Survival Tips During Winter

Surviving the freezing temperature of winter is not as easy as it sounds. And keeping ourselves warm is not just enough. Below are some tips and tricks on how we can survive the winter and the freezing cold that it brings.


1. Winter Preparedness During a storm:

  • If it’s not important, avoid going out for a drive. But make sure to keep the gas tank of your car full to avoid fuel line freezing.
  • Always keep yourself dry. Change wet clothing to avoid body heat loss, frostbite, and hypothermia.
  • Always cover your mouth to protect your lungs from the extreme cold air.
  • Always listen to the latest weather report for important information.
  • Keep yourself warm. Wearing several layers of clothes as well as mittens and hats will do the trick.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and also eat regularly. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine.

2. Winter Preparedness During a blizzard:

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary and do not go out alone. Also, travel only during the day.
  • Avoid taking road shortcuts. Instead, stay on main roads and highways.
  • If you are trapped in your car because of the blizzard, do not panic. These are the things you need to do.
    • Pull of the highway and turn on your hazard lights.
    • Remain inside your car.
    • Only set out on foot if there is a building close to your location.
    • Every hour, run your engine for at least 10 minutes or so to keep you warm. Open one of your car’s windows slightly for ventilation.
    • Use anything in your car to insulate yourself against the cold.
    • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
    • Do not waste your battery. Turn on your inside light at night only when you hear rescuers nearby.
    • Leave your car and look for help once the blizzard passes.
    • Always keep an emergency car kit in your car for your survival needs.

3. Winter Preparedness Checklist for your Car

Have these items even if you’re just going around town:

  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Energy bars
  • Bottled water
  • Road maps and compass
  • Windshield scraper
  • Booster cables
  • Cell phone & car charger
  • Tool kit
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Tire chains
  • Tow rope
  • Battery operated radio
  • Collapsible shovel
  • De-icing compound (for windshields and door locks)
  • 2 bags of sand (for traction)
  • Canned compressed air (for tires)
  • Change of clothes
  • Consider children’s needs (snacks, water, toys, blankets, etc)

If going on a trip out of town:

  • Food (3-day supply in cooler)
  • Water (3-day supply)
  • Extra water/Antifreeze for car
  • Brightly colored cloth
  • Extra blankets
  • Extra clothing
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra oil for car
  • Extra canned compressed air for tires
  • For children (toys, books, games, snacks, portable potty)

Before you leave town, check the following:

  • Oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Tire pressure
  • Water/Antifreeze
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Spare tire pressure
  • Car jack
  • Emergency road-side kit

4. Winter Preparedness Checklist For Your Home


  • Food (good for 2 weeks; non-perishable; requires no refrigeration; warming; energizing)
  • Can opener
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day – store enough for 4 days or more)
  • Flashlights
  • Candles & matches/lighters
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Cellular phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medicines (A week’s supply or more)
  • Blankets
  • Cold-weather clothing
  • Pet supplies (food and water)


  • Snow shovel
  • De-icing compound

These are just some tips on how we can survive the winter. If you have other tips or suggestions that you want to share, just do so in the comment section below.

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