In honor of 12-12-12, I thought I’d make a list of 12 important items you need in your winter survival kit. This kit is for your car, just in case you get stranded or have problems in your travels.
Winter Survival Kit
1. A shovel – If you want a full-sized shovel, you can have that, but there are also smaller, collapsible shovels that are easy to store and carry but are still strong and will get the job done.
2. Ice scraper – And you’re saying, “No kidding,” but last winter it never occurred to me until I needed it. Then I thought, “Why on earth do I not have an ice scraper??” They are cheap. Get a few. Ideally, you should get one with the little brush on it, but a plain scraper is fine, too.
3. Flashlight with extra batteries – You should already have this in your basic emergency car kit, but if you don’t, now is the time to get one (or two). In fact, now is a good time to check your batteries and make sure they still work.
4. Emergency radio – Again, you should already have this but if you don’t, consider getting one now. Why don’t you get more than one and gift the extra one to someone you care about?
6. Extra hat, gloves and blankets – If you live someplace that is prone to severe weather, this is essential. You never know when a sudden storm will leave you stranded on the side of the road because you can’t see to drive. And you never know how long it will be before you can move again, so staying warm could save your life.
7. Tow chain or rope – Not just because you might need to pull someone out, but you might need someone to pull you out of the snow. Better to be safe than sorry!
8. Salt, sand or cat litter – Not only can these items be used to give you traction, they will also give your vehicle a bit of extra weight that may help you in slick conditions.
9. Jumper cables – Because you know, just when a big blizzard is about hit and you need to get home, your battery will be dead. I think that may be a rule someplace.
10. Emergency flares or reflectors – When you have to pull over because conditions are too bad to drive, you don’t want someone to run into you because they can’t see you. And if you break down, it can make it easier for help to find you.
11. Cell phone charger – You don’t want your phone to be dead when you need to call for help or just to let your family know you will be late because the roads are bad.
12. Extra food and water – Because you’re a prepper! You should always have these things available. You never know when there will be an emergency and you may need these things to survive.
Do you have all these items in your car winter survival kit?
Many of the needed items can be purchased in our Hurricane Kit (believe it or not), as well as our Emergency Winter Kit. Purchase these items together and you will only need to add a few things of your own to have a complete kit.
You can keep an eye on conditions by checking out the links on our Extreme Weather page.