Snow Day Preparedness for your Car | Space Blankets, First Aid, Flashlights, + more

It’s that time of year to make sure you’re well prepared for the weather.

About this time two years ago, our area got some unexpected weather.  By the time I was able to leave work and get my son, our normal 12 minute drive home took over an hour.  It made me realize how ill-prepared I am had I been stuck in a worse situation.  This same weather event had others in our area trapped in their cars overnight!  And shame on me because 99% of the time I’m in the car, my son is with me!

Here are some items that may help you make sure you are prepared for a “worst-case scenario”:


Keep blankets in the car or the trunk of the car.  If you want to save space get a few emergency mylar thermal blankets.  They take up very little space until you need them.

Right now you can get Kangaroo Emergency Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) for $8.95 on Amazon(Amazon prices do change with no notice!)

    • Emergency Thermal Blanket provides convenient easy protection in all cold or warm weather states
    • Size of each blanket when opened – 54 inches x 84 inches or each thermal blanket is 4 1/2 by 7 Feet
    • Manufactured from the best Weatherproof Material
    • 10 Emergency Blankets per order
    • Maintains 90% of body heat inside during disasters

These would be great to keep in the car year-round!

First Aid & Special Medications

These are also things that you need anytime – not just in the winter!

A well stocked first aid kit is a must!  This AAA 121-Piece Road Trip First Aid Kit has just about everything you can think of.

If you require special medications (inhaler, insulin, etc) do you carry that with you always?  You need too!  I know people that were stranded in this snowstorm for 12 hours.  What would happen if you didn’t have your medication for 12 hours?

Contact lens wearers need to consider carrying a spare pair of contacts or always having your glasses with you.  I know if I lost my contacts just on a regular day there would be no way I’d be getting home!

Bottled Water

Cold Weather Gear

Buy everyone a toboggan and pair of gloves and toss them in a large Ziploc bag with an extra pair of socks and keep them with the blankets.

Tissues, Toilet Paper and/or Baby Wipes

‘Cause you just never know…

Ice Scraper 

Yes, it’s true, I didn’t even have so much as an ice scraper in my car!

Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape Tool

This is another thing you need all the time.  Just for cold weather.  Two tools in one:

  • Window Breaking Hammer
  • Seat Belt Cutter with Recessed Razor Blade


Flashlights and Extra Batteries

Another good one to keep at all times, not just the winter, is a flashlight and extra batteries.

Or these Wind-Up Flashlightswould be a good idea too!  Then you wouldn’t have to worry about batteries!

What else would you add to your car emergency/snow day preparedness kit?

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