Winter weather has arrived in Idaho and it’s time to be Idaho Ready on the road. One way you can do that? Keep an emergency kit in your car this winter.
You want to be prepared for anything that comes your way, so here are a few things you should always have with you when traveling.
- Flashlight — make sure the batteries work
- Jumper cables — in case your car won’t start, or maybe you need to help someone else
- Kitty litter can give you some traction if your tires are spinning on ice
- Small shovel to dig out around your tires or tailpipe
- Flares and a first aid kit
- Food and water — pack high protein snacks that will fill you and your family up for a while
- Anything to keep you warm — a blanket or a small sleeping bag, winter coat, gloves, hat, and waterproof boots
- Ice scraper
If you run off the road, break down, or simply get stuck during a storm, these items will help keep you warm and safe until help arrives. Remember, always let someone know about your travel plans, especially if you’ll be driving through areas with no cell service. Check the latest road conditions at 511.idaho.gov before you leave.