Your winter travel car kit can take the unexpected by storm.
I’m a big baby when it come to traveling in the snow so for me winter travel can be stressful, you never know what kind of conditions you might have to face. I thought it would be a good idea to review the items you should have on hand in your winter travel car kit. There are still several months of icy, rainy, and snowy conditions left to tackle.
Winter survival kits are not just for motorists who drive the back roads or on rural highways and freeways. With unexpected weather conditions on the nations highways, even drivers in the city can find themselves in a predicament, and help might not be fast in coming.
If you are stuck in your car for hours, waiting for the snow plow, these simple items will come in handy. Even two hours spent waiting in your car can make for a pretty uncomfortable, chilly time.
“The key to staying safe during winter travel is to be prepared, and the best way to be prepared is to have a winter survival kit right in your car ready to go at that moment you become stranded, a good survival kit is one that will keep you warm and safe.” says Matt Hehl of AAA.
PreparednessMama’s Winter Travel Car Kit Suggestions (at Kit.com)
- A full tank of gas
- Boots and warm socks (if you usually wear dress shoes)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Ice scraper
- Shovel (the small fold up kind)
- Signal flares
- Matches / Lighter
- Jumper cables
- First Aid kit
- Pocket hand warmers
- Water (1 to 2 gallons)
- Food (protein bars or other easily storable food)
- A NOAA Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Known as the “Voice of NOAA’s National Weather Service,” NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes 1025 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):
If you don’t have time to put together a full fledged car emergency kit, these important items, selected especially for winter, will come in handy as you travel this season. Don’t leave home without your winter travel car kit!
What other items would you add to a basic winter travel car kit?