What’s in your winter survival kit?
Growing up meant lots of activities for me. My kids have even more activities than I did. They play sports, hang with their friends and all of them are in the Boy Scouts. One of the long time mottos is to be prepared. We tend to forget that over time, especially when we get too busy in our every day lives. This time of year is very important for preparation as a winter storm can happen any day. Do you have a proper winter survival kit in your vehicle?
Once the colder weather arrives, it’s always a good idea to build your survival kit before the snow lands. Typical items in the kit should include; a long handled scraper and snow brush, a shovel, extra windshield washer fluid, a flashlight, reflective triangles or flares, a candle and lighter, a blanket, a mixture of salt/sand or kitty litter for traction, a first aid kit, booster cables and even a tow rope. Additional gloves and socks will also help in case those items get too wet. Most of these items can fit into a duffle bag of some sort to help keep your trunk space tidy. Items to keep inside your vehicle could include bottles of water (unopened), non-perishable foods like granola bars or nuts, a cell phone and extra batteries for the flashlight.
I’ve watched drivers use credit cards to clear the ice off their windows and their bare hands to dig themselves out of a snow bank. Does winter come at us as a surprise and they were caught off guard? I doubt it, but we really need to think ahead before we drive in this type of weather.
There may be times that you won’t use some of those items, but the piece of mind you’ll have by having these items with you will allow you to concentrate on your driving and not worry about what to do if you run into trouble.