Winter Weather Driving

Brrrr ... It is cold out across the great Midwest. It is winter after all and inclement weather is to be expected!

Today my family will be packing up and driving several hours to meet the two newest members of our family: Twins! a beautiful niece and nephew. But with that comes a 5+ hour drive, leaving lots of room for a bumpy ride.

What do you pack in your car in case of emergency during inclement weather and possible time stuck in the car on the side of the road?

On my to to-pack-in-case-of-emergency is:
  • Blankets

  • Hats, gloves, jackets

  • Some candles and a lighter. (I asked this question on Facebook already and someone mentioned a coffee-can to hold the candle. Great idea!)

  • Some extra granola bars, Pediasures (for my boys), and water

  • Extra Formula and a bottle for the baby
And then importantly we will make sure these things are accessible (not packed below the suitcases and other travel paraphernalia!)

Here are some great driving tips from the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center: The “cold” facts on winter driving.

So now it's your turn! Let us know what you put on your 'to pack' list during the winter months.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com


  1. Don't forget the Garmin... or whichever nav system. And your cell phone, with recharger cord.

  2. We had a doctor's appointment at a Medical Center today and were very surprised by some nasty weather that rolled in and caught many drivers unprepared! As we traveled the interstate the road became treacherous! Multiple car accidents, spin outs into the median, etc. Finally, it came to a complete stop.

    When we were stopped for an hour plus, I was glad we had energy bars and our survival kit in the car because it looked like it might be a long wait! (Also very happy that we had stopped earlier for a coffee break, rest rooms and morning snack and hoping that sanders, salters and snow plows would make it better.)

    You never know when that kit is going to come in handy!


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