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You don’t have to shovel sunshine!

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:

  • blanket
  • 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.

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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!
 

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2 Responses to You don’t have to shovel sunshine!

  1. Jamie Baker December 16, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Car accidents are never fun – but to throw in cold weather, snow, and/or ice on top of it? No thank you. Glad you’re okay, Lauren!

  2. lauren December 16, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Jaime, I learned just a few weeks ago firsthand that this practice is smart. I was in a car accident and was just wearing a sweater so was really wishing I had a spare coat or sweatshirt as I was shivering. Thanks for suggesting all the items that I should have in the car for other instances.

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