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    Suggestions for cold weather drive prep.

    Hello everyone. I am driving from la to utah next week. Any suggestions for things to bring in the truck with regard to survival if we get stuck and are waiting for a tow? we have the warm weather gear in our luggage and extra water and food. Just asking the pros on this board.
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    Tangent to your question, snow chains might be a good idea. In some areas you're legally required to have them in your vehicle certain times of the year.

    Better to not get stuck in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captahole View Post
    Hello everyone. I am driving from la to utah next week. Any suggestions for things to bring in the truck with regard to survival if we get stuck and are waiting for a tow? we have the warm weather gear in our luggage and extra water and food. Just asking the pros on this board.
    Thank you.
    I grew up in NH, and lived many years in MT and AK. Two things I saw most folks need in winter was a jump start or a tow from a snow bank. Many people will stop to help, but many won't have either cables or a strap...suggest you have both...

    Otherwise, a shovel and warm blankets will go a long way to helping in a bad situation.

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    To add to the above . . .



    Some thoughts on the matter; warmth, illumination, and sustenance/hydration.

    In a three-day pack keep the following: candles that produce heat, multiple methods of fire starting (matches/lighter/flint/etc.), cans of Sterno, maybe a small folding stove (Sterno makes them and there $5), packets of instant coffee/hot chocolate/oatmeal, tea bags, stainless steel cups to heat up beverages/food in, those body/foot warmers hunters and skiers use, Mylar blankets, redundant wool socks/gloves/head gear/scarfs/base layers/a good hard shell/etc., small tent (at the least a tarp and some paracord), quality boots and a set of gaiters in the event you have to self-rescue and go it on foot. Battery powered lantern, flash lights, head lamp, extra batteries, a good fixed blade and a hatchet or small axe.
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    All of the above but I would avoid using any combustion style for a long term heat source if you are stranded in your car due to the carbon monoxide risk. Get a box or two of those chemical or air activated heat packs. Good winter clothes, ie: parka, snow pants, gloves, boots and face mask. Also a sleep bag for each person rated for the expected cold, and food that requires no heating. An be sure to keep a good stash of your water and food in your sleeping bags with you so it doesn't freeze solid if forced to hunker down in the vehicle.

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    I'll add to the previous posts:

    Do you have an extra cell phone battery? There are stretches where cell service is not so good (and even non-existant) and a battery can draw down very quickly searching for a signal.

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    I'd add at least 10 gallons of extra fuel to the above mentioned.

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    Head lamp and TP, just sayin....
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    The only other thing i add is a come along or similar to self extricate from the ditch/snowbank.

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