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How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

by Amy Serra Albright 02/28/2022

One of the best things you can do to enjoy winter is to prepare for the worst. While it might sound morbid, planning for emergencies will keep you safe and comfortable. Whether you decide to buy a pre-made kit or make one your own, here are the best things to have in your winter emergency survival kit:


Water is the most important part of any emergency preparedness kit. Having a gallon or two of drinking water ready for an emergency will keep you healthy and hydrated in the event your pipes freeze or you're otherwise unable to access water at home. To prevent your emergency water from freezing, try storing it in the backseat of the car rather than the trunk.


Keep at least one warm blanket in your emergency kit to stay warm in freezing temperatures. For materials, try wool or wool blends for efficient insulation. If you're short on space, you can also use emergency blankets. While they might feel like wrapping yourself in tinfoil, they're extremely effective at keeping your body warm, and they fold flat to take up less space.

Power Source

If you live somewhere with frequent power outages due to blizzards or winter storms, you might already have a backup generator. However, you might want to consider a smaller alternative power source you can keep in your car for emergencies. This could include anything from a large battery, a hand-crank electricity conducting device or a simple power cord to connect to your car battery.


Flashlights are another great thing to have during a power outage. As long as you keep them full of fresh batteries or fully charged, you can count on them to make navigating in the dark easier and safer. For extra convenience, invest in a headlamp.

First Aid

You might already have an emergency first aid kit somewhere in your home, but consider a second one for your winter survival kit. Having a fully stocked first aid kit will allow you to address injuries or other issues while stuck in a winter storm. If you have prescription medication or anything specific to your health needs, have a backup in this kit to make sure you always have what you need.

These are just a few things to add to a winter survival kit. The more prepared you are for the worst, the better experience you can have enjoying the season.

About the Author

Amy Serra Albright

As a top producing agent, I specialize in Oakland and S. Genesee County areas.  I work with all types of Buyers and Sellers, including first time, move up, relocation, second homes, luxury homes & investors.  I am a company top producer with Real Estate being my full time job.  Through out my over 20 years in the business, I have been actively involved in my local Board of Realtors serving as a committee chairman, a member of the Board of Directors and as past president of my local board of Realtors. I love my job and love all things real estate. My goal is to provide you with an experience above and beyond your expectations so you will want to refer me to your friends and family.  I constantly strive to build a strong working relationship with my clients.  My goal is to be “Your Realtor for Life”. Let me make you and your Real Estate needs my number 1 Priority!