Before winter weather is upon us, it makes sense to assemble an emergency car kit. It can mean being a bit more comfortable in an uncomfortable situation, or even save your life. Here are recommendations on how to create a winter car emergency kit, frugally.
A container to hold your items in will help keep you calm and able to find what you need in a moments notice. This can be as simple as a repurposed cardboard box, a plastic tote bought on sale or a large basket you found at a garage sale or thrift shop. The next step is to assemble the items you need. Here are some suggestions.
Charged cell phone and charger. If you are going out, check your phones charge status prior to leaving. When stuck in a snowstorm, this is not the time to discover you are down to your last bar.
Shovel, either a sturdy snow shovel or garden shovel that can help you dig yourself out of a ditch or snow bank.
Windshield scraper to help clear windows.
Flashlight with extra charged batteries. You may want to check this at the beginning of every winter season to assure yourself the batteries are still good.
Water, even just a bottle or two will go a long way to keep you from getting dehydrated. Plan on packing this before heading out so it does not become frozen.
Snack food such as beef jerky, candy for energy, granola bars. Choose items that do not need refrigeration and are on sale.
Extra hats, coats, and mittens are important. If you are dressed up and heading to an event, chances are you won’t have cold weather outer apparel on. If you keep extras stowed in the trunk, you’ll never have to try to remember as they are already there. These extras can be found at thrift shops for a minimal price.
Blankets, also found at thrift shops or garage sales can keep you warm and toasty until help arrives.
Chains or rope will assist in pulling a vehicle out of a ditch.
Sand or cheap kitty litter can act as traction.
Booster cables will help get the car jumped by another cars battery if yours runs down. Since this can be pricey, perhaps this could go on a “wish list” or something to purchase that is practical and needed in case you receive an unexpected windfall.
A first aid kit actually could be left in the car year around.
A tool kit is handy year around and can be assembled over time. Watch thrift shops and garage sales for tools.
Road maps are important in case you are traveling in an unfamiliar area. Imagine a snowy night, slippery roads and you get mixed up and turned around while driving. It is much better to be prepared – just in case. This can even be directions printed out from the computer.
Some cash would be welcomed in case you end up needing to take a bus.