Getting stuck in the snow is one of those things you probably don’t think will happen, until it does. When we lived in New Mexico, I JUST HAD TO GO to town (as my husband likes to remind me). It wasn’t wintery but nothing major. On my way home, I slid off into the bar-ditch and got stuck in what looked like a blizzard. I don’t know where it came from but I was stuck as stuck could get be. When I called my husband to rescue me and the kids, he got stuck. Luckily me and the kids were rescued by a friend of ours and taken to a warm home. My husband on the other hand, had to spend the night in his truck. It was horrible. The only thing he had going for him was the fact that the truck was a diesel. He had nothing else though. I guess you just never know what can happen.
If you live in an area that expects any kind of snow, I highly recommend you keep an emergency winter car kit in your rig. You can buy some key items for low cost that will keep you safe and warm for several hours until helps arrive. Some emergency items to include are:
- Blankets– We keep a zip-n-go blanket, as well as, a package of emergency blankets found in the camping section.
- Water– I recommend at least 4 or 5 bottles of water to keep you hydrated.
- Snacks– Protein bars are a great snack to have. They provide you with some of the essentials your body needs and are filling.
- Emergency candle– A candle will be useful for warmth. Just be safe with it and don’t buy a regular candle. You need to buy one specific for emergencies. It burns differently.
- Matches– Obviously you need a way to light the candle. They may come in handy in other ways too.
- Warmers– I LOVE the hand and toe warmers found in the hunting section. We always use these during the cold playoff games.
- Flashlight– Great when you need light!
- Ice Scraper– Will need at some point to see out your window! (I bought this for a $1 at walmart!)
- Kitty Litter– This is super handy for those smaller stuck moments. You pour some around your tires to help with traction.
- Hammer– If your situation is more serious and you fall down into a drawl, you may need a hammer to break a window out. I promise you won’t be able to open the doors if the snow drifts against the doors.
As you can, these are common sense, basic items. I also typed up and printed a banner to put on the container. It’s just a way to let my boys know to keep their hands off. It’s for emergencies only!
You can easily shop for and create the kit for well under $25. What other items would you include your emergency winter car kit? Did I miss something?