How Long Could You Go Without Leaving The House?

How Long Could You Go Without Leaving The House?

Tess Wilson
Jan 17, 2014
(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

Last Monday, both my and my partner's jobs were cancelled due to treacherously low temperatures (-40ºF windchill) and dangerously drifting snow. Since I'd also had Sunday off and spent it feeling poorly, I went two whole days without leaving the house... and went a little crazy.

Technically, I did leave the house: we got bundled up and ran around outside just to see what such low temperatures felt like (my partner stayed out to do the shoveling, thank goodness), so I did get a hit of fresh air. We had plenty of food and drink on hand (though there was talk of braving impassable roads just to run into town for tequila) as well as a stack of books and Northern Exposure DVDs from the library. We were incredibly lucky in that our house was warm and cozy and still festive, our furnace powered through like a champ, and neither our pipes nor our walls froze.

Even with all of this in our favor, we both felt like we were losing our minds a little bit. We both like to be outside as much as possible, and I particularly like to run errands and see interesting people and things. At one point I even said, "Hey, since work is cancelled, maybe we could go on a hike" — before realizing there was no going anywhere. No matter how lovely and stocked my home is, I don't want to be in it for more than 24 hours straight. But what about you? Assuming you didn't have to go to work...

  • How many days worth of food do you have on hand?
  • More importantly, how many days worth of booze do you have on hand?
  • Are you well supplied with board games, books, and movies?
  • What essentials (diapers, medicine, propane) would you have to run out for?
  • Are you able to blow off steam by working out at home, or do you go out and shovel/chop wood?
  • Are you happy hunkering down for days or even weeks on end?
  • Or do you have to get out, no matter what?
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