Survival Kit for Winter Driving
Survival Kit for Winter Driving


  • Coffee can or other empty and clean food can
  • 60-inch length string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can)
  • 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle)
  • 1 candle 2"diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow). Canned Sterno will also work to heat water.
  • 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors)
  • 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle)
  • Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition)
  • Plastic spoons
  • Packages of easy to eat, high energy foods like peanuts and candy or canned,ready-to-eat soups or fruit
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners; cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation when wet).
  • Extra clothing and a blanket or sleeping bag
  • 2 packages of book matches
  • 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat)
  • 1 flash light and batteries (keep separate)
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper and sealable container for bathroom purposes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Small toolkit
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Sand or other traction aid
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares or warning lights
  • Gas line antifreeze
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Pencil stub and paper
  • Plastic whistle
  • Cellular phone with a charger

You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.

Put all items in a plastic storage container and place in vehicle when traveling starting in mid-October.

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