Winter Survival Kit
It is that time of the year when people should be prepared for a winter emergency. The temperatures are getting colder and many people will be traveling during the holidays. Most people travel where there is quite a bit of traffic or cell phone coverage, but in extreme temperatures or rare cases they may find themselves waiting for help to arrive. I had the opportunity to think about this a couple of times last week. One opportunity arose when I got Abby out to the bus stop just a couple of minutes late. The bus was no longer waiting for us on our road so I had to drive 10 miles down to the next bus stop to catch it. Of course I wasn’t planning on driving 10 miles and since I get my car all warmed up before we leave, I usually don’t wear a jacket. When I get home from dropping Abby off I usually hop on the treadmill, so I just wear tennis shoes. Luckily I managed to stay on the road and everything turned out fine, but had I gone into the ditch at that time of the day with the temperature below zero it could have been a problem. Another opportunity popped up when a neighbor and I met on our side road. He was coming up the hill and I was heading down, with the slippery conditions we nearly hit, and as he kept going, I ended up stuck in the ditch. I didn’t want to walk the 7/10 of a mile back home and bother Mike, so I decided to dig the car out of the snowbank. An hour later, sweaty and tired, I tried to drive it out. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough weight in the vehicle and it wouldn’t budge. So, I proceeded to walk back home and get Mike and Don to pull the vehicle out. Luckily I was dressed for the cold temperatures this time, but I still didn’t have good snow boots on. I like to keep an extra warm jacket, snow pants, scarf, hat, mittens, and boots in the back of my vehicle. I usually put in a kit with matches, fire starter, a lighter, toilet paper, high energy snack, and a flashlight. It’s nice to have a folding shovel and some dirt or kitty litter in the vehicle as well. I plan on getting this together before we travel to St. Cloud for the holidays. I’m sure I won’t have any more problems this year, especially when I’m prepared for it. Travel safely!