How to Survive a Blizzard—Your Winter Driving Preparation Guide

Mar 2, 2013 • News4 Comments

We have a guest post by one of our latest GearExperts today, Esther, and she’s going to take us through some of the best gear for surviving winter weather.  Enjoy!

After driving through Tuesday’s winter storm here in northern Illinois, this island girl is thinking she needs to get prepared before another storm hits. I have a winter disaster kit at home but I don’t even have a blanket or a bottle of water in my car. What’s going to happen if I get stuck in a blizzard or my car decides to die in the middle of a snow storm?

Snow Gear

Don’t Get Stuck out in the snow without the right equipment!

After watching the Blizzard Preparation Kit Video (see above), I developed a list of essentials that commuters need in order to survive a winter storm:

  1. Get a blanket such as the Coghlans Emergency Blanket.
  2. Warm winter clothing. I recommend the Propper Defender Echo Fleece Jacket—a sleek, water proof, water resistant and bulk free layer.  The Camelbak Cold Weather glove is also great to keep in your glove compartment.
  3. A bright neon safety vest. You’ll be easily seen at night.
  4. Bottled water in case you get stranded for a couple of hours. Staying hydrated is important.
  5. Non-perishable dried food.
  6. An emergency tool kit that includes a first aid kit, tow ropes, and jumper cables.
  7. Flashlight with extra batteries.
  8. Compass and thermometer. I am loving this 2-in-1 compass and thermometer from Coghlans.
  9. A shovel to dig around your tires.

Hopefully you’ll find this list useful as you start building your own winter survival kit.  Leave a comment and let me know what other products you would include.

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4 Responses to How to Survive a Blizzard—Your Winter Driving Preparation Guide

  1. DUDLEY. FIELD says:


  2. Shawn Bayles says:

    Ok what is new Surefire has been making replacement forearms with lights for year for both Remington and Mossberg, problem is the cost low in being 300.00. You can get a replacement forearm with a rail and attach a 1 inch mount with a tac light a do the same thing. I set up 3 shotguns for what one would cost if I did a surefire replacement forearm.

  3. Brian says:

    That’s a great idea, and one we hope SureFire looks into as well! I will say this particular light is so ergonomic that an additional rail might make it too bulky, but there does seem to be room on the end for a rail. Maybe next years model will have further customization options.

  4. Brian says:

    This particular model and the intuitive and ergonomic design is what’s really new with the SureFire Mossberg Forend light. You certainly can buy a regular replacement forearm with a rail, but the great design on this light makes it much easier to turn on without changing your grip.

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