The country is caught in a vicious cold snap which requires we all exercise a bit more caution when venturing out. Icy winds can freeze skin in mere minutes while icy roads could send you reeling off into the woods or worse. Getting stranded in your car during a time of freezing temperatures could lead to serious injury or death if you are not prepared to survive.
Now many of us have an EDC or Everyday Day Carry bag, but extreme weather (in my opinion) calls for some additional preparations. Note: I’m currently revamping my EDC based on a great article by The Armed Christian which I recommend you read here. The author covers pretty much everything you would need to get you out of a bind. The only thing I have changed is that I carry 2 additional magazines for my carry pistol.
That being said, I add an additional bag for days like today; snowy, icy roads and below zero wind chills. Fortunately, there are about a half dozen hotels within a 2 mile radius of where I work, so if conditions are bad enough I will simply grab a hotel for the night. That being the case the additional bag has everything I might need for an overnight stay including clothes for work the next day or even the following. I also add extra candles, lighters, hand warmers, a real blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, extra bottled water and extra energy bars.
Finally, some good rules to follow would be to ALWAYS keep the gas tank at least half full, keep the cell phone charged and have an additional charger. Slow down, watch the other guy, and be prepared for anything; or better yet stay home if you can!
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.