Can goods are heat treated at the factory. You can actually eat can goods because technically they are heated when cooked and pressure sealed. The big question is how open are you to eating food that has an OOD that is beyond 2 years.
target has raincoats that are waterproof and fall bellow your hips and bottom. Black and gray is what I found. I have had mine for two years. Wore it today, because it’s raining in Seattle😀. $44
We have waterproof Merrill’s; winter and truly waterproof. You can get them at REI or your favorite local store. Mine are 6 years old and not a blemish on site. Wore them on the east coast in NJ and PA. Also wore them on MT Rainier in serious snow.
High Five to everyone adding garbage bags. We have three contractor bags in each of our winter bags. Some people are not fans of kitty litter, but is a go to option, if you don’t have ice melt or sand. You can also go with a five pound bag of salt.
There are environmental concerns, but a small bag should not damage the earth beyond its current state. We also have balaclavas, which work very well in a snow storm. You can wear as a full face version, hat, mask and it protects from breathing in cold air. Budget conscious wise, they are at TJ Max for $10. The expensive ones are at REI. We bought ours at Costco years ago, 2 pack for $20. The winter gear is out right now at Costco.
The list from everyone is really good. I applaud you for the winter bag, 75% of people don’t know what it is. I like your list. Try an army/navy surplus store. You can find gear that the military uses for cheap. Good stuff. I would suggest a change of clothes. 2 pair of socks, silk layer (buy at TJ max or military supply) waterproof boots, waterproof jacket, snacks, spam, canteen, contractor bag, kem light (buy at the dollar store for cheap) Vaseline, gloves from Costco or sams club (on sale now $10), a tarp from harbor freight, tactical knife from harbor ( $9). Just make a list of stuff from the group and for what you would need. That will secure you for any major issues. Oh yeah people laugh, but throw some underwear in a ziploc bag. I also have a hygiene kit in a duplicate bag. Basic first aid kit. My winter bag is similar to a tool bag, and holds a lot. It’s in addition to my edc back back that will act as a secondary bag.
The best advice! Practice, Practice, Practice. I am in the Pacific Northwest. A great place to test your skills. You should practice daily or weekly, some exercise related to prepping. My wife and I walk different terrains, and hike all types of places. We also read and work on survival skills. Learn something and perfect it as much as possible. Read articles, books and take advice from different forums. Disregard noise and ideas about zombies or movies. Prep for real life scenarios. What to do after a hurricane, earthquake, riots etc. Plan and test your plan.
This goes for every aspect of your preparedness life. Food, water, emp, job, and societal collapse. This past year has taught everyone that being prepared is necessary. You never know when your skills will be out to the test.