Always good to have! Another option is 12-Volt battery starter that charges & starts vehicle in minutes without jumper cables. Snow chains
I have carved my Volvo off snow, and got it stuck in snow enough many times not to go on mountains without snow chains anymore. Remember that they don’t replace winter/ all weather tires and you can not drive with them for extended periods and fast. Other option is stocking up with sand or cat litter to get some traction under your tires. Small Shovel Especially if you live close to Great Lakes or on the mountains you know that when it snows, it snows. You may need a snow shovel just trying to get out of your parking lot after a work day. Ice scraper Don’t keep this hidden somewhere in the trunk – keep it handy, you will need it. First Aid Kit & Medicine If you need any medicine on a daily basis, keep an emergency supply with you. First aid kit is a must have for every car, any time. Flashlight and extra Batteries for it We prefer Maglights, they are high quality and will last a lifetime. Matches and Candles If you were a reader when we lived in Colorado, you know that I have melted snow for drinking water… Bottled Water (So you don’t have to melt snow. ) Winter Clothing Don’t drive to even grocery store without gloves, winter boots, and a warm jacket. Always carry winter clothing in your car when driving during winter. Blanket or Two If you really want to get techie, get a blanket with 12-Volt heated electronic blanket that you can plug into your cigarette-lighter. Dry Food Such as Nutrition Bars Nutrition bars are great to have handy, and nuts and trail mixes second best.