Whether it’s frozen hands, an icy windshield, getting socked in at the mountains, or an emergency situation on the side of the road, it's essential to have some key items in your car. Nobody likes to get stuck up in the mountains or stranded on the side of the road, but it does happen from time to time. We've put together a list of items to help get you through any winter weather situation.
A Good Phone Charger
In any emergency situation, it is important to contact first responders or any roadside assistance if you need help. A dead phone could make this a chellenge — unless you know how to send smoke signals or some other form of ancient communication. Having a quality phone charger that will charge your phone in minutes and keep it charged all night is critical to getting out of a bad situation.
Have you ever tried changing a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night? Not only is it cold, but not being able to see what you’re doing can be very frustrating and make the job more difficult than it needs to be. Keeping a good flashlight in your car can solve this issue. Rather go hands-free? You might also consider carrying a headlamp with you at all times too.
Trying to de-ice your car on a frigid morning is never fun and become even less fun when you don’t have the right tools. Having a good ice scraper can make this a breeze and you’ll be sitting inside your warm car in less time. Many ice scrapers are designed with a snow brush as well to get the snow out of all those hard-to-reach places.
Warm Work Gloves
In any situation that you find yourself in throughout the winter season, you will need to keep your hands warm. A good pair of warm work gloves will help you to keep you avoid frostbite while you’re changing that flat tire or scrapping ice off of your windshield in the morning. Work gloves are durable and will last longer than even your best pair of winter gloves.
This is certainly the most import thing to have in your car at all times, and not just during the winter. A good emergency kit should have a flashlight, a flare, a first aid kit, and a heat blanket. The first aid should include antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, scissors, a splint, and acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Having these items in your car throughout the winter can help you overcome any situation that you find yourself in, whether you are changing a flat on the side of the road at night or just your everyday process of clearing your car off before your commute to work.
These items will also help keep you safe and prepared on your travels for your winter vacation. If you're looking for some great places to visit this winter, check out our guide to the 5 best Colorado mountain resorts below!