As we settle into the winter season, there is an increased chance that you might end up stranded- and even worse, in winter weather. Unfortunately, this reality is all too real, especially with the recent I-95 shutdown. A major US highway was shut down with hundreds of people left in their cars without food or water, many for over 24 hours. We’ve collected a list of items that you should always keep in your car in the event of bad weather, traffic, or accidents.
Preparing a go-bag for your car can feel daunting, but the truth is that you likely already have most of these items in your house. An important note about storing things in your car, though, is to be mindful about items sensitive to extreme temperatures (food, medicine, aerosol cans, electronics, etc).
For your Car
- Jumper cables or a battery starter
- Reflective triangles or flares
- Ice scraper
- Cat litter or sand (for tire traction)
- Spare tire, wheel wrench, and jack
For You and Your Passengers
- Food and snacks (non perishables that aren’t sensitive to extreme temperatures)
- Medications (it is not advised to store medications in cars due to extreme temperatures, but take your medication with you if you know you will be driving for a long time, on high traffic roads, or in bad weather)
- Maps (local maps, or map books)
- Toilet paper
- Feminine supplies
- Complete change of clothes
- Umbrella or poncho
- Extra batteries
- Car Cell Phone charger
- Wet wipes
- First aid kit
- Reflective vest
- Extra pet food and water (if traveling with pets)
Additionally, make sure you have a full gas tank if you notice traffic starting to get heavier. As always, drive safely and watch out for bad weather conditions as we move through the winter season.