The winter season is here and you know the drill: four to five months of heavy clothes and generally freezing every time you venture outside. This is especially true for people who live in the Northeast or Midwest. Regardless of where you live, don’t get caught unprepared if Old Man Winter stops by for an unexpected visit as severe weather conditions could cause real damage to your car or home.
Preparing for a winter emergency can ensure safety and comfort, as well as help avoid major home and car expenses. Build a winter survival kit for your home and car with these 13 must-have items from Walmart. And if you need even more advice or suggestions, you’ll find everything you need to prep for winter at Walmart.
Winter Prep for the Car
Justin Case Premium Travel Pro Auto Safety Kit
When visibility drops and roads are slick, you want to be sure other cars can see you if you’re stranded by the side of the road. The Justin Case Premium Travel Pro Auto Safety Kit includes a flashlight, reflective triangle to set outside of your car, gloves, first-aid kit, booster cables, a tow strap and more.
Superio Extendable Snow Brush with Ice Scraper and Squeegee
Does it snow where you live? A snow shovel and ice scraper are must-have items for the car. The Superio Extendable Snow Brush and Ice Scraper is an all-in-one solution for snow scraping. It fully extends to 56” to clear snow across your windshield and packs down to two feet for convenient storage. Flip it over and use the wide scraping edge to tackle hard-to-move ice chunks.
TREKSAFE 12 Volt Heated Travel Blanket White
In extreme subzero temperatures, you’ll need to think beyond having an extra hat or gloves. Plug the TREKSAFE 12-Volt Heated Travel Blanket directly into the cigarette lighter outlet and instantly feel warmth. This heated travel blanket is ideal to leave in your car and the 58” cable means it can reach almost anywhere you’re seated.
HART Multiple Drive 215-Piece Mechanics Tool Set
Unexpected car repairs can be disastrous, especially during the winter season. Arm your vehicle with the tools that are easily accessible and can get you by until you get to a repair shop. This 215-piece mechanics tool set from HART features a complete set of metric-sized sockets and drive tools. Tuck the set away in your trunk for grab-and-go convenience.
Motor Trend 4-Layer 4-Season Waterproof Car Cover
Bypass clearing snow and ice off your car altogether with the Motor Trend 4-Layer 4-Season Waterproof Car Cover, which acts as a shield from winter elements like sun, rain snow and wind. It’s designed with a protective system and moisture repelling barrier so when water comes in contact it beads up and rolls off.
Peerless Chain AutoTrac Passenger Chains
The Peerless Chain AutoTrac Passenger Chains are ideal for snow and ice, giving your vehicle the traction it needs on slick roads. These chains feature a patented automatic tightening and centering system that adjust as needed but keeps them firmly in place on your tires. You won’t have to stop and re-tighten, which means you can safely get to your destination in less time.
Winter Prep for the Home
Duck Indoor Window Insulation Kit
Cold air drafts can be problematic for overall comfort and energy costs. Keep cold air out by with this easy-to-install kit from Duck. The Duck Brand Shrink Film Window Kits create a much-needed barrier between the outdoor air and the inside of your home, blocking drafts and air leaks that can lead to high heating costs.
Filtrete Clean Living Dust Reduction HVAC Furnace Air Filter, 4-pack
The last thing your home needs when subzero temperatures creep in is a less-than-stellar HVAC unit. If your unit is not heating to your preference, check the air filter. For optimum performance, change the filter every 90 days.
Honeywell Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier
When the cold weather strips moisture from the air, the Honeywell Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides soothing comfort from overly dry conditions. It’s a lightweight and compact unit that doesn’t rely on a filter. Because the water is boiled, the mist is up to 99.5 percent bacteria free.
GutterStuff 5-Inch Gutter Foam Filter
Clogged gutters can lead to water getting inside your home which is a big issue you don’t want to have during winter. Keep thick snow and ice out of your gutters with the GutterStuff 5-Inch Gutter Foam Filter, a foam filter that fits inside your gutters that blocks debris but allows water to flow through seamlessly. Installation is simple, requires no special tools and takes just a few minutes.
Honeywell Heat-Genius Ceramic Space Heater
Depending on how well heating ducts flow through your home, you may need to supplement your regular HVAC unit with a space heater. The Honeywell Heat-Genius Ceramic Space Heater features six customized heat settings you can adjust to your comfort. Plus, it’s equipped with multiple safety features like tip over and overheat protection for much-needed peace of mind.
Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower
If the forecast shows a winter storm approaching, get ahead of the curve once the snow begins falling with the Snow Joe SJ625E Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower. It’s ideal for clearing sidewalks, driveways and decks. Plus, it’s driven by a powerful 15-amp motor, which can move up to 800 lbs. of snow per minute.
Keep falls and potential injuries at bay during the winter season with SAFE-T-SALT, which effectively melts snow and ice on driveways, parking lots, steps, porches and other walkways. Throw it on walkway surfaces before snow falls to reduce ice formation, or under your car tires for traction on snow or ice.