What to Have in Your Winter Survival Kit

Written by The Ready Store

When you see the trees change colors & when winterizing your house, car, or truck you should also take into consideration having a Winter Survival Kit in your vehicle. Though some of the products are what you can find in your 72 hour kit, others only apply in a winter environment and that makes it a must for your Winter Survival Kit.

  • Blanket or Sleeping bag – I recommend having enough for every seat in the car.
  • Flash Light – Its best if you can have a Dynamo Flash light or a Spot Light that has the adapter that can be charged in the car.
  • Winter Cloths –  Its best to have a duffel bag with items such as gloves, heavy socks, scarf, cap, mittens, cap, and any other clothing that you have available to store.
  • First-Aid Kit – Always a must in any emergency situation.
  • Heat Source – Matches, Candle, or Hand Warmers can be a life saver & help prevent frost bite.
  • Shovel – If you have to shovel your way out of an emergency situation remember not to overexert your self.
  • High Calorie/Energy Food – If you are in need of a large amount of energy to shoveling snow it is best to have a simple source of energy.
  • Bottle Water – Hydration is one of the most important things when building  any Survival Kits.
  • Kitty Litter/Sand – If you are in need of traction having a small sack of kitty litter or sand can provide you with the traction to get out of any slippery situations.
  • Basic Tool Kit – Simple items like pliers, screw driver, adjustable wrench, and electrical tape.
  • Tow Chain/Strap – If you drift into a snow bank or ditch its best to have a something that someone can pull you out with.
  • Signal Device – Road flairs or Light Sticks are great to notify someone, also a piece of hunters orange or bright colored fabric will do.
  • Axe/Saw – If you have to make a fire or build a shelter having access to an Axe or Saw can make the emergency easy to deal with.

Other Tips to take into consideration

  • Let someone know where you are going & the route that you are taking.
  • If all possible travel in a convoy, safety in numbers.
  • Pay attention to the radio weather broadcast & make sure no storms are expected.
  • If you are in a town and do receive a winter storm advisory, stay in doors and wait out the storm.

Now just always remember to follow simple guide lines to dealing with driving in the winter and stay safe this holiday season.

Updated November 12, 2009


  1. Noel Napolitan wrote:

    I live in Denver and this is a great list! I’ll share it with my Facebook clan!

    November 12th, 2009 at 9:14 am
  2. ration packs wrote:

    Very good tips are suggested in this post for assembling a very convenient and compact winter survival kit.I enjoyed reading this informative post.

    November 26th, 2009 at 10:30 pm
  3. Tom wrote:

    Another great item..in a Auto Zone or Auto store…a red or orange revolving light with magnet on the bottom and a lighter plug on one end… reach out the window and it will attached itself to the car VIA the magnets…this way someone will see you stranded

    December 10th, 2014 at 11:57 am

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