Winter Car Kit Check List


You’ve put the cover on the pool, raked up the leaves, swapped summer t-shirts for winter sweaters, but have you prepared your winter car kit? Once you’ve prepared your car for winter, including installation of four winter tires, it’s important that you prepare a winter car kit in case of emergency. Winter weather is no joke and can change in an instant! We want you to be prepared so take a look at our check list to help you get a hand up on Mother Nature.

Winter Car Kit


  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Small shovel
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter
  • Multi-purpose knife
  • Basic tools for repairs
  • Tow chain/rope
  • First Aid kit
  • Spare tire (make sure to check the tire pressure each month)


  • Emergency signaling items – road flares, warning triangles, whistle, etc.
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card (in case your cell phone dies and you don’t have access to a phone book)


  • Extra hat, socks, mittens
  • Fleece blanket
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Fire starter


  • Water
  • High-energy snacks – energy bars, nuts, jerky, nut butters, crackers, trail mix

Look for a plastic container to store your winter car kit items. You can find them at your local discount store (and usually on sale).

Lastly, if you are a winter sports enthusiast traveling in the mountains or are planning a long drive across country to Grandma’s house for the holidays, consider carrying snow chains.  They may be required in certain areas to drive on the road or over a mountain pass.