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Winter Survival Car Kit and which items to include


Winter survival car kit

Don’t get stranded without your winter survival car kit

By A. Page

As winter comes around, new situations and emergencies become possible. From frigid weather, to slippery roads the streets seem to be the most dangerous place for us to be in the winter. Unfortunately, work and obligations won’t stop just because the weather gets bad. In the event of an emergency, having a Winter Survival Kit for you car could ultimately save your life, and your passenger’s life.

Here is a list of things you should include in your winter survival car kit:

-A Shovel. If you’re put in a situation where you need to dig your car out of deep snow, you don’t want to be doing it with your hands.

-Road Salt or Cat Litter. This is great for traction, because after you dig yourself out,  you’re bound to have issues moving out of that spot.

-A Flashlight with Extra Batteries. If anything happens at night, you’ll want more than your cell phone light to illuminate the way.

-A First Aid Kit. This is an obvious one, if you are hurt in a crash or slide you’re going to want a first aid kit.

-Matches and Small Candles. Fire can sometimes be hard to attain in winter, having matches and candles ensures that even if your flashlight batteries all disappear, you have something to guide the way by.

-Raisins and Candy Bars. When blood sugars get low, it becomes harder to tolerate the cold. If you’re in a position where you have to wait for help, having something to keep your sugars up will prevent you from passing out.

-Back-Up Medications. If you have any special medications that you need every day, make sure you pack back up supplies so that you don’t miss a pill.

-Emergency Flares. Not all accidents happen close to town, and the further you go out of town the harder it is to see. Flares will make sure help can see you.

-Extra Blankets and Mittens. Or scarves and sleeping bags. If you find yourself sitting, or even off road, you must remain warm. Hypothermia can be a very real thing.

-Water. A heavy irony of winter is though you’re surrounding by water, you can’t drink any of it. Hydration is always important.

-Battery Powered Radio. If your phone isn’t charged and the car’s electrical systems have gone out, what are you going to do? Have a battery powered radio that you can contact the outside world with.

-A Pen and Pencil. If you need to write down important information, you’ll ahem the ability.

Depending on your needs, you may want to include more things than are listed here. When an emergency arises, its important to stay calm and in control of whats happening around you.  Call 911 if possible, and if you cannot make an educated decision on whether or not to leave your car.  If you decide you must leave your vehicle be sure to write down your name, address, and next destination.  Nothing could be more frightening that aid finding an abandoned car, and have no idea where the people are.  The most important factor of all, is remaining calm and collected. Overexertion helps no one, and your goal is to survive.

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Everyday Survival Tools


Everyday survival tools

By A. Page

Being prepared doesn’t have to mean carrying around large bags and kits that cover every last thing you could imagine. Though its good to have these expansive kits, creating an everyday kit that can fit in your purse or pockets is the ultimate amenity for those who admit the struggle between man and the wild, is very real.

 

Here are eight everyday survival tools that are bound to come in handy, whether your hiking or waiting for the bus.

Metal Encased Flint. You never know when you’ll need to start a fire, or when you’ll want to impress your friends. Metal encased flint is extremely sturdy and will not cut your pocket, or worse, your leg.  Most are made with a built-in striker, and several other amenities.

A Survival Card.  A survival card is about the size of a playing card and includes many features that cut the amount of gear you’d normally carry ten fold.  A can opener, flat head screwdriver, rules, bottle opener, wrench, saw blade, and ancillary indicator are among the most common amenities these survival cards have to offer.  The best part?  It fits in your wallet.

A Solar Flashlight.  A solar flashlight protects you from common flashlight problems, water damage and dead batteries.  Most operate on a full time charge after just a few hours of charge. Its a great tool to keep on your keyring, and LEDs are sure to illuminate any issues you may be having.

Alcohol Prep Pads.  This is an obvious tool for antiseptic purposes, but another use for this common product is fire-starting.  If you’ve forgotten your flint, taking a lighter to an alcohol prep pad is a great way to start a fire, even in the worst conditions.

Waterproof Pill Boxes.  Of course these boxes are great for storing meds, but they can also be a great place to keep your strike-anywhere matches.  They’re air tight and can be attached to your car keys.

An Emergency Whistle. Whether you’re in the woods or out in public, having a whistle that has a high decibel can save you in a tight spot.  Most come with added compartments, which is a great place to store back-up pills or a needle and some strings.

A Metalized Polyester Blanket. This emergency blanket is unique in the fact that it can be folded down to the size of a deck of cards. When the gas-lines pop or a car accident leaves you in the cold, this lightweight and flexible material reflects up to 90% of body heat. This is a must have for any and every survival kit.

A Foldable Water Bottle. Carrying around your aluminum two-quart water bottle can get a little old.  Getting a collapsible water bottle is ergonomic for your everyday life.  When you’re finished with the contents, this water bottle fits away in your pocket or purse.

Not every day is a day to carry around a fifty pound bag, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon survival tools altogether.  You never know when you’ll need them, and its always better to be prepared than be forced to rely on others when a crisis (even a minor one) occurs.