The news (Starving, Freezing, Stuck for a Day on the Road) had a story about one of our US Senators being stuck in a snowstorm in Virginia. The article didn’t say if he had emergency supplies with him, but he reportedly said that his 2 hour trip had been lengthened to 19 hours.


In the Virginia traffic jam in the middle of a blizzard, Marvelous Marvin, as I call him, walked around in the cold and shared his emergency water with other vehicles:

“I’m here with my daughter, my other daughter is in the back sleeping; this was totally unexpected,” Mr. Marvin Romero said. “Thankfully, we had some water. I actually walked around handing water out to people who may need the little I had myself.”

Mr. Romero might not always be there for us. So your dna will love you if you plan ahead. Any Mom or Dad should already know to keep a tin container of oatmeal cookies or club crackers or protein bars under the seat. Mice who break into your car can’t get into the tin container.

My thoughts go out to the people who seem to be unaware of planning ahead. Before moving west of the Mississippi River, I wouldn’t have known, either, so I’m going to share two basic tips.

Mylar blanket


Freak weather and intense storms are increasing. Always keep a couple emergency thermal mylar blankets in your car. They are $0.99 cents. Keep a couple extra mylar blankets for your passengers, like your children and grandchildren who might ride with you.



Store your water in the passenger compartment of your vehicle with you, not in the trunk, because you will run your car’s heater during winter travels, which will help your emergency water or Gatorade stay much warmer.

Keep your emergency water in a soft-sided insulated container, like an Igloo or Coleman… This will provide some protection from the cold.

“Hot Hands” to be bought in the summer when they are available – in advance of the blizzard! (see walmart or amazon or emergency suppliers or outdoor suppliers)

“If your emergency water is partially or fully frozen, use chemical hand and/or foot warmers placed around your bottles of water. If you have or are using an insulated container, place the activated warmers right in with the bottles.” (Ref.: The Survival Mom)


If you know any private pilots, you might also know what else they store in the cockpit for long trips, and I don’t mean a barf bag.

This is the KRQE Albuquerque TV News article that I reference.

‘Starving, freezing’: Sen. Kaine among hundreds snowed in, stuck for hours on I-95 in Virginia

Editing: Erica P. Wissinger


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