Winter in New Hampshire can be brutal and it’s best to be prepared should you get stranded in your car during the winter months. 

Your kit should contain blankets and warm clothes in case you need to wait for help or a tow truck to arrive. There should also be non-perishable food (granola bars, for example) and bottled water, which will be useful if you are in a more remote part of New Hampshire, or there is a bad snow storm. A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and a cell phone adapter for your car’s lighter are also necessities. If you or a family member is on a medication, extra medication should be in the kit as well, along with over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

You’ll want to have tow rope, booster cables, a fluorescent flag, and several emergency flares, as well. Another good thing to have in your kit is road salt, sand, or kitty litter for traction. A first aid kit should be in your emergency kit, as well (although the first aid kit should be in your car year-round, ideally).

When making an emergency kit, it is important that you keep the container somewhere you can easily access. If your trunk is frozen shut and you can’t access it from the interior of your car, it might be a good idea to keep the kit in the backseat or glove compartment.

If you find yourself trapped in a snow bank and are awaiting help, it is important to run your engine for no more than ten minutes per hour. Always make sure the exhaust pipe is clear; if it is not, then deadly carbon monoxide can build up inside the car. When first stuck, tie the fluorescent flag from your kit onto your antenna to make your car easier to find.

After making your winter emergency kit, you will be prepared for almost any emergency you may experience during the snowy months.

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Since New Hampshire is such a small state, it’s a great place to live if you and your family love daytrips. There are fun activities for all surrounding New Hampshire. Here’s a list of some of the best daytrips:

  • A day in Boston is fun for history buffs, kids, and food connoisseurs alike. From the Museum of Fine Arts to the Freedom Trail  to the Children’s Museum, there’s something for everybody. There’s enough to do in this huge city for many day trips to come.

  • Who doesn’t love Ben & Jerry’s? You can take a day trip out to the Ben & Jerry’s factory for a great tour with ice cream at the end. Anyone who loves ice cream will be delighted with the ice cream graveyard in the back, along with the free samples. This is an affordable day trip – four dollars per adult, and kids under twelve are free.

  • Mackworth Island in Maine is perfect for anyone who’s young at heart. There is a permanent fairy house village on the island, where you can look at others’ fairy houses, or make your own. The scenery is also beautiful, with plenty of benches overlooking the water.

  • Although a bit longer of a drive, Cape Cod is worth the trip. There are sandy beaches, hiking and biking trails, and golfing. Kids and adults alike will love the whale watching trips, along with the cute shopping areas.

  • Rhode Island has many hidden gems, and it’s not too far from Southern NH. Newport has fantastic mansions, along with breathtaking views of the beach. Kids will love walking around the sand-swept beaches, while adults can soak up the history from famous mansions such as The Breakers.

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