As we make our way through this winter season, we must remember to be prepared for the worst even if the weather seems to be calm for this time of year. Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere. Prepare for the worst-case scenario (especially in wintertime) by keeping the following supplies in your winter car kit!
In addition to the items listed below, keeping a cell phone on hand is highly advised. Make sure your phone is charged every time you get in the car and keep a spare cell phone charger and a rechargeable battery pack in your emergency kit as well.
If you must travel, make sure you share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave.
Should you become stranded in bad winter weather, do not leave your car. Don’t try to push your vehicle out of snow, remain in car and turn on emergency lights before attempting to call for help.
Blankets, mittens, socks and hats
Ice scraper and snow brush
Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight)
First-aid kit (band-aides, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, antiseptic cream, medical wrap). See a first-aid kit checklist.
Multi-tool (such as a Leatherman multi-tool or a Swiss Army knife)
Road flares or reflective warning triangles (optional) but can easily be stored in trunk
Stay safe this winter.