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5 things you need in your vehicle’s winter emergency kit

Let the first major snowfall of 2016 serve as a reminder of the essential supplies you should always have in your trunk

Metroland Media

A sage piece of advice: you should always be prepared and that includes your vehicle. Here are 5 things that should be in your emergency kit, particularly as winter has finally arrived.

1. Extra clothing and boots

Prepare to be cold should the worst happen.

If you tend to wear winter coats and shoes that are more fashionable than they are practical, keep an extra warm winter jacket, snowpants, hats, mittens and winter boots in the car in case there is an accident or your car breaks down.

2. Food and drink

No need to pack a seven-course feast -- some smart essentials will do.

Pack food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars, and plastic water bottles that will withstand freezing and thawing. Make sure you rotate your food and drinks every six months.

3. First aid kit

This is a no-brainer.

A properly stocked first aid kit should include sterile gauze pads in small and large squares, adhesive tape and bandages of various sizes, tweezers, safety pins, disposable non-latex gloves, wind up flashlight or flashlight with extra batteries, antiseptic wipes or soap, emergency blanket and eye patches. For a complete list, visit www.redcross.ca/what-we-do/first-aid-and-cpr/first-aid-at-home/first-aid-tips/kit-contents

4. Emergency tools

In the event of an emergency, you may need one or more of the following items: a seatbelt cutter; small shovel, scraper and snowbrush; and of course, jumper cables.

5. Windshield washer fluid and traction material

It may sound crazy, but having a bit of sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping) may just save your bacon when your wheels are spinning on ice.

Last but not least, make sure your windshield washer fluid is always topped up and your gas tank is at least half-way filled.

For more on emergency kits and other ways to be prepared, visit www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/cr-kt-eng.aspx

Information compiled from the Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website

Have an item in your emergency kit that you don't see in the list? Tell us in the Comments below!

Originally published in The Beach Mirror Oct. 30, 2014.

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