Too much can become too much
by Todd Owen
(Denver, Colorado - USA)
I live here in the Rocky Mountains, two weeks ago we got hit with over 3 feet of snow in many places in the Denver area.I learned a long time ago to prepare and stay prepared for mother nature here in this state.
Two days after we got our big storm the temp outside got up to about 53 degrees. The snow started to melt fast, but by night fall the temps dropped below freezing creating even more issues for road and walk way travel. We all hear of people planning and packing gear for their cars, but aside from that gear don't forget that at some point you may need to leave your car alone and travel on foot to someone or some place near by.
I have a small Survival Kit in my car that has the basics, flash light ( head band style ), a couple bottles of water, Space blanket,extra batteries, battery cables, small tool kit that's is light weight, a roll of Gorilla Tape ( Like Duct Tape, but I find it holds much better when its cold or damp ) I also have a bike inner tube ( quick fix for a busted hose ) and some Zip Ties along w an extra jacket , a beanie and some snowboard gloves ( they are actually designed for harsh cold and weather, not some cheap Jersey Brand style glove that's like wearing a sock on your hand.
Also I have a couple of good old fashioned BIC lighters in the I have all this inside a good quality back pack, not tossed in some cheap plastic box that I have to dig through and find stuff. This way if I need to leave my vehicle for whatever reason, I have a way to bring it all with me in a pinch and there is no hassle trying to figure out how to get it all back when I return.