Invest in a Solar Emergency Radio
When traveling in severe conditions and over long distances, consider an emergency radio for your travel kit, such as one available from L.L. Bean (www.llbean.com). The company’s portable, solar-powered models receive AM, FM, and all seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather stations. They also include a built-in cellphone charger and a bright LED flashlight. The battery can be charged in the sun or by cranking the handle.