Winter Preparedness Checklist for 2016 – 2017: 10 Things You Need To Stay Happy
If you aren’t beginning to prepare for a snowy winter by now, you should be. Our 2016 – 2017 winter checklist is designed to help you make sure you’ve got your bases covered, and we believe it contains the important snow equipment you need to keep happy in the winter.
It comes down to a few basic categories: snow removal tools, snow activity clothes, and accessories for driving in the snow. Let’s kick this list off:
Item #1 – Snow Blower
A snow blower is an essential work handling driveways and walking paths during the winter. Here is a list of our best snow blower recommendations. They can be a little pricey, but in reality it’s pretty silly to not have at least a basic one. Can you imagine trying to shovel a 30 foot by 12 ft driveway by hand daily? Neither can I.
When you own a snow blower, you can relax on doing daily snow throwing, and instead wait until the snow is roughly 4-8 inches (assuming you don’t need to leave everyday). Another trick is to know your schedule, know the expected snow pattern for the week, and only throw the morning of leaving the house.
Item #2 – Snow Pants (or Waterproof pants)
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen go play out in the snow or try and do work in the yard with snow on the ground in jeans. It just makes no sense, they absorb the snow water and freeze. You need to have snow pants at your house and maybe even a pair in an everyday carry bag in your vehicle. I recommend you get waterproof ones because I’ve found several brands of water resistant pants to begin letting moisture in after decent exposure to direct snow.
Item #3 – De-icing Materials
You need to be prepared to battle ice on your driveway, on your deck, on your sidewalk, etc. Maybe even around your pipes and your house. De-icing compounds include things like salt, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, urea, calcium magnesium acetate (CMA). You can often find fertilizers in pellet form also used for ice removal.
Item #4 – Canned foods, dehydrated foods
Many of our readers live in places where the power goes out during a good storm. This is especially true for snow storms, and a good snow storm will also cause you to be stranded at home. We recommend you keep canned and dehydrated food on hand in case you are not able to reach the local market and are stranded in your own home. Canned foods for the most part can be eaten cold such as beans, and so can dehydrated foods. You can always boil water and use that to heat the canned foods (boiled water also works better to re-hydrate previously dehydrated foods)
Item #5 – Lots of water
Many people take this lightly, don’t let that be you. Water is crucial to a humans survival, so you always need a good stockpile. You can buy it by the drum or just in multi gallon containers. We recommend having 1 – 2 weeks worth of water on hand for each person / animal in the family. This means at the minimum 1 gallon of water per person per day. This water should be used for hydration and cooking, we consider bathing to be optional in a time of emergency.