Our childhoods affect us. Sometimes it is hard to tell your spouse exactly how because we may not fully realize it ourselves, and are we are just embarrassed. When it comes to my winter gear obsession, I’ve tried to explain to her why I buy new hats, gloves, and boots every year, but I don’t think she really understands.
I remember wearing high heel winter boots out in the snow as a kid because my mom’s old boots were the only thing I had available to me other than my sneakers. I remember playing in the snow until my fingers were frozen so badly that my father had to hold my hands under look warm water as I screamed in pain. I was lucky I didn’t lose my fingertips. As a kid we were fairly poor and we never really had the right gear to survive the winter.
For me that means I buy at least one new set of Cold Weather Gear every year. I can’t help it. For instance, I tried this Trooper Ear Flap Bomber Hat on and fell in love. I now own two of them. One I keep in my “winter survival boot box”, and the other in my closet stuffed in the interior pocket of my heavy winter coat. If I get stuck out on the road, I know that my plastic container of survival gear and clothing in my vehicle is going to keep me alive and comfortable.
|Day||Survival Gear||Category||Estimated Cost|
|Survival Day 7||Trooper Ear Flap Bomber Hat||Survival Clothing||$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $1000
|Survival Day 6||30-Day Emergency Food Pail||Survival Food||$100 X 4 = $400
Total = $950
|Survival Day 5||Travel/Camping Utensils||Basic Supplies||$12 X 5 = $60
Total = $550
|Survival Day 4||Elk Ridge Fixed Blade Machete||Weapons||$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $490
|Survival Day 3||Drop Bar Door Brackets||Security||$40 X 6 = $240
Total = $440
|Survival Day 2||Kaito KA500 Crank Emergency Radio||Technology||$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $200
|Survival Day 1||Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding Knife||Basic Supplies||$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $100