Vehicle Assist Items (Keep in a box in the trunk.)
  • 12-foot jumper cables
  • Four roadside flares
  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • Multi-tool like a Leatherman or pocketknife
  • Rags and hand cleaner
  • Tire chains
  • Plastic tarp (to cover ground when installing/removing chains)
Survival Items (Keep in a heavy-duty nylon bag or sturdy box in passenger compartment.)
  • Blanket and foil space blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Reading materials/playing cards
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches/lighter and alcohol stove cans
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Extra ice scraper
  • Pencil and paper
  • Granola or energy bars
  • Bottled water, coffee can w/lid & toilet paper
  • Extra clothing items, gloves, hats, etc.

Prior to departing, imagine being stranded. What would you do for food and drink? How would you replicate a toilet? Do you have extra clothing, gloves, socks, dry shoes? Water freezes, do you have an extra can to melt snow? DO NOT EAT SNOW, it lowers your body temperature. Do you have extra prescription drugs on hand? If you wear contacts, do you have your spare glasses? Proper preparation may save your life!