Make a Trucker's Snow Emergency Travel Kit

March 10, 2015

The Kit For When You're Stuck

Winter weather throughout most of the country can turn on a dime. Clear, sunny skies can give way to clouds and snow in a matter of minutes. You can't assume you will finish a trip during the same type of weather in which you left. Be prepared with a fully stocked snow emergency kit that you keep in your rig at all times.

  • Begin with a large, sturdy duffel bag that's roomy enough to hold all your supplies together
  • Purchase a prepackaged first aid kit or assemble one yourself. Include items such as bandages, antiseptic cream, burn ointment, tweezers and latex or vinyl gloves
  • You can handle some truck repairs on your own with a well-stocked tool kit. Items should include jumper cables, screwdriver, hammer, vice grips, duct tape and a jack. Be sure to have a small folding knife to cut the duct tape
  • An emergency may have you sidelined for several hours. Pack extra gloves, socks and hats so you have backup if these items become wet. You should also have at least two blankets along with a mylar blanket and hand warmers
  • Winter visibility is often limited, so keep several flashlights on hand as well as plenty of batteries in their original packaging. Flares and reflective hazard triangles will help you be seen by police or other motorists
  • Include snow removal tools like a folding shovel and ice scraper. Candles or a lighter are also useful for melting snow for emergency drinking water
  • Stock up on non-perishable food such as energy bars along with bottled water. Get in the habit of checking expiration dates and replacing items when necessary

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