Winter driving has hit us like a slushy, frozen snowball in the ear. Even if you're just heading down Blue Lakes, make sure you’re prepared with a Winter Emergency Kit.

This is a simple collection of items that you can keep in a backpack in the trunk that could mean all the difference in an emergency.

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    Bottled Water

    I keep a case of bottled water in the trunk as part of my Winter Emergency Kit. I find it’s best to keep these wrapped in a blanket so they don’t freeze.

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    Emergency Blankets

    Should something happen and you’re stuck in your car, these lightweight blankets will help keep you warm. These are especially important if you have children.

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    First-Aid Kit

    If you’re in an emergency situation, it’s likely that something bad put you there. Make sure you can take care of yourself and your loved ones with a first-aid kit. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but this one is a must in your emergency kit.

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    Emergency Baby Supplies

    My son isn't a baby anymore (he's 6!), but I still have some of these items in my current emergency kit. Extra baby supplies like formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and maybe a special blanket for the little one will make all the difference.

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    3 in 1 Survival Light

    Before this nifty device, I used to have a flashlight, radio, and extra batteries. Now I have this: it’s a flashlight, NOAA radio, and a cell phone charger all powered by a hand crank. No batteries required. This way your lifeline: your mobile phone is charged, or can be charged, to call for help.

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