Winter Car Kit

Winter Car Kit
We just returned from a road trip with our kids to Washington for Thanksgiving.  I was extra grateful that the mountain passes were clear and we had an uneventful trip, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Several years ago we were traveling home on New Year’s Day when a car of coeds pulled into the left lane on icy snowy Idaho roads on top of us.  Our big pick-up went flying off the road and rolled four times.  We survived the crash with cuts and bruises and thanks to our seat-belts we were held tightly in the cab even though my door was torn off.
We are all busy decking the halls for the holidays.  Please take a few minutes and get your car serviced and ready for winter driving too.  
Keep These Items In Your Vehicle As A Winter Driving Kit
  • Ice Scraper/Snow Brush    
  • Flashlight/Batteries             
  • Non-Clumping Kitty Litter (for traction)
  • General First Aid Kit          
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag        
  • Flares/Reflective Triangles     
  • Shovel
  • Toolkit/Jumper Cables     
  • Cell Phone/Car Charger     
  • Non-Perishable Food/ Drinking Water
Come to think of it, a Winter Car Kit would make a fabulous Christmas gift!  What works well for you?  Please share any winter travel tips.   It will help me sleep better at night!
Join me tomorrow for a delicious treat I’ll be sharing with you and my new neighbors.
Making for a merry and bright December.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    Oh my gosh, you are so lucky to have survived that accident? I hope the co-eds stopped to offer assistance or called for help. Winter driving in nasty stuff and in the mountains even more treacherous. Great advice!

  2. Julie Harward

    That sounds so scary! Glad you were ok. Great tips here, I need to do all of this. 😀

  3. Red Couch Recipes

    Oh my goodness that sounds scary. I have NOTHING in my car and I need to heed your advice! Glad you are back to blogging, yet I am glad you are still pinning like crazy! Joni

  4. The Café Sucré Farine

    Thanks for this great reminder and check list- wow, you certainly learned from personal experience, amazing!

  5. Debbie

    I’m grateful that you lived to tell the tale!

    We don’t winterize our cars here. That’s because we don’t have winter. We just have a few cold and dreary months with nothing white and sparkly to show for it. When it does snow, we all act like 5 year olds.

    I think that winter car kit is a great idea, though. If I didn’t already have the Colorado sister’s gifts purchased, it would be an idea for her.

  6. Julie

    so glad to hear your Thanksgiving travels were safe ones!!!Winter driving can be so scarey. The snow is headed our way for the weekend.

  7. Garden of Egan

    Glad you made it home safely.
    That accident sounds scary. So far the roads here have been OK. (knock on wood)
    Such a great idea to have a car kit in the car and that is a wonderful gift.
    I need to go check my cars and see how ours look.

    Hope you will show your decorations.

  8. Pam

    Informative post. I think you are right – a winter car kit is a great Christmas present!

  9. Cathy

    A car kit is a great holiday idea. I just shivered when I read about your accident. I don’t have any of those items in my car. I guess I better do something about that. Winter driving can be scary. Thanks for the reminder, Renee.

  10. T's Daily Treasures

    Surviving that sort of accident certainly gives you more reason to be ever so thankful. And a gift with a purpose is so much nicer than giving just for the sake of giving. Wishing you and yours blessings and happiness this holiday season. Tammy

  11. Becki Jacobs

    What a scary time for you…and a nice post which hopefully will help everyone stay safe this winter. I grew up in NY and know that this info would be a good checklist. I live down south now and no one drives when the flakes start falling.


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