Being prepared isn’t only convenient when a crisis hits, it could also be save lives. Being prepared for bad weather is a must, especially due to its unpredictability. Now that winter is in full swing, the National Weather Service has some recommendations of what to keep in your vehicle to ensure you’re always prepared for winter storms.

-Mobile phone/charger/batteries
-Blankets or sleeping bags
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-First Aid Kit
-High-calorie, non-perishable food
-Extra clothing to keep dry
-Large empty can to use as an emergency toilet (and tissues/toilet paper for sanitary purposes)
-Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
-Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
-Windshield scraper and brush
-Tool kit
-Tow rope
-Battery booster cables
-Water container
-Candle and matches for light and heat
-Compass and road maps (don’t depend on mobile devices)

They also recommend to keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Avoid travelling alone. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

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