Top 10 Winter Survival Tips

by Jane VanOsdol on October 26, 2011

With the first big snow storms hitting the Rockies, it’s not too long before the rest of us will be dealing with the cold stuff too! Instead of winter hitting you unprepared this year, why not take a little time to get ready for the season ahead of us?

Top 10 Winter Survival Tips

  1. Put together a survival kit for your car. If you travel much in the winter, you really should have a survival kit just in case you get stuck. Necessities like food, water and a blanket are a few of the things that should be in your kit. For a complete list, look at this video from YouTube: http://youtu.be/q6L4lA4qAVg.
  2. Purchase a generator. If your area is prone to losing power, buy a generator now. If you wait until the big storm, there’ll be a run on them at the stores, and you won’t be able to find one when you need one.
  3. Stock up on salt or de-icer for your driveway and sidewalks. The last thing you need is a nasty fall on a slick driveway. Get your supplies in order so you’re ready for icy conditions.
  4. Schedule your snow removal service now. Early-season customers often get faster service, so don’t wait until late in the season to sign up. Especially if you are a first responder or doctor, be sure you get on the list soon.
  5. Clean out your gutters. Don’t start the winter season with your gutters filled with leaves. It will cause big problems when snow and ice hits. Clean them out now to avoid problems later.
  6. Throw a bag of kitty litter in the back of your car. You may not have a cat, but if you find yourself stuck in a drift left by the snow plow that just went by, you’ll be able to use that bag of kitty litter to help you get some traction in the snow.
  7. Use a programmable thermostat. More than a convenience, using a programmable thermostat may save you a few dollars. This allows you to set your heat to designated temperatures at different times of the day and night. While you may forget to turn your heat down when you go to bed, your programmable thermostat won’t. You can also set your heat to warm up the house 15 minutes before you get up in the mornings. Say good-bye to the cold dash to the thermostat each morning.
  8. Purchase a snow blower, snow shovel and sled now. Most people wait until the first big snow storm and then have little if any inventory from which to choose. Beat the rush and get yours now.
  9. Caulk around your windows. Go outside and check the sealing around your windows. If you notice gaps, you’ll probably want to seal them up to prevent cold air from seeping in and heat from escaping your home.

10. Finally, stock up on cold and flu medication, soups, and tea. If sickness hits you, it’s nice to have what you need in the house and not have to run out when you’re not feeling well.

Being prepared will help you survive—and thrive—during this winter season.

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