NYC blizzard, storm and snow survival guide: Emergency kit and supplies

The bad weather is coming, but it doesn't have to bring bad days!

Use our handy guide to help you survive the worst of the storms, and maybe even enjoy them a little bit.

Get some good boots

Boots are essential to all the snow, slush, sleet and ice in NYC. Being especially careful on subway steps and crossing streets is imperative in winter, but having cute boots to show-off and keep you warm while being safe is (almost) equally as important. Check out some of our favorite boots for all your snowy needs.

Always have back up socks

This is a rule. If you're taking out the trash or trekking to the office, you're going to want a warm, dry pair of socks (or several) for the aftermath. Pick up a fun or fuzzy pair from The Sock Man on St. Marks!

Have cozy clothing at the ready

Day off from work or school? We hear sweatpants. Check out some stylish sweatpants that are currently on our list for looking good and still being warm and cozy. For even more layers of coziness, visit the Lower East Side's The Hoodie Shop or visit Budin Coffee for a warm drink and curated shop of Scandinavian wool and knitwear to keep your warm.


Make your bodega run in advance

If you had the foresight to get your essentials before the storm, good for you. If not, now's the time. Here are some of the essentials to carry you through:

-Nonperishables that don't need to be refrigerated or cooked in case you lose power, such as bread, peanut butter, nuts. Also fruits and vegetables that also don't need to be kept cold, such as bananas and apples.
-Bottled water, in the event your pipes freeze
-Toilet paper - this needs no explanation
-Alcohol - just because
-Condoms - for those who don't want a "blizzard baby"
-Flashlights, batteries, candles and matches if you don't have any already

Stock up on snacks

In the midst of a winter storm, Seamless isn't going to tide you over (though if you're lucky enough to get delivery, tip generously). Be sure to have plenty of tasty snacks on hand in event of emergency stomach grumbling. Stock up on fun Chinese snacks at Hong Kong Supermarket, plenty of instant ramen and udon at Sunrise Mart, international flavors of Kit Kats and crisps at Shi Eurasia and perhaps even a box of back-up bon bons from Jacques Torres.


The Red Cross recommends that an emergency preparedness kit contain one gallon of water per person per day, with a three-day supply if you plan to evacuate your location and a two-week supply if you intend to stay home.

Up your outerwear game

You're not going to be able to stay inside until spring. Sorry. Get some warm and cozy outerwear to make going outdoors not so terrible. Purl Soho sells yarn and craft supplies to make your own hats and scarves, but you can also stock up on their hand-made knitwear. Men will enjoy unique wool hats at Goorin Brothers.

Stay in charge

An uncharged phone can be possibly the worst part of this weather. And yes, it's because you want updates from the amNewYork app. Be sure to keep everything as charged and have external batteries, try a trendy back-up battery by Kate Spade New York, a Mophie juice pack or even a Solio Bolt solar charger, easily accessible. Remember: if you don't live-tweet a Polar Vortex, it basically didn't happen. And be sure to write down any important phone numbers or info saved in your phone -- if it dies you don't want to be stranded alone!

Have some activities ready

There's nothing worse than being bored during a snowstorm. Enjoy your necessary shut-in time (possibly without electricity) with a fun diversion to take you away from the stresses of everyday, non-snowstorm life. Pick up a DIY gingerbread house at Eli's Manhattan to decorate, grab the new set of Bananagrams WildTiles or get ready to embark on that craft project you never quite finished.

Be ready with all the candles

Even if the lights stay on, candles help the winter storm ambiance. Chances are, you don't have a fireplace but you can cozy up with a vanilla scented candle. Check out R. Nichols NYC themed candles for some cute snow day decor or NEST's scented candles for luxurious scents.

Don't even think of going anywhere

When the storm hits, you're stuck. Cabs, buses and subways are delayed, stuck and hugely chaotic almost as soon as the first snowflake hits Broadway. Be sure to plan ahead for a predicted storm!

Let it snow!

When the snow hits, there's not much you can do to stop it! Stay warm, stay safe but enjoy the icy cold fluffy goodness falling from the sky. And be sure to share your snowy pictures with us at and

Pet provisions

If you have a pet, don't forget to stock up on provisions for it too. The Red Cross recommends having a collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, a bowl and water on hand, especially if you need to travel.