I laughed the first time I saw the "Big Bag-0 Tea Candles" our hosts have in the rental... how likely are we to need a hundred little candles?
Well... pretty likely. It struck me that I should write this thread... as we watched a movie by battery on a laptop and enjoyed our dinners by tea candlelight.
The power has gone out in our neighborhood three times today. We're averaging an outage every other day or so. Usually they are relatively short... one was a half hour, another an hour... but some are in the 2-5 hour range. We don't bother to set the clock alarms in the bedrooms or the clock on the microwave...
So... be sure to bring a flashlight or three and carry one if you go out to dinner. Having had to traverse West End once in a power outage in total darkness... we try to remember. Even for something as simple as getting up a staircase or to get a key into a lock - flashlight is a no brainer.
Also I think somebody on another thread mentioned tea candles. They are small and neat and easy to light... and I think it is legal to put a couple packs of matches or a butane lighter in your checked luggage - somebody check me on that...
We have one more gizmo we feel good about. We have a surge protector that plugs into a regular socket. It has three regular three-prong sockets and two usb charging sockets. We plug it in one spot and make a "charging station" for all things electronic. It won't charge things during a power outage... but if there is a power surge at the beginning or end of an outage, we feel better about having some protection between the irregular island power and our electronics.
One more issue for power outages... our friend has had rude awakenings 2 nights out of 5... he uses a CPAP machine for breathing while sleeping - and the power outages, of course, shut it down... None of the three guests we've had with CPAPs has battery backup.
Ditto for folks who depend on a portable oxygen compressor. Most of them have inboard batteries, but they are often good for only and hour or two. Good idea to always have the unit charged up if you are traveling in developing countries.