Having a kit in your car just in case can be a lifesaver. If you have just brought real estate Alaska, and have a kit for winter weather in your garage, it will serve two purposes. One is being trapped in a broken-down car and a kit to use if the furnace breaks down in your new home. You are facing your first winter there – friends will assure you that if you forget about these kits for home and car, you will never forget it again.
- Blankets: if you are stuck with a car that doesn’t start or that just died, and you are having to wait in cold weather for help, you should make sure it is an extra layer decent warm blanket. And you will probably have several for home when you have no heat.
- Snow shovel: This is one with a short-handle resembling a coal shovel, to put in the trunk if you need to get rid of snow from around the wheels or fenders of your car. You might buy plastic ones, but you might want to get a good metal one as it will also be good for chipping at ice or compacted snow. This can be used when on a trip or if something happens at home with the heating at home. You will need it also or cleaning driveway and sidewalks.
- Flashlight: It should be large, water proof flashlight with batteries that are fresh in case the breakdown is at night. Keep emergency candles also. Both flashlights and emergency candles need to be in your emergency kit for home also.
- Hand warmers: Available at any camping stores. You smash the bag and the chemical inside create the warmth to warm up fingers that might have been used to change a tire or clearing the snow off of driveway and sidewalks.
- Matches: You can’t light emergency candles without matches. They are also needed if you make some heat in a fireplace.
- Bottle of water and protein snack bars: Also put some freeze-dried dinners in your kit so you will at least eat well. They are sold anywhere backpacking stuff is sold. You should stock up at the beginning of the winter season. What can be more romantic than eating a good meal by candlelight.
- Syphon pump: If you ran out of gas and you get an offer of help, you will be able to get a gallon or so out of their gas tank to get you going speedily. You need to have another one in the garage.
- Light sticks: These cost very little at a dollar store and use them for either a light source at home or to wear in case you are shovelling at night.
- Whistle: The whistle can be used to signal for help to someone who can’t hear you yell or scare someone off. Good for both home and car.
Just remember to have your car and furnace or fireplace ready to go when winter starts. Winter in Alaska is like something you have never experienced before. For more information on real estate in Alaska, it would be a great idea to find a local Realtor, like Diamond Redmond, or check out other Alaskan Real Estate Blogs, like this one.