Winter Travel Plans are in the Bag


Winter is just around the corner, just in case you hadn’t noticed— and so are the holidays.  So here are a few tips to help you in case of an emergency.  If you had a summer "bug out” bag you have a head start on putting together a winter one.  The food, equipment and supplies should remain the same.  Only the clothes and heating elements will change.  If you haven’t put together a roadside emergency kit, then here is a list of things that could literally be life savers if you get stuck in a snowbank, slide off the road or get stuck with a road closer and have to wait until the coast is clear.  

CLOTHES:  Every member of the family should have these items packed in a bag that is clearly labeled with each family member’s name and located where it can be easily found and put in the car before you leave.  This eliminates the need to search for items at the last minute and forgetting something important.  There is nothing worse than finding yourself in a situation and not having what you need to keep your family warm and comfortable.
  • Heavy winter coat with hood and zip out liner
  • Water proof mittens
  • Knit gloves (to wear under mittens)
  • Knit ski hat and ear muffs
  • Heavy thermal socks
  • Light weight socks (to wear under thermal socks)
  • Water proof boots (big enough to fit over several pairs of socks)
  • Hooded sweat shirt (I recommend polar fleece)
  • Sweat pants (I recommend polar fleece)
  • Thermal or dry fit long-sleeved, turtle-neck under shirt
  • Thermal or dry fit underwear
EQUIPMENT:  Most of these items will fit in a small tool bag.  They should be kept in the car at all times if   possible, but if not, stored where they are easily seen and reached.  
  • Tow strap or chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Tools for fixing minor car repairs
  • Flares
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Leatherman’s tool
  • Folding shovel
  • Hatchet
  • Folding saw
  • Tire chains
  • Auxiliary battery
  • Jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Spare tire (fully inflated)
  • 350-500 watt inverter
FOOD:  Pack foods that your family likes and require no refrigeration and minimal cooking.  Have at least three days rations for each family member, including water.  This food plan allows you to feed your family during an evacuation, a day trip or a road trip to a distant destination.  These are just suggestions:  
  • Instant oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • Hot cocoa or cider packets
  • Granola bars
  • Instant soup packets
  • Crackers (store in airtight, water tight container)
  • Jif to go peanut butter
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

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