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Winter Car Kit – Winterizing Your Car for Emergencies

I got stuck in my own driveway this winter…..grrrr.  Only a few feet from my garage where I would be nice, toasty and dry.  But no . .  . I. Got. Stuck.  Seriously, all I would have needed was some sand or cat litter in my car and I could have gotten out of it by myself.

Hi Y’All,

Brrrr. . . I hope you’re staying toasty warm this winter.  Grab you seat and a nice hot beverage and let’s learn how to put together a decent (not overwhelming) emergency kit for your car this winter.Tea for two

One good thing came from me being stuck – it could have been worse and now I can get my act together and put together a decent, possibly life saving, EMERGENCY WINTER CAR KIT.

The Container

The container is important.  It will represent you and your needs.  Do you need a large one? small? or do you want to purchase a custom made one?  Does it need to be soft thermal or a hard cooler?  Just remember that you will want to leave the “DO NOT REMOVE” container in your car all winter (& possible switch it out- for the summer as well).  Wiebke used a soft medium sized thermal container and I just went with a trusty cardboard box.  One that i can stick in the back in a corner neatly boxed.

Six Basic Items

Emergency Winter Car Kit

After much research we found that there are six basic (or core) items you need in order to be prepared for emergencies.

  1.  Kitty Litter
  2. Water
  3. Blanket
  4. Candle
  5. Lighter
  6. Food

The What & The Why

Winter Car Kit Emergency Core Items

Kitty Litter (or sand if you prefer),  doesn’t have to be an expensive brand (I actually prefer the cheaper brands) which you can pick up for a buck or two.  Kitty Litter can be used to help you get out of situations where your car may be stuck in the snow or on ice.  When you sit in the snow and spin your tires without  traction this can make the area too slick for the tires to find traction. The Kitty Litter (or sand) could provide just enough traction thrown under the tire, for the tires to get a grip and pull your car out.

Water is important to sustain life or in other words, we cannot live without water.  If you are in a stranded situation you can use the water to drink and stay hydrated, make a cup-of-soup,  tea or hot cocoa (if you also pack it), clean wounds, or replenish a radiator that may have ran out of fluid.  To learn how to keep water from freezing check out the Survival Mom article On How to Keep Emergency Water in Your Vehicle Unfrozen During the Winter.

A Blanket is a necessity to staying warm and dry. Wiebke likes a wool blanket and I prefer a microfiber blanket as I have found them to retain heat.  The reason they retain heat is because of the tightly knit fabric. You can use a blanket to cover you and stay warm within your own body heat longer or if you get wet because you tried to get yourself out of being stuck in the snow, you can use the blanket to change out of your wet clothes.

Candle can be used to provide warmth, light, or as a possible heating element if you include a vessel safe to heat in (I included a ceramic coffee cup in mine).  In addition, you will want to make sure you have a fire safe container to place the candle in.  I like the jar candles as they are all inclusive and if needed I can place a fireproof cup/can on top to heat.

Lighter – This one is kind of obvious as you will need something to light the candle.  You could use matches as well.

Food is a necessity and distraction against hunger. Ideally, you will want to pack high protein energy food/snacks that will hold up to freezing temperatures.  But, if your like me, I am lucky to have snacks healthy or not that will weather a freeze.  Some ideas include, but are not limited to: granola bars, chips, cookies, raisins, mini candy bars, those crackers with peanut butter or pack some peanut butter and crackers separately.  You get the idea.

The Extras

Winter Car Kit Extra Supplies

Now you could just stop at the basics, but if you have a family or travel a lot you may want to customize some extra items for your Winter Emergency Car Kit.  I included in mine a book to read (my distraction if I am stuck), those little nifty hand warmers, a portable shovel (if I get stuck more than my kitty litter can handle) plus I can take it camping, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, tooth brush/paste kit, and a ceramic coffee mug.

The Point

Seriously, this kit is very easy to put together.  You probably have all the items in your home already. It doesn’t matter how you create your very own Winter Emergency Car Kit, the point is that once you get it into your car you will be prepared for winter driving.  Just remember this could possible save your life and those of your loved ones, but at the very least it could provide a distraction while waiting for a tow truck or rescue.

Warmer Weather Emergency Car Kit

When warmer weather comes to your area remember to upgrade your kit.  You will want to refresh your food and water supply.  Possibly change out your candle if it is a loose one as they can melt to a blob in a warm car.  I, personally have a candle in a glass container with a lid to serve me in all seasons.   Instead of hand warmers you might want to make a change to a battery operated fan.  Instead of hot coca try changing it to some instant flavored beverage like Gatorade, Crystal Light or Kool-aid.  I believe you are getting the idea.  Make it yours for whatever season you find yourself in.


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Small Hand Tools – Tricks and Hacks

Small Tools Cheats

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Welcome to our corner of the web.  We’re glad your here to learn and enjoy a few laughs with us.  Wiebke is off to Canada and she left me in charge here (big mistake), so we will just have to enjoy a few extra laughs on her behalf. You really need to check out some of the pictures I have added of her.  So, grab that seat and beverage and check out what we’ve been up to.

Tea for twoLearning to Use Hand Tools

When my husband, Bill passed away a little over a year ago I was stuck with having to do some small repairs around the house and grounds.  Mind you, I considered myself pretty smart and Bill did show and teach me a lot about house maintenance………..or so I thought.  I don’t think you truly realize how much a person does or impacts your life until they are gone. Whether they went to heaven, you’re newly divorced or you’ve moved out on your own.  It can be really tough trying to cover everything especially when you don’t really know anything.

Needless to say I started doing repairs and maintenance around the house and found that I wasn’t as handy as I would have liked.  I could barely hold a screw and screw it in – not to mention that I couldn’t hold a nail and hammer it in without pounding not only my thumb, but I managed to bruise my whole hand.

So this started my journey into reading books, watching videos, and researching the internet to find out how to actually handle tools properly.  Along the way I picked up a few tricks (or hacks) that helped me do things easier or simpler.

The Hard Hat Belles &The Hard Hat Belles Tools Tools

Not only was learning how to do things that my husband would do one of the reasons that we developed The Hard Hat Belles, but tools also played a big part in our decision to teach others (mainly geared at tool clueless women and girls of all ages).  Wiebke was and is my cohort in helping me to figure things out after Bill passed.  She is also married to a very handy man and believe me, she picks his brain more than ever now.

If you are like me – one of those people who are just too stubborn to think they can’t do it or someone who just can’t afford a handy man then our blog and videos will teach you as we learn ourselves. Plus as an added bonus we can all have a few laughs along the way.


Wood or metal handled hammer

We may joke about tools, but here at The Hard Hat Belles we always believe in safety first!  Please use safety when you are doing a project involving tools.  We each only get two eyes and hands, if we’re blessed – let’s protect them (disclaimer).

Protect your eyesSafety Gloves

Small Hand Tool Tips, Tricks & Hacks

We hope our small hand tool video showed you some new tips on how to use those hand tools of yours.  Plus stick around we have some awesome tips listed below.  Let us know in the comments below which ones have worked best for you or if you have some new ones we didn’t list.  We love hearing from you!

Small hand tools

  • Use a man’s pocket comb to hold a screw or nail
  • Use a clothes pin with a spring to hold a nail or screw
  • Use a plastic lid or piece of firm cardboard to hold a nail or screw by cutting a slit in it
  • Use an old pair of gloves to cover plier tips to keep from leaving teeth markings in the project you are working on.  You can also  remove the fingers from old holey ones and keep them handy (toolsmithdirect.com)
  • Use a rubber band and wrap it around the plier handles to hold the the item you want held like a vise or if you need to step away from a project for a moment (bathroom call) it will be held in place
  • An easy way to identify a jar of screw drivers is to simply mark the top with a design of the tip using a marker, nail polish, white-out etc.
  • Use a hammer size your “hand” is comfortable using
  • Grip a hammer towards the end of the hammer for better contact with a nail (gripping towards the bulky top can cause you harm and will take forever to hammer that waMeasuring tapey)
  • If your retractable measuring tape starts to get sluggish put some car wax on both sides then wipe it off  (elec-toolbox.com/ under Tricks of Trade)Measuring Wiebke

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