What to include in your Winter Auto Emergency Kit

What to include in your Winter Auto Emergency Kit
What to include in your Winter Auto Emergency Kit

The best drivers are those who are prepared for everything. Along with making sure you’ve got the necessary tools to change a flat tire or a fuse, there are other items you should have with you in your vehicle in case an emergency strikes at the worse possible time – winter.

There are store-bought kits that you can buy, however many choose to create their own to make sure specific needs are met. Here are the most important things to include in your winter emergency kit:

  • First aid kit: band aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol or Aspirin, cotton balls, gauze pads, ace bandages or a bandanna.
  • Fire extinguisher: choose one that is slightly smaller and easy to store.
  • Road flares: many keep these with their tire changing tools/kit.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Weather gear: rain ponchos, an extra winter coat, gloves, hats, scarves.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Basic tools: duct tape, screw drivers, wrenches, or a multipurpose tool.
  • Cat litter: spreading this by tires can help provide traction when stuck.
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks/food.
  • Extra fluids: oil, anti-freeze, and washer fluid specifically.

To pack your emergency kit, a storage bin that fits in the trunk is best. It’s recommended to use a clear, plastic bin with a secure lid. Another helpful tip is to write up an itemized list and keep it taped to the outside of the box. Always replace anything that expires or gets used up.

Remember that you can tailor this list to the basics or your specific needs given climate and location, especially if you have limited space in the trunk for a larger sized storage bin.