Whether you are taking a road trips to get a peek at the fall colors in the mountains; to the football stadium to watch your old college team play; or going to Grandma’s house, you need to make sure you are prepared for Winter like weather. What exactly do you need to be prepared for emergencies? Here is a list of things you should gather together to keep in your car “just in case” that light snow turns into a blizzard.
I don’t need these in Georgia, but if I was traveling to Michigan or Indiana, I might look for some to keep in the trunk. I don’t want to be caught out on the highway standing still because I can’t get traction under my tires.
I usually keep a blanket in the trunk during the cold months, just in case I were to get stranded on the road. They also come in handy for covering up when you are the passenger and the driver wants the inside temperature to be cooler than you like.
A Water Bottle
If you get stranded, it is amazing how fast you get thirsty. Bottled water can freeze and burst, but if you keep a water bottle in the car, you’ll have a container to put snow or ice in so it can melt
Dried foods like trail mix, nuts, granola, or dried fruit will keep your energy up even if you are stranded overnight. Other things you could have on hand are jerky, cereal, or rice krispy treats.
An Ice Scraper
An ice scraper will work so much better than a drivers license or credit card to remove ice and snow from your windshield.
A Small Folding Shovel
You might need something to help you dig out of the snow or mud if you wind up in a ditch. Keep a shovel in the trunk and you’ll be prepared.
A flare will help people find you if you are stranded in a storm. Make sure to replace it if you use it.
What else can you think of that would be good to add to your winter emergency kit in your car?