car stuck in snow

Winter is around the corner (or depending on where you live, it’s already happening), and while we say goodbye to beautiful fall foliage, we must say hello to unrelenting snow and unfavorable, sometimes dangerous, driving conditions.

Ice, sleet, and snow. Fallen trees and power lines. The often overlooked other drivers sliding out of control. Frozen fuel lines and dead batteries. These hazards are sometimes unavoidable, so it’s crucial that you’re prepared in case of an emergency by stocking the trunk of your car with these winter survival supplies. In addition to the usual, year-round staples for on-the-road emergencies, make room in your trunk for some other items that may prove helpful this winter should a snowy, slippery situation arise.

What to have in your trunk in case of an emergency
Because these items might just come in handy!

  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Blanket
  • Extra winter clothes
  • Hand warmers
  • Jug of water
  • Dried non-perishable foods like granola bars, nuts, and beef jerky
  • Flashlight with backup batteries
  • Emergency reflectors/flares
  • Wind-up radio
  • Jumper cables
  • Cell phone charger

*Personal modifications should be made to this list, taking into account your medications and individual health needs.

Now is the time to plan ahead! Keeping a well-stocked winter emergency kit in the trunk of your car can make all of the difference if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. So be sure to pack your car with as many of these items as you can this winter to keep you and your family safe.

Do you have additional items that you like to keep in your winter emergency car kit? Share with us below!

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