If you’re among the thousands traveling this holiday, we hope that you’re taking steps to be prepared!Here are some essentials that you should make sure you pack up in your cars this holiday season when traveling, whether to see the in-laws in Portland or the elves up at the North Pole!
-Adults and teens-books, magazines, IPod/MP3 player, DVD player
-Kids-books, IPod, paper and crayons (for coloring, making Cootie Catchers, Hangman,Tic-Tac-Toe or the license plate game) and travel versions of games, like my personal favorites, Rush HourandBananagrams!
-A full tank of gas (One less thing to worry about if you get stuck in traffic)
-Battery operated radio
-Blankets for all travelers
-Car cell phone chargers
-Car scrapers/brush and shovel
-Coats, scarves, gloves and boots for all travelers
-Empty coffee cans or bottles (with lids!) for makeshift facilities
-Extra clothing for all travelers
-Extra food/snacks for all travelers
-Extra plastic bags
-Extra water for all travelers
-Map and directions
-Something brightly colored and reflective that can be used to call attention to your car if needed
While some of these items may seem a bit excessive to pack, if you find yourself stuck out on the road during a blizzard, accident related traffic jam or a closed road, you will be happy to have taken the extra time to be prepared! As some unlucky individuals recently discovered when stuck on the Thruway for 48 hours here in Buffalo, taking the time to pack up some comforts and essentials can go a long way in maintaining you and your family’s sanity in a rough situation!
If you think that your school, company or other organization would benefit from a Be Red Cross Ready presentation that addresses issues such as winter preparedness, please contact Denise Herkey-Jarosch, Regional Coordinator, NYS Citizens Preparedness Program at (716) 878-2231 to set up a presentation