Create a Winter Car Emergency Kit

Keep your car running smoothly in winter

While it has actually been a relatively mild winter so far, the weather in the midwest can be so unpredictable from day to day that I know this little reprieve from harsh conditions isn’t going to last long.

I know all too well that not being prepared for winter conditions can leave you wishing you had been – or worse. With three kids, I don’t want to take any chances with their safety, and that starts with making sure my vehicles are always in top running condition. So when the oil change light popped on in one of our vehicles recently, I knew getting in for an oil change was high on the priority list.

Dash Light

What I love about going to Zeigler for an oil change is that I can drop my vehicle and then they have a shuttle service to take you where you need to go. I can head into the store with my list and get all my shopping done while the van is being worked on. It is the perfect combination of convenience and service.

Create a Winter Emergency Kit

While at Walmart waiting for our oil to be changed, the hubby and I spent some time gathering supplies for a winter car emergency kit. I’ve been wanting to put one in my car for a while and just haven’t had a chance to gather all the necessary supplies. It was fun having him there to shop with me, and we ended up getting all our errands done while we waited.

Be ready for the unexpected

Winter Trunk Kit

We all hope that it never happens to us. Maybe we have even said, “that won’t ever happen to me” — until it does. Until your car breaks down or you get a flat, or you hit a deer or something just goes really wrong.

Yes, we have cell phones but I can tell you from experience that my phone is dead more often then I’d like to admit. So what do you do when something does happen and you are stranded on the side of the road until help comes? If you are in a cold weather climate, you need to be prepared or you could very likely freeze in your own vehicle.

Here is what we shopped for to put in our kit:

winter emergency kit supply list

Some of the items we already had at home so we could check those off before we got started, others we had to make sure to purchase so our kit was fully stocked. I should note that Levi mentioned water bottles may not be the best idea since they could freeze and explode (ice expands). I think he is right and if all else fails, snow melts into water. 🙂

To see exactly what we put in ours and how to put it all together, visit my Winter Auto Emergency Kit post


 We’ve got our Winter Emergency Kit all ready to go – what other items would you include in yours?


Jesica H

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17 thoughts on “Create a Winter Car Emergency Kit

  • January 23, 2015 at 8:51 am
    I live in Chicaogland, so I know first hand that you can never be over prepared for winter. Ever! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 9:21 am
    This is a great idea! We prepare for emergencies at home but I think we often forget about car kits... and no one wants to be stranded and unprepared on the side of the road! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 10:52 am
    This is a really convenient service! And you get your shopping done while you wait! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm
    Our kit is always stocked with the basics and more - our weather is crazy here and we need to be prepared for anything. Great tips, everyone should keep on top of maintenance! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    Unfortunately, our Walmart doesn't have a tire and lube express, but we do have a winter trunk kit much like yours! One thing we keep on the floor of the back passenger area (within reach) is a spare set of Yaktrax - yup, you can get them at Walmart too! PS: Great videos :) Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    I had no idea Walmart did so much for your car. I thought I could only buy tires from them. Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm
    I'm in Arizona, so there isn't really a fear of freezing in my car, but it does get hot here. It is a good idea to keep a safety kit in the car. I will have to make one for our summer months. Reply
    • January 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm
      Yes, a hot weather one is also a good idea - a way to keep cool and hydrated would be perfect! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm
    I love the idea of getting the oil changed while you are shopping! What a time saving convenience! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm
    My son needs this badly. He's already had an incident where he could of used it. Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm
    I have an emergency kit in my car. It is always better to be prepared. I get my car checked at Walmart when i have my oil changed. Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm
    So smart to have a winter kit for emergencies. I used to have one when I was in college (per parents request) - need to do that now! Reply
  • January 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm
    I love how convenient it is to get an oil change at Walmart! It really does save a lot of time to make only one stop! Reply
  • January 26, 2015 at 11:58 am
    I need an oil change. I am way over due. I could use to replace a few things in my winter kit too. Reply
  • January 29, 2015 at 10:51 am
    What a great idea! I totally don't have an emergency kit in my car, and I need to get one. I actually need an oil change soon, too...I'll stop by Walmart and check both of my list! #client Reply

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