Start Winter Safety Kit With Household Items

Get prepared for winter by bringing some of these common household items along for the ride.

With wet and cold weather on the way, now’s a good time to take a few minutes to prepare yourself. Consider stowing away these handy items in case you have vehicle troubles this winter.

Insulated Drinking Bottle

Keep coffee, hot chocolate and all the other cold weather beverages piping hot for hours and hours. Double walled, vacuum vessels sealed provide excellent insulation--and won’t sweat from condensation.

These reusable, low-maintenance vessels resist bacteria growth as well. They’re often easy to personalize with silicone sleeves of your favorite sports team or brand.

LED Flashlight

LED flashlights have been around for years, and they’re very affordable. The light is cleaner and brighter than traditional bulbs, and they last for around 50,000 hours.

LED flashlights are available for camping, tactical and military use. They’re available as lanterns, headlamps and traditional baton style. (Headlamps come in handy when changing a tire at night.) Some models are designed to emit an emergency flash, which is helpful should you ever need to draw attention.

Once the engine restarts the portable gadget can be plugged into the vehicle’s electrical outlet to recharge.

Deodorizer

Fragrances, essential oils and aromatic waxes are great ways to personalize the scent of your interior. Yet, they can mask odors without actually removing the source of foul smells.

Use a deodorizing spray first.

Deodorizers attack airborne germs on a microbial level. Air sanitizers are especially popular in hospitals for their ability to kill cold and flu viruses.

Products typically come from an Aerosol can, though gel canisters are growing in popularity.

Bonus: Build Your Own Roadside Emergency Kit

A well-stocked roadside emergency kit can see you through a breakdown or collision.

There’s plenty of premade kits to choose from, and safety experts suggest you look for kits that include a combination of the following:

  1. First-aid kit
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Snacks (energy bars, granola)
  4. Jumper cables
  5. Flares
  6. Reflective vest
  7. Tools (jack, tire iron)
  8. Tow rope
  9. Cell phone charger
  10. Drinking water

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