It is officially winter in some parts of Australia.
That’s right. It is another season of snow, cold, and darkness. If you cannot escape winter by flying south, get into the season by making sure you are fully prepared.
We have put together a list of 6 must-have items in your winter survival kit. Whether you prefer a pre-made kit or make your own, make sure to have these items ready for whatever the weather throws your way.
Food and Water
These should be a top priority. If your home or car is snowed in, having these items is important.
When stocking food, keep items that do not require electricity nor gas to eat. You can buy canned goods or prepare gourmet survival foods. Remember that you need food to give you strength and water to keep you hydrated during emergencies.
On top of being hydrated, you will need to stay warm. Keep warm and layered clothes at home and in your car. Prepare warm blankets too.
Flashlights will come in handy if your area has frequent power outages during winter. Make sure to check batteries regularly. Or, if you can, consider a hand-powered flashlight or solar charging.
Flashlights are safer than candles, too.
A shovel is every household’s best friend in winter. When buying a shovel, make sure it is comfortable and light enough to use without exerting much effort.
Keep one at home and in your car to dig your way out if you encounter a snowpocalypse.
Tools and Supplies
Some tools and supplies can help manage the worst-case weather brought by winter weather. For example, a tarp with some sturdy duct tapes can cover a hole from heavy snow or a falling tree. Knives, ladders, and other tools can help make simple repairs when help can’t get to you.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should be a staple for every card and household. If you do not have one yet, now is the time to make that investment.
A well-stocked first-aid kit will give you peace of mind when a winter storm is on its way. Consider your and your family’s needs when buying supplies for your kit.
Staying warm and safe can be a challenge in times of extreme weather and winter storms. The winter season can bring cold temperatures, power interruptions, icy roads, and loss of connectivity. Preparation is the key to keeping everyone safe before a winter storm hits.
Your winter first aid kit would be greatly enhanced if you do a Provide First Aid Course. Learn how to use items in your kit and use them in any type of emergency.
Be prepared before a winter storm hits by creating an emergency plan. If you are in an area prone to winter weather, be sure to have your first aid kit and learn first aid ahead of time.