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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

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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