Almost no one I know travels with these things, but I’ve used my jumper cables and also flashlight. The main thing to do as “About.com”:http://cars.about.com/od/adviceforowners/a/ag_winterkit.htm and “Minneapolis.About.com”: http://minneapolis.about.com/cs/transportation/qt/wintercarkit.htm says is to get:

# Emergency hazard triangle. Personally I don’t like flares as things are flammable obviously and they have a shelf life. Easy to get at any auto store.
# LED Flashlight. We have the regular ones that don’t last that long. The new LED ones are truly a miracle. Up to 1,000 hours on a few AAAs. The main issue is remember that you need fresh batteries and have to check. “Pricegrabber”:http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=1634 has a huge selection as does the REI. “Flashlightreviews.com”:http://www.flashlightreviews.com/ is a whole site dedicated to just flashlights reviews and “top picks”:http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews_index/reviews_top_picks.htm πŸ™‚ For instance the “Fenix L1T”:http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/fenix_l1t-l2t.htm is birght has has a great run time with 1 AA battery and is 1 watt and costs $47 but is being discontinued. For really bright, the new Cree 7090 LED like the Fenix L1D-CE is twice as bright at an amazing 90 lumens. “Fenix”:http://fenixlight.com seems to be one of those wonderful specialty manufacturers in Shenzhen you’ll only find on the Internet with an online “store”:http://fenix-store.com. For the techno nerd, the key is the LED used. The L1D-CE uses a Cree LED that are much better than the Nichia or the Luxeon
# Jumper Cables. 8 feet long. They are the thing I’ve used the most.
# First Aid Kit. You just need a basic one, but reviews are not that common. “Mountainzone.com”:http://www.mountainzone.com/gear/First_Aid_kits_Review.html recommends you get something from one of these folks: Atwater Carey (800/359-1646), “Adventure Medical Kits”:http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/ ,(800/324-3517) or “Outdoor Research”:http://www.orgear.com/ ,(888-4-ORGEAR). “Campmor”:http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=315&storeId=226&catalogId=40000000226 has pretty much the whole list of Adventure Medical Kits. REI also has the Adventure Medical Kit. Probably the traveler at $30 is the right size for cars. Also you might consider ther “Essentials Personal Survival”:http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/kit_detail.asp?series=1000&seriesNav=&kit=1010&kitNO=0140-0709 which is for carrying while skiing and suppose you get trapped out there.
# Space blanket. You don’t have to worry about dying of thirst, but dying of cold is no fun either. These blankets are small and amazing and toss a few beany ski hats in too, they really conserve heat. Most of these are just too thin and rip too easily. “Sierradescents.com”:http://www.sierradescents.com/gear/2005/space-blanket.php likes the Space All-Weather Blanket because it is more durable and could be a ground cloth or a tarp. “Cabelas”:http://www.cabelas.com/link-12/product/0006243510214a.shtml has a similar one for $12 that is calle dthe Sportsman’s Space Blankets as does “Campmor”:https://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=303&storeId=226&catalogId=40000000226
# Food. Actually, you won’t die for 40 days without food, so your main worries in the cold are well, the cold and you need water too, but there is snow out there πŸ™‚
# Tire inflater. Nice to have run flat tires, but otherwise, you need a can of this magic stuff to get going after you change your tire, unless you are one of those people who actually checks the inflation of your spare and have a $20 tire inflator at home (which I really should get!). But you need something in a can for rapid inflation. And get a tire pressure gage too while you are at it πŸ™‚
# Shovel. A lightweight one for avalanche is great
# A bag of kitty litter for traction (hey that’s light and a good suggestion from Minnesota)
# An empty coffee can, candles and matches to melting snow
# General toolkit with screwdriver, wrenches and vice grips or maybe just a leatherman or equivalent.
# Survival kit. Amazingly there is a site called “equipped.org”:http://equipped.org that reviews survival kits and a very personal view of the “checklist”:http://www.equipped.org/srvkits.htm. For instance he likes the Leatherman supertool. “Multitool.org”:http://www.multitool.org/leatherman-tool-group/large-tools/leatherman-supertool-200.html also loves it but the “Wave”:http://www.multitool.org/leatherman-tool-group/medium-tools/leatherman-wave.html seems to be the standard regular duty tool and “Equipped.org”:http://www.equipped.org/wave.htm also liked it. While you can get the Wave at Campmor for $70, “Walmart”:http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3544353 has it for $65 including shipping which is a great deal.

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