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what’s in your trunk?

It’s that time of year again: When the sun comes up, there’s frost on your car windows. Whether you adore (or dread) winter, you need to be prepared for it. Here’s a list of 10 emergency-items you SHOULD HAVE in your trunk once the temperature starts dropping.

1. Jumper Cables – You can purchase jumper cables at a number of stores ranging from convenience stores to automotive stores. No matter where you purchase, be sure you know how to use them in case your battery gives out in the cold.
2. Giant Blanket or Quilt – we all have an old quilt that doesn’t get much love or attention… Why not put it to good use this winter by storing it in your trunk with the rest of your emergency-kit items? If you’re stuck on the side of the road and the heat isn’t working, you’ll want to bundle up until help arrives.
3. Extra Gloves, Mittens, Scarves and Hats – The last thing you need if you get stuck on the road is freezing cold ears and fingers! Be sure to pack some extra gloves, scarves and hats to help keep warm whether you’re inside of the car or stuck outside.
4. Flashlight – Having a flashlight on your phone is one thing, but having a large flashlight that can signal for help, or let you see a larger portion of your car at once is a necessity. Don’t rely on your phone’s minimal flashlight in an emergency.
5. Portable Cell Phone Charger – You can purchase remote cell phone chargers almost anywhere these days, including most gas stations. Be sure that you have a portable charger that either plugs into your car or has a detachable battery so that if you do need to call for help, you’ll have enough power to do so.
6. Medium-size Shovel – It might seem silly to have a shovel in your car if you live in Florida, but if you live in a state like Wisconsin, you should reconsider. Often, cars will get stuck in mud or snow, and having a shovel in your trunk could be the only thing that can get you out of a muddy or snowy situation.
7. Hazard Cones – Maybe you’ve seen a semi-truck pulled over to the side of the road with hazard cones out. Those little, bright-orange cones are a great way to let other vehicles know you’re in trouble and that you’re pulled over to the side of the road for a reason. Especially if it’s raining or snowing, these cones stand out and could prevent someone from not seeing your car.
8. Garbage Bags or Rain Coats – Getting caught on the side of the road in a downpour gets even worse when you have nothing to help you stay dry and warm. Be sure to have a few garbage bags for make-shift rain coats or, invest in some rain coats instead.
9. Plastic Water Bottles – If you get stuck in a traffic jam or you know you’ll be in the car for a while, you should have access to water. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your body needs less water. If you prefer to not use plastic water bottles, make sure the material will not shatter after freezing temperatures approach.
10. Granola Bars – Granola bars might not seem important to keep in your trunk this winter, but you’ll want to make sure (just like with water) that you have access to something to eat. If your wait turns out to be longer than expected, you’ll be happy you had a little snack.

Hopefully you and your family will never have to use any of the emergency-items in your trunk! But, in case you do, it’s great to be as prepared as possible.

What items do you keep in your car during the cold months that didn’t make our list?? Let us know by tagging @teraswhey and commenting!

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