Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

Is your vehicle winter ready? I'm reviewing a great pre-made car emergency kit that you can purchase or use as inspiration to build your own emergency car kit. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com

 

Getting our vehicles ready for Winter is such an important thing to do, and one that I think is often overlooked. Yeah, you might make sure you have a flashlight tucked away somewhere in there, and you know that you have a spare tire (….hopefully it isn’t flat…..), and you have one of those little orange triangle thingies to set up if you happen to be broke down. You’re all set!

Or, Are You?

Where I live, Fall and Winter snows manage to stop freeway traffic completely several times a year. Just a couple of years ago, there were several hundred motorists stranded on our stretch of I-5 overnight, in the snow, trapped in their cars. Since we live on a major freeway that is the main drag from Washington to California, there are a lot of people that end up being stuck without the proper items in their car to at least be semi-comfortable while traveling.

What Should I Have In My Car?

Well, for starters, I think a kit like the Nitro-Pak 2-Person, 72-Hour Kit is great to have in your car while traveling. Sure, it’s a 72 Hour kit, but it still has a ton of the stuff you’ll need if you are stranded because of weather. At least you’ll be comfortable while you wait for help to arrive, or in our case, the freeway to start moving again.

Another thing I think is a great idea is a kit specifically for break downs. So, today I’m going to be reviewing one of those kits, a Deluxe Auto Emergency Combo from Emergency Essentials. This kit has what you need to get back on the road or to sit tight while you wait for help.

Is your vehicle winter ready? I'm reviewing a great pre-made car emergency kit that you can purchase or use as inspiration to build your own emergency car kit. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com

Deluxe Auto Emergency Combo

.Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty here; what comes in this kit?

  • Backpack to keep it all contained
  • Headlamp (with batteries)
  • Roll of TP
  • 24 oz of boxed water (think juice box)
  • 1 (400 calorie) Millennium Bar
  • Hand Warmers
  • Rain Poncho
  • Emergency Space Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Matches
  • Glo Stick
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Jumper Cables
  • Screwdriver with a changeable head (both phillips and regular)
  • Wrench
  • Multi-Tool Knife
  • Vice Grips
  • Needle Nosed Pliers

It basically contains the essential things you’ll need to fix a minor issue with your car, or to be able to wait until someone comes along to rescue you.

Is your vehicle winter ready? I'm reviewing a great pre-made car emergency kit that you can purchase or use as inspiration to build your own emergency car kit. | Cooke's Frontier www.cookesfrontier.com

 

My Thoughts.

I think this is a great, basic emergency car kit. Personally, I would beef up the first aid kit if I didn’t have a larger one in my car. I would also add more snacks and food items, as well as more water if those aren’t something that you already carry in your car. I’d probably also throw in a couple of road flares, just so I could be a bit more visible at nighttime. Oh, and maybe a deck of cards or a book to keep me occupied while I wait wouldn’t be to terrible of an addition, either.

I thought that the bag was sturdy and well made, as well as easy to grab and toss into your trunk or backseat. If you ended up needing to leave your car for any reason, you could always take the tools and heavier items out of the bag and use it to put some extra food, water, and clothes in to get you by until you reached your destination. I know my husband thought that having the jumper cables work for batteries with both top- and side- mounted terminals was a fantastic idea.

However, I do feel like the Deluxe Auto Emergency Combo is a pretty standard collection of what a basic car kit needs to be. If you’re just starting out and you don’t have anything in your car at all, this is a GREAT place to start. My needs aren’t going to be the same as yours, and so we’ll each need to customize whatever emergency equipment we put into our cars to reflect our situations, surroundings, and severity of weather.

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Win A Sun Oven!

Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!

 

The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start of the reasons why you should enter to try and win this oven.

Sun Oven Giveaway

I just received a Sun Oven, and while I haven’t been able to review it yet, I can say that I’m enjoying learning to cook in it. Cooking in a sun oven is just as easy as using a conventional oven and really only takes a few minutes longer in the cooking cycle. Prepare your recipe using a little less liquid in casseroles, soups and stews. For baked goods use the same amounts of liquids as the recipe calls for. Find the optimal direction of the sun and get cooking. Of course, using a sun oven does require the sun to be available. However, it is possible to obtain good results even on a partly cloudy day. Yesterday we had some partly cloudy skies in the afternoon and I still managed to turn out some really fabulous cheesecake brownies (more on those another time :) )

The All American Sun Oven is manufactured right here in the USA. The company stands behind their product. Globally, Sun Oven has worked to bring this off grid cooking solution to many undeveloped parts of the world, allowing people to eat healthier, cooked foods. I am happy to work with a company that has a giving mission.

With all the benefits of lower utility bills, being prepared to cook without fuel or electricity, and supporting a wonderful company, who wouldn’t want to own a Sun Oven! So lets get to the giveaway.

The Terms

(otherwise known as the small print)

The All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 20th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 26th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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