Winter Prep: Emergency Kit

winter emergency kit

Be Prepared for Anything

If you’ve had a mechanical breakdown and are waiting for AAA to arrive, please be aware that it may take us some time to get to you. In addition to the increased calls for roadside assistance, our trucks are subject to the same traffic delays and challenges we all experience in wintry weather. Whether you’re waiting for us or just waiting it out, you should have a fully stocked winter emergency kit on hand.

Winter Emergency Kit Recommendations

  • Mobile phone with important phone numbers, including personal emergency contacts, family members and emergency services; be sure to include a charger or power storage device.
  • Drinking water or electrolyte-replenishing sports drinks (they have a slightly lower freezing temperature)
  • First aid kit, including extra doses of whatever medications are needed by you and your family members in addition to any traveling pets.
  • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Additional pieces of warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Flashlight in addition to extra batteries
  • Extra window washer fluid
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Some ragsĀ or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables, cleaned and recently checked
  • Warning devices (flares or reflective hazard signs)
  • Basic household tool kit (for instance, screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, small hammer, electrical or duct tape)

Fill your Winter Emergency Kit at the AAA Travel Store

Don’t Forget Your Winter Battery Check!

Winter temperatures can tax even newer batteries. AAA Battery Service will make sure you’re fully charged and your terminals are clean.

Need a Full Winter Check for Your Vehicle?

Find a mechanic from our AAA Approved Auto Repair providers. AAA Members enjoy discounted rates, guaranteed work, and the peace of mind that comes from working with a AAA-approved shop.