Winters here in the Northland can be brutal. Last year was an exception I'll agree, but with winter fast approaching, I felt the timing was perfect for info on a winter survival kit.

I've done much research and found a person can purchase a ready made kit, or, make one yourself. The latter is preferred because you probably already have most of theses items in your home or garage.

Living in Lake Nebagamon, I've driven in some crazy storms, on terrible roads, and have had auto breakdiowns. I strongly believe everyone should have a kit in their vehicle. One hint, don't store your kit in the trunk of your vehicle like I've done. In case of emergency, you may not be able to exit the vehicle. I keep mine right in the back seat.

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

I have a pillow in mine, along with a quilt, and reading materials too.I also have a hand crank radio with a light and cell phone charger in case your car battery is dead.