Emergency Car Kit Supplies

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Here in Michigan we have been experiencing record-breaking low temperatures. As I write this post, the temperature here is -10 degrees F, but with the windchill it feels much colder. I stayed home all day yesterday and will be doing the same today. These temperatures made me realize that I would not be prepared if I was stranded in my car. Therefore, I decided to research some must have emergency car kit supplies.

It’s important to have supplies in your car at all times, but winter is especially important due to the cold and snow. Below is a list of important supplies for the winter months.

Emergency car kit supplies:

  • A bag or box to store supplies
  • Small gas can
  • Jumper cables
  • Washer fluid
  • Ice scraper
  • Small foldable shovel
  • Cardboard or cat litter (for traction) 
  • First aid kit
  • Umbrella
  • Hand/feet warmers
  • Hat, gloves, scarf
  • Boots
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks (granola bars, protein bars)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Phone charger

Being prepared for an emergency is necessary even with options like roadside assistance. This is especially true in cold temperatures when roadside assistance is busy helping others. The most important items are those that will keep you warm while waiting for a friend, relative, or assistance program.

If you have other items to add to my list, please comment with them below. Stay safe everyone!






  • Great advice! I’m with you – decided to stay in through most of the nastiness! Just got word we’re back to school tomorrow, so finding all the kids bundling clothes so they’ll be ready for their bus ride tomorrow.

  • Yes! All of these items are needed if the unthinkable happens. I drove a mile to pick up my daughter on Monday and got stuck in the daycare parking lot. I didn’t have a shovel, cardboard, kitty litter, sand or anything remotely useful besides two snow brushes. Thankfully the daycare had a shovel and two awesome dads helped push me out. Giving a helping hand when it is safe is needed and apppreciated!

  • This is a wonderful idea and so important. Safety first!

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