How to Make a Winter Emergency Kit

Winter weather is already here for most of us, and with it comes a host of additional risks while driving. With Christmas and New Year's just around the corner, you should consider keeping some extra emergency items in your car for winter emergencies. The following list was compiled to be an ideal emergency kit that can keep you prepared for almost any winter-related problem:

  • Rock salt (to melt ice)
  • Sand or kitty-litter (for traction)
  • Snow shovel
  • Ice scrapers
  • A blanket 
  • An extra, warm outfit (spare coat, gloves, pants, socks, etc)
  • Battery-powered radio (so you don't have to waste your car's battery/gas for the radio)
  • Non-perishable, high-calorie food 
  • LED Flashlight (very bright with low-energy consumption)
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Booster/jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Emergency flares
  • Hazard triangle with reflectors
  • Tarp (to keep you dry while working on the car) 
  • Matches
  • Duct tape
  • Pocket knife/Swiss Army knife
  • First-Aid kit
  • Solar-Powered USB charger (it can rest on your car's dash and recharge your phone for emergency calls) 

We recommend finding an old backpack or duffel bag to keep all of these items in. While we hope you don't ever have to use it, we know these things will come in handy if you do! Stay safe out there!


Colten Zamrzla, CPCU

Colten first started in the insurance industry in 2010. He then pursued a Bachelor's degree in Finance & Insurance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Once graduated, he immediately started studying for the CPCU and achieved it in just shy of a year. He is solely focused on commercial insurance, able to assist all types of businesses and nonprofits in risk management.

Colten has dedication and passion for his clients and the insurance industry as a whole. He dedicates time to furthering his knowledge on all things business and insurance, and he volunteers for the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska, a state-based trade association.