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Stock vehicle with winter survival kit, just in case

It is very easy to maintain a winter survival kit in your vehicle. People should be prepared for surviving at least 12 to 24 hours without the benefit of the vehicle’s heater. There should be enough equipment in the survival kit to ensure the ability to tough it out during that critical time period.

The kit should contain tire chains, jumper cables, sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, a tow rope or chain, shovel, compass, flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, a snow brush and scraper, a tool kit, including a pocket knife, an axe or small wood saw, a first-aid kit, sleeping bag or blanket, plastic tarp (6-feet by 8-feet or larger), rope, hand warmers, winter clothes including extra gloves, towels, paper towels, a hat, nonperishable food and a can opener, bottled water, waterproof matches, a candle and an empty coffee can, along with another can for sanitation purposes. That may seem like a lot but it can be packed and stored so it doesn’t take up much space.

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