Winter Survival Kit for Your Car
Everyone should be prepared for winter driving. Even if you don’t live where it snows, it is important to be ready for an emergency when the temperatures drop. Here are some items you should have in your vehicle, and some tips on using them.
It is best to store items in your car, not in a trunk, in case the trunk becomes jammed and can’t be opened. A blanket or sleeping bag is important. A Stadium blanket folds up and is easy to store. A sleeping bag should be designed for cold weather, so choose one that is well insulated. Have extra hats, sock, mittens, and maybe a change of clothes as well.
Keep water and a package of snacks available. Snacks such as energy bars, nuts, peanut butter, raisins and even mini candy bars are good. The snacks should be small and easy to eat. If you have babies or small children, include extra diapers, formula and snacks.
A waterproof flashlight with extra batteries is a must. Put the batteries in backwards so they won’t burn out; just remember you will have to insert properly before you can use the flashlight. A cellphone can be used if it is dark, just so you can find your emergency items. A cellphone adapter that plugs into the lighter spot can be used if your vehicle still has power. Do not run your car more than 10 minutes an hour, and make sure the exhaust pipe is clear. Cracking the windows, if possible, can also help keep fresh air in the car.
There are a couple of items you might not think of. Have a distress flag and a whistle on hand. The flag can be tied around your antenna
or side mirror, and the whistle can be used to attract attention. If you take medication, it would be good to have some extra on hand. A first aid kit with a pocket knife is also a must.
Some useful tools in the snow are a shovel, scraper, sand or kitty litter, and a tow-chain or rope. Do not overexert yourself, however, since being sweaty with damp clothing can increase your risk of hypothermia.
It is a good idea to keep all of your survival kit items in a plastic tote or sturdy bag. You want something you can access easily, but that will keep the kit secure and safe. Even if you are not planning a long trip, it is better to be safe than sorry. Be prepared for an emergency, so you can reduce the risk of being stuck and increase the chances for being found. Hopefully you never have to use your survival kit, but if you ever need it, you will be glad you planned ahead.