Southerner’s Guide to Winter Preparedness

Sounds a little silly right? A southern’s guide to winder preparedness. You are probably thinking, why would someone in the deep south need to prepare for anything? Well, that is the thing folks, down here in the south our girl Winter likes to show up unannounced. Drop two inches of ice on our roads and leave just as quick as she came storming through.

After the snowpacolypse event of 2014, I refuse to be the girl stranded with nothing. I put together somewhat of an emergency kit for my car if such an event were to occur again.


My kit includes boots, an extra jacket, pair of pants, hoodie, t-shirt, gloves, scarf and water. I also have a picnic blanket that stays in my car all year that can double as a bed/blanket if I get stuck at work or in my car to keep warm. If I am at work, I usually have some type of snack with me, so at least I would have a little something to eat. Usually it is almonds or Quest bars. I keep a cell phone charger in my car as well, and I usually have my iPad with me if I am at work. Good for reading or playing games and keeping up to date on social media to see what is going on.

Let’s take a closer look at that jacket, shall we? Yup, it is my high school band jacket! See, this is why you hold on to some things. You never know when they might be useful!


Being stranded is no joke, I hope you are prepared this winter!

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  • Reply Biana Perez November 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I think it’s super smart for you to be prepared…I remember last year when Atlanta got hit pretty bad with the snow and no one was ready for it…so at least this way you’ll be warm and ready!

  • Reply Kristin November 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Gosh, I keep a bag of stuff in my car too. A habit I picked up because I’ve never really lived in the south!

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Lauren November 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    It’s insane right now! Did we ever have fall? Like, we went from late summer to ARCTIC CHILL and no one is ready. Cold weather is no joke for us!

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design November 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I was making fun of the South last year for its complete inability to handle a couple inches of ice and snow and then Ryan pointed out to me that you guys really don’t have snow plows and the like. Because why would you? And without any practice driving on ice, of course people make mistakes. I see at least 3 cars on the side of the road after the first snowfall of every winter here, and they should know how to do this by now.

    Anyway, glad you’re prepared! I have an emergency kit in my car, but it’s mostly jumper cables and tools I don’t know how to use. It’d be smart to put some warm clothes or a blanket in there, too.

  • Reply Stephanie November 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Oh man, we have – parkas, all sorts of gloves and hats, clothes, blankets, de-icer, window wipers, vinegar, kitty litter, flares, jumper cables, tools, gas can, food, water, dog food, and a whole ton of other things. Of course, it’s going to be 30 degrees or less from here til March and last year it was -40, so we’re northerner style prepared 🙂

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal November 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Awesome prepared LADY!!!

    We had a crazy few winters up here in NY – I mean, we get SNOW – but there was some crazy fast storms that came out of nothing last year. And I have a bugout back in my trunk too! Just in case. You never know!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter November 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This is a great idea. I remember those pictures of all those stranded cars and accidents last Winter. Better to be safe than sorry! PS I love your band jacket!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph November 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I always have shit in my car. I fear getting caught on the road in winter. Shit has been bad recently.

  • Reply kristen November 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    great ideas – I should keep some similar things in my car. I freaking hate snow. HATE.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says November 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I have some stuff in my car like gloves and a charger and I never go anywhere without my phone but I need to put together a kit like this. You never know and I fear it happening when my daughter is in the car with me.

  • Reply tricia coniglio November 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Such a great idea! I remember seeing all the craziness on the news so being prepared is smart. I giggled a little when I saw that your flute jacket is now ready to working hard again!

    I have a charger and cables in my car but when I snowboard I bring extra stuff for ‘just in case’ situations.

  • Reply Kerry November 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Being a Northerner a-hole I kinda laugh at this but it is a good idea to be prepared. I have a flashlight and a blanket but that’s it. I always keep my cellphone charger in my purse though. All you need to add is booze. It helps take the bite out of the cold right?! 😉

  • Reply Amber November 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm


    I’m in Oklahoma. It’s been in the 30s. I’ve been wearing a lot of sweatshirts.

  • Reply alyssa November 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Hahahahaha that meme is GREAT!! Honestly, I kinda feel the same way here in NJ 🙂

  • Reply Joey November 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Look at you being all prepared!! If I still had a car…and still actually really drove anywhere, I’d do the same thing! There was a gridlock because of some snow/ice a few years ago down here (I was in GA at the time and missed all the excitement) and now my mom and sister will not go ANYWHERE if there’s a threat of snow. I don’t really blame them–it took each of them over 6 hours to get home–and they were only about 10 miles from their homes. I was all “you guys know you could have walked…right?” Yeah. I got the side eye. And yes–that MEME is perfect!!

  • Reply Amanda November 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Oh you silly Southerners… 😛

  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda November 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

    as a canadian who lives in a frozen tundra half the year, i fully support this however, as a canadian who lives in a frozen tundra half the year, i don’t do this 🙁

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie November 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Harrison is convinced that this will be the worst winter… no lie he even stocked up on canned goods

  • Reply Ellesees.blogspot.com November 17, 2014 at 7:42 am

    yes! i gotta be prepared. even though we don’t get that bad of snow (5 years ago and then the chaos of last year) we def aren’t prepared for it. but i hope it snows again!!

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