What to Keep in Your Winter Survival Kit

What to Keep in Your Winter Survival KitAs we celebrate the beginning of the winter season, it’s important to your vehicles with a Winter Survival Kit that’ll keep you safe and warm. Most of the items already in your 72-hour kit are already sufficient to survive but withstanding a winter environment is a little different. There is the possibility of being exposed to extreme weather storms and temperatures that could leave you stuck for very long periods of time. For those of you who are traveling to see friends and family this holiday season, we’ve collaborated a list of must have items for your vehicle.

Winter Survival Kit Car Checklist

Thick Blanket or Sleeping Bag – it’s a good idea to have one for every seat in the car. If you're tight on room, space blankets are light and will insulate your body.

Flashlight & Radio – make sure that you carry extra batteries or choose a flashlight that is rechargeable

Extra Winter Clothes – winter boots, thick gloves, extra winter jackets, beanies, etc.

First-Aid Kit – On top of having all the necessities, carry extra medication that anyone else may need in the car

Toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.

Heat Source – hand warmers and small candles can be a life saver and prevent frostbite

High Calorie/Energy Food – whether waiting for help or are digging your car out of the snow, it is important that you keep your body fueled with a simple source of energy

Water Pouches – Hydration is one of the most important things to have in a winter survival kit. Take into account how many people will be in the car and plan accordingly

Road Salt, Cat Litter or Sand – Having a small sack can help give your car the traction you need to get out of most slippery situations

Basic Tool Kit – pliers, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, electrical tape, etc.

Tow Chain/Strap – if you drift in a snow bank or ditch, it is best to have something that another vehicle can use to pull you out with

Road flares and Reflectors – road flairs, lightstick, and reflectors are great ways to signal that you need help. Also, consider tying a piece of neon fabric to your car

Tire Chains

Ice Scraper/Snow Brush

Collapsible Shovel

Jumper Cables

Tips for Traveling During the Winter

  • Listen to weather and road reports for every destination you plan on driving through
  • Allow extra time while driving
  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions
  • Start your winter travels with a full tank of gas and try not to go lower than half a tank.
  • Keep a cell phone charger in your car
  • Always let someone know what route you’ll be taking and update them along the way whenever you have service
  • Call 911 if you have cell phone service
  • Stay in your vehicle during a winter storm. Not only is it dangerous but you could also run the risk of becoming exhausted or lost.
  • Know your limits. Don’t travel for long periods of time
  • If trying to dig your vehicle out of snow, don’t overexert yourself. Your body will start to become hot and sweaty which will then make you more vulnerable to hypothermia.
  • When stuck in a snowstorm, it’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy

What Tips Do You Have For Staying Safe During the Winter Months?

3 thoughts on “What to Keep in Your Winter Survival Kit”

  • Noel Napolitan

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

  • ration packs

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

  • Tom

    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

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