Today, it’s all about what you need in your car for winter. Did you know that it’s a good idea to have specific items packed in your vehicle during the winter months?
When the temperature drops and the roads become hazardous due to snow, ice, rain, and sleet, a lot can happen. You don’t want to end up stranded in your vehicle with nothing available to keep you comfortable and safe while you’re waiting for help.
What You Need in Your Car for Winter
Because rough conditions can make it challenging for help to arrive, you don’t know how long you’ll need to wait in the car until someone can get to you and provide assistance. You’ll feel more at ease if you have the right essentials stored in your vehicle.
Make sure you have items packed for each person who’d typically ride in the car with you, such as your significant other and children.
It’s always beneficial to have a supply of blankets in your vehicle. During those cold winter months, you could find yourself not only cold but dangerously so. If someone in the car gets cold, you’ll have a blanket available for them to use.
If the heat stops working and you find yourself stranded while waiting for assistance, you don’t want to find yourself unprepared and subject to severe exposure due to the elements.
So, make sure you’re protected from the cold weather by using heavy-duty blankets to stay warm. You can fold these blankets and have them in a convenient storage tote bag that you can put in the backseat of the car or in the trunk, whichever you prefer.
Be sure to have a minimum of three blankets to use, and more than that if you’re traveling with multiple passengers.
Flashlights with Batteries
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to evaluate your surroundings or check your vehicle’s condition, it helps to have flashlights with workable batteries. Always make sure you have some backup batteries to use just in case the ones inside the flashlight have died out.
You may think bigger flashlights are better, they are not so much anymore. Then, you can conveniently fit them in the back of your vehicle or the trunk, keeping them with the blankets and some of the other items you’ll keep in the car for winter.
Change of Clothes
Always have at least one pair of clothes that you can change into inside the vehicle. Then, if you’ve had to exit the vehicle for some reason, or something spills or gets all over you, you can take off the wet clothes, place them in a plastic bag, and put on your clean, dry clothes to feel comfortable again.
You wouldn’t want to get stuck sitting in cold, wet, or soiled clothing for hours on end. Of course, when you’re packing a change of clothes, pack something you won’t need in the short term since it’s going to sit in the car most of the time.
A pair of jeans or sweatpants with a warm shirt and sweater should suffice unless you feel an extra coat would provide the additional protection you may want.
Pack some extra warm and protective gloves to have with you in the car. If you get stuck and need to wait for help, or you get stuck and need to exit the vehicle as you work to get the car up and going again, you might need to put on an extra pair of gloves as your fingers start to get exposed to the cold air and possibly wet conditions.
Excessive exposure to freezing temperatures could easily cause frostbite that you don’t want to experience. As a result, it pays to be safe by packing comfortable and durable gloves that will keep your fingers warm.
Emergency Car Kit
I have two of these bags that I made into a car kit for emergencies and they are secured in the back of my Honda CRV. My Dewalt tool kit is my first aid kit, I added the RED first aid symbol so people would hopefully realize I do not have expensive DeWalt tools in it. I love these Husky Tool Bags.
Have some road flares in the car to set outside when you’re dealing with an emergency. It’s one of the best ways to draw attention to yourself when you need help, but also alert others that you are there in case visibility is reduced due to a storm.
People are more likely to notice the flares and then come to your vehicle to check on things. It’s also an excellent way to let the tow truck or the person you’re waiting for figure out where you are from the location you’ve given them because they can see the road flares from a distance.
You can buy road flares online, have them shipped directly to you, and place them in your car for any emergencies that arise. These work for me, they
Kitty Litter and a Small Shovel
Some people don’t realize it, but kitty litter can help a car’s tires gain more traction. You spread the kitty litter as far under and in front of the traction wheels and let it sit for a minute or two.
It should give those wheels some extra traction to get out of that “stuck” situation unless you are in so deep you’ll need an extra assist. That’s where the small shovel comes in.
Use the shovel to remove the snow in front of and behind the wheels so you can apply the kitty litter and rock the car enough for it to get the necessary traction needed.
I had a friend who is a professional photographer take the two pictures of my PLANO Fishing Tackle Box below (which is no longer available), so this is why they have a black background.
It always pays off to have a first-aid kit in your car. You can buy a first-aid kit or prepare one by adding items to a plastic container. Some of the things you should have in the first-aid kit include:
- Rubbing alcohol packets
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Topical ointment
- Other important essentials
These items get put to good use when you’re dealing with injuries or other issues and you can’t get help right away.
Even if you’re not in pain or dealing with a severe injury, someone else in your vehicle may end up in that situation, and you can make sure you’re fully prepared for the most unexpected challenges that can happen while out on the road.
Here is what the inside of the fishing tackle looks like, this will give you ideas on what YOU need in your emergency first aid kit for your car or truck. In case you missed this post, First Aid Kits-What You Need To Survive
Hand and Foot Warmers
Kylie reminded me about having hand and foot warmers in the car. You can pick them up at the dollar stores or even Sam’s club or Costco. Hand and Foot Warmers. You basically remove the hand warmer from the packaging, shake it and in 15-30 minutes it will warm your hands and feet for up to ten hours. They are for one-time use.
Personal Hygiene Items
After we empty one of our #10 cans that are approximately six inches in diameter and nine inches tall we should never throw them out. If you are like me…I think to myself “I might need this for something”! So I stash them in the pantry or garage. Well, I have read in the newspaper where cars with adults, toddlers, and babies are stranded sometimes for hours on a highway.
All you need is the #10 can with the lid, some 4-gallon garbage bags, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and some Bio-Blue Toilet Deodorizer or some Biffy Bags are ware good to go, literally! Leanne reminded me about a piece of cloth for privacy, if you don’t have some cloth, consider getting a small popup tent for the occasion. Small Popup Tent
Non-Perishable Food and Water
If you get stuck in a situation where you can’t move your vehicle and have to wait for help, having non-perishable food and water in your vehicle will come in handy.
Be sure to have several options available, including protein bars, granola bars, a container of peanut butter, trail mix, and other items that can provide you with protein, vitamins, and nutrients.
Hazel mentioned some comfort candy, like chocolate or just candy! Maybe M & M’s would be awesome unless the car gets hot.
If the items will be in the car for an extended period, be sure to rotate the food items from time to time so they stay as fresh as possible.
It’s also a good idea to have a pack of bottled water available to drink. While you may not expect to get stuck and stranded, you don’t know what could happen, so it’s best to be prepared for what could potentially happen just in case.
12 – Volt Air Compressor
A 12-volt air compressor is a must. Last summer I experienced a flat tire while heading home from a quick Wal-Mart trip. Thank goodness my granddaughter was with me to help with the tire change tasks.
The challenge we faced was having a spare tire that had gone flat since the last time we had the car serviced and the tires checked out. Without that 12-volt air compressor to plug into the car’s 12-volt outlet and use to pump up the spare, we would have been in a world of hurt!
Having a pair of work gloves in the car also proved so helpful. Working with that lug wrench was hard on the hands, so the gloves were a lifesaver.
Although we didn’t need one, a tire plug set (buy them cheaply at Wal-Mart) may be something you consider having in case you need a quick and temporary tire repair you can perform on the spot. 12 Volt Car Tire Pump Compressor
Window Break Tool
In case you get locked out of your car, the doors become frozen shut, or the door lock mechanisms won’t work for some reason, you may need to use a car window break tool to get into or out of the vehicle.
We all hope we don’t have to face this type of situation, but we see on the news emergencies where car occupants can’t get out of a vehicle.
This tool could prove the difference between life and death. It is certainly worth having in your emergency supplies as you prepare the car for winter travel or just a fun weekend road trip.
This is one that’s been critical from the time I started driving. My dad made me keep $5.00 in the car in case I got stranded. At the time $5.00 was a lot of money, it wouldn’t go far today! That was back in 1966, driving my 1951 Chevy to school and work.
You need to decide how much you feel comfortable putting in your car, it would be way more than $5.00, these days. Anyway, slip some cash in small bills, in your wallet, purse, or another place in your car to keep for emergencies. It would be enough to fill your car with gas and buy food and water to get you to a safe place.
If you are like me, you have been stranded a time or two due to car accidents, icy roads, snow-packed roads. Mark and I were parked on a California main road between Barstow, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada for three hours. It got boring, people were thirsty, hungry, and frustrated.
If you are stuck for 3-4 hours on the highway, it would be nice to have something to help time to pass a bit faster, playing cards, reading books, or whatever.
Be sure to have these essential items in your car during the winter months. You don’t know when they might come in handy. Be safe instead of sorry by packing a bag full of these essential items, including a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, heavy blankets, and more.
It doesn’t hurt to have these items readily available and easily accessible, especially during the winter when the roads are wet and slippery.
If you’re prepared for the hazardous road conditions, you can stay safe while waiting for help if you ever need it. May God Bless this world, Linda