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5 Must Haves for Winter Road Trips

5 Must Haves for Winter Road Trips

When you head out on the road during the holiday season, make certain to have an emergency road kit. As you get closer to Christmas, the weather is usually quite cold and the traveling can become treacherous. With that said, packing the car with a few essentials is a rather easy way to protect yourself. Here are five things you absolutely can’t do without as you travel during winter:

1. A basic tool kit

Most people keep this anyway, but you should always carry a basic tool kit when you are potentially facing poor weather. Trying to fix a busted hose without any clamps, for example, is not my idea of fun. Bring along assorted hoses, belts and fuses as well. Cold weather is not a big deal when you have the things that you need. Take the time to pack a solid tool box in the trunk at all times.

2. Kitty litter and rock salt

Kitty litter is invaluable when you are stuck and need a bit of traction. This is something that all cars should carry during the winter season. Rock salt is great for minimizing existing ice. Both will be great additions to your holiday travel gear and they literally could save you if you are stranded.

3. Blankets

Speaking of saving your life, blankets are a must. When you break down during the holiday season, the odds are high that the temperature will be quite cold. Packing a few blankets to snuggle up in while you wait for help can save your life.

4. Water

We must have it to survive and you can easily pack it in the trunk. Pack as much water, in fact, as you can fit. Not only will it give you something to drink, it will also provide you with some water if the car overheats. That might be the difference between making it to the service station or not.

5. An emergency cell phone and charger

Not being able to call for help and being stranded in the middle of nowhere is not my idea of a fun Christmas. Pack an extra cell phone with charger and battery. Yes, it costs extra money but you can buy them now for emergencies only. Pick up one and keep it in your glove compartment. The added security will feel good riding down the road in a snowstorm.

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