Intro: Winter Car Kit -- Suggestions Needed
I am trying to put together a winter car kit. I have started my kit and have posted what I have in sections. I am hoping that you readers will leave suggestions and ideas from what you have in your kit. I have gone through the other kits on instructables but they are not quite what I was looking for. The closest instructable to what I want is the "Auto Emergency Survival Kit" https://www.instructables.com/id/Auto-Emergency-Survival-Kit/ as it really is a good instructable. The kit I am trying to put together is not so much survival- fishing gear and fire starters, it is more a kit to stay warm and comfortable if stranded in a blizzard or other situation. I also always have my cell phone on me with a charger in the car. Along with a subscription to AAA so a tow truck is available. But depending on the weather and number of accidents a tow can be a number of hours away. I know from personal experience. So please read and leave suggestions on what to add.
Step 1: Warmth
So its winter, or will be, and it is cold. So if the car gets stuck and am waiting for a tow truck the car will cool off. So to keep warm the engine can be ran or you can use what is in the kit. In winter I should be wearing a coat and gloves. To augment this I have purchased chemical heaters for body, hands, and feet. I purchased knock off Snuggies, because they were on clearance. I purchased a scarf, wool socks and plan on getting wool hats, and gloves. I also have an emergency candle that can be lit to provide a little heat to the car. Yes carbon monoxide can build and a window will be cracked if anything is being burned.
Step 2: Tools
For hand tools- Pocket chainsaw, multi-tool, weather radio, 5 in 1 whistle, and a folding shovel. The 5 in 1 whistle is a whistle, match holder, mirror, compass, and fire striker. The point of the packet chainsaw is to cut branches to either clear a path or put under the tires for traction. Also kitty litter for traction. I also plan on adding matches and a lighter.
Step 3: Food and Water
For food- I have two MREs with heaters. For water- foil water pouches, and a Spoork to eat with. Because the water pouches will be ice pouches I have included a Sterno type fuel cell and folding Sterno stove. I will also include something to melt the ice in other a mess kit, pot, or metal cup. The fuel cell is also designed to be burned as a heater. And yes carbon monoxide is an issue so if it is to be used, then a window will be cracked for fresh air, and with the chemical heaters and blankets I wont be using this as a heater.
Step 4: Hygiene
So for hygiene I plan on packing soap, alcohol gel sanitizer and wipes, and a TravelJohn just in case.
Step 5: Emergency
This is a kit for an accident. So besides the emergency auto kit that is already in the car. A fire extinguisher, tow rope, first aid kit, and emergency tent if the car is too destroyed in an accident the tent can be set up for shelter.
Step 6: Cost
I always like it if the cost of the instructable is listed so here it is along with where I got it:
Water- 0.23 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
MRE- 7.99 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Fuel Cell- 3.97 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Tow rope- 4.00 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Pocket Saw- 24.99 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Multi tool- 8.99 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Fire extinguisher- 19.99 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
5 in 1 whistle - 2.29 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Tent- 5.99 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Spoork- 2.48 http://mike.shelfreliance.com
Stove- 8 Sports Authority
Wool socks 9.75 Sports Authority
Weather radio-50.00 Eddie Bauer
scarf- 8.00 Eddie Bauer
Hand heaters- 2 Walgreens
Foot heaters- 2 big5sports
Body heaters-5.25 big5sports
Folding shovel 12 big5sports
Port a john 1.57 AutoZone
Total of 208.55 (some items were doubled for two people and added into total)
Step 7: Suggestions
So this is what I have thought of and I know I am missing things. What do you think should be added?