The Storm Is Here – Necessary Items for Winter Travel

The last couple weeks there’s been snow storms around the world. Today our area is getting hit with a storm.

Fortunately for myself, I’m not working today and don’t have to leave the house. Unfortunately my husband had to leave to get to work. He left early this morning and it wasn’t storming too much. Right now, a few hours later the storm has picked up and it’s snowing and blowing quite a bit. Not sure how his drive home will be later today.

Yesterday in surrounding areas, there was freezing rain and snow. That combination is never good. Roads get closed, school buses don’t run, people can’t get to work, it’s a big mess. I feel fortunate that we live in a part of the world that gets snow regularly and we are equipped to remove that snow without much problem.

A good idea if you have to travel while it’s storming, is to always have a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit doesn’t have to be store bought, you can get these items from your home and keep them in a container of some sort. If you happen to hit the ditch or get stranded, you should have these items with you:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • water
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • snack food – energy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks, mitts, ski pants, boots
  • First aid kit (if you do happen to get minor injuries)
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency reflectors

These items can help you if you are stuck for a few minutes or if you have to wait for a couple of hours. Your plan is to keep warm and wait for help and stay calm.

One year I wasn’t prepared and got stuck in some snow. My tires were spinning and I couldn’t get traction. I didn’t have salt, sand or cat litter. I did use the rubber floor mat to get traction and got out of that snow. After that incident I always have a survival kit in my truck. Luckily I haven’t needed it.

Today I did venture outside for a few minutes. First to plug in the tractor so we can clear the yard and driveway out later today after it stops snowing. Second to check my cats. I have three outdoor cats that live and sleep in an insulated dog house. I’ve put a heat lamp in there for them and they are toasty warm.

I’ll probably shovel snow later since the drifts are getting quite high around the house. For right now, I’m enjoying a cup of hot chocolate as I catch up on laundry and watch those fluffy snowflakes fall. For me watching snowflakes fall never gets old. The fresh blanket of snow covering the earth is cleansing. There’s no use getting upset with the snow, we always know we’re going to get storms in March because it’s not springtime yet. We just have to deal with it as best we can.

Take care everyone and be safe!
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