Don’t get stranded this winter without a survival kit at the ready. A few simple and inexpensive items kept in your vehicle can make all the difference should you or your family find yourself stranded on the side of the road in winter weather.
Many of you may have read the story about the man who survived while stranded in his car by eating ketchup packets. We may chuckle at the idea, but it points to a reality for many of us who live in areas where the road conditions and weather can be unpredictable. While we always hope for the best, a little preparation can go a long way to help you feel safe and secure while traveling this winter. That’s why we’d like to suggest that you create your own stranded car survival kit in the event that anything should happen. Just knowing it’s there will give you peace of mind, and we’ll feel better knowing that you are taking care of yourself even when you aren’t visiting our facility.
The best survival kit is one that is easy to find and ready for use, so find a plastic container that can hold all of your items. Not only does it keep items dry, you’ll be able to locate everything you need without having to sort through a pile of CDs, fast food wrappers and random ice scrapers. Your kit should contain at a minimum the following items:
- Bottled drinking water.
- High energy, non-perishable snacks such as unsalted nuts, energy bars or any kind of high protein fitness snack or dried fruit.
- An extra blanket.
- A first aid kit containing basic supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze tape, cold compress and scissors.
- A compass, whistle and reflective vest in the event that you must leave your vehicle.
- Duct tape.
- A rain poncho.
- Fire extinguisher.
- A flashlight with extra batteries.
- A car charger for your cell phone.
Any additional items that might help you get yourself unstuck such as a shovel, cat litter for traction and extra clothing that would keep you warm while you are outside are also helpful.
In addition, make sure that your spare tire is inflated and that you have access to the correct tools necessary to change a tire.
Hopefully you’ll never need to use any of these items, but if you should find yourself in a situation where you are stranded, you’ll be prepared to either free yourself from that snowbank or remain comfortable while you wait for assistance. And if you have a few ketchup packets in the glovebox, all the better.