Tis The Season For Winter Weather Kits

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With winter on its way and holiday road trips just around the corner, probably not a bad time to review what's needed for a good winter weather kit. For those of you above the Mason-Dixon line, you never know when a weekend drive to a friend's house can end up with you having to snuggle with your buddy Greg while the two of your ride out a bilzzard. If you're unlucky, you could end up alone in the middle-of-nowhere. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has assembled a pretty good list, which is included below

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• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Basic first-aid kit
• Necessary medications
• Pocket knife
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Extra clothes (include rain gear, mittens, socks)
• High-calorie, non-perishable foods (dried fruits, nuts, canned food)
• Non-electric can opener
• Container of water
• Shovel
• Sand for generating traction
• Tire chains or traction mats
• Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
• Tow rope
• Brightly colored cloth to utilize as a flag

Is there anything you like to carry with you on a winter trip? Portable heater? PSP? [N I&M]

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You guys can mock the winter weather all you want, but there is only a few states that I will live in the US. Lets start with all of New England, parts of New York (Long Island, New York Metro, Greater Albany Metro), Perts of Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Parts of New Mexico, Northeast Arizona, Oregon, Washington State, and Northern California. You could't pay me to move anywhere in the Southeast, Midwest, or parts of the Southwest. And forget that big midsection of the US from Ohio to Montana.

So I put up with the (relatively) mild winters, great spring, super autumn, and not all that bad summer. I have no Hurricanes to worry about, no real threat from Tornadoes, absolutely no earthquake activity, just enough rain to keep water supplies ample, and beautiful back country roads in the hills of New York and New England to take advantage of!