10 Pieces of Gear You Need to Keep in Your Car Through Winter

Coast XP11R Professional Series Flashlight

The rechargeable battery runs for up to 37 hours and throws a powerful beam whether you’re looking under the hood or pinpointing lost items dropped between the seats. It’s also capable of running on three AAA batteries, which you should keep in your emergency kit anyway.

Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

Rather than pack a water bottle each time you leave the house, consider investing in a secondary Hydro Flask, filling it with water and leaving it in your car through winter, thus ensuring you always have liquids within reach. The bombproof design also comes in handy when you need to use it as a hammer.

Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit

An emergency medical kit will collect a lot of dust before it’s put to use, but there’s no substitute for one when you need it in the dead of winter. This one, courtesy of Adventure Medical Kits, contains two days’ worth of supplies for two people and includes bandages, tape, stabilizers, hospital-quality tools, medications and antiseptic wipe

Ortovox Badger Shovel

Digging out of a snowdrift by hand takes time and energy you don’t have. That’s why Ortovox designed the Badger with a massive 2.5-liter blade and an ergonomic grip to help you haul lots of snow in less time.

REI Co-op Frostbreak 5 Sleeping Bag

The synthetic insulation is incredibly durable and capable even when wet and the shell material is treated with a DWR finish for good measure. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find yourself in need of a sleeping bag, there’s no question you’ll want one as the temperatures fall.

NOCO Boost Plus Jump Starter Box

Simply keep this puppy charged and it’ll bring your rig back to life at a moment’s notice up to 20 times on one charge.

Snowstorms are occurring more often as less predictable weather patterns, driven in part by climate change, make their way across the country. And if you jump in your car to head out to visit family, play in the mountains or simply grab groceries across town, you could find yourself stranded in a less-than-ideal situation. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 winter car essentials to keep handy through the season.

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