Written by Joe Alton, M.D., Disaster Preparedness Expert & Author
It’s predicted to be a harsh winter and, for most in the U.S., this means trouble if someone gets stuck out on the road during a blizzard or other extreme conditions. Hypothermia (the effects on the body from exposure to cold) may occur on the wilderness trail, but also right in the driver’s seat of the family car. It’s important to have a plan in case you are stranded in your vehicle.
The Winter Car Kit
- Wool Blankets. Wool can stay warm even when wet.
- Spare sets of dry clothes, including socks, hats, and mittens.
- Hard warmers or other instant heat packs (activated, usually, by shaking, they’ll last for hours)
- Matches, lighters and/or firestarters in case you need to manufacture heat.
- Candles, flashlights (keep batteries in backwards until you need them).
- Small multi-tool with blade, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
- Larger combination tool like a foldable shovel (acts as a shovel but also an axe, saw, etc.)
- Sand or rock salt in plastic container (to give traction where needed.)
- Tow chain or rope.
- Jumper cables.
- Water, Food (energy bars, MREs, dehydrated soups, candies).
- Baby wipes for hygiene purposes.
- A first aid kit.
- Medications as needed.
- Tarp and duct tape (brightly colored ones will be more visible and aid rescue.)
- Metal cup, thermos, heat source (to melt snow, make soup, etc.)
- Noisemaker (whistle)
- Cell phone and charger