Many of us have heard horror stories about travelers stranded (gridlocked) on highways because of extreme winter conditions. For these and other instances, your emergency kit should include a measure of personal protection such as the Original Puffy Blanket from Rumpl. The Portland, Ore.-based company’s products are available in an assortment of colors and designs. Each blanket also has a weatherproof and stain-resistant outer layer, and the insulation is mostly sourced from recycled materials. The Original Puffy Blanket sells for $99 and up for the one-person size, or $199 for the two-person version. Check out the full line at

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