It's that time of year again....if you live in a "northern" climate like me, you know what I'm talking about. Winter. Which means snow. And sometimes a lot of it.
It's important to have a Winter Survival Kit in each of your vehicles, in case you happen to get caught in an unexpected snowstorm or simply slide in to the ditch on an icy day & have to wait for a tow truck (or, around here, a friend with a tractor!).
I was going to make up my own list of items you should put in your kit, but then I stumbled across a great list put together by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, so I'll just use that instead! (So the credit goes to them, really, not me!)
What to put in your Winter Survival Kit:
You easily can equip your vehicle with essential survival gear for winter. Here's what you'll need:
- A 2 or 3 pound metal coffee can (punch 3 holes at the top of can, equal distance apart). You'll be storing the other items inside the can.
- 60-inch length of twine or heavy string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can).
- 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle).
- 1 candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow).
- 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors).
- 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle).
- Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition).
- Plastic spoon.
- 1 small package of peanuts and/or a couple protein/energy bars, some dried fruit (such as dried cranberries, which come in nicely sealed snack packs), and even a little chocolate, to provide you with some energy or comfort in stressful times.
- 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners, depending on what will fit in the can (cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation when wet).
- 2 packages of book matches.
- 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat).
- 1 pen light and batteries (keep separate).
Other items you may want to keep in the vehicle:
- A charged cell phone.
- Large plastic garbage bag.
- Pencil stub and paper.
- Plastic whistle.