How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for the Car

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for the CarUnlike days or years gone by, today we zip along on superhighways and well-maintained interstates. As roads have improved and the numbers of motorists have increased, many people travel unprepared for roadside emergencies. This is particularly true during the winter when a breakdown can quickly turn dangerous as weather gets worse. Being prepared is a fairly simple process that includes some very common-sense items. Keep the items stored in the trunk or rear of the vehicle stored in a plastic case or even heavy plastic bags.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for the Car

Things You’ll Need:
  • Extra clothing
  • Energy food and water
  • Flashlight
  • Shovel
  • Tire chains
Step 1
Pack extra clothing for layering such as a T-shirt, sweat shirt or hoodie, extra socks, winter boots, gloves and blankets. A wool cap or scarf should also be included in the kit. Pack the items in a plastic container or bag separate from the other items in the kit.
Step 2
Include energy food such a protein bars, granola bars and beef jerky. Any type of high-energy food that is packaged in airtight wrappings or containers is ideal. Include water in safe storage bottles such as Nalgene or even cleaned milk jugs. Keep enough water for two or more people to survive at least 2 days.
Step 3
Pack a flashlight in the kit which durable and able to with stand some degree of impact or shock. Also make sure the beam of the light is a combination spot and flood to provide sufficient light for a variety of situations. Include extra batteries with the light.
Step 4
Include a folding shovel that is adequate to handle small jobs. Do not select a shovel designed to clear a large area of snow and debris. The goal is a small folding shovel that is durable, easily stored, and capable of digging through snow and ice to allow tires to reach traction.
Step 5
Choose tire chains that are appropriately sized for the vehicle being driven. Become completely familiar with how to install the chains, and practice doing so several times. A stressful situation is no time to learn how to install tire chains.

Tips & Warnings

Store the kit securely so that the items do not roll around and become damaged. Check the items frequently while being stored to ensure everything is in good condition.
Also, periodically review the kit for any additional items needed.
Use caution when installing tire chains as it is possible to receive an injury.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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