Winter is here. Following the success of our Christmas Gift Recommendations, we proudly offer a few excellent winter items. The following are some of our recommendations for the preppers, based on a little research. We’ve got a little of everything – from the home to the car to apperal. Just click on the hyperlinked titles above each picture and you’ll whisk straight to Amazon!
20 Great Winter Prepper Products
Have a look. We added some short summaries and tried to include some reviews that come from actual, real world experiences. Here goes….
By Mallory USA
4.5 stars, $9.35
Clear the snow off your car with ease. This 26 inch brush features sturdy bristles. Durable quality at a very affordable price. And various colors are available. A 5-star reviewer raves:
“Not much that can be said about a snow brush…but I will tell you that this is a great product. The northeast, while not being hammered with blizzards, has been getting hit with a lot of small nuisance type snow/ice storms. I got tired of our older brush…and one day while sitting in (snow day) I decided to hunt a new one down on Amazon. $3.58 with free shipping and not an ounce wasted in gasoline…..
Excellent product in my opinion and a great value to boot.”
Keep your face and head warm in even the coldest weather. This mask is wind-proof. And it fully covers the face, nose, mouth, and neck. That is critical to prevent discomfort and frostbite. In a unisex size it fits just about everyone. And it’s designed to fit under a hat! A thrilled reviewer says:
“My husband just used wore this while walking in 22 degree weather, wind was about 18mph. He said the best thing was the condensation from his breath didn’t make the inside of the mask all wet. We have several different balaclavas and this one is his new favorite.”
4.5 star, 17.49
Use these maps for traction or to scrape snow in a hurry. And it can also dig your tires out of the snow or mud. Made of sturdy polypropylene they feature grooved surfaces. It works for all vehicles.
“I have used these to scrape snow/ice off windshield & to shovel snow away from my car, I sure hope I do it Need these for traction to get out of being stuck… But I Am Sure They Would Work Perfectly!!!”
By Desired Tools
4.5 stars, $29.97
Get rid of the snow and tough ice fast! These marvels feature padded handles which are longer than most. And best of all, you get two for the price of one. And they will fit in the glove box. Comes with a 1-year warranty.
“I must say that this ice scraper was much more sturdier than advertised. In fact, I would put it(them since I got the double pack) in the category of industrial strength and construction. I could scrape ice off the driveway if needed with these scrapers. Excellent quality and construction. I would and will purchase again from this company.”
By Tank Technology
4 star, $14.97
This little kit has it all for a great price! Features: jumper cables, screwdrivers, tire pressure gauge, drive set, gloves, terminals, and more! And it comes complete in a sturdy hard case. Perfect for the car or truck.
“This was exactly what I was looking for. I have a kit just like it and boy it comes in handy! Most of the emergency kits out there send a bunch of paperwork or first aid stuff and cost a lot more for junk. This has the basis needs to service tires, batteries, and other parts. It includes sockets which fit the car needs.”
By Panther Vision
4.5 stars, $19.99
This one is awesome. It’s a cap to keep your head warm and a miner’s light so you can see what your doing out there. Don’t leave home without it. The cap is 100% polyester and the little lights are bright enough for any job!
“I purchased this for my husband half joking and half seriously. We have a wood stove and some nights it is necessary to go outside I the dark to get or split a log. This is lighter than a traditional head lamp and will provide more warmth. We also had started mountain biking after work in the fall but now it is dark so early a light would be necessary. He has not used this for that purpose. He likes the material – it’s a poly – I wasn’t sure he would like. It is very bright and the lights/battery pack is not heavy. Money well spent. Would be excellent for camping. Perfect for that emergency in the dark when you need your hands and can’t hold that flashlight. I may buy another one for me too. Do not look directly at the light — very very bright. I have added pics so you can see in action. First is on my head but not straight on as to not blind, second is looking at it while it was laying flat, and lastly, in darkness on my deck, NO FLASH used on any pic. There last pic, I am looking at the ground with it on, but notice the amount of light it gives off — perhaps I should have had a measuring tape laid out, so you can see how much area is illuminated.”
5-star, $49.99 (I saw it for 60% off!)
Have some healthy fun this winter. Get the kids out by the fire! You get 10 roasting sticks which feature telescoping handles. Perfect for the campfire or the fireplace!
“These are great for marshmallows!! The forks on this telescoping roasting stick set are small and close together they are great for marshmallows and hot dogs. They have a very long reach when you fully extend them great because you don’t have to be too close to the fire. It comes with 10 posting stick and a set of wooden skewers great for kabobs. It also comes with a carrying bag for easy storage and transport. The telescoping roasting sticks come with little rubber toppers on the ends to keep yourself from getting poked when reaching in for a skewer/roasting stick and keeps them from soaking through the bag. I would recommend this to my family and friends and anyone who loves to roast stuff on an open fire.”
Best Seller, $19.98
Melt away the ice and snow without risking your pets’ paws. Covers twice the area of conventional salt and lasts for up to 3 days. Comes in an 8-pound size. And it is safe, non-toxic.
“Regular ice melting salt can cause a lot of problems for pets, and children, pets because of the damage regular salt does to their feet when snow is caught in the paw pads of a dog the dog wants to lick it. When ingested regular street salt, or rock salt, can make a dog, or child very sick. as well as damaging plants and shrubbery. Rock salt is just basically table salts in very large amounts, which are caustic. Safe paws uses a chemical called carbonyl diamide, which basically is nitrogen and is used in many products ex. toothpaste, fertilizers, skin creams, dish soaps and other uses. We have a wooden deck that has steps leading down it into the backyard,the steps can become very icy and dangerous, both for pets and humans. My wife slipped on these steps and was knocked unconscious, the older dogs slipped down them more than once and the kids couldn’t go out back at all. Safe paws made our deck steps useable again. It does take more of this to melt all the ice than regular rock salt, so if you have a larger area or need it during a hard winter the larger container may be better for you.”
By Zento Deals
4 star, $11.15
If you don’t have time to scrape the windshield, just add this handy cover. Completely covers most windshields for maximum protections. Also serves as a sunshade in the summer. Protect your car and ease your labors. Fully attaches with magnets and it is reversible. Fits most cars, trucks, and SUVs.
“This is an amazing product that will keep my mom from having to scrape ice off of her window every morning. I was recently informed that my mom has to wake up early to go outside and scrape her window off(with her bank card..) So when i came across this weather sheet i thought it would be an amazing present for her and i was right! I got it in really quickly thanks to amazon prime. and once i did i gave it to her, she has been using it everyday since then which has been about a week now and she loves it, she really likes that she doesn’t have to go outside extra early to scrape off her window. and now she also won’t have to worry about ruining her bank card.”
By Kindling Cracker
Everyone loves a fire. But most hate splitting firewood. And kindling can be extra aggravating. Now it is a breeze. This method is safe, fast, and secure. The product is made of super tough iron. No maintenance and it should last a lifetime.
“Very nifty — using a 4 lb mallet, I split pieces of wood about 4-5 inches across into thumb-size, and smaller kindling. At my fireplace, I used to baton slices off a piece of firewood with a thick Becker BK2 knife. But with kids and pets running around, wielding a large blade or hatchet isn’t really a great idea. This is a great item to quickly make your kindling without chopping (you must smash though). Make sure to avoid wood with knots in it, and don’t go too thick– a piece of wood just smaller than the diameter of the safety ring can get stuck in the ring after it splits. It is a hoot to use though– just messing around trying it out for a few minutes, I filled a whole Jet Sled with kindling. If you’re not a big fan of using axes, you will like this.”
Keep your hands warm and protected when working in the cold. These gloves are made of insulated Thinsulate. They are wind and waterproof. The suede palm and fingers provide protection and grip.
If you can trust anyone, it’s a fireman: “Having been a volunteer firemen I have very sensitive finger tips due to frostbite. I love ice fishing but have had to suffer through the pain of cold and wet fingers not having found the right gloves. I am so very pleased with these gloves. They keep my fingers warm and dry even after taking wet fish off my lone. As a suggestion only wear these gloves in extreme cold or you may sweat them wet.”
This adjustable shovel is light yet rugged. It is made of aluminum and will last and last. And it only weighs 1.3 pounds. Ideal for the trunk!
“Amazing little shovel!!! I just used this to dig out my car after snowstorm Jonas. While it’s a bit smaller than a standard shovel-both the scoop and the arm, it’s aluminum and extremely sturdy! I was able to lift lots of wet, heavy snow with no problem at all. The fact that it comes apart and can be easily stored makes it convenient to keep in the trunk or in a closet in your home (I live in an apartment and lack storage space so this is huge!). I’d hugely recommend this to anyone without any reservation at all!!! See before and after pics of the what I used this for..”
Another great pair of gloves. Protect your hands! Waterproof and windproof. The cuffs provide extended wrist protection.
“Very pleased. Rugged. Good for the freezer environment I am in every work day. These gloves have withstood the handling of pallets where other brands have fallen apart. They also happen to be warm and comfortable.”
5-stars, $79.99 (check out the sale price!)
These lamps run on LED power. They produce the light and conserve power. Constructed to military standards, these will last and last. The extremely bright light lasts up to 12 hours. And it comes with a 10-year warranty. Order two!
“Wow. I’m an avid camper and backpacker, and when I take a lantern with me, I’ve always just used a propane style. So, I think I’m never going back to that… These are awesome. I’m all about packing light and efficient when I’m out, and this really does the trick!”
By Garelick Mfg.
Snow can damage and even collapse a roof. Don’t be a victim. This rake is the easy way to clear the snow. And it’s incredible 21-foot reach is perfect for reaching extra high and far. The 24-inch blade won’t damage shingles either.
“This roof rake is simple and very effective. It does a good job of avoiding pulling down any roof tiles. It is lightweight but can still be a bit awkward to lift up on top of your roof because it is so long, a second person makes it a lot easier. I would actually put up the head on the roof and then add more extensions to the pole while getting it up higher on the roof. One thing that does make getting the snow off the roof tough with this tool is when the snow is “sticky”. It can stick to the head of the rake and makes it heavy. Too heavy to re position on the roof easily to keep shoveling. You kinda have to lift it up and let it drop on your roof with a little force to get the snow to fall off, then you can keep cleaning. Overall, I am very happy with this roof rake, I actually ordered a 2nd 16 foot version to have that much more length and really finish my roof now.”
By Climate X
4-stars, $26-56 by size
This could be the perfect snow boot. The uppers are water resistant and the soles waterproof. Secures snugly with velcro and a drawstring. Perfect for all outdoor activities.
“When the boots arrived I soon tried them on to test the fit. I had them on for about an hour and only took them off because I had them on long enough. Could have kept them on longer but it made no sense wearing them inside. Comfortable, warm, great fitting. Good support. They feel like sneakers.”
4-stars, $9-50 by size
Don’t leave the kids out – or, rather, don’t leave them in. These boots are perfect protection for little feet. These insulated boots will keep the kiddo’s feet warm and dry.
“I wanted a boot for my son that wasnt going to cost me a ton, since his feet grow so fast, but would be warm and keep his feet dry. We live in Michigan, and after getting 12 inches of snow this past week, these boots have stood the test! I ordered them a size bigger than his shoes so that he would have some wiggle room for warm, and they are perfect. He does not need extra socks, and they stay dry inside.”
By Ubon Outdoor
This 100% Polyester ski jacket is fully wind and waterproof. Keep warm and in style too. Features four extra large pockets, detachable hood, and room for accessories. Perfect for any snowy activity. Please pay attention to sizing.
“i received the coat yesterday and he absolutely loves it. Great colors..the grey and black look great together. Fine craftsmanship on the zipper and snaps. The coat is nice and warm and lined with fleece material. The hoodie helps keep out rain and snow and wind (its waterproof). I ordered a lg/xl since company is out of the usa and it fit as expected. The coat is not too bulky so that u feel closed in. This was a great cost efficient christmas presnet. the coat will be great when the temps drop and the snow comes.”
4-star, $142 (check the sale!)
A great deal on a great coat for ladies. Wind and water (snow) proof, this jacket will keep her toasty and dry. Again, it’s imported – pay attention to sizing.
“Great winter jacket! I live in Colorado so I wanted a nice warm and durable jacket that would last me a long time and that I didn’t have to wear layers to keep me warm. This jacket did not disappoint! It’s very warm, even in short sleeves so no need to layer up, even in pretty freezing weather. Love the purple color looks just like the picture. Im very petite 5’3 and 110 pounds and i usually wear a small but I like my coat a little roomy so I can wear sweaters underneath and not feel constricted so I ordered a medium and it fit perfectly! Definitely recommend this coat if your looking for a good quality coat, it’s worth it for the price.”
Last of all, don’t forget about rover. This is the perfect jacket for your four-legged little friend. 100% Polyester and fleece lined, it will keep small to medium size dogs warm and happy. Attaches easily with velcro. Made for smaller breeds – keep that in mind.
“Great Product, my dog loves wearing it. Took it on a weekend long backpacking trip, it rained on her and she stayed dry under the jacket. The fleece was nice inside. It does run a little small, so watch that. Getting the velcro shut was a little tricky on a long haired dog, but not really an issue. Much better quality thank anticipated considering the cost. Stayed very muddy and came clean in the wash!”
WINTER SHOPPING MADE EASY
Pick out what you’re interested in and have it delivered to your home. There are still many weeks of cold, wet, and snowy weather let for 2017. These items should make things just a little easier.
*All photos used with the products were sourced from the sellers on Amazon. Please read all available materials when making your final decision. We tried to scout out some of the best gifts just for you. Freedom Prepper does not warranty any of these items nor vouch for their safe usage. Please read all product descriptions, relevant reviews, manuals and safety information prior to use.
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