I am getting more comfortable recording the podcasts. I think you will find this one more interesting and me a lot more energetic. One thing that helps is this is a topic that I care a lot about.
Have a plan. The plan will be different for someone who works, shops, and lives within a 3 mile radius compared to someone like me who drives 26 miles each way to work and my plan will be different from someone who drives 45+ miles to work. Be realistic with your plan, if you are not in shape don’t think you will be able to walk 20 miles in a day especially in a situation where travel will be difficult.
You may need to find a place to stay if a sudden winter storm hits and you cannot get home. Even if all you have are the numbers to local hotels (if that is an option for you) you will still be ahead of most.
Have a change of clothes. A good heavy pair of thermal socks are a must have for me. I really like these Carhartt Men’s Artic Wool Heavy Boot Socks, Brown, X-Large .A good pair of either walking shoes or hiking boots/shoes. I suggest the hiking boots and ones that are waterproof are highest on the list, something like this Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot,Dark Brown,10 M US. A good heavy coat and even sweat shirt of thermal underwear are a good idea. This is even more important for those of you who work in an office and are expected to be in business attire at work. The last thing you want to do is have to walk home in loafers or heels.
Have water with you. I harp on this all the time with people. Have water, have water, have water. I don’t care if you have a plastic container or a stainless steel one, have water.
Have some food. For what we are talking about today you do not have to have freeze dried meals or MRE (meals ready to eat for those of you who have never been around military folk) in your bag, but you do need food. We are not really even used to being hungry at all in the US and the same is true for most first world countries. Beef jerky, trail mix, granola, are all fine choices, but the important thing is that you have some sort of food in your bag. I don’t care if they are Little Debbie snack cakes or Twinkies.
Have a way to start a fire. If you only live 3 miles from where you work and shop and never go anywhere else in the winter this one might not be that big a deal for you. For me it is very important. I suggest everyone have AT LEAST two ways to start a fire, you never know what you might run into. I like UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers – Orange as far as matches. I really like the little bic lighters that you can pick up at any convenience store and I personally carry 2 Pack Magnesium Fire Starter, this is not the same name brand I carry, I couldn’t find it on Amazon.
Have a Mylar Blanket. Just do it. They are not expensive and have tons of uses. Emergency Mylar Blanket 52″ x 84″ – Pack of 12 Blankets
Have a way to improvise shelter. Even if you only have something like this Stansport Reinforced Brown Rip-Stop Tarp, 5 x 7-Feet, you will be able to improvise shelter.
There you have it. Those are the things I mentioned in this episode of the podcast. I would love to hear from you.
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