As temperatures dip below freezing overnight, you have to consider how you’re going to make it through this winter. And no, I’m not talking about Netflix and chill. I’m talking about your car’s winter survival kit.
When you’re driving in wintry conditions, it doesn’t take much to get into trouble. In a snowstorm, you could get stuck on the road with no help around for hours or days. You’ll be on your own to get through it, and you need to be ready.
Keep a well-stocked survival kit in your car. Need some ideas of what it should contain? We’ve got that covered for you.
Your Car’s Winter Survival Kit Checklist
- Water: You need water to survive more than anything. Keep a few bottles of water in your vehicle to sip on until help arrives. Ideally, you should have two to three days worth of water and food.
- Food: It’s not about glamorous dining — just survival. Keep high-calorie foods in your kit such as energy bars and fruit snacks. Clif Bar energy bars are perfect. Also, if you can heat water, Mountain House Spaghetti is a little heartier, not to mention delicious!
- Heat: Keep candles in your vehicle for light as well as heat. Don’t forget to crack a window open when they are lit, or you’ll run out of oxygen to breathe.
- Stormproof matches: You’ve got to light your candles, right? These work well.
- Blanket: This compact sleeping bag will keep you warm. It also doubles as a hi-vis signal or flag.
- First aid kit: Treat minor injuries with a small first aid kit. Add a pocketknife if there isn’t one included.
- Tow chain or rope: You can get out of many tight spots quickly with a tow chain or rope and a helping hand.
- Flashlight: Keep a long-lasting flashlight in your survival kit, along with extra batteries.
- Jumper cables: You want jumper cables that are at least 12 feet long, but 16 feet is even better.
- Cell phone charger: Your cell phone can be your lifeline in an emergency. Keep it charged with a charging cable and a car adapter in your kit.
- Emergency signals: Safety flares, reflector strips, mirrors and even your flashlight are good emergency signal tools.
- Shovel: A compact shovel is crucial in heavy snow. De-icer spray and a windshield scraper help with visibility once you get moving again.
- Toolkit: If a simple repair has you stranded, basic tools might be all you need. Keep some standard tools in your kit.
- Battery-powered radio: Stay abreast of incoming weather with a battery-powered or manual crank radio.
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