Winter can be a treacherous time of year, especially for traveling. It’s not uncommon to hear sad stories of lives lost and family members gone. This can be avoided, if you know what to do and how to prepare for your winter travel and road trips!
These winter travel tips and tricks also include the essentials that everyone should have with them at all times during travel when the weather is cold, icy and/or snowy.
Obviously, the winter can be cold and near deadly depending on where you are and a car blanket may not seem like a lifesaver, but it sure does help if you are stranded somewhere without heat.
It happened more than once to me before I moved to Texas and with out a blanket I would have gotten really, really cold waiting for the tow truck!
The blanket needs to be big enough to cover your whole body and thick enough that it will do the job.
Charger for your cell phone
Make sure at all times when traveling that you have a cell phone charger with you in case your phone dies.
A charger for the car would be the best case scenario because you may not always have an electrical outlet nearby to plug your phone into. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep an emergency battery pack to charge your phone in case your car battery is dead or your car won’t start.
Flashlights are great to see your way around in case of a breakdown. Many times, a problem can be fixed with a flashlight and the next steps won’t ever need to be taken.
Looking for something in the pitch, black dark can be frustrating when your ears, and fingers, and everything is freezing. Carry a flashlight with you!
Change of clothes
Having a change of clothes in case the clothes that you are wearing get wet can save a potential case of hypothermia. Carrying a duffel bag with clothes in it makes for a good winter travel essential Two pairs of socks, and undergarments, and basic toiletries would be wise addition to this winter travel essentials bag.
Plus if you get stranded somewhere and can’t make it home you’ll have your own clothes and a toothbrush!
An extra tire or spare!
Many cars have a spare tire in the trunk, but it would be a good idea to double-check this before you travel and make sure it is in good condition. It also makes a whole lot of sense to make sure your care is in tip top shape before the worst of the winter weather hits! So take your car to your local dealership for a tune up!
Emergency/first aid kit
It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. No matter what the weather is like or where you’re headed, never leave home with out an emergency kit in you vehicle!
The winter is courteous to no man, especially the man whom is unprepared.
Taking a few extra minutes before walking out the door to make sure you have everything is an essential to traveling in the winter and could potentially save your life.