Most North Dakotans likely know that their car should be equipped with some sort of winter survival kit. But just what should you be keeping in your vehicle as you traveling during the cold winter months? The North Dakota DOT and MWLO recommend that your winter survival kit include the following items:
- Several blankets or a sleeping bag and warm clothing, such as parka, boots, long underwear, heavy socks, mittens, ski mask.
- A source of heat, such as a multiple wick candle can heater. It is best to also have matches to light your candle, because some lighters won’t work in extreme cold.
- Water and a metal container suitable for melting ice or snow to be used for drinking water.
- A radio and flashlight with extra batteries.
- Food, such as hard candy, jellybeans, raisins, nuts, candy bars, dehydrated fruit, and jerky.
- Something to read to help keep you awake.
- A folding cup.
- Toilet tissue.
- Bright red or orange cloth and whistle to signal help.
- Nylon rope.
Use these tips and you’ll be sure stay safe no matter your situation. You’d rather be over-prepared than under-prepared!
Do you have a winter survival kit? What else do you keep in yours that we didn’t mention in this blog post?