How to Create a Winter Emergency Car Kit
We are smack dab in the middle of winter right now and I am the crazy fool that is loving it! Now, don’t get me wrong I can’t stand the cold and hate the gloomy days when the sun never shows its face. I like it because it is simply beautiful.
Winter in Michigan is something to see!
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My favorite thing about living in Michigan is the way the trees look right after a good snow. It is almost magical, it is simply gorgeous. If you haven’t been to the Midwest to experience the snow… you must! Add it to your bucket list.
Michigan in the wintertime is pretty but after a fresh snow it can also be dangerous. Now for us, we are used to driving in it, we can spot black ice from a ways back, we don’t drive like maniacs and we typically can correct a car in the event it starts to slide.
Now, I am not here to say that we are expert drivers and no one has caused an accident, slid off the roads or been in an pile up. What I am saying is we have been there, we experience it and we know what to do if you become stranded on the side of the road in a ditch.
My mom and dad taught us at a young age some pretty basic things about driving safe in the winter.
One tip is to not let your car have less than half a tank of gas! Reason being; if you were to slide off the road, you want to have as much gas a possible for heat as you wait for someone to find you and help you.
Another important tip they gave my sisters and I were to keep an emergency kit in your car! This kit would be filled with several things that help you if you are stuck, emergency items, food, first aid and more.
I want you to have one in your car too! Follow along as I show you how to create your own emergency car kit. Because I have kids, mine will include items for my kiddos as well. If you do not have children than just keep that part out.
**As I am writing this, The Weather Channel app just notified me of a 29 car pile up on a local highway! Here is a perfect example of why one of these kits would be extremely useful!!!!
How to Make Your Car Kit
- Get a bin! You do not need anything fancy here! I use a simply organizing bin from Target with a lid! You can use a box, a crate, whatever it is, you just want to find the perfect size for your trunk or the back of your vehicle!
- First-aid Kit: This is an absolute must have for you car, ALL YEAR LONG! Don’t take it out unless you need to use it or restock it. If you are in a pile up or a minor accident, this will be beneficial to have. If you are at a park and a kiddo gets a scrap, then this is great to have handy!
- Blankets: I like to have a couple of blankets in the car during winter. If the heat goes out, or you run out of gas, your family can huddle together with blankets until help arrives.
- Power Bank: I have this one: Anker PowerCore Portable Charger, I love this because it runs on battery power. If your car looses power than this is a backup phone charger if your phone battery dies. This is very good to have handy, it ensures that you are able to stay connected!
- Extra Batteries: Always keep extra batteries! If you need more battery power for your power bank than you have backup!
- Hand Warmers: As hunters, we always have hand and toe warmers. Stuff these bad boys in your gloves or shoes and they will help keep your toes and fingers nice and toasty! We use this brand: HotHands Hand Warmers. These will last for hours!
- Extra Hats and Gloves: We keep an extra set of hats and gloves for each person in our family!
- Mini Shovel: We have a little shovel that folds up nice and small! It is so useful if you get stuck, just grab this bad boy and dig the snow out from around the tires. This helps the car gain traction! We have this Snow Shovel and we LOVE it!
- Snacks: Keep snacks in your car that have a long shelf life! Like energy bars, Kind Bars, etc. Just make sure you have plenty for everyone in the car plus plenty of extra!
- Jumper Cables: Look, the cold drains batteries so jumper cables are great to have in your car! I never take mine out, you just never know! Pennzoil Jumper Cable
- Water! I never keep water in my car during the summer but I do keep them in my winter emergency car kit!
- Utility Knife: A traditional Swiss Army knife! If you were to ask my father in law if this was a necessity in life he would tell you, he never leaves the house without one! Keep one in your car, you never know when you will need it!
- Car Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool: Never take this out of your car. I keep mine in my center council! Everyone should have one of these in their cars! You can keep in close to you in the front of the car and keep one in your kit!
- Ice Scraper! Again, keep this in your car during the whole winter! You could leave work and needs to scrap your windows so this will be super handy!
- Diapers and Wipes: If you have little ones still in diapers than this is a must, but if you have toddlers, than the wipes would be really good if they need to use the potty!
There You Have It!
Your winter emergency car kit is complete! Put yours together and put this in your car for emergency survival situations! Again, you could be in a pile up, slide off the road into a ditch, etc! This is why it is called an emergency kit! You never know when you will need it but you will be glad you had one! Be prepared!
Do you have a car kit? Let me know in the comments below!
Have something I should add? Great let me know in the comments too, it will help us all be even more prepared!