Items to carry in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks and help in an emergency.

Carry jumper cables

Jumper cables

Oftentimes, your battery is the first thing to go in the winter.

tire chains

Tire chains and a tow rope

Many roads have chain restrictions during the winter. A tow rope can be the best way to get your car out if it gets stuck.

Carry a portable shovel

A small shovel

If your vehicle gets stuck, this can help you dig out.

Carry flare or reflectors

Reflectors or flares

These can help make you visible to other vehicles if you are stopped or stuck on the shoulder.

Carry a flashlight and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

Essential after dark and in areas without lighting.

jacket, hat, gloves, boots and scarf

Extra winter clothes

If something goes wrong and you're stuck, you don't want to be wearing flip flops and shorts.

Carry a first aid kit

First aid kit and important medications

You'll be able to treat minor injuries.

Carry a crank-powered radio to help you listen to emergency broadcasts

Battery, solar or crank-powered radio

This can help you listen to emergency radio broadcasts.

Carry extra water and non-perishable food

Fresh water and non-perishable food

If you're stranded, you'll need food and water. Don't forget food and water for pets traveling with you.

Carry an emergency blanket, sleeping or extra blankets

Emergency blanket or sleeping bag

These can offer protection from the cold if you are stranded.

Carry extra cloth or paper towels

Extra cloth or paper towels

They can help with clean up if necessary.

Carry chemical hand warmers

Chemical hand warmers

These can really make a difference if you're out in the cold for a long time.