Winter Survival Gear

Being prepared is essential while you are off-roading. I found a really great website that offers checklists and tips for the off-roader. 

Off Road Checklist and Tips from 

Having some important supplies and keeping your vehicle in top condition is valuable for having a safe journey. During the winter months in colder climates it's extremely important to be prepared. I have started my own list of items for your cold-weather kit. There are Winter Survival Kits that can be purchased online, but they tend to be pricey. The quality of these kits is often poor. Most of the stuff in my kit can be found  around your house. 

Winter Survival Kit

First aid kit – don’t skimp on this
Blanket – wool or survival
Signal mirror
Flashlight / headlamp
Nylon cord
Glow sticks – Flares – Warning Triangle
Hand Warmers
Emergency Candles
Quick Spark Fire Starter / Tinder
Matches - waterproof
Folding Shovel
Basic Tools for Repairs
Vehicle Fire Extinguisher
A good Knife / multi tool
Duct Tape
9×12 feet (to construct a makeshift shelter)
Change of clothes
Lip balm
Food - protein bars or MRE's

Jumper Cables –
There’s plenty of cheap “made in china” cables out there, so be cautious. You’ll want your jumper cables to be at least 12 feet in length, but longer is always better. 16 feet is ideal for most situations and should allow you to get a jump from someone behind you if need be. Go with 20 feet if you have a truck.

Portable CompressorHi-lift jackBeacon – A device which transmits your location. 
Ham Radio (need license)

Keep Your Vehicle Serviced
Most emergencies can be prevented by keeping your vehicle in top condition. Cold weather makes a few of these items below even more important, such as ensuring your antifreeze level and type of mixture is good to go, putting a winter-specific “no-freeze” windshield wiper fluid mix into your fluid reservoir and keeping the gas tank as close to full as possible at all times.

Vehicle Checklist
Antifreeze and Radiator
Windshield wiper operation and fluid check (no-freeze mixture)
Heater and Defroster
Brakes and Brake Fluid Level
Emergency Flashers
Tire Pressure and Tread Depth
Fuel Level
Oil Level
Battery Charge and Terminal Cleanliness
Jack and lug wrench - Hopefully the items that came with your vehicle are still in it. 

If you upgraded to a larger sized tires on your vehicle, I’d hope you don’t need me telling you this, but your factory jack might not reach high enough anymore to enable you to change a flat.  A fellow jeeper suggested to carry 2 x 4's, stating... 

"it's actually not the aftermarket lift, it's the bigger tires that cause the factory jack to not reach, as the factory jack lifts from the bottom of the axle, not the bottom of the frame like most vehicles do. Therefore only larger tires would cause problems with the factory jack being too short.""  

Always check your spare periodically to ensure it’s properly inflated and there’s no cracking in the rubber. Tires have a shelf life and a general rule is that a tire is only good for about five years before the rubber starts to deteriorate.

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