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Winter storm? You need these 25 things in your car

That recent ice storm in the South stranded many in their cars for long hours, illustrating the need to have a car emergency kit.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 6, 2014 2:18PM

This post comes from Nancy Dunham at partner site Money Talks News. 

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyThat recent ice storm in the South wreaked havoc on traffic, stranding countless Atlanta motorists in their cars for many hours, even overnight.

A car sits in a ditch along with other abandoned cars after running off the roadway due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Georgia, January 29, 2014 © Tami Chappell/ReutersMariano Castillo, a CNN editor, recounted on CNN's website:

I have given up my stubborn plan to make it home and have a cup of hot cocoa no matter the time. I found a 24-hour Taco Bell, spent my last $5 on a quesadilla and am closing my eyes in my trusty RAV4. I wonder what I will awake to.

His was one of many frightening stories in the CNN report. In a way, Castillo was lucky because his car was not disabled and he was able to park off the highway. Also, there wasn't a child or a physically impaired person in the vehicle.

The bottom line: As the winter weather continues to howl, consider rejuvenating your auto's emergency kit.

The supplies will at least make you more comfortable if you're stranded, and could save your life.

Here are ideas for your car kit from our often snowbound friends at  and

  • Shovel, snow scraper and small broom.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (make sure batteries are fresh!).
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Water.
  • Raisins and mini candy bars.
  • Extra hats, socks, mittens.
  • First aid kit with pocket knife.
  • Necessary medications.
  • Hand-warming packets.
  • Blankets or sleeping bag.
  • Tow chain or rope.
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Emergency flares and reflectors.
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention.
  • Cellphone adapter.
  • Rags or paper towels.
  • Tire chains.

Were you stranded in traffic during that recent ice storm?

More on Money Talks News:

Feb 6, 2014 3:36PM
Tire chains? Are you kidding? They are illegal in all but a few states.
Feb 7, 2014 2:43PM
And just where am I supposed to put all this crap in my Ford Focus?!
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