In the upper Midwest where I live, snow is pretty common. I love the stuff. I can’t imagine my life without it. Snow is the best…
…but it can also be the worst. Like, when you’re driving. You may be the best driver in the world, but those road! I’m telling you!
Generally, it’s a good idea to carry a first aid kit in your car, regardless of where you live. I believe in taking that a step further, especially for those chilly winter months: an (almost) all-inclusive emergency kit.
Today, I give to you, my emergency kit.
- First Aid Kit – really, you should already have one of these. No judgment! Just get one now.
- Blanket – just a little something for you to keep warm with when you’re balls deep in a snow drift.
- Kitty Litter – “But I don’t have a cat,” you say. Well, it’s not for your cat. It’s for your car. Stuck? Just pour a little bit of these magic rocks to help your wheels gain traction.
- Shovel – Um. To dig yourself out, duh.
- Flashlight – It gets dark fast in the winter and I, for one, like to see!
- Flag/chemlite – something that you can leave on top of your car to signal to other drivers or emergency vehicles that, “Hey! I’m here! I need help!”
- Matches – Burn, baby, burn!
- Food! – Starvation sucks.
- Water – Dehydration also sucks.
I made a few alterations to my kit; I encourage you to do the same.
- Little heat packs – why not? Cold hands and feet are the worst. So is frostbite.
- Chapstick – because my lips hurt really bad
- My food cam in the form of an MRE. Bonus of being in the army, I have a nonperishable packet of food, perfect for an emergency kit such as this.
- Kleenexes – Something to wipe the “what the hell has happened to my life” tears.
If you have any suggestions, I welcome them! Stay warm and safe out there, my friends.