Here in Vermont, there are certain objects you’ll find in our homes that make us who we are—and while some of these items appear in homes in other states, their presence doesn’t mean what it means to us here in Vermont. The following are 17 undeniable things you’ll (probably) find in nearly every Vermont home.
1. Unlabeled jar of mystery food.
This mystery jar is something homemade and you have no idea what’s in it. It could be jam, pickled vegetables, or apple butter, and you’ll find it in the back of your cupboard for way too long. Perhaps even years.
2. Duct tape.
We use duct tape to fix everything and anything. The bigger the roll, the better.
3. Bug repellant.
Preferably with Deet. Those buggers are relentless!
4. Road salt.
You need to get traction on the ice if you don’t want to break your tailbone. In a pinch, kitty litter works great, too.
5. Mismatched mittens and gloves.
Despite not having the complete pair, we still keep the mismatched ones around. Why? For shoveling, of course!
6. Outside thermometer that goes at least 40 below zero.
The difference between -20 and -30 may not matter much because both are ridiculously cold, but we still want to know.
7. Vermont Maple Syrup.
As if we’d use anything else…
8. Candles and matches.
Light up the room and relax on powerless nights. It could be a LONG time before the lights come back on.
9. Snow shovel.
If you plan on leaving your house this winter, you’ll need a shovel to get out.
Vermonters love their pets and we consider them a big part of the family. It’s uncommon to find a house without some kind of four-legged friend.
11. Boot pile.
Vermonters often have more boots than we will ever need. Both fashionable and practical, there will be a pile of them next to your door.
12. Flashlight with extra batteries.
When the power goes out (and it will) you’ll want to have a flashlight handy. It may be hard to find the batteries in the dark, though.
You never know when a tree will fall and block your driveway or street.
14. A sense of humor.
If you don’t have a sense of humor you’ll go stir crazy during the long, cold winters.
If by some miracle you manage to survive the winter without catching a cold, you may be crying on April 15.
We all like to break up the long snow days by getting out and enjoying some sledding.
17. A welcome mat.
Because we’re friendly people and we really do want you to feel welcome here in our incredible state.
What do you have in your home that most Vermonters have? Please like this post if you have any of the above items!