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A first aid kit is a great item to have in your car during the winter months. Photo taken by DLG Images

A first aid kit is a great item to have in your car during the winter months. Photo taken by DLG Images

December might be over, but winter is just beginning. January and February are notorious for heaping on the snow and ice, and as much as we might want to stay home and take a snow day, we can’t put our life on pause every time the sky decides to dump slippery stuff on the road. No matter how good of a driver you may be, accidents still can happen, which is why it’s important to keep your car stocked with a winter emergency kit.

But what should you put in a winter emergency kit? For starters, make sure you can keep yourself warm. Blankets, gloves, hats, and extra clothing are all good to keep in your vehicle during the colder months. A sleeping bag is a good idea, too. Also, consider keeping nonperishable snacks and bottles of water in the car as well; staying nourished and hydrated helps in any bad situation.

Flares or even just a flashlight and batteries are good to have around, whether you need to signal your presence to passersby or even just to light your surroundings – after all, accidents happen at night, too. A first aid kit, including any medication you may take on a daily basis, is absolutely necessary.

A winter emergency kit is helpful to have in a tough spot. You never know what may happen out on the open road when conditions are hazardous or visibility is low. Hopefully packing the kit proves to be unnecessary, but if worst comes to worst, it’s there if you need it.