Prepping For Cold-Weather Holiday Trips


If you are traveling to a relative’s house this holiday season, be sure to have a car kit ready and safely tucked away under a seat just in case you end up in bad weather and need extra items to stay safe and warm. Having such a kit will give you peace of mind when you drive long distances, since bad weather, breakdowns, accidents, flat tires, running out of gas and unexpected delays can occur at any time. In addition, your car kit can double as a bug-out bag if you need to evacuate or leave your car for any reason.

Emergency Car Kit

This Emergency Car Kit fits most emergency situations while traveling. All items are packed in a heavy-duty backpack. You can purchase the car kit separately or gather your own supplies and make one in a small bag or backpack. I suggest that if you purchase a pre-made car kit, you evaluate it and add to it according to what you and your family will need. It should be as compact as possible so it can be stowed away under a seat in the vehicle. The larger items will need to be kept in a weatherproof container in the trunk of the car or in the back of a truck.

A car kit should contain:
Emergency Car Survival Kit

  • Two 30-minute high-intensity light sticks and flairs
  • Solar spotlight and solar flashlight
  • Solar blanket
  • Waterproof poncho
  • Swiss army knife
  • Leather gloves
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Emergency instruction booklet
  • Reflecting triangle
  • Help sign or distress banner
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper and wet wipes
  • Drinking water and water bottle
  • Emergency food and snacks
  • Emergency money

In addition to the emergency car kit, keep the following items in your vehicle also:

  • Ice scraper
  • Heavy-duty tow rope and smaller rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher (small)
  • Waterproof matches or butane lighter
  • One gallon of extra gasoline and one can of motor oil
  • Tire pump or aerosol tire inflator
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Spare tire
  • Extra fan belt, radiator hose and fuses
  • Small shovel and basic tools
  • Warm socks, gloves, extra clothing and a coat
  • Warm blanket and tarp



Take extra water for everyone riding in your vehicle. Realistically, we can survive about 72 hours without water and much longer without food. Staying hydrated is important for proper brain functioning and staying level-headed in a crisis. I always carry ION Stabilized Oxygen (water treatment) in my vehicle to treat contaminated water to make it potable. It kills and destroys harmful bacteria on contact. It takes 8 drops of ION to an 8-ounce glass of water. Stir and drink. A 2-ounce bottle will treat 110 gallons of questionable water on contact. ION is non-toxic and has an indefinite shelf life. You will need a water bottle to use in case you have to get water from a lake or stream.

Solar-Powered SpotlightSolar–powered spotlight or flashlight

I love my solar-powered spotlight and flashlight. I keep them in my car at all times. They charge with sunlight, natural and artificial light. The Solar Flashlight works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. You never have to purchase batteries. It works for more than 100,000 hours, and it holds a single charge for three years without exposure to any light. It is unmatched in durability due to its one-piece construction. It withstands a strong impact and has a lifetime warranty.

If you are traveling with babies or toddlers add these extra things to a child’s pack:

  • Baby carrier, such as a backpack or front pack
  • Diapers and wet wipes
  • Water and juices
  • Baby food
  • Rice cereal, plastic bowl and spoon
  • Bottles, formula
  • Toys
  • Blanket, extra clothing, warm coat, hat and gloves

Add these things for your pets:

  • Pet carrier and warm blanket (if needed)
  • Pet food, treats and water for three days
  • Collar, leash and toys

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable time with your loved ones during the holiday season.

–Peggy Layton

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Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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