Okay, so...I am a Southern California kid - born and raised -and therefore have minimal experience in snow. I am heading over to Big Bear for new year weekend, and expecting to hit snow on the way. This is where you are all come in.
Please share general tips/tricks to get car ready for the trip, including supplies, etc. I know I need some snow cables/chains. Anything I should take off/cover up for the trip for cleanliness, after (ie. remove splashguards behind tires?)
Car (or CUV) we are taking up is a 2015 Kia Sportage FWD, much like this one:
All your help is appreciated, and the more specific, the better. And shared links with pretty, shiny pictures are always welcome...