If you drive during the winter, it’s always a good idea to carry along a surplus of supplies. Being prepared to stop unexpectedly will make the stop more manageable while you wait to continue on your travels.
Make sure to bring extra warm clothing with you on the road (insulated winter boots, warm wool socks, ski pants and a scarf or balaclava may not be what you usually wear but will be extremely useful in a situation where you might be outside for a period of time)
Using a backpack to create a kit is an easy way to keep all your extra supplies together. By using a large empty coffee can to put the following supplies in, you can empty it out and use it to hold your lit candle safely. You could also use it for melting snow if you run out of water. In the backpack, consider including:
- Hand and feet warmers
- Flashlight and batteries
- Non-perishable food (granola bars or energy bars, trail mix, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, soup, peanut butter, canned beans) You should have enough food to last a couple days
- Extra water
- A first aid kit (pack extra medication if you take any)
- Road flares
- Waterproof matches and candles
Unexpected weather can create many challenges while on the road, so being prepared will help you stay safe. Remember to track the weather, drive with caution, and know when to stop. Bookmark and share the links below to the provincial and territorial highways departments across the country to help plan winter dispatches safely.