Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cold Weather Considerations

It got bitterly cold here this weekend, and looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future. With cold weather comes certain considerations that need to be taken into account. If you're from a place that doesn't get hard winters, or are traveling through a place that does, or just need a refresher, then this is for you.

I've shown off the contents of my Car Survival Kit, but cold weather brings some additions.

Blankets: When the weather turns, I add a couple extra wool blankets to my truck. Some folks prefer sleeping bags, because they keep you warmer. I lean towards blankets, for a bit more versatility and utility. Wool blankets from a thrift store are cheap and work great.

Clothes: I keep a spare set of clothes in the truck in the winter, including a coat and socks. Being cold and wet is miserable at best, and can make for a quick trip to hypothermia.

Boots: A good pair of waterproof boots can help stave off the cold and wet I mentioned. Personally all my boots are waterproof, but for someone like my wife, a pair of boots or overshoes are a necessary seasonal shift. Be sure to check them and make sure they're still waterproof each year.

Lights: Cold weather wreaks havoc on batteries. Make sure they still work.

Chains or Cables: If you have snow chains or cables, check them to make sure they're still in good shape, and that you know how to use them.

Tires: Cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure, so check them regularly and air them up as needed. Check your tread as well, or have your favorite tire shop do it for you.

Don't stay *too* frosty out there.


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