Anyone who lives in the US, especially the northern portion, should know how to make an emergency car kit.
It’s been a cold, long, and snowy winter already, and the catch is that it’s just getting started. The year may be drawing to a close and winter may have only been officially happening now for about a week, but the snow arrived early this year, and from the looks of it, it’s here to stay for a while. For many people, such weather is a sign that it’s time to go into a sort of hibernation routine, staying inside as often as possible and trying to avoid the cold. For hunters, ice fishermen, or other outdoor enthusiasts, the outdoor activities never stop. The winter, far from being a reason to call it a year, is actually just an excuse to switch to different activities.
However, if you do plan on spending a reasonable amount of time outside over the next few months, then you are going to need to have a few survival plans in place. From overturned fishing boats to broken tree stands, fishing and hunting are inherently more dangerous than many other sports. Winter only exacerbates the elements of danger in these activities, bringing cold into the equation and turning something like getting stranded in the woods into a much harsher crucible than it would be in the spring or summer. Make no mistake, it’s cold out there, and if you don’t start building a survival plan now, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble at some point in the next few months.
One great safety tactic you can take is to turn your vehicle into a virtual survival hotspot. If you frequently travel to and from hunting or fishing spots, your car can serve greatly as an emergency shelter – even if the vehicle itself is stuck, out of gas, or hampered by a dead battery. Indeed, a car that can’t move is still an asset to have if you find yourself stranded in the winter, but it won’t do much good if you don’t make an active effort to turn it into a survival hub. Cars get cold quickly, and while they’re great for keeping you dry and safe from the snow, they won’t keep you warm. Stocking your car with sleeping bags, blankets, and extra winter gear will go a long way in keeping you warm and alive in case of emergency.
Staying warm is the primary goal of a winter survival kit, but it isn’t the only step. You will also need drinking water, food, water purification tablets, and other items for sustenance. The food and water part of the equation can be difficult in the winter, as you will need items that won’t freeze. Insulated water bottles designed to prevent freezing are available and can be a good way to go. As for foods, soft and dry stuff works the best. It may not be appetizing, but it will get the job done if you find yourself in a survival situation. Crackers, nuts, granola bars, trail mix, and other snack foods can round out your survival kit food supply.