No one ever wants to break down on the road during the winter months (or anytime of year for that matter), but you need to be prepared for the worst so you are safe.

After preparing your car for winter driving (new wiper blades, check the battery, fluid change, etc.), you need to pack an emergency winter car kit. If you are wondering what consists of kit, AAA.com along with Bugoutbagacademy.com  have a great comprehensive list that will be a life savior if the worst happens this winter!

What To Pack In Your Emergency Winter Car Kit...

  • A bag or abrasive material (i.e sand, salt, or kitty litter)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for the flashlight
  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper with a brush
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra warm clothing (i.e. gloves, hats, scarves, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Drinking water
  • Flares
  • Warning triangles
  • First-aid kit
  • Basic tool kit (i.e. screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, etc.)
  • Extra phone charger
  • Non-perishable snacks for humans and pets
  • Flat tire inflation canister (non-explosive)
  • Small fold-able shovel
  • Car escape tool (seat-belt cutter and window breaker)
  • Pen and paper
  • Road maps (remember you cell phone does not always work)
  • Roll of duct tape

It seems like a lot to pack up and tote around for half of the year, but if the worst happens, you don't want to be unprepared. As my Mom used to say, wear clean underwear, and it is better to be safe then sorry!

Be safe, and have a fun winter!