I can't believe it's almost the end of January. This month has truly flown by. As much as I'd love to think that Spring is right around the corner I still have about two months before I can start to look for the crocus blooms. A sudden blizzard in April wouldn't surprise me at all. Hopefully you have an winter emergency kit in your vehicle already. If you don't, here's a list from the government on the necessities and you can add to it as needed.
Now, most of us keep a spare sweater in the car but how many of us actually have an extra work outfit? Not many. It's also very likely that it snows heavily during the day and you may not be able to make it home from the office. In case you have to get a hotel for the night or even bunk down on the office breakroom's couch, here's a rundown of what to carry in a winter emergency wardrobe kit:
Look in your mudroom or garage for a canvas tote bag. Typically, most preps will have one from NPR, their local PBS station, the library, their church, and a work conference. These are perfect for carrying extra clothes. When putting together a work outfit, look for the odd items in your closet that you don't wear often. Perhaps pick the blouse with the print you decided you didn't like, or those pants that are a tad too short. Those types of items are perfect because you won't be tempted to dig through your car to get them later and defeating the purpose of this kit. Don't forget a pair of shoes and an accessory or two.
I included a sleeping/lounging outfit as well so you don't have to sleep in your work clothes. This would allow you to work out at the hotel or at least get comfortable while kicking back in the office breakroom. Old but nice sweatpants and an old pair of tennis shoes are acceptable. Of course, don't forget the clean underwear and socks.
You probably already have these on you, but if you don't: cell phone charger, feminine products, change for vending machines. Obviously, your needs may be different so feel free to substitute at will.
Is there anything I may have forgotten? Let me know in the comments.