Snow tends to stalk us. Before you find yourself short on something, you need to deal with a ton of white stuff first, make sure you have the following items on hand.
Buy a large bucket of melting ice
Make sure you always have enough melting ice beads by purchasing a bucket. You can get a 1
If you don’t have pets, look for an ice melt that is safe for your concrete driveway. Do your best to make your ice melt last by knowing the best time to salt driveways and sidewalks.
Have some good snow shovels
Sometimes one scoop is not enough. And if you are going to invest in two spades, you should buy two different types, right? We recommend the following:
- The snow plow: If you are looking for a wide shovel that easily pushes snow (like a snow plow) then “the original snow blade” is for you. Available in a few different widths, it has an ergonomic handle, and is excellent for shredding or scraping packaged ice.
- Garant True-Temper: If you are looking for a high capacity shovel this is an excellent choice. With the wide mouth you can scoop a lot and the ergonomic handle prevents too much effort.
Have your shovel ready to use
You may occasionally stick snow to your shovel. This is even more common if you store your shovel indoors in the winter. You don’t have to fight snow shedding when you invest in some snow wax. This spray coating prevents snow from sticking to your shovel.
However, if you don’t have snow wax on hand, you can also spray your shovel with the same cooking oil you use to coat pans.
Remove snow build-up from your roof
Speaking of shovels, if you live in an area where there is a lot of snow, it’s normal to struggle with snow build-up on your roof. Between the weight and the ice dams that inevitably form, it’s easy to get roof damage.
Don’t let it get that far. Invest in a telescopic snow rake for your roof. It will make snow removal much easier and you could save yourself on expensive repairs.
Invest in a snow blower
If you are tired of shoveling snow or have a long driveway, a snow thrower is definitely a wise investment. A beastly gas-powered blower that can blow snow at the moon might suit someone with a large driveway in a snowy climate. However, not everyone needs that kind of clamping force.
If you have a small driveway and sidewalk, or if you don’t want to wreck your back with shovels, this electric TACKLIFE snow blower will help you get the job done quickly at a reasonable price. Plus, it only weighs 31 lbs., So it’s not too heavy to move.
Protect your lawn with driveway markings
Whether you’re plowing your own driveway, having someone else do it, or sometimes need to get out before plowing, driveway markers are an excellent winter addition. They keep you from getting stuck in (or tearing) your lawn when you cross the driveway.
Avoid slips and falls
If you spend a lot of time outside in the winter shoveling the driveway or hiking, you should have a pair of YakTrax traction plates for your snow boots.
While the company has hardcore cleats for backcountry hikes, the more city-friendly steel spool version will work for most people. They won’t damage your deck or other surfaces, but still give you a firm grip on the ice.
Check your winter clothing
Make sure all your outdoor winter clothing is in good condition and ready for a few more months of snow and cold. Check your coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots. Now is a good time to put a new waterproof layer on your winter boots to keep your feet dry.
If you spend a lot of time outside in the snow and cold, invest in gloves made for extremely cold temperatures. These gloves from Jeniulet will keep your hands warm in temperatures down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also waterproof and windproof.
You don’t want to get caught in blizzards without the right tools to dig yourself out! Double check this list and make sure you are prepared.