At all times be ready: flip your summer time camp gear right into a winter emergency equipment

Winter comes with cool winds, falling temperatures and dangerous road conditions. If you live in or frequently visit an area with snowfall, it is best to prepare for a roadside emergency.

There is no need to go shopping in emergency gear to be prepared (unless you feel like it). Instead of storing your summer camping gear until spring, you can use most of it as emergency equipment for the winter.

If you’re a camping enthusiast, you likely already have everything you need to tackle a roadside emergency. However, you may want to purchase a few new items, such as: For example, stocking up on food that is running low or a durable carton or two to keep everything in.

What follows is not an exhaustive list; Think of it as a starting point and a source of inspiration. Here are the basics for making a winter emergency kit out of summer camping gear.

Winter Emergency Kit: Reuse your summer camp equipment

Gear compartment

When putting together a roadside emergency kit, keep in mind that your gear needs to be housed in something. It’s not that useful and infinitely more annoying when it rolls around the back of your vehicle. Depending on what you want to package, you may want to invest in a few containers to make sure you have enough storage space.

Front Runner makes a gear box that we’ve tried and are still using. It’s burlier and a little more expensive, but that also makes it reliable. But if that’s more than you need, a simple container from the big box stores will do.

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Storage ceiling

Rumpl ceiling

You want a blanket that will keep you warm (for obvious reasons), but a blanket that is leak-proof, waterproof, and folds small to save space in your emergency container is a big plus. This is where Rumpl comes in. The brand makes compressible down and synthetic blankets that will keep you cozy and warm despite the elements.

If you don’t have a camp-specific blanket like Rumpl’s, opt for a wool blanket to ensure the greatest possible versatility and safety.

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Old stock meals

Winter Emergency Kit: Patagonia Dehydrated Food

Canned food is heavy and bulky. For your winter emergency equipment, we therefore recommend reusing some dehydrated meals that were not consumed during the backpacking trips this summer. Not only are dehydrated foods light, easy to package, and durable, but when you shop with a company like Patagonia Provisions you know you are getting high quality, sustainable food options.

We particularly like the brands Refill and save Options. But rest assured, any dehydrated camp meal will do.

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Utility shovel

Gerber folding shovel

Low-fi options are sometimes overlooked in today’s tech zeitgeist, but there’s nothing like a shovel to get you out of a tough situation. Gerber’s E-Tool Folding Spade packs up to a tiny 9.25 inches when folded and fits easily into your gear box. The serrated steel blade cuts through both vegetation and snow, making it ideal for any emergency.

While you can use any shovel, the sky is the limit here. You could even try this $ 200 multi-purpose overland shovel.

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Large insulated water bottles

Winter emergency kit: Yeti Rambler One Gallon Jug

Would you like a step up from the now ubiquitous insulated water bottle? Try YETI’s Rambler One Gallon Jug. It’s everything you know and love about the brand’s water bottles in bigger package. And the magnetic screw cap is awesome!

If you’re like us, you always have water with you. With a large, insulated jar – we recommend at least 64 ounces – in your emergency kit, you can stay hydrated and prepare your dehydrated meals without having to choose between the two.

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Camping stove

MSR WindBurner Group stove system

There are a variety of ovens on the market and while many of them require cases to be made, we recommend the MSR WindBurner Group oven system. When preparing an emergency kit, you want items that work together. Chopping up a hodgepodge selection of equipment has a time and place, but not in an emergency.

The WindBurner Group system is windproof, modular, can be nested together and is large enough to prepare shared meals and small enough to fit in your emergency kit in the off-season.

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Rechargeable storage lights

Winter Emergency Kit: Goal Zero Crush Lights

Crushable. Reliable. Solar powered. Not many lights check all three boxes, but then again, not many brands make lights like Goal Zero does.

The brand’s crush lights are small, collapsible lights that can be easily stowed away in an emergency kit. They can be charged via the solar panel on top of the light, or if you have something to do, they are USB compatible too.

The cherry on top? They are less than $ 20. Go ahead – buy a pair and stock up.

Note: We love them too LuminAID PackLite Nova inflatable lantern!

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Wool socks

Damn hard wool socks

Wool is known for its antimicrobial properties, dependable warmth and comfort. Stowing a woolen sock or two in your emergency kit is a surefire way to be comfortable in an emergency.

A suggestion: Just make sure you wash them before putting them in a container for 4-6 months.

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Travel Medical Kit

Winter Emergency Kit: Adventure Ultralight Medical Kit

An auto emergency kit doesn’t have to contain every medical instrument known to man, but it does need the basics and it needs to be minimal. For this reason we recommend the Adventure Ultralight / Watertight Medical .5 Kit. Use it for backpacking and day hikes in spring and summer and for your emergency equipment in winter.

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Most camping and backpacking headlights are in a similar weight range. That’s why we take care when breaking the mold.

The BioLite HeadLamp 330 is light at 69g, but it’s the ultra-slim profile that it sells for us. Not only is it comfortable to carry, but it also fits neatly in your emergency container.

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Multiple tool

Winter emergency kit: WAVE + SET

You don’t have to pack the entire tool box to make an emergency container feel complete. A Leatherman multitool like that Wave + set will be useful in a wide variety of situations and will take up minimal space.

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working gloves

Milwaukee work gloves

Work gloves like these Milwaukee option Keep your hands safe when you need to work on your vehicle.

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Fire starter

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

A key to virtually any emergency or survival situation is fire. Lighteners on storage ovens wear out all the time, and at least fire provides a quiet place to stay warm, prepare food, or signal help.

There are a million and one option out there – from Stick lighters to Ferrorods – but we tried to trust UCO’s Stormproof Match Kit.

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Playing cards

Bycicle Standard Playing Cards

A deck of cards is both simple and complex enough to keep you entertained for hours in any situation. We recommend having one in yourself as often as possible, especially in a potentially long and drawn out situation where you get stuck on the side of the road during a storm.

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