Traveling can be either really exciting or really boring! It can be fun when traveling with family or a group of friends. Even in the craziest weather, it can get pretty exciting!
But, what about traveling alone….. in a snow storm?
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Most people travel during the summertime when the weather is the best. Then, there are some that do travel during the winter. There are families and friends that come up from the southern states like Florida and Texas to the northern states like Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire. Some may even travel to Canada.
Traveling during the winter can be adventurous and stressful at the same time. You never know how the weather is going to be and you never know how good or bad the road conditions will be.
I live in New York and it can get pretty bad out here. There are times that I do have to travel through a pretty bad snowstorm. It can get a bit scary for me but, I am prepared for whatever winter storm may hit.
If you ever have to travel during a winter storm or may run into one, make sure you have these 10 things before stepping foot out in the crazy weather.
Carphone charger or charging cord
Every phone comes with its own charging cord and sometimes we leave them at home; plugged to the wall. If anything, this is probably the most forgettable thing on my mind. Make sure you have 1 or 2 working so you can charge your phone in the car. Most newer cars have a USB port to be able to connect the cord while others still have the cigarette lighter plugin. Just make sure you know which ones you have.
Every winter season, we go into daylight savings. Our clocks go back an hour and we gain an hour of sleep. Yay! But, it gets darker quicker so having a flashlight can be handy when need to check under the hood, under the car, etc.
Have an extra pack of batteries for the flashlight in case you’re using it extensively. Especially, if you are trying to signal down a car or have to walk a great distance.
These are great! They last up to 10 hours of warmth. Make sure to have a couple packs. I like to stick a pack inside my socks to keep my feet from freezing. Also, if you’re having to walk quite a distance, the extremities tend to get cold first so it’s always best to have a couple of them.
Small first aid kit
You may never know if you’ll need one of these. In the winter, a lot of things like to crack when it’s too cold. For example, the roads, windows and even ourselves. Dried cracked lips bleed and so does our skin. A couple bandaids can help. Adding a travel size skin lotion and lip moisturizer can be helpful too.
In case you get stuck in a ditch and/or bad traffic accident, it’s always good to carry these items. Try packing some protein bars and/or some nutritional shakes to avoid being EXTREMELY hungry.
Always have plenty of fluids in your body. You want to be dehydrated during the cold season.
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Now, I mentioned earlier that you may be walking quite a distance in case your car breaks down or gets stuck in a ditch. Hopefully, where ever you are heading there’s a motel or hotel nearby. In my experience, most hotels don’t have a toothbrush or toothpaste. They usually have the other toiletries like body wash, lotion, shampoo & conditioner. Having your own toothbrush and toothpaste can be helpful.
A small box of salt
You may be wondering why a small box of salt? Well, one day I had run out of regular salt for the outside so I used table salt. It worked just as well. In case you come across some road conditions that are icy and are walking, you may want to have that box of salt. In other instances, when you step out of the car, the pavement beneath you may be icy. Avoid all falls and sprinkle some salt!
Always have extra cash and coins with you. During winter storms, some power outages may happen and you may be out of luck if you only have a debit card. I usually keep a small pouch of leftover coins when I have purchased something.
Now, you should be ready for any winter storm as long as you have these items. After living in New York for so many years, I’ve learned to deal and drive through the worst of the snowstorms. Having these 10 items can make your road trip a lot easier and less stressful.
I put together an infographic of all the items you need when traveling through a winter storm. Please feel free to download and save it for personal use only. Please refrain from claiming it as your own and/or selling it.