There are many survival tips out there, many of them contradict each other and can easily make our head spin. Like A Local has done a great job compiling some great winter survival tips that can keep you on your toes come spring. Here are some of our favorite ones.
First, if you live in an area where there is any chance of ice, like Toronto or Niagara Falls for instance, make sure you have your emergency water supply with you at all times. You will need to have some canned goods on hand to last a few days. You also want to have a good first aid kit with you too. One of the most important things you can do from a home or business is to have a spare battery for your flashlights. This is one item you really should have with you because it comes in very handy in the dark.
Second, sunglasses are an absolute must. The heat and sun can cause damage to your eyes and the last thing you need is blurred vision. Plus, who wants to wear specs when they are so hot and uncomfortable anyway? Have them handy and use them whenever you feel like having sunglasses.
Third, make sure you have plenty of fire starters. If you have a fireplace in your home or even a campfire, they can be very dry and that can lead to them catching on fire rather easily. Do not leave them unattended. Do not store them in a dry place either.
Fourth, never buy any matches, lighters or candles that are scented. They could easily be a fire hazard. If you know what you are buying then you should be fine, but if you are unsure then stick with natural products.
Fifth, never leave your blankets or pillows in the trunk of your car. Even if it is a heavy duty one, they can still become drenched in rain. A trunk is not the safest place for them. Use them on the floor or folded up for easy storage.
Sixth, use as much water as possible. Keep your bottles filled with water at all times. Winter means cold temperatures and that means fewer opportunities for drinking water. Also, keep food stored in airtight containers. It would be horrible to run out of food during an emergency. Storing food and water in separate containers will help cut down on the chances of this happening.
Seventh, make sure you have some form of personal safety equipment. For instance, you may want to take a first aid kit just in case you fall and have no way of quickly getting to the hospital. You should also have a fire starter and a blanket. These winter survival tips are simple and they are very effective. Take advantage of them and be prepared.
Eighth, dress in layers. You will never know when bad weather is going to hit. In addition to warm clothes, you should wear layers. Look for cotton clothing that is light weight and thin so that you don’t feel too cold. Pack a couple of warm clothes for each person to wear.
ninth, think about what you should pack in your backpack. If you can find a good sale, then it might be a good idea to buy a heavy-duty backpack. A regular backpack won’t be able to carry as much as a backpack that has more packing space. But, it might be a good idea to bring a backpack to school with you because you can always trade it out when you get home.
Finally, think about what you should do if the weather gets bad. If you have stored things properly then you should be fine. However, it might be a good idea to call a snow plow company and rent a truck to go and pick up all of your belongings. It might be a good idea to make sure that you have at least two days to get to your destination. After that, you might be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
As you can see, these are just some simple winter survival tips from a local woman. If you follow them, you should have no problem getting through the winter. Be careful though. If you ever get lost, try to read these tips before you call anyone for help. It would suck to be thousands of miles away from civilization and have no way to contact anyone.