In Colorado, winter is one of our favorite seasons (skiing) but the storms can be brutal. We've seen it before, driving through the Rockies for a fun weekend of skiing and all a sudden an avalanche covers the highway and cars. If you plan to drive in any snowy or hazardous weather, make sure to pack a winter car emergency kit, which you can store in your trunk or on your backseat. Here’s what you’ll need:

First-aid kit: In the event that you become stranded and injured, you should have a first-aid kit with bandages, scissors, Neosporin, gauze, and protective gloves.

Phone charger and power bank: Your cellphone will be crucial if you become stranded. Keep a phone charger and portable power bank in your car so you can charge your phone on the go. Even if you lose service, your phone can double as a flashlight.

Provisions: You don’t know how long you might be stranded if your car breaks down in the winter, so pack non-perishable snacks like granola and protein bars, mixed nuts, and crackers. You should also keep a case of bottled water in the car.

Coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets: Keeping warm may very well be the key to your survival. Pack some extra coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets in the trunk. Waterproof clothes and blankets are best because they won’t get soaked with melted snow or ice.

Tools: Collapsible shovels, Swiss Army knives, jumper cables, and flares are all important elements of a winter car emergency kit.

A winter car emergency kit will help you weather the cold weather, but we at Transwest CDJR hope you won’t need to use it this season.