Ilene’s Car Blizzard Tips

Let me first bestow upon everyone a very Happy New Year!

New Year Card

A healthy sized winter storm looks like it’s approaching the Boston area on Tuesday (1/27/15).  It’s always good to make sure you are safe and sound in any hazardous weather event. Below I’ve included my list for items you should keep in your car in the winter that I’ve developed over years of driving.


My shot of a blizzard on or around Jan. 26 2006. This one didn’t make any record books!

While you should make sure your car is prepped with a full tank of gas, washer fluid, good battery, jumper cables and correctly inflated tires, there are other items you should carry for safety. Always charge your phone and iOS devices before you leave. If you have to drive in a storm, over preparation, is better than under preparation.


February 2013 Snowstorm

Prep your car in the winter by carrying the following items, especially if you know you have to drive in a snowstorm:

  1. Flashlight
  2. Spare Gloves (mittens are even better)
  3. Spare Coat (You can pick one up at a used clothing store or call me if you’re local.)
  4. Spare Hat and scarf
  5. Foot and Hand warmers
  6. Sturdy ice scraper
  7. Shovel – small and strong
  8. Blanket
  9. Bottle(s) of water (don’t leave in car when you exit car for the night)
  10. Cheese or peanut butter cracker packages
  11. Rock salt, sand, or some other ice melt  (I usually carry 3 coffee cans full of it.)
  12. A spare pair of boots – it doesn’t hurt to toss them into the car
  13. Windex and paper towels
  14. Duct tape – always carry duct tape! 😉

I also keep hand wipes, ear muffs, neoprene or turtle fur face mask, and pen or pencil and paper in my car.

While other people don’t usually carry the following things, I do because one never knows. I have a good sized trunk and often stop for photo opps. As my friend Barry always says, I will fill to capacity any empty space allowed to me!

  • Mat, like you’d use for camping
  • Foam or rubber seat cushion
  • Folding chair
  • Spare tripod

Another shot taken February 2013.

 Please stay safe and warm!

About ileneh

I am a Macintosh expert, writer and photographer. I have published many articles on Apple related products, but I cut my writer's teeth producing grants and market research reports when the Web was just something a spider made. I've also worked as a photographer, dancer and social worker. ilene's Machine was born in 2000 when I realized everything I did involved some kind of machine. First, my answering machine, next a Vic 20, then a Mac 128. Add a variety of Macintosh machines and iOS devices over the years and before you know it, you have reached ilene's Machine. Please leave a message!
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1 Response to Ilene’s Car Blizzard Tips

  1. barry says:

    the most important thins you left out 1) waterproof matches 2) at least 2 cartons of your favorite brand of cigarettes (well hidden) and a few full lighters. and 3) in case it gets real bad, a place to visit in Florida :):):)


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