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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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The Best Vegetables to Grow and Preserve for Winter


Best vegetables to grow and preserve for winterBy A. Page

You’re probably thinking, why start thinking about gardening when winter is just around the corner? Well, because you have plenty of time to decide what vegetables you want to grow and how you can preserve them for next winter.  Canning isn’t for everyone, but there are various vegetables that can help you and your family out during the next winter season. Whether you use them from pickling, relish, soups, or just want to freeze them for later use, these vegetables are sure to make the long run.

Spinach

Spinach has always had a reputation for being incredibly be good for you.  Its an early garden vegetable that comes packed with nutrients that keep you going.  Best of all, its easily preserved and frozen.  All you need to do is boil your spinach in salter water until it becomes tender.  After that, drain it and put it in freezer bags.  If you can seal it or can it, better yet.  Even if you just stick it in the freezer, spinach will keep for up to an entire year.

Cucumbers

Who doesn’t love a classic pickle?  You can make them sweet, sour, or both.  They’re a treat all year round for people everywhere.  If you’re planning to pickle some cucumbers, make sure you do so shortly after you pick them.  Cucumbers have a tendency to get mushy during temperature changes, and a little time sitting on the counter could ruin the process entirely.

Tomatoes

There are many methods for the storage of tomatoes.  You can plan when they’ll ripe, or can them.  Regardless of your method, tomatoes are a great staple for stew and pastas no matter what time of year it is.  You can even make some recipes before hand and freeze the finished product.

Green Beans

Beans are full of protein and easily stored.  Whether you freeze or can them, they will maintain the same great taste no matter how you store them.  Your first harvest will be plentiful, and production will slow down from there.  Keep that in mind when setting away your stock.

Carrots

Carrots are another one of those vegetables that grow and store easily. Can or freeze, carrots are a crop that will last you the entire winter.  You can cut them however you please, just keep in mind that the smaller they get, the more juice they will absorb and less time they’ll need to spend on the stove top.

Planning ahead now will make for a great harvest next year.  Sometimes the hardest part of gardening and preserving, is getting started.  Take the time while your trapped inside this winter to think about the coming season.