10 Winter Car Essentials You Should Always Have

When you're driving around in this harsh winter weather, it's important that you're covering all of your winter car essentials - juuuust in case something were to go horribly wrong! God forbid.

Although there are so many more items that are necessary for surviving the winter, such as snow chains and a spare tire, these are the items that I rarely think about that might not be as obvious for the automobile illiterate! ;)

CANNED + DRY FOODS

Just like disaster preparedness taught you, it's key to have some dry and canned foods in the instance that you don't have a way to heat any food for you and your loved ones. Keeping some of these items in your trunk can be super handy!

DUCT TAPE + WD-40

You probably wouldn't believe it, but you can repair almost anything with duct tape and a little WD-40! These are two must-haves for your vehicle.

MATCHES

Something that is able to start a fire and keep you warm, pretty much. Matches are an easy solution and a great addition to your survival kit.

TONS OF WATER!

This one may be more obvious than the rest - keeping a gallon or two of water in your backseat is a good idea.

PAPER MAPS (YUP, YOU READ RIGHT)

On the day when GPS inevitably fails because you hit the snowstorm of your LIFE, paper printed maps will come to the rescue! I've always felt incredibly guilty as a millennial who struggles to read paper maps - we may all benefit from a map reading lesson! ;) 

TISSUES + TOILET PAPER

For both bathroom pit stops and runny noses, tissues and a roll of toilet paper!

BLANKETS

In addition to your matches, blankets will help keep you warm! Thick wool or fleece are better than flimsy cotton and polyester.

EMERGENCY MONEY (NOT JUST SPARE CHANGE)

I never thought of this until I really researched these car must-haves, and it's a totally GREAT concept! Keeping $50-100 of emergency money (I understand this is more difficult for those who are living from paycheck to paycheck) in your glove compartment is helpful, if you have the means.

GLOVES + SCARVES + HATS

Along with your warm blankets, having some extra winter clothing on hand is important. Again, pick your most warming pieces, not flimsy material is key. Warming mittens and gloves, along with hats (and perhaps some thick socks) are the most important because that will keep up your blood circulation and keep you warm from head to toe - scarves are some added warmth to your neck.

A SHOVEL!

Nope... I'm not kidding. Sometimes, you might just need to get out and start shovelin' the snow! A shovel is hard labor, but it'll help you out of a pretty sticky situation.

As usual, be sure you have your car manuals, documents and your most updated insurance or emergency towing/assistance company info - it's better to be prepared than sorry!

Have stuff to add to this list? Comment below and leave your best car advice!

 

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Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.