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The first thing to do as winter approaches is be sure you have stored a few key items in your car. If you wait until you need them to try to round them up, it will be too late. Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations:


    Bottled water (at least four quarts)

    Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars

    Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars

    Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles

    A flashlight with extra batteries

    First-aid kit

    Folding knife and multi-tool

    Emergency flares

    An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap

    Winter boots

    Toilet paper

    Cellphone and charger

    A space blanket

    A spare blanket or sleeping bag

    A portable radio with spare batteries

    Tow rope

    Nylon cord

    Flagging tape

    Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Other essential winter tools in severe weather country include jumper cables, a small shovel, tire chains and rock salt, sand or kitty litter to provide added traction when stuck on a slick surface.

If you?re leaving for an extended trip, always check weather and road conditions before departing. If poor conditions are forecast, you may consider postponing your trip. Also, let others know when you are leaving, which way you will be traveling and when you should arrive at your destination so they can alert authorities and provide them with solid information to help in finding you should the need arise. Fill your car with fuel and make frequent stops to stretch, relax and refill your tank, never allowing it to get much below a half tank. Should you become stuck and need to spend the night in your car, the ample gas will allow you to start your car throughout the night and run the heat for short intervals.

First call for help if you can?t get your car unstuck. Don?t overexert yourself and don?t leave your car and begin walking for help. You stand a much better chance of being found if you remain with your car, which can also provide the best shelter from the elements.

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You are aware its March right, and the article was from 14 months ago?

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Winter is approaching? But we just had one... DAMN GLOBAL WARMING!

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  •     Bottled water (at least four quarts) (Got)

  •     Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars (Got)

    Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars

    Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles (Got Lighter)

    A flashlight with extra batteries (Got on phone))

    First-aid kit

    Folding knife and multi-tool (Got)

    Emergency flares

    An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap

    Winter boots

    Toilet paper (Got)

    Cellphone and charger (Got)

    A space blanket 

    A spare blanket or sleeping bag

    A portable radio with spare batteries

    Tow rope (Got)

    Nylon cord (Got)

    Flagging tape

    Chemical hand and body warmer packets

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You are aware its March right, and the article was from 14 months ago?

We just had snow, and freezing temperatures.

 

And Winter still happens every year ;)

 

And cars do break down, often in remote areas, at any time.

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I was expecting to see that Top Gear segment in which James & Richard tried to live inside a Smart ForFour for 24 hours. :)

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Or you could just use common sense such as not taking a remote route of travel, let people know you're intended route, not travel during a blizzard.  

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I was expecting to see that Top Gear segment in which James & Richard tried to live inside a Smart ForFour for 24 hours. :)

Same here. I feel dissapointed now.

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Hello,

The first thing to do as winter approaches is be sure you have stored a few key items in your car. If you wait until you need them to try to round them up, it will be too late. Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations:

    Bottled water (at least four quarts)

    Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars

    Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars

    Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles

    A flashlight with extra batteries

    First-aid kit

    Folding knife and multi-tool

    Emergency flares

    An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap

    Winter boots

    Toilet paper

    Cellphone and charger

    A space blanket

    A spare blanket or sleeping bag

    A portable radio with spare batteries

    Tow rope

    Nylon cord

    Flagging tape

    Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Other essential winter tools in severe weather country include jumper cables, a small shovel, tire chains and rock salt, sand or kitty litter to provide added traction when stuck on a slick surface.

If you?re leaving for an extended trip, always check weather and road conditions before departing. If poor conditions are forecast, you may consider postponing your trip. Also, let others know when you are leaving, which way you will be traveling and when you should arrive at your destination so they can alert authorities and provide them with solid information to help in finding you should the need arise. Fill your car with fuel and make frequent stops to stretch, relax and refill your tank, never allowing it to get much below a half tank. Should you become stuck and need to spend the night in your car, the ample gas will allow you to start your car throughout the night and run the heat for short intervals.

First call for help if you can?t get your car unstuck. Don?t overexert yourself and don?t leave your car and begin walking for help. You stand a much better chance of being found if you remain with your car, which can also provide the best shelter from the elements.

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  •     Bottled water (at least four quarts) (Got)
  •     Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars (Got)
  •     Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
  •     Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles (Got Lighter)
  •     A flashlight with extra batteries (Got on phone))
  •     First-aid kit
  •     Folding knife and multi-tool (Got)
  •     Emergency flares
  •     An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
  •     Winter boots
  •     Toilet paper (Got)
  •     Cellphone and charger (Got)
  •     A space blanket 
  •     A spare blanket or sleeping bag
  •     A portable radio with spare batteries
  •     Tow rope (Got)
  •     Nylon cord (Got)
  •     Flagging tape
  •     Chemical hand and body warmer packets[/size]
Man, you guys markup make it hard to quote:

Bottled water (at least four quarts) Got it

Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars Got it, some gummies

Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars See above

Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles Good idea as I dont think I have

A flashlight with extra batteries Don't have it but want it

First-aid kit I dont see the need to, usually travel alone

Folding knife and multi-tool I have a folding knife alhtough I think its illegal to carry it in your car

Emergency flares Looked at getting some but I think they are not only illegal but expensive

An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap I usually am wearing a lot of layers of clothing like a onion so

Winter boots My boots are already winter boots

Toilet paper I have tissues

Cellphone and charger I have my phone and my car charges it

A space blanket Looked it up, very intresting. Will have to look up prices for this

A spare blanket or sleeping bag Got a blanket AND a small pillow

A portable radio with spare batteries A one way or two way radio? A radio to hear I dont see much point

Tow rope Towing another car here is illegal

Nylon cord Bungie jumping???

Flagging tape Dont have, no intrest

Chemical hand and body warmer packets Want this too

Jumper cables should be included here WITHOUT A DOUBT.

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And here I am driving around rural areas every winter with none of those.  Rock on.

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yeah mine aint winter stuff, they are just in my car anyway lol

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having female company :shifty:

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Hello,

 

 

Man, you guys markup make it hard to quote:

Bottled water (at least four quarts) Got it

Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars Got it, some gummies

Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars See above

Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles Good idea as I dont think I have

A flashlight with extra batteries Don't have it but want it

First-aid kit I dont see the need to, usually travel alone

Folding knife and multi-tool I have a folding knife alhtough I think its illegal to carry it in your car

Emergency flares Looked at getting some but I think they are not only illegal but expensive

An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap I usually am wearing a lot of layers of clothing like a onion so

Winter boots My boots are already winter boots

Toilet paper I have tissues

Cellphone and charger I have my phone and my car charges it

A space blanket Looked it up, very intresting. Will have to look up prices for this

A spare blanket or sleeping bag Got a blanket AND a small pillow

A portable radio with spare batteries A one way or two way radio? A radio to hear I dont see much point

Tow rope Towing another car here is illegal

Nylon cord Bungie jumping???

Flagging tape Dont have, no intrest

Chemical hand and body warmer packets Want this too

Jumper cables should be included here WITHOUT A DOUBT.

It's illegal to have a folding knife in your car? What is the world coming to?!?

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This list is insane.  It was either written by a woman who packs 20 suitcases for an overnight stay or by someone who thinks the world will end if you're stuck.

 

The human body can survive for 2 months without solid food.  It can survive for 2 weeks without water.  You're stuck for roughly 12 hours max.  Unless the temp is below 0 degrees F, you'll survive just fine, even if you run out of gas for heat.

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Unless you're going off-roading in the middle of the wilderness, none of this stuff is really necessary.

I probably wouldn't worry about any of it unless I was going somewhere without cellphone reception.

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This list is insane.  It was either written by a woman who packs 20 suitcases for an overnight stay or by someone who thinks the world will end if you're stuck.

 

The human body can survive for 2 months without solid food.  It can survive for 2 weeks without water.  You're stuck for roughly 12 hours max.  Unless the temp is below 0 degrees F, you'll survive just fine, even if you run out of gas for heat.

You'll make it roughly 5 days without water. Try sleeping outside in temperatures below 32F and see if you make it. Unless you're moving around you won't be alive in the morning.

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This list is insane.  It was either written by a woman who packs 20 suitcases for an overnight stay or by someone who thinks the world will end if you're stuck.

 

The human body can survive for 2 months without solid food.  It can survive for 2 weeks without water.  You're stuck for roughly 12 hours max.  Unless the temp is below 0 degrees F, you'll survive just fine, even if you run out of gas for heat.

From what I could find with about 20 minutes of research. If you are in good physical shape and not in extreme temperature situation at either end of the spectrum cold/hot you can survive 6-8 days max without water. 8 weeks or 2 months without food seems to be accurate. I however would not test the water theory either way as dehydration effects on the mind can onset early in the process.

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Ive been homeless a few times and i've slept in my car many a cold night, its not fun even with covers.

 

Unless you're going off-roading in the middle of the wilderness, none of this stuff is really necessary.

I probably wouldn't worry about any of it unless I was going somewhere without cellphone reception.

Natural disasters could happen where there's wide spread power outages, stores being closed due to the power outages and or destroyed. If you are on a road trip and it happens at-least you'd have some food for a few days. It may be a slim possibility but it never hurts to be prepared. I keep a backpack full of food, multiple fire starting methods and first aid. 

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Hello,

It's illegal to have a folding knife in your car? What is the world coming to?!?

Yup, in some parts of the world, depending on length (some "folding knifes" are very long), they are illegal...

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Bit OTT really...

 

We have a shovel, blanket and some other sensible stuff like jump leads but that's about it.

 

I prefer to rely on a well maintained vehicle and proper driving ability to avoid mishaps in the first place.

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You'll make it roughly 5 days without water. Try sleeping outside in temperatures below 32F and see if you make it. Unless you're moving around you won't be alive in the morning.

Already have.  Also slept in a hole in the ground during heavy down pour - waking up with half my body stuck in the mud, all courtesy of the US Army.  

 

By the way - snow and ice melts.  And a human can survive longer than 5 days without water.  But then again - you're in a car, on the road, stuck.  Exactly how many days do you think you'd be there without a single plow or power company truck driving by, let alone not one single car?  

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Flares aren't illegal as long as you are doing right and flare it up & place them on the road near your broke-down car for emergency. Depends on the law in your area. I have a few of them. These flares can alert the drivers and have them to slow down.

 

It is illegal to play around with it.

 

 

Bit OTT really...

 

We have a shovel, blanket and some other sensible stuff like jump leads but that's about it.

 

I prefer to rely on a well maintained vehicle and proper driving ability to avoid mishaps in the first place.

Shovel?  Are you burying somebody?

 

lol

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Flares aren't illegal as long as you are doing right and flare it up & place them on the road near your broke-down car for emergency. Depends on the law in your area. I have a few of them. These flares can alert the drivers and have them to slow down.

 

It is illegal to play around with it.

 

 

Shovel?  Are you burying somebody?

 

lol

I live in Canada. Nearly everyone has a shovel in their trunk (or should have) unless they enjoy getting stuck in snow.

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Already have. Also slept in a hole in the ground during heavy down pour - waking up with half my body stuck in the mud, all courtesy of the US Army.

By the way - snow and ice melts. And a human can survive longer than 5 days without water. But then again - you're in a car, on the road, stuck. Exactly how many days do you think you'd be there without a single plow or power company truck driving by, let alone not one single car?

You must have been a part of the old Army then, because the Army I'm in you can walk outside when it's below 32 without full GENIII top and bottom, winter boots, gloves, and beanie. And you're definitely not going to the field without all three pieces of your sleep system. Go US Army Alaska!

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I live in Canada. Nearly everyone has a shovel in their trunk (or should have) unless they enjoy getting stuck in snow.

 

Sure.. you use that excuse and you won't tell anyone that you bury someone.. lol

 

:p

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