About this time two years ago, our area got some unexpected weather. By the time I was able to leave work and get my son, our normal 12 minute drive home took over an hour. It made me realize how ill-prepared I am had I been stuck in a worse situation. This same weather event had others in our area trapped in their cars overnight! And shame on me because 99% of the time I’m in the car, my son is with me!
Here are some items that may help you make sure you are prepared for a “worst-case scenario”:
Keep blankets in the car or the trunk of the car. If you want to save space get a few emergency mylar thermal blankets. They take up very little space until you need them.
Right now you can get Kangaroo Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) for $8.95 on Amazon. (Amazon prices do change with no notice!)
- Emergency Thermal Blanket provides convenient easy protection in all cold or warm weather states
- Size of each blanket when opened – 54 inches x 84 inches or each thermal blanket is 4 1/2 by 7 Feet
- Manufactured from the best Weatherproof Material
- 10 Emergency Blankets per order
- Maintains 90% of body heat inside during disasters
These would be great to keep in the car year-round!
First Aid & Special Medications
These are also things that you need anytime – not just in the winter!
If you require special medications (inhaler, insulin, etc) do you carry that with you always? You need too! I know people that were stranded in this snowstorm for 12 hours. What would happen if you didn’t have your medication for 12 hours?
Contact lens wearers need to consider carrying a spare pair of contacts or always having your glasses with you. I know if I lost my contacts just on a regular day there would be no way I’d be getting home!
Cold Weather Gear
Buy everyone a toboggan and pair of gloves and toss them in a large Ziploc bag with an extra pair of socks and keep them with the blankets.
Tissues, Toilet Paper and/or Baby Wipes
‘Cause you just never know…
This is another thing you need all the time. Just for cold weather. Two tools in one:
- Window Breaking Hammer
- Seat Belt Cutter with Recessed Razor Blade
Flashlights and Extra Batteries
Another good one to keep at all times, not just the winter, is a flashlight and extra batteries.
Or these Wind-Up Flashlightswould be a good idea too! Then you wouldn’t have to worry about batteries!
What else would you add to your car emergency/snow day preparedness kit?