Well, I was hoping that the Ohio weather would hold off until Christmas, give a slight dusting, and then melt away to nothing. A girl can dream, right?
With going to class at night, I have found that I really need to make sure I have a Winter Survival Kit in my car. There have been a few scary nights in a barely lit, unbelievably icy parking lot that I thought I was going to have to camp out in my car. And then, I thought, how would I make it through the night?
I drove home, or more like skated home in my car, and decided that I needed some basics stored in my car for the Ohio winter season. Suggestions for a kit include:
- granola bars
- flashlight and batteries
- kitty litter (to help find traction on ice)
- First Aid kit
- candles and matches
- a small shovel
- a coffee can to melt snow for drinking
- gloves, hat, other warm apparel
This kit can be "adjusted" as needed, depending on the types of winters you may have. I have the majority of the items listed above kept in a small Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote in the hatch of my car. An important note is to keep the kit where you can easily access it - if your trunk isn't accessible from the inside of your car, you will want to keep it in the backseat.
You may want to contact your state's Department of Transportation for further suggested items in a Winter Survival Kit. Other websites that offer suggestions are: http://www.wilderness-survival-skills.com/car-survival-kit.html , http://family-travel-safety.suite101.com/article.cfm/winter_car_survival_kit , and http://www.ehow.com/how_4594748_pack-winter-survival-kit-car.html
Some pre-manufactured and packaged kits are available for purchase on www.amazon.com and http://planitsafety.com/productDetail.cfm?pid=83&cid=18.
Have a great winter and drive safe! And to all my warm-weathered friends, I envy your mild winters. You don't have
to shovel sunshine!