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The North Dakota Highway Patrol recommends each vehicle have a fully stocked winter survival kit.

Guide to winter survival kits

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A cellphone is a vital piece of gear for winter traveling, Sgt. Steven Fischer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

It can be used to get help in case of an emergency or breakdown, he said, and it could be a lifesaver in the event of a blizzard that strands a vehicle along a rural road.

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But just as important are the food, water, tools and extra clothing that every vehicle should have as part of a winter survival kit, he said.

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