33 Winter Preps and Survival Gear

Get prepped for the winter, the most dangerous season in the north!

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  1. Kristian Knape
    Kristian Knape 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    spring greets from finland

    ever thought about the oxygen content in ones body when it comes to deriving energy from food?

    as a metafor let us think about a stove which has poor draft. even best quality wood will not give its full heating potential when oxygen present in the burning reaction is insufficient. not to mention the clogging of chimney pipes..

    so same can be applied to digestion and absorption in a human body.
    this point just crossed my mind when contemplating these food ration issues in any scenario. in short, im sure you get the point!

    keep up the high level education vids in this field!!

    thänks, chris

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  2. S. Brock
    S. Brock 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    thank you!

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  3. S. Brock
    S. Brock 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    I think geothermal systems need electricity to run the pumps

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  4. Twomidgetsonahorse
    Twomidgetsonahorse 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    #34 – Anyone who has spent any sort of time outside knows the importance of small tuck into your pocket tube of chapstick or vaseline. Cracked or damaged exposed skin is pretty painful, keeping your exposed skin covered is optimal but in lieu of that these products can be useful. they are good barter items as well.

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  5. jamc666
    jamc666 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    # 34 : 200'000 CAD / USD to purchase the stuff above.

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  6. Andrew DeJoseph
    Andrew DeJoseph 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Great video.. I live near NYC. We just got slammed with almost 30" of snow. Fortunately we did not lose power.,I was interest in the propane heater. Is it odorless? Thanks for your videos. I just subscribed.

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  7. Pertinent Paridigm
    Pertinent Paridigm 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    hope you guys in Canada know about NOAA falsifying temperature data and the coming mini ice age. Check out adapt2030 channel on YouTube.

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  8. funkyprepper
    funkyprepper 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Excellent video – always nice to see non run of the mill kit and ideas.

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  9. The Survival Outpost
    The Survival Outpost 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Well done, you showed a ton of great options!

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  10. Richard Kolla
    Richard Kolla 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    I dunno about number 20. I've read that people have died from using a BBQ to heat their house. Have always wondered how you would keep the heat in while still allowing the gasses to vent out. http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/caution-urged-after-2-die-using-generator-to-heat-house-1.1606555

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  11. Kristian Knape
    Kristian Knape 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    yep. guess its the type of snow, relative humidity etc that counts whether snowshoes or skis would be preferred.

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  12. Kristian Knape
    Kristian Knape 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    cross country skis! maybe theyre already on the list, dunno since i didnt read all the comments.. the kind that are around 3 inch wide, maybe a little less.
    best way of getting around when theres enough snow, atleast energy expenditurewise.
    atleast did the trick in winter war ( yep, this ones from finland too )
    happy skiing and xmas!!

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  13. Strength Squadron
    Strength Squadron 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    how much sunlight is needed for passive solar heating?   it seems canada doesn't get enough

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  14. P Hab
    P Hab 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    This is a kinda side thing but coco oil like the kind for stretch marks and the oils are better than the creams. My point being and idk if it was just me but I had put a layer on before going out in very cold conditions and I felt much wormer. I would at least keep it for my hands and face for high wind in the cold. Food for thought thanks for sharing.

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  15. jmtnvalley
    jmtnvalley 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Open taps can drain a community water supply very quickly.

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  16. Big City Ready 2017
    Big City Ready 2017 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    CP, Thought about the buddy heater for my bov,  which doubles as a simi bug out location because it is a fully self contained system for 3 weeks.    I found using tea light candles to heat my sleeping quarters in the bov is perfect  , due to the  small sleeping quarters of 70 cubic feet .  Research stated I needed 300btu's to heat 70 cubic feet to a comfortable temp,  1tea light candle =50btu ,   needing 300btu or 6 candles  (at 4 cents each) to warm that space for 4 hours to 66 degrees , or 48 cents for the night  .  Honestly , never had to use this system in a shtf .  Howerver, did use it 2 nights when stealth camping in Boston and Rhode Island  where temps were 28.   FOr safty , the candles burned in a rocket stove which is vented to the roof .  Also, I  only burned non sented candles. I  still  vent the candles  to be safe , along with a co detector on, for back up.   Might sound silly . but saved $300 not having to rent a room in a hotel and got a chance to put my theory to the test .

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  17. ThePorritZ
    ThePorritZ 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    something i always… ALWAYS keep in my car is a good axe. a good all-purpose axe can save the day oh so much 🙂
    keeping a good axe at home is always good too, but it is, i believe, a necessity in your car… granted i live out in the country and just below the polar circle so out here, an axe really is the difference between life and death…

    on another note. I really like these videos of yours, keep it up!

    Cheers from Finland :D

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  18. infowolf1
    infowolf1 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Great stuff! some of it I could use if we get an awful winter which we need in California to replace the water. Also if we are heading into an ice age, then we don't need SHTF to need this.

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  19. glen1arthur
    glen1arthur 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    I was glad that you mention the CO2 detector how often do we hear about people dying trying to keep themselves warm. Truly it is a must have like a smoke detector. Regards & Respect g

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  20. Ibpn
    Ibpn 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    easy on/off ice creepers for your shoes. one pair in the car in case you have to walk, a pair at home every day use, and a pair in your BOB.

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  21. Kevin Huff
    Kevin Huff 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    I find that hot food really helps with morale during power outages. For a longer time, a pot of warm water for a sponge bath is also a morale booster. For those reasons, a simple camp stove is worthwhile for bug in situations.

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  22. Saskbushcrafter Leis
    Saskbushcrafter Leis 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Great list
    You have an awesome & informative channel +Canadianprepper

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  23. Nikali Gaming
    Nikali Gaming 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    winter is not 6 months of the year in canada… we have 4 seasons.. only far north is winter lasting longer.

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  24. Dutch Courage
    Dutch Courage 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Two categories missing: …1. 'Low Tech' entertainment, meaning: playing cards, dice, board games, books (possibly including 101 card games for long winter nights, and 101 dice games for long winter nights; or something along those lines). Try and avoid anything to do with survival (like edible plants cards, 'in winter?') references, entertainment is to get your mind off of the current situation and try and keep a good morale, not to depress you even more… (sure, put one of those in a bug out bag, where it is both useful and possible entertainment, but for 'house preps' I would avoid those) … … … 2. Pregnancy Control (not really sure why it's commonly referred to as birth control, because if it were to actually control that, it would be one step to late, or the measures rather drastic). Now yes, wintertime might be an excellent time to get pregnant in extreme winter prone areas (like Canada), with birth being in summer. But when you are in a grid down scenario you may want to postpone that notion until next winter, just making sure that 'next summer' is still a good time to put a child on the earth. So, pregnancy control measures would be good itemS (emphasis on the 'S' , 6months is a long time) to include.

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  25. SHTF and Preparation
    SHTF and Preparation 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    I also recommend buying a portable chemical toilet. One for each person in the house, or you may have a serious waste problem.

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  26. G- Man
    G- Man 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Howdy from Texas. What's all that white stuff. Lol Good information. Cold is cold snow or not. Even 32* down here in Texas yesterday. Will kill a man.

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  27. Jack Walsh
    Jack Walsh 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    C.P. A well thought and informative video. Cheers, Mate.

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  28. Armed Rogue
    Armed Rogue 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    You need good ventilation for the propane heater, right?
    Great tips and great list of gear! We don't get snow here so some of this stuff doesn't apply to us personally, but I know it applies to MANY people! One thing to add to the cooler, would be dry ice, or maybe the blue ice packs.
    Do those reflective insoles work? Have you tried them out?
    Great vid!

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  29. Anybody But Hillary 2016
    Anybody But Hillary 2016 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    34. .. means to cook, .. propane camping stove that could be used inside, Propane grill (outside), possibly a heavy supply of Match light charcoal, .. ect ….. (in case u don't have a wood stove).

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  30. Insert Name here
    Insert Name here 1 June, 2016, 05:07


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  31. Randy Yeager
    Randy Yeager 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Excellent video….I've got to up my game! liked and shared.

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  32. Central Oregon Survival Network
    Central Oregon Survival Network 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Yes, winter preps are very important!!! Great video and good selection..

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  33. NSDaffy
    NSDaffy 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    With propane heaters are you worried about carbon monoxide when using indoors?

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  34. TheUrbanPrepper
    TheUrbanPrepper 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Lots of goodies included in this video! My Amazon wish list just expanded. Perfect timing on this winter video!

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  35. Mika Luostarinen
    Mika Luostarinen 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Foam extinguishers may freeze when they're in unheated places like cars and garages. Special non-freezing models should be chosen for such places. Otherwise foam is convenient, it doesn't make such mess as powder if you use it at home.

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  36. normiesgetout
    normiesgetout 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Protip: Car floor mats work good for getting traction if stuck

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  37. Red River Scout
    Red River Scout 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    A couple things. I think a winter sleep system is a vital item that was not covered and would be necessary.

    Also in terms of shelter I think in Canada in particular you would almost be sure to be better off setting up a shelter in the front or backyard if you have a home. Unlike in Europe the vast majority of homes are not designed to be heated without power and just as if not more important we do not design our homes to be heated in individual rooms. So even if you do have a heat source you are stuck heating an entire building unnecessarily making it very inefficient. The carbon monoxide detector is a good idea since most people who don't die of exposure in such a situation usually asphyxiate themselves. That being said I think a good shelter system setup in the yard like a Plash Palatka or Polish Lavvu tent would make more sense. You can even put a wood stove in one. I also think in a prolonged grid down situation in the city houses would become targets for looters. By doing this I think you are still close enough to defend your property but are using your resources more efficiently.

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  38. ronstryker
    ronstryker 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Excellent video, you really nailed it on the key items. One thing I also use in winter are a pair of gaiters to help keep my boots and lower pant legs dry and warm when I'm out shoveling snow.

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  39. Doomstead Diner
    Doomstead Diner 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Nice list CP!

    You did miss electrics preps though. Wind turbines are good up here in the Great White North, as while Sun is not plentiful for PV Panels, wind usually is quite abundant.


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  40. Thirteen Canuck
    Thirteen Canuck 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    A Gransfors Bruks hatchet/axe. Also a hunting rifle.

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  41. Nicolas Bessette
    Nicolas Bessette 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    One thing I'm on the lookout for is a -30 degree C sleeping bag. I think keeping a whole shelter at a comfortable temperature on the long term might be too energy and time consuming.

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  42. Cyclops Triceratops
    Cyclops Triceratops 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Excellent. I really enjoy your narration and thought process!

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  43. Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Excellent List !

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  44. LandseerNorth
    LandseerNorth 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Snow tires on in the fall, off in the spring. Also, cat litter, being clay, becomes pretty slippery once damp. It failed me and I only carry sand in my vehicle now. Don't forget a tow strap. I've pulled people out with mine, and I've had people pull me out with mine when they didn't have one. Thanks for the vid.

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  45. Harry Johnson
    Harry Johnson 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    One more thought, on the topic of winter driving. I'm a rural route mail carrier and we don't have the luxury of not going to work when it snows. A two wheel drive vehicle with no chains on the tires sucks. If you just add a chain on one driving  wheel it becomes much better. Put them on both and you do great. A four wheel drive with chains on all four tires can perform miracles. A front wheel drive vehicle is the next best thing to four wheel drive. A winch on the front and back is also helpful if you have to get unstuck. A tow strap is great too as a good Samaritan can pull you out. A shovel on board is good as you can dig around your wheels when necessary. Thick boards to use to run on works as well, once you jack it up and slide them under. I can't imagine living where the winters are really bad.

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  46. Harry Johnson
    Harry Johnson 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Another well thought out video. Keep them coming. I live in the US in the state of TN. Our winters are mild compared to what you northern dwellers get. We still have it, just not as bad.

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  47. Country Prepper
    Country Prepper 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Great video brother! Just got done putting our winter emergency kits in our vehicles last week and bam we get a snow storm last night. This gave me some ideas for additions to put in our kits. Thanks!

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  48. neolithic3
    neolithic3 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    or just live in Vancouver

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  49. Zombie Reaper
    Zombie Reaper 1 June, 2016, 05:07

    Very good video,for anyone anywhere. There are few places that are totally safe from the peril's of winter storm's, just the tropics. even in the southeast U.S. which is where I live.Last year in Atlanta Georgia also Alabama, thousand's were stranded on interstate's children, in school's people in store's. It was a storm that crippled several states. All of the thing's you mentioned are excellent prep's I always carry a 72 hour bag in my vehicle that would make a huge difference in such situation's. Many people abandoned their vehicle's and walked to places that had water, warmth and food. many stayed in their car's for 24 hour's. I know this is a lengthy post sorry about that. But I feel as you do about people everywhere taking this very seriously. One thing that I have for in the home, is a coleman propane stove good for a little extra heat and cooking.

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