COWBOY'S DAUGHTER

by Gail
(Shaker Heights, Ohio)

Dad was raised on a ranch in Wyoming. When he married Mom, & she - the city girl from Back East - asked what the seasons were like, his response was "Two. 4th of July & Winter".

Because of him, my sister & I were raised, despite now living "Back East" in urban settings, to have our Winter Survival Kit in the car comes the 1st of November.

Dad was adamant that we use either wool or - nowadays - polar fleece or the like. Not cotton or down - neither will keep you warm if they get wet. And they WILL get wet. Extra socks - wool. Extra gloves, mittens, hat & scarf. Some sort of candle for both light & heat - preferably not the "smell pretty" kind.

Matches in a waterproof container. A bottle of water. Dried fruit, nuts, packaged candy. A friend suggested jerky - a fabulous idea, as it all comes pre-packaged, now. TP, of course; we girls can't do without that.

I suggested to her, as she drives far more than I - to keep a crossword puzzle book and a mechanical pencil. A couple of plastic bags to put on your feet. Keep an old pair of flat shoes if you wear heels regularly. Slacks - wool, if you can - & I keep a turtleneck sweater as well.

Site Build It!Yeah, a lot of stuff. But, I DON'T keep it in the back of my truck. I keep it all, in a couple of those giant zip-lock bags, behind the front seats of my truck. As Dad pointed out - the last thing you want to do if you run off the road, get stuck in a blizzard, get rear-ended, run out of gas (& we never travel with less than a half tank of gas), get stuck behind a pile-up on the freeway, or anything else, is to have to GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE to try to access your survival kit.

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trouser or slacks cuffs
by: Anonymous

One thing I have thought about a bit lately is for all really. If and when it may become necessary to change shoes for a long walk, I would like to suggest some manner of securing the cuff of any trousers or slack. Especially if high heels were what has been removed. Many of the ladies slacks will become too long and a safety hazard. Military style blousing springs, large rubber bands or, whatever those elastic things are called the ladies use to hold their hair back into a pony tail.

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What a good father; I am a mom and think the same way
by: Anonymous

Is he giving you this advice on experience or is this just how it is done where he lives?

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Awesome
by: Peter.R

Your dad sounds awesome :)
and yea great survival kit, i find the jerky to be a great addition to any survival kit.

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