Disaster Planning

What Do I Need in My Winter Emergency Car Kit?

We’ve already seen some major record breaking snow fall this year, and it isn’t even winter yet.

What does that mean for when winter is in full swing? According to the Farmer’s Almanac this year is going to be a doozy.

That means we need to get our cars ready for anything, especially some big snow falls. That doesn’t mean to overlook these 5 items for your home, and you can use the C.O.L.D. method for staying warm this winter.

All that being said there are 19 essential items you should have in your car’s winter emergency kit.

Think about where you’re planning to drive when stocking your car; you may need climate-specific provisions.

The emergency we’re most likely to encounter this winter has nothing to do with a superstorm, nuclear attack, or apocalyptic volcanic eruption. It’s more likely to take place in your car. And when you slide off the road or your ride breaks down, the right gear can mean the difference between life and death.

Before you switch onthe ignition, you’ll want to take a few practical measures. First, communicate your travel plans to friends and family, says Stevens. Then think about where you plan to drive before stocking the car. “I’m not going to carry four sleeping bags if I’m in the middle of south Texas from April to September,” says Puhaly. Start with these essentials:

Pack: In most automotive emergencies, you’ll want to stay in the car and wait for rescue. But sometimes you can’t afford to—that’s when you need a good pack. “If you leave your vehicle and go for help, you should pack some items with you,” says Stevens. Bring only the essentials (a light, extra layers, water, cellphone, and fuel), all of which we found fits in the compact Mountainsmith Tour TLS hip-pack.

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