The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit

Seattle winters can be a bit brutal, especially if you’re heading up the mountain for a ski trip or winter family outing. Before you start up the car and venture out in the cold, make sure you and your car are prepared for anything by packing the ultimate winter car survival kit. 

What do we mean when we say ultimate winter car survival kit? Imagine your car breaks down during a winter storm—would you have everything you need to stay warm, keep yourself from starving, and alert emergency services? If not, read on.

What to Keep in Your Car in Case of an Emergency

Whether you run out of gas, get a nail in your tire, or skid on some serious ice, here’s everything you’d need in your car to keep you safe and help you get back on the road quickly.

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Basic Supplies

Think about the basics first. What do you need to stay warm and hunger-free if you’re stuck in the car for a few hours or overnight while you wait for help? Here’s our go-to list.

  • Blankets and mittens
  • An ice scraper
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Sealed bottled water
  • Road flares or reflective triangles
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Jack and lug wrench, or simple tool kit
  • Cell phone car charger
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Extra Supplies for Winter Adventures

Going on a ski trip or heading up the mountain? You might need more than just the basic supplies to get you through a sticky situation. Here’s what to consider keeping in your car. 

  • Tire snow chains
  • Hand warmers
  • Winter boots
  • A sleeping bag
  • A tire gauge
  • A rain poncho
  • Spare change and cash
  • A compass
  • Paper maps
  • A small snow shovel and windshield scraper

Investing in the gear listed in this article, you’re doing yourself a favor. While you may never use the kit, putting these items in a duffel bag and storing them in your trunk could save you in case of an emergency situation. 

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