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 Well Gofish you have lit a fire under me. As I stated in my post above we are embarking on a 12 hour road trip soon and well I didn't want to put it off any longer. I am bad we had been without funds for so long and now that we have a few extra dollars I am being a mizer. I could not justify not stocking the Silver Surfer (that is what I named the car) any longer. On the plus size our Walmart has their "stocking stuffers" and man gifts out so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. We got a really nice emergency road kit with the triangle and jumper cables (8 cage) for $20. It has towing rope and a few other things. I picked up road flares to go with it. I picked up one of the long ice scrappers that has a brush on the other end. Also added a funnel. I got one that had a screw on extension for those hard to reach places. I also found 2 in 1 work light & pen light (two pen lights and 2 work lights). The work light will fit in your hand and has a 360* swivel hook as well as a magnetic base. They will fit in the small tool box I have for the car just fine. They even came with batteries all for $10. Next is the first aid kit. I was just going to pull stuff from our kit in the house but dang I have let it get low. So we now have a stocked kit in the car. Wasn't fancy like Gofish, I just added craft sticks and tape for finger splints, but I did splurge and get the one that has stuff for 1st & 2nd degree burns. Just never know when you are going to touch something hot on a broke down car. I forgot the mask so need to pick some up. Also found a tire kit, it has the green slime and a small inflator you can plug in to your car and inflate your tire. It was only $20 and I figure on some of the roads we are going to have to travel it is $20 well spent. It is like 250-300 miles between towns peace of mind is worth $20.  It came with a tire gauge but I picked up a digital one also. We already have sleeping bags but I picked up the ziplock space bags that you suck the air out of and the sleeping bags will go in them. Also ran across a small box of Wetfire. It is a pack of 5 all weather tinder so we can add it to our BOBs. I also picked up one strike anywhere match. We have some other fire starters but I have wanted one of the strike anywhere match for a while. Also got hot hands. My big splurge and I had to argue with hubby for is a SUV floor jack. The car has one of those little jacks but I am terrified of them. When I was just learning to drive my mom had taken me out on some country back roads and we had a flat. While changing said flat the jack gave way and my arm got penned between the tire and car. So I only use a floor jack and for added security a jack stand and wheel chok. So my shopping trip wasn't cheap after that but it will last longer than the car. Now just to add oil and antifreeze and I think we will be set.

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Ladies, please, do yourself a favor and get a can or two of that FIX-A-Flat. I get mine at Wal-Mart. It has saved my bacon twice now. Once in the summer and once in the winter. You just stick the litt

I had to stop with getting what I have left on my list. I have another kidney stone and hernia surgery on the 4th money dried up for now.

Good for you, Mommato3!  You'll feel more secure on your car trip.    Here's an article I just ran into.....seems like a hot topic right now.    https://www.mdcreekmore.com/must-ha

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Gofish we have mechanic gloves. They are great, no slip but they are flexible enough to use as driving gloves. You need a good pair of gloves if you have to change a tire especially if it blew out. You do not want to cut a hand on a blown out tire.

 

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We keep Miss B ready to go as far as a full tank of gas and both the house battery and the engine battery charged up by starting her frequently...especially in cold weather.  We also keep her propane tank full so we can use the stove...but the furnace would run us out of propane very quickly...so we have a 9 volt little heater that we could plug into our usb hub.  We did remove all freezeable things however ... but keep it all in a box in our back entry porch ready to grab and go.  She's pretty much for a get out of dodge thing though.  The truck...well it's not very well equipped at all since we mostly stay in our home town.  

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Good for you, Mommato3!  You'll feel more secure on your car trip. 

 

Here's an article I just ran into.....seems like a hot topic right now. 

 

https://www.mdcreekmore.com/must-have-items-for-your-car-emergency-kit-a-checklist/

 

Did anyone mention having a full rain suit / snow suit to protect you while changing tires or shoveling a car out of snowy ditch.  Boots.  If you're dressed-for-success in office attire, slipping into a rain or snow suit will protect your clothing and your health.  We were dressed for a wedding and got a flat tire in a huge thunder storm.  Dangerous lightning.  DH put on his rainwear and protected his good clothes.  ....never did make it to the wedding with all that hooha tho... 

 

Don't forget the visibility vest/clothing that GoFish mentioned earlier...especially if your rain wear or snow suit isn't blaze orange.

 

Course I'm mentioning SNOWSUITS cuz we're getting snow right now.  Oddly...the Doppler doesn't even show it today.  :scratchhead: 

 

MtRider  :frozen: 

 

 

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MT3B, I'm using those space bags for clothes during my move. I get the medium size but they look small to me. Which is good for me because I can't handle anything big and heavy. Those bags get surprisingly heavy when the air is removed. I could only handle 2 at a time. Don't know why that is.

 

Son helped me unload them and was amazed by how much they held, how heavy they are for their size and how flat they get! The only issue I noticed with them is if you have something in them that is still in their plastic bag, the space bag won't suck out as much air. I had a couple of night gowns that were still in the bag they came in and the Space Bag didn't flatten nearly as much as the other ones. It would have helped if I had taken them from their bag or maybe poked a hole in the bags.

 

I need to upgrade socks and gloves. Anymore, when my fingers and toes get cold they sting and it feels like shock waves are going through them. Very painful. Especially the toes when I walk.

 

I wish we had a Menards here. I always go there when I go to Indiana or down to Amish country. I love that store.

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We have a lot of those "space" type bags...we watch Harbor Freight and catch them on sale if we can.  We use them to switch out our seasonal clothes, and yes...they can get very heavy if they're the big ones.  I let hubby lift those!  

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While looking for something important I found a cooling cloth my work place gave us this summer. You wet it and wrap it around your neck or head. Being a texture person I don't like the feel of them but I thought I would add it to the kit. They don't take up much room. Also added another flashlight and a small petroleum jelly. It can be used for lips ,hands and firestarter.

Interesting idea I just heard about and will have to try out.

Russian army trick, carry a small piece of baking/ parchment paper with you. That way you can leave a note and if it gets wet it won't disintegrate.

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6 minutes ago, gofish said:

Russian army trick, carry a small piece of baking/ parchment paper with you. That way you can leave a note and if it gets wet it won't disintegrate.

 

REALLY?  How cool is that?

MtRider  :thumbs: 

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Hubby did have to put a few things in the truck this morning so he could make the trip to the Roost to see if the furnace was lit...good thing he went because it wasn't!  The thermostat said it was 50 which is what we keep it set at during the winter, but it wouldn't have remained there for much longer with these freezing temps.  He went to the homestead and cleared the walks, salted and checked everything. The snow hasn't done much melting because it's so cold and not much sunlight.  Tomorrow it's to warm up "a bit" with mostly sun so maybe some of this will go away.  When you're not living in a place you have to have security light but also make your presence known by walking up and into an entrance and back tracking several times.

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I think the two biggest issues I have with stocking my winter car kit is money and space. I can get around the money because I may have a lot of what I need around the house. I know I have blankets and first aide kit and some tools (not that I know what to do with the tools once they are there.) I have one of those pre-made emergency car kits that has reflectors, tow chain, gloves, space blanket, battery cables  and I can't remember what else. I know I also have flares in it. I have a fire extinguisher, but it is old and probably needs recharged, although it has never been used. Space is the issue. My car is a hatchback. No trunk to store things. No full size spare. No real jack, just the stupid scissor jack. The car isn't very big and if I fill the hatch with emergency supplies, there is no room for anything else. I need to find a way to organize it to fit more. I know one thing I can do. there is a console area between the two front seats. It is full of junk. I can clear it out and use it for small things. Under the seat will fit the first aide kit. After I get the car to the shop again this week, I will take everything out of the car and then put it back in organized in some way and see what I can really fit in there. Maybe with being creative I can find room to fit what I need and still have the car usable to do things like transport grandkids or fit groceries like big bags of dog food.

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When i have the money I want to buy one of those quick start things for the car. I saw one in a video on YouTube that looked cool and is small when I was looking at videos about preparing your car for winter. 

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25 minutes ago, Deb2of9 said:

When i have the money I want to buy one of those quick start things for the car. I saw one in a video on YouTube that looked cool and is small when I was looking at videos about preparing your car for winter. 

 

This next on my list. But it will have to wait for now. I am being tested for rheumatoid arthritis and if it comes positive hubby has promised we would move to a warm winter climate.  

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7 minutes ago, gofish said:

I had to stop with getting what I have left on my list. I have another kidney stone and hernia surgery on the 4th money dried up for now.

 

 

Oh girl I feel your pain! I have two kidney stones in my life time. Give me labor and delivery any day, at least with LD I can breathe between the pain.

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Prayers for Gofish and Mommato3boys.  :pray:

 

I don't have a hatchback but with the Jeep, I don't really have a trunk either. I have lots of room back there but I like to keep it sort of cleaned out for groceries etc. Also, it's too easy to see into. What I did was get a medium/tall tote and filled it up and sat it on the floor behind the drivers seat. I'm short so the seat is usually pulled up at least half way and I don't haul many passengers though. Even grandsons car seat (when I'm there) fits over it. There is a place under the back seat where the jack goes.

 

I bought one of those premade car kits a long time ago and it has a lot of things I would normally have put in it. It also has extra room for a few small items that I stuck in there too. Nice little starter kit.

 

I don't know if all cars are like this or not but on mine, one of the lug nuts on each tire takes a special lug nut un-loosener. It acts as a lock to prevent stealing the tire. Last time I got new tires I asked the guy what would happen if I didn't have that tool. He said they would have to cut off 4 of the posts that hold the tire on (one per tire) and drill the posts out and replace them. I keep that lug nut remover in a plastic bag in that car kit. I really don't want to lose it. I don't know the proper tire terms.  :blush:

 

Don't forget about fuses too.

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The car bag.

My hatchet, hand warmers, emergency blanket and the small loose thing I have posted pictures of for my car kit.

I also found a camp cup at a garage sale so here are a few more things I added to my kit.

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Oh! Those little Jif singles look good. I've seen them at the Dollar Tree but never thought about getting a couple for the car. A small bag of pretzels for dipping would be nice to have too. I'm getting ready to go to Ollies and the Dollar Tree is right on the way. :thumbs:

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Yeah...all good ideas.  Winter certainly is barrelling down at us!  Stay safe everyone. 

 

We talked about reflective clothing, right?  I just found mine!  :)

 

:pray:  for Mommato3 and Gofish.... :(

 

MtRider  :frozen:  

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Biggest thing is keeping your eye on weather conditions.

The time I was angriest, as an adult at my sister, was when she had her second child.

My mother and I followed her husband to the hospital on the day they were to be discharged. It was rainy with the temperature dropping fast. At pretty much the last minute she decided she was going to take a nap before she want home. I tried to tell them about the bad weather. BIL also know as condescending Jacka**   by my husband and my self ,laugh at me. I wanted to take her oldest child and my mom back to their place but she had a dream of them going home as a family. 

My mom, to keep the peace, said it wasn't that bad yet so we had to go shopping until sister was done with her nap. I told them to hurry up as soon as we got back to the hospital.

The weather was getting as bad as I told them it would be and it was getting dark. Another hour and a half later  sister was ready to go and the roads were glass and it was very dark. My mom and I were almost in a multi car pileup. BIL switched cars with me so I could drive the car with better traction. So for the next 3 hours I had to drive unfamiliar roads, during an ice storm, in the dark, with 2 babies, trying to calm down a woman who had just given birth, crying she has killed us all on a trip that would have only taken twenty minutes if everyone would have listened to me in the first place.

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