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Winter Car Kit Checklist
Winter Car Kit Checklist

You’ve said goodbye to summer and now it’s time to bust out the hat and mittens in preparation for winter. But have you prepared with your winter car kit? If you live in a location where the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis, preparation should begin in late fall with the installation of four winter tires, like the AltiMAX Arctic 12 or the GRABBER Arctic. And don’t forget to check your wiper blades, windshield wiper fluid, and other fluid levels in your vehicle. 

Now that the hard part is done, it’s time to make a winter car kit in case of emergency. Don’t let Old Man Winter get the best of you! Weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye and we want you to be prepared. Here’s a simple check list to help you navigate the winter months with ease and comfort. Remember, no matter the weather, Anywhere Is Possible!

Winter Car Kit


  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Small shovel
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter 
  • Multi-purpose knife
  • Basic tools for repairs
  • Tow chain/rope
  • First Aid kit

Spare tire (make sure to check the tire pressure each month)


  • Emergency signaling items – road flares, warning triangles, whistle, etc.
  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card (in case your cell phone dies and you don’t have access to a phone book)


  • Extra hat, socks, mittens
  • Fleece blanket
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Fire starter


  • Water
  • High-energy snacks – energy bars, nuts, jerky, nut butters, crackers, trail mix

Look for a plastic container to store your winter car kit items. You can find them at your local discount store (and usually on sale). 

Lastly, if you are a winter sports enthusiast traveling in the mountains or are planning a long drive across country to Grandma’s house for the holidays, consider carrying snow chains.  They may be required in certain areas to drive on the road or over a mountain pass.

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