Why You Should Keep Matches in the Car – for Winter Safety

by Leigh Ann Otte

Do you have a winter car kit? Does it include matches and a can?

In most areas of the country during these frigid-weather months, a survival kit is essential. But what should it include? In this week’s featured article, “Winter Car Kit: What to Pack for Emergency Survival,” an emergency-medicine doctor shares his list. On it: matches and a can, to melt snow for water. He suggests that if you don’t carry everything on the list, at least “make sure you have things to keep you warm (blankets or sleeping bags), water, food and a charged cell phone.”

How’s your kit looking?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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5 Responses to “Why You Should Keep Matches in the Car – for Winter Safety”

  1. Kristina Says:

    I am crazy about security and safety. Blankets, warmers and heat pads are what I have. But I never thought of matches and cans until you posted this! Thanks a lot!!!

  2. Judy Rodman Says:

    Great advice… not just for typical winter wonderlands but also for places where bad winter weather is more a random (and dangerous) surprise… like Nashville. Thx for the list… will be checking it twice!
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  3. lotte Says:

    You’re welcome, Kristina. I’m glad it was helpful.

    And thank you, Judy. Good point about bad winter weather not necessarily meaning beautiful snowscapes.

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor

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