9 items to make braving snowstorms easier
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
If you want to be prepared for the next winter storm, some of these items could save your life, save you time and prevent boredom.
They are also perfect gifts for anyone who lives in the north or for any weather enthusiast.
This device could be a lifesaver in the event of a power outage during a winter storm.
"During adverse weather it is important to keep devices such as cell phones and other electronic devices charged, especially if the power could be out for a long time. This will allow devices to be charged without the use of electricity," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said.
If it is charged, you do not need electricity to charge your phone. This handy waterproof charger draws energy from the sun to fill its battery.
"If the power is out for an extended period of time, cell phones may be the only source of contact in case of emergency," Hoegg said.
In the event of a natural disaster, it is extremely important to stay alert to emergency information such as watches and warnings.
This multi-function radio will catch the NOAA weather broadcast 24 hours a day and is self-sufficient, drawing power from solar panels or a built-in hand crank so you'll never have to worry about recharging.
It also comes equipped with an LED flashlight.
This handy jacket has pockets for all your smartphone devices, a built-in neck pillow and eye mask and even a detachable hood.
It is a great jacket for outdoor winter activities such as skiing or to keep in your car for winter emergencies.
When your power goes out, it is essential to have a flashlight by your side. These military-grade flashlights will help you find your way through any dark place.
"Flashlights are extremely useful to have during any adverse weather. Should the power go out and be out for an extended period of time, this is the safest source of light to help people find their way around," Hoegg said.
This two-step spray system creates a moisture-repelling barrier on a wide range of indoor and outdoor surfaces, like metal, wood, aluminum, galvanized metal, PVC and concrete.
Apply this spray to keep patio furniture or a pair of work boots dry.
Experts say joints can ache and become stiffer during cold, winter months; this foot massager is the perfect way to relief aches and pains.
These pressure rollers target the soles of your feet, and an airbag gently compresses the bridge of your foot.
This Bluetooth beanie allows your ears to stay nice and warm while listening to your favorite music.
The beanie is super warm and has sound disks sewn into the area that goes over your ears. The disks sync with any Bluetooth device, so you can rock out to your favorite music while on the go.
The extended battery lasts five to six hours, and the speakers include a mic so you can take calls while on the go.
Don't let the cold weather stop you from using your phone while staying comfortable, especially in an emergency situation. These gloves help your hands stay warm while keeping complete control over your phone.
These gloves have a specially engineered grip as well as a conductive palm and fingertip design that ensures you can tap, swipe, slide or whatever else you need to do on your smartphone.
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This mat melts snow and ice on contact without the need for electricity or overuse of corrosive agents.
It works by releasing a proprietary mix of proven melting agents to prevent snow accumulation on your walkway or driveway. Other melting agents can cause unnecessary mess and are dangerous to pets, but this mat is non-toxic and safe to use for many winters to come.
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