Winter's Totes

Well my friends, it’s that time of year again. Old Man Winter is starting to flex his muscles and throw that four-letter word around. Yes, there is snow in them there hills. Montana and Wyoming are already showing snow. Colorado has started their chain law; from September 1st through May 31st chains are required west of Denver.

To me this means it’s time to break out the winter packages I keep on the truck. I thought it would be a good idea to share what I usually carry at this time of year. I'd also like to know if you would carry other things I may be missing.

First tote is for necessities.

  • 1.Complete outfit with extra socks.
  • 2.Extra pair of blankets.
  • 3.Spare shoes.
  • 4.Towels or spare rags. (These are all stored in a vacuum storage bag)
  • 5.Multi wick candle
  • 6.Matches and lighter
  • 7.Snow/ice cleats if possible
  • 8.Hand warmers
  • 9.Glow sticks for emergency lighting
  • 10.Hand crank flashlight.
  • 11.Jumper cables

The second tote is for emergency food.

  • 1.Tuna in the pouch
  • 2.Spam in the pouch
  • 3.Dinty Moore Stew
  • 4.Jell-O (Can be used with hot water for a high sugar dose)
  • 5.Tea or Coffee
  • 6.Sterno Stove and fuel
  • 7.Peanut Butter
  • 8.Honey
  • 9.Chocolate
  • 10.Can opener, pot holder, knife.

I know that I usually carry water, most kitchen items that we need to cook on the truck. So, with that being said, I know I am still probably missing something. There are a lot of things that I already carry that I probably use year around.

Tell me what you do and carry for that emergency situation. Remember, you do not necessarily have to be the one that is in the emergency. You could be stuck in line waiting for the cleanup. The road could be shut down due to snow and ice as we saw last winter. Till we chat again, be safe and take care.



 is a 38 year veteran of the road. He started his driving career on a ranch where he learned to drive on a 1969 Long-Nose Pete with twin sticks. From there he joined the military, where he drove various DoD trucks and equipment. After his time in the military, Grumpy returned to civilian life as a long-haul truck driver. He's seen a lot, both the good and the bad. Oh the stories can tell, and does, in his own cantankerous way. Grumpy shares his experiences and out-spoken opinions, in hopes to bring trucking back to its once great status, and he needs your help.

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