With winter comes inclement weather. And with inclement weather, comes poor driving conditions. There’s just no getting around it. Your best bet is to be prepared. If you don’t have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, now is a good time to put one together.
I know, I know. You’re thinking why put an emergency kit in my car when help is just a cell phone call away? Cell phones can indeed be life savers in times of need. (see our blog on Cell Phone Tips for Holiday Travel). But what happens when you’re traveling over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house you go? Can you guarantee that you’ll have a signal? Or that your battery won’t die when you need it most?
Seems like every winter I see a story on the news about someone stranded, unprepared, out in the middle of nowhere, unable to call for help because their phone didn’t work. Many of these stories have happy endings. But some end in tragedy.
It doesn’t take long to put a winter emergency kit together. Do it now before the holiday rush sets in.
Here’s a list of must-haves for your winter emergency kit:
- Cell phone charger with adapter
- Flashlight with extra batteries (test them to make sure they work)
- Bottled water
- Energy bars, dried fruit
- Matches (in airtight, waterproof container)
- First aid kit
- Pocket knife
- Warm clothing – hats, mittens, heavy socks
- Tow chain or rope
- Emergency flares
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For more information on winter emergency kits and tips on how to stay safe this winter, visit Ready Wisconsin.