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Q: How can I prepare for travel in the Mid-West?

November 27, 2009 | By Tina P. | 3 answers | Expired: 1754 days ago

Tina P.

We're traveling and I've never been to the Mid-West before and it is very cold here. What should I bring next time we travel up this way?

Thank you for taking the time to answer this question! I'm from the south and wear shorts almost everyday.

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Danis
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Nov 27, 2009

This really depends on the time of year that you are traveling. Luckily right now, it isn't that cold yet. But it's always a good idea to have jumper cables just in case. Always have your cell phone with you. Warm jacket, scarf, mittens/gloves, a warm hat (this is very important especially in the bitter cold, most of your body heat escapes from your head), pants, sweaters/sweatshirt, blankets etc....Snacks are good to bring, but be careful when you are bringing bottles or canned drinks, because they can freeze in the car and burst making a mess all over! Best not to travel here in the deep winter if you are not used to the climate. Spring through November is usually pretty do-able, but I don't think you'll like it when it's 20 below zero!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 28, 2009

I agree with Danis and Julie. But there are a couple other things you may want to make sure you have. Road reflecters or blinkers incase you have to pull over for an extended amount of time due to weather or break down, emergency candles (one lit candle in a car can not only melt snow for water but can keep the car warm enough to fend off frostbite and hypo thermia for 24 hours) if you keep food canned goods and bottled drinks can freeze and break creating a mess but I find it is handy to keep a can opener with a bottle/jar opener on my keys. military p38's work well, a shovel to dig yourself out of a drift, a couple planks of wood and a bag of sand to help you get enough traction to get unstuck, and a tow strap because not everyone with a truck who stops to help has one. You can also look up the info on google. Living up here I was always taught it was always better to be over prepared than under prepared when it comes to survival.

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Julie
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Nov 27, 2009

Well, traveling in the winter in the midwest can be tricky....
Depends on the time of year, sometimes we can have alot of snow and ice, depending where you are at...
Sometimes the temps are below zero with horrid wind chills....
I would say make sure that you have thermal underware, sweatshirts, and long warm pants...
A good heavy coat and hood...
Also blankets and a survival pack just to be on the safe side...
Flashlight and batteries, cell phone and charger if you have one, candy bars and preferably an empty 3 pound can for gathering snow and melting for drinking (also a blow torch for melting the snow) if nothing else, you can also have bottled water on hand, hand warmers to put in your gloves and feet (boots) jumper cables,
I can go on and on, but you can google for info also..
I hope this helps

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