Sorry Game of Thrones fans, today’s post is not related. We are talking about preparing for Fall’s winter storms. We at Quinndefense have done all the heavy lifting for you by creating a list of items you should have in your vehicle to do battle with nature’s elements. Don’t worry, we will provide “why?” with each item as well.

But first, let us put to bed a common question asked by kids and adults alike:

Is eating snow ok when thirsty?
Answer: No!

Snow is cold and will make your insides… yes cold! Your already cold body then has to work even harder to warm up that cold snow just to get the energy from it. Another way to look at it is the ratio from snow to water is around 10 to 1, so you are putting your body through a lot just for a small return in water. However, if you are desperately dehydrated, and need a quick fix, then eating small amounts of snow would be ok. Always try to warm snow first, even if that means using your body temperature!

With that out-of-the-way, let us now pack your vehicle with our list of must haves this winter:

  1. Purified Water – It is always good to have purified drinking water in your car year round, even in the winter. A person can survive three to five days without water and must people consume approx 8 glasses (64 ounces) per day. Plan accordingly to family size as well.  Don’t feel like packing high quality H20? Bring an empty bottle and start packing it with snow. Use A/C or body heat to melt.
  2. MRE Food – MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are perfect for fighting hunger. With a long shelf life, you never have to worry about going hungry.
  3. Emergency Blankets – If you are in a situation where you have to stay in your vehicle for help but are low on gas, turn off your engine and grab a blanket! This will not only keep everyone warm until help arrives, but will fuel by not having to use the A/C for warmth.
  4. Shovel – Shovels come in handy for digging things up, especially snow! Grab a shovel to get your vehicle unstuck. If getting unstuck is not possible, keep your vehicles grill and exhaust pipe clear so you can run your A/C if needed. Otherwise, you will run the risk of carbon monoxide coming inside your vehicle.
  5. First-Aid Kit – For common injuries that need attending too.
  6. Dash Camera – Having a dash camera may not necessarily save your life, but it can tell your side of the story in a potential car accident. With ice on the road, it is common for vehicles to play slip and slide all over the road. You will want a trusted pair of “eyes” to protect you when the police show up asking questions.
  7. Jump Starter – If you ever experienced a dead battery on the side of the road, you can understand how fustrating it can be.


That is all for this week and be safe out there!



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