25 Things Your Vehicle’s Winter Survival Kit Needs

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As part of severe weather preparedness, people usually stock their first aid kits and gather supplies in case of emergency. But, one situation that’s often overlooked is driving in extreme weather.

In addition to regular maintenance, ensure your vehicle has weather-appropriate tires with good tread, and fill up your car with gas before driving in severe weather.

Also, consider putting together a winter survival kit for your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

These items should always be in your vehicle:

  • Vehicle manual
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Auto/travel tool kit
  • Spare tire
  • Tire repair kit
  • Seatbelt cutter/glass breaker tool
  • Flares/reflective flags
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Compass and road maps
  • Cell phone car charger

Add these items when traveling in severe winter weather:

  • Hand-crank weather radio or battery-operated radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Bag of cat litter for tire traction
  • Rock salt to melt ice/snow
  • Windshield ice scraper with brush
  • Small shovel
  • Waterproof matches and candles

And don’t forget these items needed for survival:

  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Extra set of clothes, gloves and hat
  • Nonperishable and dried foods, energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water

Further Information

  • Ready.gov: Car Safety
  • National Weather Service: Winter Storm Safety
  • American Red Cross: Winter Storm Preparedness
  • American Red Cross: Store

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