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?
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:
- Get a blanket such as the Coghlans Emergency Blanket.
- 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.
- A bright neon safety vest. You’ll be easily seen at night.
- Bottled water in case you get stranded for a couple of hours. Staying hydrated is important.
- Non-perishable dried food.
- An emergency tool kit that includes a first aid kit, tow ropes, and jumper cables.
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- Compass and thermometer. I am loving this 2-in-1 compass and thermometer from Coghlans.
- 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.