

Celebrating with friends over a nice meal is always a pleasant time. You could celebrate a promotion, a birthday, a housewarming, or purely want to try new foods. The reasons for a dinner party are endless, but what happens when it is your turn to host? A dinner party is a great way to show your guests that you know how to cook a meal

The first thing you want to focus on is making sure your house is ready to have guests. Is everything tidy? How is the temperature? Do you need to know how to install air conditioning at the last minute? Take the time to make sure your home is nice and tidy. Remember to empty the dishwasher for an easy after-dinner clean-up. 

Prep all of your dishes, and pre-make your desserts. Once again, this will assist with the clean-up afterward. Set your table. Having a centerpiece can bring together all of your tableware. 

Make sure to get a list of all food restrictions. Your guests will greatly appreciate this. 

Prepare for a bad storm

Storms can swiftly turn from bad to worse. If a storm is in the forecast, start preparing as soon as possible. Clean your property to keep debris from flying through your windows. Keep your gutters clean to prevent blockages and water flooding into your home. 


Take the time to purchase or create your storm kit. Your kit should include flashlights, batteries, blankets, whistles, a lighter, rope, etc. You want to consider everything that you could need that does not involve power. Keep canned goods, a can opener, also plenty of water bottles stocked. Everyone in the household should have a bag of clothing packed. 

Having a map of additional shelters will make the evacuation process less stressful. Fill up your gas tank and keep your tires in good condition. In case of an emergency, you should always know how to jump a car. Depending on the severity of the storm, you will only have moments to act. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Run through storm drills with your housemates so that everyone is familiar with the plan. Do not forget to check your insurance policy to make sure that it is active and up-to-date. 

Go camping

Camping for the first time can be overwhelming. For new campers, try testing out all of your gear at home. That way, you can learn how everything works without added pressure. It is also necessary to decide on your style of lodging. Do you want to sleep in a cabin, RVs, or a tent? For a traditional camping experience, here are tips on tent camping. 

Once again, practice setting up your tent at home. The last thing you want is to be in the wilderness with confusing instructions. Make sure to time yourself to help with time management. Pre-select your camping grounds. Invest in a map and familiarize yourself with the land. Knowing the terrain will keep you from getting lost on your first camping trip. 

Even if the weather calls for clear skies, it cannot hurt to waterproof your tent. Sleeping in a tent can be a new experience. In addition to your sleeping bag, bring extra padding for comfort. A battery-operated fan is a must-have for hot summer days. 

Prepare easy-to-cook campfire dishes ahead of time. Pack utensils and kitchen supplies. You will need tongs, roasting pans, a grill grate, pans as well as a set of dishes. Make sure to pack a cooler filled with ice. 

Do not leave your home without toiletries, hygiene products. When packing your clothing consider all weather possibilities. 

Another tip for new campers is to pick a site closer to home. Any forgotten items are only a short drive away. 

First Aid

Accidents can happen when you least expect them. It is unfortunate when these accidents turn into emergencies. Whether you are in a survival scenario or at a gathering at home, knowing simple medical treatment could save someone’s life. First Aid is something everyone should have in their skill set. These skills include CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, treating burns, setting splints, knowing the signs of a concussion, and the ability to perform stitches. 

Invest in a first aid kit and sign up for a class. A certified trainer can teach you how to spot warning signs and safely treat them. Knowing how to handle a crisis can buy time for the injured party. Remember to stay calm. Assess the situation. Delegate responsibilities to everyone involved and think before you act.  

Life is a series of unexpected events, forcing us to learn through trial and error. All of your life skills overlap. Take the time to educate yourself. You could sign up for a class, watch a few videos, invest in reading materials. Or you could learn as you go and live knowing that one way or another, you will figure it out. 

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