Putting together an emergency kit for your car ahead of winter weather

TULSA, Okla. — When temperatures plunge next week, you want to be ready for dangerously cold and wintry conditions if you’re on the road, and it goes well beyond having an ice scraper in the car.

There are some simple and common items you can keep in your vehicle to keep you safe and comfortable in case you end up stranded for one reason or the other

First, you want to stay warm. Keeping a warm blanket or sleeping bag along with your winter arsenal of coats, hats and gloves in the car is key when temperatures dip well below freezing.

Hand and foot warmers are easy items to add heat for hours that don’t take up much space. Make sure you have enough for everyone in the car. Even if you are going just a short distance, if you break down, you’ll be glad you have the gear to protect you from the elements.

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right footwear too, like a good pair of boots.

Next, you’ll want a way to be self-sufficient in case a tow truck or emergency vehicle is not coming to help right away. Make sure you’ve got jumper cables, road flares and a way to fix a flat tire.

A few other basic tools or a compact tool kit could also come in handy depending on the problem.

If you get stuck in snow or ice, a bag of sand can help add traction for your tires if you are trying to get out of a slippery rut. A small shovel could also literally come in handy.

Don’t leave home without a proper first aid kit in case you are involved in an accident and need to care for yourself or a passenger.

Bottles of water and snacks are always good to have on hand as well should you be stuck for a long window of time.

Finally, don’t forget to travel with a charged cell phone. If you get stuck within cell phone range, then you can call for help. If that cell phone battery gives out and you’re left without a light, a battery-powered flashlight could really be your friend at night.

These are all ways to keep yourself prepared when Arctic air and even wintry precipitation invade the region. Downloading the free FOX23 Weather app can also keep you up to date on the conditions wherever you are.

Here’s a basic winter emergency kit checklist for you to use:

  • Coat
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Winter boots
  • Jumper Cables
  • Road Flares
  • Small toolkit
  • Bag of sand or cat litter
  • Ice Scraper
  • Compact shovel
  • First Aid Kit
  • Battery-powered Flashlight
  • Water and non-perishable snacks
  • Cell phone charger