It's always a good idea to be over-prepared when it comes to these Minnesota winters.

I love my home state of Minnesota. It's rare you can say you live in a place that experiences all four seasons like we do.

However, the weather here can be cold and even deadly if you get stranded in your vehicle during these brutal winter months. That's why it's a good idea to have a survival kit handy just in case you get stuck or stranded in the snow.

Here are few items you should have to stay safe and alive:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • extra cell phone battery

Granted it might be difficult to fit all of these items in your car, but having a majority of these will certainly help you sleep better at night.

Plus, it's always good idea to tell someone where you're going and the route you plan to take so your friends and family have an idea when you're leaving/arriving.

For more information about safe driving and winter survival kits, contact the American Red Cross, the Minnesota Safety Council, or the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.