Last time out in Hooked Up, on the heels of the massive Buffalo “snow-pocalypse” that left some Canadian drivers stuck for days in their trucks, I asked readers to send me a list of what can be found in their winter survival kits.

Greg Decker, an owner/operator with Mullen Group out of Airdrie, Alta., said he doesn’t even think of it as a survival kit, but he has a list of items he always carries in his truck come wintertime.

“Most of these items I take for granted as I need them for my job, but they will also keep me alive,” he said.

I think it’s a pretty complete list and worthy of a $50 Tim Horton’s gift card. Here’s what Greg keeps on-hand in the truck in the winter:

For warmth:

  • Arctic-rated winter clothing and boots
  • Multiple toques
  • Fur-lined hat
  • Multiple pairs of winter gloves
  • 2 extra pairs of winter boots
  • Rigmaster APU
  • A minimum of 140 gallons of diesel in the tank at all times
  • Electric blanket
  • 2 quilts
  • Electric heater

For sustenance:

  • 10-15 days worth of food
  • 2-3 gallons of water
  • Milk
  • Popcorn
  • Snacks
  • Pop
  • Gatorade

For entertainment:

  • 10-15 movies
  • Books

For safety:

  • 2 flashlights
  • 2 extra sets of batteries
  • 4 battery-operated beacons
  • Studded Trigg tire chains
  • Phone
  • Qualcomm satellite unit
James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 18 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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