So I’ve been reading about the snow all over the rest of the country. People stuck in their cars for 18 hours. No power. Stories of all kinds. I don’t want to make little of it, because it is/was scary for people who were thrust into less-than-ideal situations, especially those who were stranded in vehicles. I read quite a few articles about people stuck overnight on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive and being cold, hungry, etc.
To those people who were stuck: whywhywhywhy do you not have a survival kit in your car? Especially when you had plenty of warning that this storm was coming. It’s so easy. At the very least keep a blanket, jug of water, and a box of granola bars in the car. Do it. Do it now.
I keep my survival kit that I was forced to buy when I moved into the dorms in college. There’s all the typical items in there: water pouches, food bars, blankets, human waste bags (you have to pee somewhere!), light sticks, first aid kid, dust mask, and a whistle. It’s all packaged in an equally useful bright red backpack for visibility. It gets tossed into every car my husband and I have owned. Easy.
Why don’t you have one?
Other useful items to keep in cars: car phone charger, flashlight, small pillow, matches, blank paper, rain ponchos, battery powered radio, necessary medication (remember to replace if it expires), baby wipes, extra set of car keys, duct tape, pocket knife, clothing, handheld fan, and items for entertainment.
I’m not one to excessively worry about disaster, but they are a reality. In the PNW we have earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and snowy mountain passes. Some people did end up stranded in the little snow storm we had right before Thanksgiving. As small as it was, it still was rather disastrous for unsuspecting drivers. As unlikely as it is for you to ever be stranded in your car, this is such a painfully easy thing to do that you would be stupid not to do it.
P.S. The one thing I’m not sure of, is what do you do if you’re stranded on a bus?