Winter is coming.

And with it comes a whole lot to look forward to (hockey, snowball fights, carbs, cozy fireplaces, snowboarding, hot cocoa), and some other stuff that we could do without (mostly just the bone-chilling temperatures).

The extreme cold isn’t just about feeling uncomfortable though. In situations where our winter driving tips come in handy, or when you’re experiencing winter car trouble and suddenly find yourself stranded, those cold temperatures can be downright dangerous.

A selection of some of the smaller items for inside your winter emergency kit

A selection of small items for your winter emergency kit

Getting ready for snow season is key—especially by doing helpful things like installing winter tires.

This is why we recommend that you prepare a winter emergency kit for your car in case you find yourself in trouble. We can’t all be Les Stroud and build a heated winter fortress out of twigs and old shoelaces, but at least we can be prepared with gear to help us deal with just about any winter situation we can think of.

As they say: better safe than sorry…

A list of gear that should be included in your winter emergency car kit.

Here’s the gear to have on hand to prepare for an emergency

The List

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Small, foldable shovel
  • Water
  • Snack food or energy bars
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Small candles
  • Extra hats, socks, footwear and mittens
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Blanket or emergency reflective blanket
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Windshield scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency reflectors, brightly-coloured road signal or folding road triangles
  • Cell phone charger with car lighter adapter
  • Spare tire and jack
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid
  • 10-metre rope or tow straps
  • Hand warmers

A selection of some of the items you’ll need in your emergency car kit

A selection of items for your winter emergency car kit


Stay safe out there!