Winter Vehicle Survival Kit

Prepare Yourself For Winter With A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit

It’s that time of year again when for many of us winter has arrived bringing with it unpredictable weather conditions such a snow, ice, sleet, and fog. Now would be a good time to prepare yourself for winter with a Winter Vehicle Survival Kit that will help you if your vehicle breaks down or if you find yourself stranded.

Why Do You Need A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit?

It’s important to point out that you don’t just need a vehicle survival kit for winter. Carrying the right survival items in your vehicle all year round is a good idea. You should regularly check your vehicle survival kit and adapt it for the journeys you make and the weather conditions you will face. This will also help to make sure that you check the end dates on any perishable items you are carrying such as food and water.

When Winter arrives you need to winterize your vehicle survival kit because there is an increased chance of breaking down or getting stuck on highways, freeways, and motorways. Even if you are out there driving a reliable 4 x 4 vehicle you can still get stuck or stranded thanks to an unprepared motorist who has crashed or broken down blocking the road ahead. Sometimes bad weather strikes without warning leaving motorists stranded.

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit List

car snow emergency

Whether your starting from scratch or winterizing an existing vehicle survival kit the following list of recommended survival kit items will help you be more prepared. The following kit list is broken down into three sections.

  1. Vehicle Get Home Bag – to help you get home if you have to leave your vehicle.
  2. Vehicle Survival Kit – to get your vehicle moving again and or help you stay safe while awaiting help.
  3. Additional Winter Vehicle Survival Kit Items – for when you are traveling to remote locations.

These lists will contain some items that you would need all year round along with the extra items you will need for winter conditions.

Some of the items will be interchangeable depending on the situation. For example, if your vehicle is stranded and you have no choice but to head home you will want to grab your get home bag and add any useful items from your vehicle kit to it before you leave.

Vehicle Get Home Bag

get home bag

  • Food including Energy Bars
  • Water
  • Water Filter or Purifying Tablets
  • Flashlight and Spare Batteries
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mylar Blanket
  • Sewing Kit
  • Fire lighting kit – Lighter – Waterproof Matches
  • Personal Identification and Important Documents
  • Any medications and Over the Counter medication such as Painkillers
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Small Headlamp
  • Back up Powerbank Phone Charger
  • Money
  • Swiss Army Knife or Multitool
  • Disposable Poncho
  • Waterproof Jacket, Trousers, Boots
  • Warm Hat and Gloves

Vehicle Survival Kit

vehicle breakdown triangle

  • Flashlight and Spare Batteries
  • Headlamp
  • Vehicle Breakdown Recovery and Insurance Documents
  • Folding Shovel
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Hand Brush
  • Small Axe
  • Knife
  • Heavy Duty Tow Rope
  • 12v Compressor
  • Tyre Inflation Foam
  • Battery Powered or Hand Crank Radio
  • Jumper Cables / Jump Leads
  • Flashing Strobe Beacon (battery-powered)
  • Hi-Visibility Vest
  • Large First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tool Kit
  • Folding Laplander Saw
  • Duct Tape
  • Paracord
  • Spare Fuel Canister
  • Small Tarp – for crawling under vehicle on wet ground or to make a shelter
  • Bottled Water – Ideally smaller bottles instead of one large bottle because a large bottle may spoil if unfinished.
  • Emergency Blankets
  • Ultimate Survival Emergency Blanket
  • Sand, Road Salt, Cat Litter or Traction Mats for traction
  • Additional Warm items of Clothing such as Gloves, Hats, and Socks
  • Paper Maps for when your GPS fails

Additional Winter Vehicle Survival Kit For Remote Locations

Alaska highway

The survival items in your vehicle get home bag and your vehicle kit will cover most types of winter travel. If you are going to travel to remote locations or the weather has turned more severe you may want to consider adding the following items to your winter vehicle survival kit:

  • Camping Stove
  • Cook Set
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Wilderness Survival Bag
  • Tent
  • Tire Chains

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit Tips

Store your Vehicle Get Home Bag and as many other items as possible in the passenger compartments of your vehicle. This will ensure you have access to them if the trunk gets jammed or frozen shut.

When packing food items select packages of food that you can eat both hot and cold.

Remember to pack enough kit for the number of people who will be traveling in the vehicle.

Before you head out to spend lots of cash on these items have a look around your home. You may already have some of these items. For example, before you throw away clothing that you no longer wear consider if they would be good as back up clothing to store in your vehicle.

Don’t forget to regularly check the expiry dates of any perishable items like food, water, and medications.

If your going to be traveling with your pets make sure you carry any essential items they will need such as food and medication.

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit List Summary

Some people may think you’re being over the top by preparing a Winter Vehicle Survival Kit or any other survival kit for that matter. But it’s better to be fully prepared and not ever need to use your kit as opposed to finding yourself stranded without it. Preparing your kit shouldn’t cost you too much because it’s likely you will have many items in your home already.

If you have had any experiences that you would like to share when you have needed to use a vehicle survival kit. Or if you think we have missed an item. Let us know in the comments section below and we will add them to the list.

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4 thoughts on “How To Prepare A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit”

  1. never thought a tent would be very useful in a winter car kit…just extra weight. or sleeping bag either..are we building an emergency kit or going car camping?

    1. I guess the question of no bag would be how do you stay warm if your stuck in a snow drift. Youll eventually run out of gas, hopefully before carbon monoxide poisoning. A quick google search will show people stuck on the side of the road with there kids lethargic from cold exposure. Infact every year theres a mainstreem story on it.

      Looking forward to your enlightend awnser

    2. Considering the tent, sleeping bag, and mess/cook kit are listed under the “Remote Locations” section, and not just for tooling around town everyday, those items seem like no brainers. A quality sleeping bag compresses to about a loaf of bread in size. Ditto an ultralight tent. A pot, lid, isobutane fuel, micro stove, spork, and even a little food all fit in one compact container. If you’re already going to carry water, fuel, jumper cables, flashlights, etc, those few extra things for a bad-weather trek into the bush make a lot of sense.

  2. This is a good post. I have almost everything on this list in my vehicle. I also keep a jerry can of water and fuel with me full at all times.

    Dont have a sleeping bag in there i think i will add it. Thanks for the ideas.

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