Survival Guide: Essential Winter Kit

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There are some things you should always have on hand in winter. So do yourself a favor and store these things inside your car or pack some into your backpack, because it doesn’t hurt to be prepared when the rain comes down!

A Blanket

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Now is ample blanket weather, so roll or fold up a blanket to make the perfect edition to your car kit. Get cold? Bring out the blanket. Locked yourself outside the house? Bring out the blanket. Soaked through? Bring out the blanket. Find an injured animal? Bring out the blanket. The uses are endless and you won’t regret it. 

Dog Blanket 

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Don’t leave your best friend in the cold and make sure they have something to rug up in when the thunder clouds start rolling in. 

First-Aid Kit

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If you aren’t a qualified doctor or nurse it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you have what you need, when you need it, until you can get to the people who you need! Have the basics:

  • Band-aids
  • Gauze/bandages 
  • Bandage tape 
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Pain killers 
  • Bottled water
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers 
  • Sterilized scissors
  • Disposable gloves
  • Thermometer 
  • Instant heatpack
  • Instant ice pack
  • Paper towel

Add anything specific to you in your kit.  

Torch

Phone batteries can’t always be trusted and anything can happen if you’re caught in a storm. Buy a good quality torch and you won’t regret a little more light when you’re in a dark place. 

Umbrella

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You can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh… It’s logic that when rainy season hits, you have an umbrella in the car. Go buy yourself a small one to fit inside your bag and a big one to put in your boot, that way you’ll have a spare in case one breaks or a friend needs one, or even a stranger, because we all have those days.  

Thermos

Fill up your thermos with whatever you fancy, be it a soup or beverage, and enjoy a hot drink wherever you go, whenever you feel like it. It’s travel safe and lasts a whole lot longer than a mug.  

Spare Change of Clothes

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If you have an important meeting or a special event it doesn’t look good when you arrive soaking wet, or if you just don’t like feeling frozen and forgot to wear enough layers, keep spare clothes in the car. Don’t forget to pack the essentials! Beanie, socks and gloves included.  

Portable Charger

You won’t want to be running to use a payphone in winter. Make sure you have a portable phone charger! It’s one of the handiest things to have but a lot of people don’t have one. Get one for when you go out and you won’t need to look for a power plug any time soon. 

Water

It’s easy to get dehydrated in the cool months because we don’t feel extremely thirsty. From dehydration you’ll feel tired, have a headache and be vulnerable to the cold and flu virus. So basically, water in winter is a winner.   

Tissue Box

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No one wants to be caught without some tissues while their nose is dripping non-stop, it’s not a pretty picture. Even if you don’t have a cold, winter might just send Jack Frost to come nipping at your nose, and when he does, you’ll be ready. 

Moisturizer and Sanitizer 

Make it so that you don’t have to deal with dry sore skin this winter. Put a small tube of moisturizer in your bag or store it in the car for easy access and feel more comfortable in your skin. Also keep a small tube or pump bottle of sanitizing gel to kill the cold before it begins.  

Car Window Breaker Tool

You’re probably thinking that this is a tad extreme. But it doesn’t hurt to buy a small tool that could save your life, not only in winter with the wet roads, but all year round. Once you do have one, store it inside the car where you can easily access it in an emergency, it will be no help to anyone in the boot.  

 

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