As a safety-conscious skier, snowboarder, or trekker, you never set out on an off-trail or backwoods adventure without making sure you have some basic emergency supplies in your pack. Your first-aid kit, avalanche beacon and probe, two-way radio, and compass are just a few of the items that accompany you on every single outing.
This attention to safety equipment should also extend to your vehicle. That’s because winter driving conditions, which can be dangerous even on well-tended city thoroughfares, may turn out to be downright treacherous on the twisty mountain roads that lead to the best powder. So before driving to your next snowy destination, take some time to load your trunk with the following:
- Five-pound bag of sand or kitty litter to aid with traction
- Jumper cables
- Tow rope or straps
- Spare tire or puncture repair kit
- Extra cell phone (fully charged up before each trip) and charger
- Energy bars and similar nonperishable food items
- Portable camp stove with fuel source
- Waterproof matches
- Emergency flares
- Battery-heated jacket and gloves
- Blanket or sleeping bag suitable for use in freezing temperatures
In addition to the above, we recommend that you keep bottled water somewhere in your vehicle’s cabin area so it doesn’t freeze and is always ready to drink.
The limited space in your backpack means you don’t have enough room to carry all the critical gear needed to deal with winter roadside emergencies. Make sure you’re prepared for anything that might happen en route to your outdoor adventure by stocking your vehicle with the supplies listed here.