If you remember, I started an emergency preparedness series last September. We had experienced a power outage a month or so earlier that had lasted for 15 hours. We also had major flooding in our town this last summer. All of this got me thinking, “Am I prepared for an emergency or natural disaster?” Sadly, the answer was no.
Less than six months later, I am happy to report that I have come a long way! We now have 72-hour kits, food and water supply (still need to add a few things to that), and right now I am working on making sure we all have warm clothing, including boots. One of my biggest annoyances is being cold, and I can’t imagine having to flee from my house in an emergency in the middle of winter. My goal this month has been to have coats, warm socks, boots and gloves in a readily accessible spot in our home, should we need to leave in a hurry.
I researched different brands and read lots of reviews, and these are the two brands I decided on:
The number one thing I looked for was durability, waterproof, and cold tempurature ratings. Kamik seemed to have all of this. For my toddler, I got her the PRANCER boots.
Since she still needs help getting boots on, I went with these ones because of the easy grab lace lock. We put them on, and then grab the lace lock in two different spots, and they are secure! Unfortunately we haven’t had a very snowy season this winter, so we have only been able to go sledding a few times, but every time her feet have kept warm and dry. We are fans so far!
For myself, I got the Women’s SNOWVALLEY boots. I saw them on Amazon and they had awesome ratings; and So far they have proven true to those ratings. They are very warm and very comfortable. I like that they are easy to get on and off because I like to keep my snow boots by the door during the winter so that if I need to run out and grab the mail really quickly, I can just pop them on and run out. Like the toddler boots, they keep my feet very warm, and very dry!
These boots are built for really cold tempuratures. We’re talking, survive-just-fine-in-Antarctica kind of warm! I found lots of the reviews were from people in Alaska that were thrilled their boots survived the -40 degree temps. If you have a husband that is really into ice fishing, hunting, or other outdoor winter activities, these suckers will keep his feet warm and dry! I got my husband the Baffin Men’s Endurance Snow Boot, because my “emergency preparedness mindset” like that it had pockets that you could stuff stuff into, but my husband said next time he would get one of their less “bulky” styles. He does like how warm and comfy they are though.
I also tried Baffin’s Base layer for women and I LOVE mine. It’s a great item for winter sports, or in my case…my 72-hour kit 🙂
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A WINTER EMERGENCY??
If not, now is the PERFECT time to get ready! Many stores are having sales on their winter gear this month!
Need some more help with emergency preparedness? Next, I will be focusing on how to power your fridge during a power outage, as well as some comfort kits you can make for your kids to bring them comfort during scary occurances. In the meantime, check out some of my posts from the last several months: