15 Things You Should Always Have in Your Car During Winter
Like an ice scraper...and sunglasses
It’s freezing outside. And you’re hitting the open road. Here, 15 items to stock your car with this winter. (Hey, it never hurts to be prepared.)
1. A Blanket
For chilly nighttime drives—or in case your heater goes on the fritz.
2. Matches and Flares
They’re still the best way to flag down roadside assistance. (You know, while you wait for AAA.)
3. Extra Windshield Wiper Fluid
Get the kind with antifreeze so it has extra power to fight the ice.
4. An Ice Scraper
Just in case your wiper fluid fails you.
5. A First Aid Kit
Gah, you overdid it with the ice scraper.
6. A Portable Phone Charger (or USB Cord)
Because, after using Waze, you’re suddenly at 4 percent.
7. Jumper Cables
Cold overnight temps are a major cause of battery issues, FYI.
8. A Collapsible Shovel
A game changer for when it unexpectedly snows.
Baby, it’s cold outside (and you have to shovel).
10. An LED Flashlight
Don’t just rely on the one on your phone.
11. Rock Salt
Clutch for icy patches—and spinning wheels.
12. Energy Bars
Friends don’t let friends get hangry in 28 degree weather.
13. A Bag of Sand
Keep it in your trunk for extra weight (and traction) on a slippery drive.
14. A Water Bottle
Open it and pour a little out at the top so even if it freezes, it doesn’t burst.
Never underestimate the glare of snow.