Before it gets too warm out – I’d like to do a post about emergency car kit items you’ll need if you live in or are traveling through areas with snow and ice. Recently, my family took a trip from Utah to northern California – a route that took us straight through northern-ish Nevada. I couldn’t believe the climate changes we experienced in one day’s drive. Balmy 70 degrees coastal weather to freezing snow packed hills just hours later. Even though we live in Utah and already have items we need for a winter car emergency, I couldn’t help but think about people who normally do not experience that type of weather. Or, like us, are just traveling through for a day. Anywho – here goes.
- Sack of sand or kitty litter for tire traction in the snow
- Dry clothing, mittens, and winter boots
- Shovel (good to have in general – but especially in snowy areas)
- Blanket or sleeping bag (already mentioned in a previous post, but a necessity for cold weather car kits)
- Another use for rope – if you’re leaving your vehicle during a storm, you can tie yourself to your car so you can find your way back.
- Your drinking water on board may have a tendency to freeze in these climates. Another alternative is to include a metal 3lb can, matches and candle stubs to melt snow for drinking water
There you have it. Does anyone else out there have cold weather items not mentioned? Let’s all cross our fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow until next winter. Hooray Spring!