Everyday Carry: Prepared for Winter Weather

Everyday Carry: Prepared for Winter Weather
Just a little bit of snow can't slow you down.

The east coast just got pummeled into submission by Old Man Winter when he piled on upwards of three feet of snow in a single weekend. That kind of frozen punishment means all kinds of badness for just about everyone shy of a polar bear, and it translates to getting stuck somewhere for a while until the plow troops make it to your neck of the woods. If you’re lucky, that somewhere is home. If not, it’s somewhere less than perfectly comfortable. For such “now what do we do” kinds of seemingly interminable situations, having a good everyday carry kit can make all the difference between being truly prepared and losing your marbles. We’ve put together a great blizzard EDC to help you out during winter’s worst.

sleeping bag

SE Emergency Sleeping Bag – $8.82

Chances are you probably don’t have your down comforter and pillow with you wherever you might’ve been when it all came down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be warm and get some much-needed shuteye. Keep this compact, body heat reflective sleeping bag with you during winter’s worst. It’s seven feet long and comes in its own carrying case — and it packs down light and small — unlike the three feet of white stuff just outside the door.

 

Karnotech REMAX 20000mAh External Battery Pack and USB Charger – $32.99

Blizzards suck. Blizzards that kill your access to electricity suck more. When you need to power up your phone and computer to communicate with the outside world, portable power is key. This battery pack has massive capacity, dual USB ports, and even twin LED flashlights for emergencies. Just try to avoid using it play hours of Minecraft.http://www.primermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Winter_EDC/edc-flashlight.jpg

flashlight

Durapower 600 Lumen LED Flashlight – $18.99

Keeping tabs on everyone and everything when there’s no available power means using more than just your smartphone’s flash to guide the way. Plus, that phone’s juice should be saved for actual calls or texts. This beacon of a flashlight uses only 3 AA batteries for a potent 600 Lumens, and the illuminated orange ring is an excellent signaling device. This tough torch can also handle heavy rain and drops under normal use. Hell, that’s pretty much better than you, already.

 

gerber

Gerber Diesel Black Multiplier – $52.95

Be the go-to guy when the storm hits hard. Having a multitool means you’ll be able to handle most small emergency jobs, short of changing out a car transmission. The Diesel has twelve tools including great needle nose pliers, a can opener, a ton of screwdrivers, a saw, and scissors. It also deploys with one hand, giving you the ability to put your other hand out while saying, “I got this.”

watch

Casio G-Shock DW5600MS-1CR Military Watch – $76.00

When things get bad out there, you don’t want to chisel away at winter’s worst while wearing your heirloom Omega Speedmaster. You need a watch that both looks and is truly badass. Its minimalist case and negative display look special ops ready, while the slim case means it fits under just about any cuff. It can take plenty of punishment and is water resistant to 200 meters.

Kindle 6” E-reader – $79.99

You just might find yourself with a ton of down time, especially since you can’t see fire hydrants or mailboxes outside your window anymore. This super-portable Kindle lasts weeks on a single charge and holds thousands of books, way more than that library on wheels that’s still trapped in the snow.

flask

Hydro Flask 18 oz. Vacuum Food Flask – $34.99

Though it’s not quite as long-term practical as a box of military MREs, this food flask keeps food hot for three hours, ensuring that you can toss grub in it for emergencies. The double walled stainless steel container is great for soup, chili or whatever makes you happy after you shovel out a tiny hatchback for four hours.

water bottle

CamelBak Chute Water Bottle – $9.93

Though there’s plenty of precipitation out there, you don’t want to use it to hydrate. A good water bottle is key to staying healthy and alert when things are less than savory out there. The Chute is BPA-free and comes with a spout cap that makes drinking easy and virtually spill-proof. It even has a lifetime guarantee, which is more than we can say about the snow shovel that just snapped in your hands after extreme overuse.

Eton FRX3 Weather Radio – $49.75

When that battery charger runs out of juice because the power hasn’t returned yet, you’ll need to put in some elbow grease to keep your smarphone running. Eton’s FRX3 lets you listen to the weather (in case things get even worse) and use the hand crank to juice up whatever needs it, even that tiny drone that’s great for killing time.

BarMe Flask and Collapsible Shotglass – $17.99

Not ever Blizzard EDC has to be of the utmost seriousness. Sometimes, you just have to kick back and laugh your head off at the craziness of it all. Imbibing on the fly helps… a lot. This classic gentleman’s flask even has a built-in collapsible cup for sophisticated pouring or selfless sharing.

Amos Kwon is the Editor-In-Chief for Web2Carz and has worked as the Automotive Section Editor for the popular men's digital lifestyle publication, Gear Patrol. He's covered topics such as cars, motorcycles, watches, cigars, spirits, travel, technology and style. He also has a background in real estate, telecommunications and law enforcement, which makes him oddly well-rounded. Amos is based in the Windy City, Chicago. Follow him on twitter @wrathofkwon.

  • browneagle44 ロベルト

    I’d swap the Gerber for a Leatherman Wave. I’ve used mine for many more occasions than I thought I would. Add in the swappable driver bits, and it can handle anything a blizzard throws at it :)

    I’d also buy a 6-pack of cheap tube-style flashlights to have around the house/car/office, because the day you leave your go-to at home is of course going to be the day you need a flashlight. Always have one on hand!

    Also, it’s not so much EDC as a survival/prepper tips-a coffee can and a bag of tealight candles and matches makes an indispensable radiant heat source if you’re stuck in your car or your abode’s heater is completely dead.

  • Chris Clarke

    These items are for the pufter in the room… Any logical man would already be prepared with necessary items… Notice how none of these items had anything to do with fire creation or warmth beyond a lame sleeping bag? And how is a sleeping bag, or a hand crank radio “EDC”? Take it from an outdoorsman in Canada, this shit is garbage.

    • browneagle44 ロベルト

      It’s everyday carry for the winter time because these are logical items to have in case of emergency. If the heater goes out, you’re going to need some way to keep warm until it comes back on. Most people in the city aren’t going to have outdoors stuff on hand. It’s sad, but true. This is a box full of stuff for the worst case scenario, not all all-encompassing BOB. As I mentioned in my post, have matches and candles on hand-radiant heat goes a long way. Camp stoves go a long way. Hell, dryer lint goes a long way. Anything you can to to keep warm and cook food, unless you like cold food out of cans.

      It’s a decent starter kit to have on hand. Expand it with good/better gear and thrive during a winter emergency. Is this the stuff I’d have? Nope-but I’ve got a closet of military surplus and camping gear on hand; I’ve been in bitter conditions with nothing but the stuff I’ve got on me. That’s one thing. Your average noncamping person? Not so much.

      As far as EDC, it’s probably pushing on a buzzword a little hard. Just call it winter prep, most of us will get it.

    • Rt1583

      Meh.
      Eh?

    • Jim McNeely

      I agree. This stuff isn’t even “everyday carry.” This site has become nothing but marketing fluff for every weird little gadget that some fool throws up onto kickstarter. It feels like they had a meeting, someone said “we need a winter EDC article”, and they just threw some random “wintery gear” that they may or may not have gotten advertising money for, and without any further thought threw it on the site. The only thing I like are the pictures of people’s EDC gear, and even that seems like it gets filtered for marketing purposes. I’m just about take this off of my EDC feed. They don’t even critically review any of this stuff AT ALL. Who is seriously going to EDC an emergency sleeping bag or a weather radio or a “BarMe” flask? It doesn’t even make sense any more.

      • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

        Hey Jim, Editor and founder of Primer here. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like the choices. This post was not sponsored by any of the companies included and any post on Primer that is in partnership with a company is clearly marked. That has always been very important to me and is not going to change.

        This post was put together a week ago when the east coast was getting a terrible snow storm and we wanted to offer some suggestions to make sure people stayed safe and prepared.

        None of these items are from Kickstarter, they’re all highly rated options with a ton of reviews.

        Hopefully you’ll enjoy our future EDCs.
        Andrew

  • John

    I’d add the Snow Brum for your vehicle (if not mentioned in a previous article). No one wants to be “that guy” with a roof full of snow blinding everybody behind you. Make sure it’s one made with heavy duty foam (so it will last a few winters and won’t scratch your roof or hood) and a telescoping handle (so you can reach all the way across and push the snow off the other side). Amazon has them for $23 but I’m pretty sure I saw it for under $10 or $15 at my local Ace Hardware store. Mine got plenty of use with all the snow we got in Boston last year. It’s well worth the money.