Winter Survival Car Kit and which items to include

Winter survival car kit

Don’t get stranded without your winter survival car kit

By A. Page

As winter comes around, new situations and emergencies become possible. From frigid weather, to slippery roads the streets seem to be the most dangerous place for us to be in the winter. Unfortunately, work and obligations won’t stop just because the weather gets bad. In the event of an emergency, having a Winter Survival Kit for you car could ultimately save your life, and your passenger’s life.

Here is a list of things you should include in your winter survival car kit:

-A Shovel. If you’re put in a situation where you need to dig your car out of deep snow, you don’t want to be doing it with your hands.

-Road Salt or Cat Litter. This is great for traction, because after you dig yourself out,  you’re bound to have issues moving out of that spot.

-A Flashlight with Extra Batteries. If anything happens at night, you’ll want more than your cell phone light to illuminate the way.

-A First Aid Kit. This is an obvious one, if you are hurt in a crash or slide you’re going to want a first aid kit.

-Matches and Small Candles. Fire can sometimes be hard to attain in winter, having matches and candles ensures that even if your flashlight batteries all disappear, you have something to guide the way by.

-Raisins and Candy Bars. When blood sugars get low, it becomes harder to tolerate the cold. If you’re in a position where you have to wait for help, having something to keep your sugars up will prevent you from passing out.

-Back-Up Medications. If you have any special medications that you need every day, make sure you pack back up supplies so that you don’t miss a pill.

-Emergency Flares. Not all accidents happen close to town, and the further you go out of town the harder it is to see. Flares will make sure help can see you.

-Extra Blankets and Mittens. Or scarves and sleeping bags. If you find yourself sitting, or even off road, you must remain warm. Hypothermia can be a very real thing.

-Water. A heavy irony of winter is though you’re surrounding by water, you can’t drink any of it. Hydration is always important.

-Battery Powered Radio. If your phone isn’t charged and the car’s electrical systems have gone out, what are you going to do? Have a battery powered radio that you can contact the outside world with.

-A Pen and Pencil. If you need to write down important information, you’ll ahem the ability.

Depending on your needs, you may want to include more things than are listed here. When an emergency arises, its important to stay calm and in control of whats happening around you.  Call 911 if possible, and if you cannot make an educated decision on whether or not to leave your car.  If you decide you must leave your vehicle be sure to write down your name, address, and next destination.  Nothing could be more frightening that aid finding an abandoned car, and have no idea where the people are.  The most important factor of all, is remaining calm and collected. Overexertion helps no one, and your goal is to survive.