It’s helpful to pack all these items in a small, clear plastic bin. Store in the trunk for easy access! Label it “car emergency kit” so that passengers recognize it easily as well.
It’s always good to have a blanket or an extra layer packed. Choose one that is lightweight, and preserves your body temperature.
EXTRA GLOVES AND WINTER HAT
If you need to work on your car in the freezing cold, it helps if you’ve got warm hands to work quickly.
Keeping an extra pair of gloves with small fingers and a hat will help you be able to stay warm while preparing to shelter in place if you get stuck.
Hand warmers make working quickly and efficiently sooo much easier in cold weather.
Add these to your kit to help you weather a cold overnight period.
FIRST AID KIT
A first aid kit should really be #1 on this list. It’s an essential part of being prepared on the road, no matter the situation, especially if you get hurt while working outside the car.
Pack a small one like this with all the essentials like band aids, cleaning agents, tweezers, gauze and more.
WATER BOTTLES + POWER SNACKS
Pack several water bottles and snacks to keep you energized if you get stuck for an extended period of time. You can always melt snow for water, but you need food as well after a day or so.
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If your car breaks down/gets stuck/other emergencies, a hazard triangle will let other drivers know that 1.) you are in the area and please don’t hit me, and 2.) you are in some sort of trouble and can use some assistance.
These are especially helpful in the dark because the reflective material will keep drivers aware of you on the road.
More importantly, you will be able to turn off your car (with headlights) at times and preserve your battery power.
Phones are definitely our main source of communication these days.
Make sure to keep your phone charged so you are able to reach help at any time or keep authorities apprised of where you are based upon GPS.
Get a car power converter for your phone, Android or iPhone, and you will be able to take advantage of your car’s battery power while stuck.
If you’ve been running the car battery too long and need an extra boost to get your car started again, jumper cables are essential to have in your car emergency kit.
PACK A SMALL SHOVEL AND ICE SCRAPER IN YOUR CAR EMERGENCY KIT
This is important if you need to park your car somewhere snowy overnight.
An ice scraper can clear your windows fast. A lightweight and portable car shovel can help you dig out your car in a snowstorm, as well as shovel gravel under your wheels to get some traction on icy roads.
Nothing is worse than a flat tire in the snow. Make sure to have the proper tools tucked away in your winter car emergency kit for quickly and efficiently changing a tire.
FLASHLIGHT (+EXTRA BATTERIES)
Breaking down in the middle of the night is pretty scary. Make sure to have a flashlight in your car in order to work on the problem, flag down help, and see your surroundings.
FULL TANK OF GAS
Last item that really isn’t in the kit, but should be a part of any road trip preparation during the winter…make sure to fill up before you leave. Your car’s heat can serve as a source of warmth by running the engine for short periods of time, but you can only do this if you have gas.
If your plans this winter call for a long road trip into an area where weather is making driving hazardous, ensure you carry these items to ensure you get safely to your destination!