Disaster Planning

These 15 Items Should Be in Your Vehicle to Be Ready for a Winter Storm

winter vehicle emergency kit

vehicle emergency kitMid-west and the east coast of the United States is preparing for an arctic blast that is being said to have the coldest temperatures in 20 years. Ensuring that your vehicle is properly maintained, fluids topped off and oil changed regularly is a great start.


But happens if you get stuck in this winter weather in your vehicle. Are you prepared to survive a few days in there? You need to have an emergency kit in your vehicle.



Tess Pennington from Ready Nutrition says these 15 things must be in your vehicle emergency kit:


Changing the items in your kit to reflect the seasonal changes will help you better prepare for unpredictable weather. Those that live in northern climates will find themselves dealing with winter-related issues with their vehicles more so than in southern climates, but we should all prepare for emergencies in our vehicles.

Some of these supplies may save your life.

  1. A shovel
  2. Windshield scraper and small broom
  3. Flashlight
  4. Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  5. Food and Water for 3 days
  6. Extra winter layers – hats, socks and mittens
  7. First aid kit with pocket knife
  8. Any necessary medications
  9. blanket(s) and/or bivvy bags
  10. Tow chain or paracord
  11. Road salt and sand
  12. Booster cables
  13. Emergency flares
  14. Fluorescent distress flag
  15. Snow chains

We depend on our vehicles to safely get us to our destinations, but we must take care of the engine and other components of the care in order for it to work when we need it to. That said, before the winter sets in, use these tips to check your vehicle to ensure it is primed to withstand the bouts of cold weather. This will ensure that when winter comes around your car will be ready.


So whether you are bugging in during this winter weather or happen to be on the road, make sure you have plenty of preps to get you through.


What other items would you add to this list for your vehicle? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

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  1. Nicole Stanley

    January 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Useful tips!!!A car breakdown in the dead of winter can be dangerous if help isn’t immediately available.This emergency car kit list includes all the items that is needed to keep warm and safe, one should not forgot to add the tools that is needed to dig car out of snow and ice.

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