The glove box can be a treasure trove of forgotten papers, condiment packets, and even sometimes gloves. First of all, a little history on the Glove box. Why is it called a Glove Box? Back when the insides of cars were more exposed and usually roofless, gloves were a necessity. Even scarves and goggles were needed. If someone drove without gloves, it would numb their hands. Times change and rarely gloves are kept in them. We have made a collective list of important things to keep in your car.
1.License and Registration: Keep all these documents in a plastic bag or held together by a paper clip for easy access and safe keeping. This included proof of insurance, registration, and a copy of your drivers license.
2. ICE: Also known as an “in case of emergency” card. This includes important phone numbers for family, physicians, allergies, medication for you and any constant passengers. This comes in handy if you are in a car accident or have a medical emergency.
4. Tire Pressure Gauge: Unless you have a Volkswagen with air pressure monitoring system, then a Tire Pressure gauge is one of the most essential items you will need to have in the glove box. These come in digital and non digital forms.
5. Flashlight: In many small situations, there is a need for a flashlight. Changing a tire, dropping something under the car in the dark, dead battery… No matter how big or small- a simple LED flashlight can help in any situation.
7. Paper Map: Let’s pretend your phone has died and you are on a road trip. I guess you could stop and ask for directions, but there is something magical about a paper map. Just get a small up to date one. I promise it is good to have.
12. First-aid Kit: Hit your head while getting in your car, broken down car, paper cut… There is never a reason not to have a first-aid kit in your car. You can buy a small inexpensive kit- make sure it has: bandages, tissues or cotton balls, pain reliever like asprin, and back up prescription.
13. A window hammer: Of course you never think you will need one of these. You can get a cheap one for 5$. This will help you if you get trapped in your car. It’s a simple plastic hammer with a steel tip and a knife to cut the seat belt. Life Hammer is a great example.
Of course you can personalize your box. Mints, gum, food condiments, chap stick, a swiss army knife, depending on your state- a gun, hand santizer, and whatever else you need for your daily commute!