Preparedness: A Winter Survival Kit for your Car

by | Oct 1, 2019 | Emergency Preparedness, Headline News | 19 comments


It’s time to get your winter survival kit upgraded and thoroughly audited. Before the first winter storm hits, you should audit your car’s winter survival kit to make sure you’ve got what you need and nothing is missing or expired.

If you want the guesswork taken out of preparing a winter survival kit for your car, that’s an option that is available. Ready America has a cold-weather survival kit for one person and it costs less than $65. However, if you’d like to build your own kit, or are switching out gear for the changing season, here are a few things I suggest you consider.

The first thing you should do is ensure that the medications in your current vehicle survival kit are not expired and that the seals aren’t broken on the items that need to remain sealed. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to add a few things that will be much more useful when temperatures drop than they would be during the warmer months.

  1. Candle-Powered Heater

If you get stuck or broken down in your car during the winter, keeping it running to stay warm can be tricky. You’ll eventually run out of gas, but you’ll need some fuel to drive when help arrives or when the weather clears up. But more importantly, snow and ice can block your engine’s exhaust and lead to deadly levels of carbon monoxide in the car’s cabin. So make sure you pack a simple candle-powered heater. All you need is a metal can, a candle and a lighter. A candle can make a surprisingly effective ad hoc heater in the confined space of a car. Family Handy Man has a great tutorial on how to cheaply and easily make one. Check out another way to make a quick candle here.

2. Thermal Blankets

These will not set you back much financially but are important.  They will help keep you and anyone else in the car warm if the worst happens. It’s pretty self-explanatory why you’d want some of these in a winter survival kit.

3. Hand and Foot Warmers

Hand and foot warmers work great, last for a long time, and help keep your fingers and toes comfortable.  Toss in an extra pair of socks and gloves in your survival kit just in case you leave home without adequate pairs. These warmers work well for everyone and if you get a large enough box, you won’t have to worry about having enough warmth to last you for a few days. Hot Hands will last up to ten hours!

4. Safety Absorbent

Also an inexpensive item, safety absorbent will help if you do happen to get stuck by adding traction. Kitty litter can also work well, but safety absorbent will work better.  You can pick up 8lbs of it for less than $12 too.

5. Foldable Shovel

Add a foldable shovel to your winter survival gear too.  If you get stuck in the snow, you may need to dig your way out and digging out compacted snow from under the car or around the wheels is much easier with a proper shovel. A shovel that folds up will save you space in your car and be readily available for use if you happen to get stuck!


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    1. Anonymous

      Dont bother with a winter survival kit.
      Some stupid ass cop will come along and think you are homeless and off you go to one of the Trump gulags.

      • NEC_Wrangler

        “don’t prepare because I have TDS and its affecting everything I say”.

        seems legit.

        • Anonymous

          TDS? Tabular Data Stream?
          Yes…but it only effects my speech in 5G mode.

          • Plan twice, prep once


            • TharSheBlows

              I fixed that winter /auto problem 30 years ago and moved to FL. No brainer.
              Question for Northerners: How many ways do you have to heat our homes in a grid down situation. No electric!! Got gas? Propane? Back up heaters? Get them now and plenty of fuel before the snow flurries flies.

          • Anonymous

            “trump gulags” LOL.

            and these are where..?

    2. Anonymous

      Ps The systematic removal of billonaire donald (do nothing ) trump begins today.

      • TharSheBlows

        Let me correct you Anonymous. This is the systematic self destruction of the democrap party for decades. Only low IQ idiots would follow such a warped commie ideology that makes no sense or fails to follow the US constitution.

        Oh they will be swinging their arms like a little spaz monkeys when Trump is not impeached and they get the big let down. The look on their faces will be priceless. Get your video cameras ready. Will make for a great laughing comedy video for years.

    3. NEC_Wrangler

      warm clothes
      spare wool socks
      spare boots, if you dont usually wear them
      datrex bars
      a container to melt snow in
      basic water filter
      jumper cables
      flares/led safety lights

      not to mention a tuneup and general check of our car- tire condition, antifreeze, etc

      • Karl V.

        Nobody has mentioned a fire source. Everyone should have a couple of inexpensive butane lighters in the vehicle.

        It’s also a good idea to have a big piece of orange or yellow fabric. For someone stranded off the beaten path, this can be seen by air rescue. You can get this free by cutting a big piece out of a tent that is no longer weather-resistant due to rips or whatever. Also a good idea to carry the snap-together tent poles with the fabric; use them to spread out the fabric for maximum visibility.

      • reper sleeper

        Needless to say when the grid goes down ain’t much gonna be good to you except your skills, a good rifle and your ability to pull that trigger.

    4. Plan twice, prep once

      A blanket and some long burning candles.

      Crack the window, have a candle holder that hangs in the cracked window opening. The rising heat draws in O2.

      Have a snow shovel in snow land. And always dress for the weather.

      Went to a Christmas Eve Broadway show. Seven inches of snow landed during the show. Got the last train out of the city.

      Anyway we hit the train station and had to dig the van out. I packed two snow shovels into the car before we left, and my son and I were mad at it. A dude with a British accent walked up and asked, are the handing out shovels somewhere……

      Yeah he didn’t get one…… Ahhhhhh haaaahhhh hah ha.

      • NEC_Wrangler

        why do I feel like hanging a candle from the top of my cracked window is going to set the headliner on fire…..

    5. asshat

      not buying anything. especially from scumazon. no bought item can replace skills. people are gonna learn soon that throwing $ at their problems isnt gonna work. stop buying and hoarding crap and thinking your good. false security.

      • NEC_Wrangler

        good idea. dig the car out with whatever sticks you can gather and your bare hands. no need for any of that store bought crap.

    6. Honeypot

      Christmas will be here soon. A scarf is a winter item that can be a life saver. It is something that does not require a particular size. People freeze their noses in cold weather and can be disfigured, but a scarf can prevent that from happening.


    7. Haywood Remy

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    8. Reed Alvia

      Thanks for the post!

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