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What to keep (and not to keep) in your car for winter

Think of it as a naughty and nice list.


  • The basics: jumper cables, a filled spare tire with necessary tools, and a first aid kit

  • Clean masks. Just not dangling from your rearview mirror or any other place that obstructs your view.

  • Spare blankets, towels, coats, gloves, etc.

  • Spare diapers, wipes, crackers and other age-appropriate, non-perishable supplies to keep kids content.

  • Cheap sunglasses: extreme temperatures can make them prone to breaking, so don’t leave your nice ones in the car.

  • Bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter

  • A shovel. A folding one will often fit in a cargo space holder.

  • An ice scraper and chains for snowy places

  • A working flashlight and flares


  • You know this already because you are smart: kids and pets should never be left alone in vehicles.

  • Anything you don’t want stolen, including documents with credit card numbers or other sensitive information.

  • Hand sanitizer: while cold temperatures are not as likely to impact alcohol-based types, play it safe and keep it in your purse. Same for sunscreen.

  • Electronics

  • Christmas presents that are sensitive to temperature

  • Beverages: they can explode or go bad

  • Aerosol-type cans and canned goods

  • Medications


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Meet Kristina Minahan

Kristina Minahan enjoys working in sales at Capitol Toyota and is the proud mother of three: twins Khloe and Konner, age 10, and Karsyn, age 11. As a family they love to go on long bike rides, enjoy the great outdoors and go to Disneyland any chance they can. Contact Kristina at Capitol Toyota for your next Toyota purchase at or 503.399.1011.


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