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The “Other” List of Winter Preparedness Tips

Disclaimer: the author of this post is from Southern California and has not been very familiar with cold winters for a few years.  Any misrepresentations of winter can be attributed to her lack of experience.


With Old Man Winter finally hitting parts of the United States, ski resorts are doing their best snow dances, while everyone else is starting to buckle down for a long haul inside.  The American Red Cross has been at the leading edge of preparedness for decades, and every year has brought you our Winter Storm Safety Checklist which is chock full of information to keep you and you loved ones safe before, during and after a storm; but how does one prepare for the dozens of hours that will be spent inside while the storm rages outside?  Today, we would like to provide you with a few “other” Winter preparedness items to include.

Indoor Fort Supplies

This will include blankets, sheets, chairs, and some other sturdy furniture.  However, your indoor fort building skills may have diminished over the years.  Don’t fret, Apartment Therapy has some very easy to follow instruction, design ideas and decor inspirations for the young and mature.



Having a family movie night is an idea that’s an oldie but still a goodie.  Either go rent a variety of movies, or turn on your favorite movie streaming service.  Be sure to buy popcorn and candy for a full movie night experience.  You can even combine fort building with movie night!


Board games are a great way to avoid getting bored!  Other games can include Charades, tick-tack-toe, Texas Hold ’em, or you can get creative and come up with a karaoke/dance competition (be sure to have your First Aid Kit on hand in case this game goes awry).  Maybe buy a few small prizes or allow the winner to get out of doing the dishes that day.



Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can go sledding during or after a snowstorm.  Sometimes going down a hill isn’t enough, so you might want to build a Sled Mountain – in which case, go ahead and grab that First Aid Kit again.


So enjoy Old Man Winter as much as you can, and don’t forget to check out our more “traditional” winter preparedness tips so you and your family will be able to tackle the season with confidence!