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What Should I Pack in a Winter Emergency Roadside Kit?

Do you live in a cold climate where you have to do a lot of driving? Or perhaps you’re about to take a road trip through some frigid temperatures? Then you should make sure you’re prepared in case the worst should happen with an emergency roadside kit for winter. But what should be in this kit?

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Vehicle Care 

First, you should make sure you have some basic tools and gadgets to take care of problems with your vehicle. This includes jumper cables for your battery and even a portable air compressor for low tires. If you don’t want to get an air compressor, a can of fix-a-flat is another quick and easy fix.


In your roadside kit, you want things that will help you in case you’re stranded for multiple hours. In that case, you’ll want things like water and non-perishable foods (nuts, granola), a cell-phone charger, a first aid kit and any medicine you, or a frequent passenger of yours, can’t go without for more than a few hours. Also, getting a portable heater or something as simple as a candle in a metal can can also be a great heat source.

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Warm Clothing 

When you’re stuck in your car in winter, the most important thing will be staying warm. In that case, you’ll want to have an extra pair of hat and gloves, a nice warm blanket and perhaps even an old winter jacket you don’t use anymore in case you have an underdressed passenger.

Handy Tools 

Last, but not least, it’s always a good idea to have some other tools that you may need if the situation calls for it. A foldable shovel and a bag of safety absorbent (for traction) can be the difference between getting out of a ditch and waiting for hours. Some other small tools like screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, duct tape, pliers and anything else you think you need are smart to have on hand in case.

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