When I was a kid, I used to get really excited when the snow would start falling. The Patriot Dad had a 1972 Dodge pickup and we loved to go out on the snow covered roads, do donuts in parking lots and see just how icy the roads really were. We were young, we didn’t have a care in the world and we wanted to have a heck of a lot of fun!
Well, I grew up, had kids and although I still love to have fun, getting stuck with a van full of little people under the age of 12 wasn’t very fun. Yep! Our van broke down, we were stuck on the side of the road waiting for a ride. We had no extra clothes, no blankets, no food, nothing. We were sitting ducks out there and while it wasn’t fun at all, it was also a quite dangerous position to be in.
I wanted to make sure that would never happen to us again. It’s one thing for me to be cold and hungry, it’s another for it to be my children. And if this had happened before the invention of cell phones or in an area where cell phone service wasn’t any good, we could have found ourselves walking for miles.
Winter Emergency Car Kit
- Food that won’t spoil – Energy bars, granola bars, fruit leathers, fruit snacks, crackers and candy bars are good options (rotate every 3-6 months)
- Water or juice – Be sure they are in plastic bottles. Glass will break if the water or juice becomes frozen (rotate every 3-6 months)
- Blankets – I keep 3-4 in my car
- Extra clothing and boots
- First aid kit
- Small shovel, ice scraper and snow brush
- Ice Melt
- Sand or non-clumping kitty litter
- Jumper cables
- Fire Extinguisher
- Road flares
- Keep a candle in a deep can. Believe it or not, it will provide you a little heat
- Whistle – You may find that you need to signal for help and you don’t want to be yelling
- Copy of your family’s emergency and communications plan
- Toys, books, games for the kiddos to play
Having your home ready for a winter power outage and your car ready for a winter emergency is one sure way to fend off some of the worry cooties that creep in!
Feel free to print out this list and check off the items you gather as you create the kit you need for your family!
Whether you slide off the road or your car breaks down, being stuck is never fun and it’s even worse if you are cold, hungry and feel a bit panicked about your situation. Keeping these items in your car can make the situation a little less threatening and much more comfortable until help can arrive. Whatever you do, do not leave your vehicle if you absolutely do not have to.
What items do you include in your winter car kit? Do you have anything unique in there?