Make Your Own Car Readiness Kit

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Do you know what to do if you become stranded on the highway or in a secluded area during winter? Carrying a readiness kit in your car during inclement weather is a must. You can make an elaborate one or just grab a box and fill it with things you already own. Despite round-the-clock media coverage of the recent east coast blizzard, many people were caught unprepared and stuck on the highway overnight in freezing and dangerous conditions. A simple car readiness kit can help you if you ever find yourself in this situation. Pairing this kit with simple winter driving tips can help keep you safe and adequately prepared.

What to Include in Your Car Readiness Kit

A car readiness kit is easy to put together and can keep you comfortable and safe in a bad situation. Here is what your kit should include:

  • Non-perishable snacks such as trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, energy bars, etc.
  • Enough bottled water to comfortably last you at least 48 hours.
  • A well-stocked first-aid kit. This is a must.
  • A flashlight and batteries, along with some candles and matches, and a brightly colored piece of cloth you can tie to your antenna or wiper blade so rescue workers can see you. These items are compact and won’t take up much space in your box.
  • If you frequently travel in remote areas, consider carrying a can of florescent spray paint that you can use to spray paint “HELP.” This will make you visible to pilots searching by air.
  • A sleeping bag or a blanket to keep you warm.
  • A change of clothes to keep you dry, in case you get wet.
  • A battery-powered phone charger is necessary to keep you connected to the rest of the world.
  • A bag of kitty litter or sand and a small portable shovel can help free your car if you become stuck in the snow.

Always remember to make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow or debris! A running car is creating carbon monoxide. If your exhaust pipe is blocked and you are in the car, you can succumb quickly to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Be safe, and happy driving!

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