30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 23: 15 Last Minute Items to Get Before Everyone Else Does

By CTD Suzanne published on in Basics 101, Preparedness, Survival

Ice storms, blizzards and other severe winter weather can force you to stay inside your home. Snowdrifts can pile up as high as second story windows! Some states even have laws against driving during severe winter storms. Severe ice storms can cause transformers to blow and electrical lines to fall. Before the storm hits, be prepared to go without electricity for at least three days. Linemen will not be able to get out to fix lines until the weather clears. You should not wait until the day before weathermen predict a severe winter storm. Get last minute emergency gear now, while it is still in stock. Here is a list of 15 items to get now.

Picture shows a family playing a board game by lantern light in a room with no electricty.

Be ready before anyone else when the lights go out.

  1. Indoor-safe propane or kerosene heater
  2. Enough heater fuel to last three days
  3. Firewood for fireplaces and wood-burning stoves
  4. A decent generator
  5. Gas to fuel a generator
  6. Matches and lighters
  7. Food that does not need electricity to cook
  8. Bottled water
  9. Water storage containers
  10. Warm blankets
  11. Battery-operated lighting and candles
  12. Batteries
  13. Fumeless cooking stove if your kitchen stove is not gas-powered
  14. Entertainment such as books, board games and playing cards
  15. Warm, clean clothes to dress in layers

When forced to shut-in due to severe winter weather, make sure to stay warm, dry, fed and keep everyone—including pets—safe and entertained. When running kerosene or propane heaters, remember to keep the area ventilated. Fumes can slowly build up and lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, keep the flue free from snow and ice.

For added comfort, a pot of water on a stove or heater will add moisture to the air. This extra humidity will prevent chapped lips, dry skin and itchy noses. Putting a few drops of essential oil such as peppermint, cedar wood, eucalyptus and even cinnamon sticks will keep the house moist, fragrant and helps with sinus issues.

What other items should you stock up? Tell us in the comment section.


Suzanne Wiley started shooting at a young age when her older brother bought a Marlin 60 and taught her to shoot. She took to shooting and developed a love for it when she realized she was a natural with a .22 LR rifle at summer camp. As an outdoor adventurer, she enjoys camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter and the modern-day prepper, and is a staff writer at Cheaper Than Dirt!

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