Whether you are planning a winter road trip across the province or simply driving along city streets or highways at night, it’s a good idea to have an emergency survival kit in your car.
There is no need to spend a fortune on premade kits when you can purchase these important items separately. In fact, you may have several of these items lying around your home or in the garage.
- Small shovel
A compact and efficient snow shovel can help you get through snowy Canadian winters if you need to dig your car out. If you are driving through any snow-belt areas you may want to consider a bigger shovel, especially if staying overnight at your destination.
- Windshield ice scraper
This goes without saying. If you live in a winter climate at some point you are going to have to scrape snow and ice off the windshield, making sure you can see clearly at all times. If you feel like splurging, check out this subzero pivoting snowbroom, that is ideal for trucks and SUV’s.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
If something happens to your car at night you will be happy to have a light source other than the glow of your cell phone. If you want to go the earth friendly route, skip the battery powered ones and try a crank flashlight. Some come with a radio and siren.What more could you ask for?
- Water and snacks
The only thing worse than having your car break down in the middle of winter is having your car break down without snacks and water. Be prepared! Energy bars are great to have on hand not only in case of an emergency but if you get hungry while stuck in traffic.
- Portable cell phone charger
There are cell phone chargers that plug into your car and portable chargers that can give your phone that extra boost to extend battery life in an emergency. Best Buy has lots to choose from. In cold weather cell phones are known to drain faster, and since a phone can be a lifeline in an emergency it’s crucial to have a back up plan.
- Extra Hats, Gloves, and Scarves
Every passenger in the car should have an extra set if taking a winter road trip. It’s also smart to have warm blankets as back ups and some hand and foot warmers can’t hurt either!
- Booster Cables
Booster (jumper) cables can be a lifesaver for you if the vehicle battery looses its charge. This is much more common in cold weather as it can take more cranking amps to turn over the engine.
- Biodegradable Road Salt or Sand
This will help if you are stuck or need extra traction to get over that icy hill. If you don’t have road salt or sand but have cats at home, cat litter works just as well for traction and will come in handy on icy roads and driveways.
- Emergency Flares and Reflectors
Hopefully you will never need these, but if you are ever stranded at night you will be happy you have emergency flares. Another option is something as simple as a bright orange or yellow bandana that you can use to signal for help if you need it.
- First Aid Kit
A First Aid Kit is essential to have in all seasons and winter is no exception. It doesn’t have to be elaborate but should include antiseptic wipes, scissors, gauze pads, adhesive tape and bandages in multiple sizes, and emergency phone numbers. For a complete list of what to include if your first aid kit check out the Canadian Red Cross website.