Winter brings about erratic weather patterns, and chances are that we may be caught in them while we are driving. Having an emergency kit in our vehicles will help to ensure our basic needs are met.
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.
- A shovel
- Windshield scraper and small broom
- Battery powered radio with extra batteries
- Food and Water for 3 days
- Extra winter layers – hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Any necessary medications
- Blanket(s) and/or bivvy bags
- Tow chain or paracord
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Fluorescent distress flag
- 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.
by Tess Pennington
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years.