There have been recent winter visitors to Wyoming who have almost come to grief after being stranded in their cars for some period of days before they were rescued. So, what survival gear should you have in your car if you're driving Wyoming rural roads during the winter?
Well, think about this scenario: You and your spouse (and kids?) are traveling a Wyoming road toward the end of the day. Your car skids off the road and runs into deep snow. There's no cell service (like most of rural Wyoming). This road is lightly traveled, so you may be stuck for a day or two before help arrives. (If you have a satellite phone, you can stop reading.)
For whatever it's worth, here's the gear that we keep in each of our vehicles. You may not want to adopt the entire list, but it's here for your consideration.
sleeping bags rated to -20F.
ski caps, ski masks, turtles, gloves, wool socks, sunglasses, winter mittens
snow shoes, pair of high top snow boots rated to -100F
snow shovel (to keep the tailpipe clear of snow), sand, hatchet
tire chains or cables
40' of high test rope
paper and pen; waterproof baggies
water (placed inside the sleeping bags)
toilet paper and travel johns; plastic garbage bags and twist ties
map, compass, matches and fire starter, small backpack, blaze (if someone leaves for help, he needs to mark his trail); head lamp and batteries
flashlights and batteries
flare gun and parachute flares
During the winter, we don't allow gas tanks to get below half full.