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> Winter Survival Kit Necessities for your Pickup

Winter Survival Kit Necessities for your Pickup

Published 10/24/17. 

Winter Survival Kit Necessities for your Pickup

Be prepared for frigid and icy conditions with these winter survival kit items.

Winter is coming, and hazardous driving conditions are part of the package. Blizzards, ice, and sleet can leave you stranded in your vehicle, either roadside during a bad storm or in snowy back country during an off-roading expedition. Prepare yourself for an extended stay in or near your vehicle (waiting for assistance or improved weather conditions) by keeping the following items on hand.

Survival Kit Necessities:

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Allows you to quickly treat minor injuries that can occur should you lose control of your vehicle on an icy road.
 
Shovel

Shovel

Use a small shovel to quickly remove snow that accumulates around your tires during a storm.
 
Compass

Compass

Especially useful if you're driving in unfamiliar territory during inclement winter weather. A GPS may lose power or be disrupted, but a compass will always keep you oriented.
 
Flash Light

Flash Light

An essential tool for finding your way in the dark if you become stranded. If possible, choose an LED unit with a hand crank. This will ensure that your flashlight is always ready for use, regardless of battery life.
 
Flares or Reflective Triangle

Flares or Reflective Triangle

Ensure that potential rescuers can see you from far away. Flares are very bright and will certainly stand out against the white winter background. At the very least, keep a reflective triangle to mark and draw attention to your location.
 
Gloves, Hats, Coats & Boots

Gloves, Hats, Coats & Boots

Make sure you keep warm clothing on hand in case you need to preserve body heat during an extended stay in or near your vehicle. These may also come in handy if you stop to assist a fellow motorist.
 
Hand Crank Radio

Hand Crank Radio

If you want to preserve your cell phone's battery even further, keep a hand-crank radio on hand so you can keep track of the weather without using your phone's resources.
 
Dirt or Salt

Dirt or Salt

If your vehicle loses traction on an icy patch of road, covering that patch with salt, dirt, or even cat litter can improve your tire's grip on the road's surface, giving you a good chance of moving to less slippery ground.
 
Cell Phone & Extra Batter

Cell Phone & Extra Battery

Just about everyone keeps a cell phone with them nowadays. Supplementing this invaluable device with an extra battery means you'll be able to make calls during an emergency situation, navigate unfamiliar areas, and keep up with storm conditions.
 
Snack Food

Snack Food

Non-perishable items or items with a long shelf life, such as trail mix or energy bars, should be kept on hand.
 
Jumper Cables

Jumper Cables

Cold temperatures negatively impact your vehicle's battery, and you may find yourself with a dead battery or one that's too weak to start. A set of jumper cables and a fellow driver can give your battery a boost and get you on your way.
 



 

Storage Solutions

Keep your winter survival kit organized and easy to access with one or more of these helpful accessories.

Husky Liners Gear Storage Box

Designed to fit under the rear seat of your pickup truck. Dividers and an anti-skid surface minimize the chance of contents shifting around while you drive, and the smooth, contoured design makes it look as though it came with the truck.

Husky Liners Gear Storage Box
Highland Truck Cab Organizer

Maybe your truck doesn't have a back seat. If that's the case, Highland's cab organizer is a great way to keep items behind your seat organized, easy to reach, and off the floorboard.

Highland Truck Cab Organizer
Undercover Swing Case

The SwingCase toolbox mounts just behind the wheel well in a truck bed, creating a secure storage space in an area of the bed that typically goes unused.

Undercover Swing Case


If you have questions about these or any other truck accessories, chat in or call our product experts at 877-216-5446.