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



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

  • Water


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.