30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 24: Winter Prep Overkill

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Gear

There are quite a lot of adventurers out there—many who brave extreme temperatures to have an adventure of a lifetime. Like the 2,000 plus people who have successfully climbed Mount Everest. Others live in far Northern places—I’m looking at you, Alaska—where no one blinks an eye at minus freezing temperatures. When weather is going to be really nasty for a while, wouldn’t you prefer to have the best winter-rated gear? Call it overkill or call it more comfortable, the following five products don’t come cheap, but you will be much better off than your neighbors.

Picture shows a red, propane-powered hot water heater.

You can still have hot water when the pipes freeze and the electricity goes out.

Zodi Outback Gear Hot Tap HP Portable Water Heater

You can still have hot water when the pipes freeze and the electricity goes out with the Zodi Outback Gear Hot Tap HP portable water heater. When chilled to the bone, nothing feels better than a nice, hot shower. The Zodi Hot Tap HP uses propane as fuel to heat four gallons of water—enough for a 10-minute, 100-degree Fahrenheit hot shower. The water heats in seconds and the unit includes an 8-foot shower hose. You can also use the Hot Tap HP water heater to wash dishes and clothes. Not only perfect for winter, the Zodi Outback Hot Tap shower is good all year round. Take it camping, hunting and keep it convenient during spring storms.

Picture shows a blue, mummy-style winter sleeping bag.

Filled with goose down the sleeping bag has a winter-weather rating of -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chinook Polar Ice Sleeping Bag

Stay toasty warm while sleeping tucked in the Chinook Polar Ice sleeping bag. Every single inch of the Polar Ice bag’s design minimizes heat loss. The mummy-shaped bag is filled with 90/10 goose down with a winter-weather rating of -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Surprisingly lightweight for such a hefty-duty winter bag at 3.5 pounds, it includes a compression sack for easy storage and transportation. It measures 83 inches at the shoulders and 20 inches at the feet. Keep it at home or throw it in the car in case you get stuck on the side of the road.

Picture shows a pair of red insoles that have an internal heater.

Prevent frostnip and frostbite with ThermaCell’s rechargeable heated insoles.

ThermaCell Rechargeable Heated Insoles

Prevent frostnip and frostbite by keeping your toes and feet at an optimum, comfortable temperature with ThermaCell’s rechargeable heated insoles. Stick the feet warmers into any of your shoes or boots and they will keep your toesies warm via wireless remote control. The remote control has three settings: no heat, medium and high. Medium heats the insoles to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while high heats 110 degrees. A built-in thermostat works just like your home’s thermostat. Set the temperature on the remote control and once the temperature reaches the correct setting, the unit automatically shuts off. They will turn back on again when the temperature has dropped. The internal lithium-ion battery is rechargeable up to 500 times for a total of 2,500 hours of heat. They come in small, medium, large and extra large and will cut down to size your individual feet.

Picture shows a gray, black and red coffee maker powered by propane.

Stop messing with instant and brew real coffee when the power goes out.

Primus BrewFire Gas-Powered Coffee Maker

Stop messing with less-than-yummy instant coffee when the lights go out and brew real coffee with the Primus BrewFire gas-powered coffee maker. The BrewFire is safe to use indoors and uses either butane or propane gas to operate. It will make eight cups of coffee in about 15 minutes and the insulated steel coffeepot keeps coffee hot for 2.5 hours. After set up, make coffee just like your regular electric coffee maker in the BrewFire. Put your coffee grounds into the included filter, pour water in, flip the brew switch and you have coffee!

Chinook Trekker Series Snowshoes

Picture shows a modern, aluminum snowshoe with a blue outside.

When cabin fever sets in—and it will quickly—grab the family and go snowshoeing.

When cabin fever sets in—and it will quickly—grab the family and go snowshoeing. Snowshoes are helpful not only for recreation and for fun, but allow you to continue to hunt and tend to live stock. Snowshoes balance your weight when you must trek through deep snow so you do not sink. The Chinook Trekker series snowshoes are a good starting point for beginners and are made of lightweight aluminum. Easy to put on with gloved hands, The Trekker comes in a few sizes depending on your weight. Every pair features aluminum crampons—a big word for traction—that allows you to safely descend mild hills and slopes. Snowshoes are easy to use and fun for the whole family.

What is the one luxury you don’t go without during winter storms? Tell us about it in the comment section.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (1)

  • Snake


    Skip out on the coffee maker and go for a Jetboil. An additional $15 gets you a French press add on. Coarse grind half a pound of beans and throw em in your pack for morning after morning of that good stuff on the go. It’s all self contained – the fuel, stove, stabilizer, cup, and a nifty little notch on the sleeve for your silver ware. That sleeve also let’s you know when things are boiling via a color-changing element.

    After getting one for my birthday two years ago I have used it more than any of my other camping gear simply because I French press at home with it. Not affiliated with the company, just wanted to share my opinion.


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