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Packing a winter emergency kit

Winter emergency equipment for your car

However good your driving, things can go wrong. And the last thing you need is to be unprepared. Packing a winter emergency kit is relatively cheap and it could come to your rescue if you have an accident or break down.

Your winter emergency kit

Uniroyal Winter Emergency-Kit Graphic

So what should be in your winter emergency kit? It’s all about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. Imagine being stuck for a while in cold conditions while you wait for help to arrive. A warm blanket or sleeping bag will definitely help.

Let’s say the weather changes on you. You’ll want to have a shovel on board as well as an ice-scraper and cans of de-icer. It’s also worth carrying extra screen wash.

It’s always a good idea to carry a torch to help you find your way in the dark and to help others find you. Just make sure that you check the batteries regularly or buy a wind up torch. Speaking of others finding you, always carry a reflective warning triangle and a Hi-Viz vest.

Remember, your usual phone charger won’t work if your battery fails so it’s worth investing in a wind up mobile phone charger or a portable power pack.

If your battery does fail, you may need to ask for a jump start. Don’t assume the other person will have jump leads on them – it’s far better to carry your own.

As well as a first aid kit (useful all year round), your winter emergency kit should also include snacks like chocolate or cereal bars.

At its very basic, your winter emergency kit should include:

  • A warm blanket
  • Shovel
  • Ice-scraper and de-icer
  • Screenwash
  • Wind-up torch
  • Warning triangle
  • Hi-Viz vest
  • Wind-up phone charger
  • Jump leads
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snacks


Your pre-journey top up kit

If you’re about to set out on a journey, and you know bad weather is forecast, you may want to bulk up your winter emergency kit with some added extras. For example, pack a whole set of warm clothes, including a scarf, hat, gloves and thick socks as well as a winter coat and even some pocket warmers. If rain is forecast, think about wellington boots, waterproof trousers and a raincoat. And take a hot drink with you, or some soup, made up in a flask.

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