Today at work we started a new research trial. When we do so we make sure all of the trucks are stocked with items necessary and helpful to get the job done. This got me thinking as to what every man should have in his car or truck at any given time.
What do you guys think?
Here's what I was thinking:
Gallon of clean water
First aid kit Lifehammer
Shovel (maybe only in a truck)
Basic tool set
Tape (Electric, Duct/Gorilla, etc)
First Aid kit
Extra Oil, Hose Clamps, Fuses, Fluids, Valve stems, etc
a roll of Quarters
50/50 water Antifreeze jug
Pens/Pencils & a clip board or notebook
For winter drivers: a big bag of kitty litter. Provides additional weight so your rear end doesn't slide about, and if you get stuck in ice, provides great traction. If you're more paranoid, a sack of pebbles/rocks takes this further.
I remember a few years ago on December 4th when a news reporter got stranded with his wife and kids in the snow. He tried to walk for help but ended up going in a wide circle. He was found dead from exposure. If worse came to you can always burn your tires (or attempt to) to make a signal fire if you happen to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.
You can pack plenty of useful winter survival things in an empty metal coffee can.
A space blanket is probably better than a standard blanket since it reflects your heat.
Candles in case you are stuck in a snowbank. You can place a candle in the can and heat up the inside of the car. but make sure you keep a window cracked since it will consume all your oxygen.
First aid Kit
The World's Loudest Whistle...can be heard for 3 miles.
I too live in the frozen Tundra (MN). I work behind a desk, so often times my clothing and shoes would be ill-suited should happenstance leaves me on the side of a dark road in subzero weather. Any vehicle that I drive in, be it my truck or my corolla, I need to be ready just in case. Thus a cold weather kit is a must.
In addition to the other cold weather stuff mentioned above, I recommend a change of clothes, a pair of warm boots OR overshoes (Galoshes to you younger kids), a warm jacket and some warm mittens or gloves. Mittens may not seem very manly but I like them better for keeping my fingers warm.
"I think my coworkers are probably getting grossed out by me walking around barefoot all day. It grosses me out to walk on the company carpet barefoot. But I have the ice pack tied around the ankle and can't put socks or shoes on over it."