The (mis)Adventures of a Homesteadin' Mama

The knowledge, skills, and encouragement to homestead where you live. Down to earth and full of humor!

Winter Travel Survival Tips

Winter survival kits are not just for motorists who drive back roads. Unexpected weather conditions can find even city drivers in a predicament. No matter where you drive, you are your own first line of defense against Old Man Winter, because you never know when help will arrive. Do you have a winter travel car kit? Do you know what should be in them? Do you know how to handle an emergency situation? Don’t worry, because we are going to help you prepare!

Winter travel survival starts before the first snow flake falls. You will need to make sure your vehicle is ready, your emergency kit is packed and in the trunk, and what to do in basic emergencies. Feeling overwhelemed? Don’t be, we will break it down for you. And if all goes well, you will never need the second two, but if you do, you will be prepared!

Winter Car Care Tips
  • Make sure your tires are All Season tread and in good condition.
  • Brakes should be checked and serviced if necessary.
  • Batteries are weaker in cold weather, so make sure your vehicle’s battery is fully charged.
  • Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition.
  • Keep the windshield washer reservoir filled with antifreeze solvent.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s exhaust system has no leaks. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can accumulate quickly in closed vehicles.
  • Check the radiator, heater core and all hoses that carry anti-freeze solution to make sure they are in good conditionwith no leaks. Also check to see that the anti-freeze solution is good to at least 40 below zero.

Winter Emergency Kit

Click to download your free Winter Travel Car Kit check list!

What to do in an Emergency

  • Stay with your vehicle. If possible, use your cell phone to call for help
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow.
  • Move all your emergency supplies from the trunk to the interior of your vehicle as soon as you realize you will be stuck for any length of time.
  • Put on warm clothing before you get too cold. It is easier to stay warm than it is to regain lost warmth. If you are wearing tight clothing, loosen it so your body heat can circulate. Remove all of your metal jewelry as it can chill you. Keep your feet as dry as possible.
  • Run the engine sparingly, to conserve gas. Start with 15 minutes every hour and adjust if needed. In extreme cold, it may be necessary to keep the engine running continuously as it may not restart if turned off.
  • Keep your feet off the floor if the heater is not on. This will help your feet stay warmer.
  • Never go to sleep with the engine running.
  • If you do need to sleep, eat a high calorie snack just before sleeping to stimulate your metabolism which will help your body produce heat.
  • If the snow is coming down hard, tie something colorful on the car antenna so help can find you.

I hope that you never need to use your Winter Travel Car Kit or any of the emergancy tips, but it is better to be prepared! Now that your vehicle is ready for winter….. What should you do if the power goes out in our house!?!?! Don’t worry! We got you covered there too!


12 thoughts on “Winter Travel Survival Tips

  1. I always need to review lists like this at this time of year! Even though I've been driving in winter in Wisconsin since I got my license, I don't always have my vehicle prepared… lucky for me, it hasn't been an issue… yet! It's always better to be prepared!

    1. I think a lot of us Northern folks don't have everything we need because we drive in it all the time. We don't think about what could go wrong, because it is just daily life to us.

  2. This is terrific information! We're planning on spending January and February in Florida — so that we'll miss all of the snowy conditions of home! As I tell my husband, you don't have to shovel sunshine! Thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get Your Copy!

Grab A Copy!
Whether you have chickens already or are just thinking of starting your own flock, my new book is packed full of valuable information that will help you raise and maintain a happy, healthy flock. Not only will you learn the basics like how to pick the right breeds, how to house, feed, and care for your birds, but you will also find craft, gardening, and DIY projects that will make taking care of your flock fun and entertaining!

Buy Tasty Worms!

Because your flock deserves the best!

Join The Seeds of the Month Club

Fermentation Made Easy!!

Homemade From Timber Creek Farm

PROUD participent in the Wonder Mill Gain Mill Wagon Challenge

I rode the Grain Mill Wagon

Have you read the latest…..


All photos and articles on this blog are copyrighted. You may link to an article with one photo (please include a link back to the original site) or PIN my posts on Pinterest, but please do not use my photos and/or articles for any other use without asking. You may not copy an article in its entirety or use a photo without permission. I retain all rights to my photos and content. Thank you

Endorsement/Affiliate Disclosure

In order to support this site and other activities, The (mis)Adventures may accept monetary or other type of compensation in exchange for honest reviews, recommendations, and endorsements, however I only work with companies I truly believe in. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way by any compensation received. This site also contains affiliate links, which mean if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a portion of that sale at no extra cost to you. The (mis)Adventures is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to


profile photo

On a 1/4 acre in a small town lives a slightly deranged woman who never thought she would be a Farm Girl again, then her son asked for a chicken! Welcome to my (mis)Adventures! My name is Mindie and I'm glad you're here!

Join Us Online

Stay Up To Date With Us, Join Our Mailing List!

* indicates required

Email Format

Miss Flock-tober 2017

2016 Purina First Egg Happy Dance Winner

2015 Nutrena Chick Pics Photo Contest Winner

Copyright © 2019 The (mis)Adventures of a Homesteadin' Mama