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7 essential items you should keep in your glove box


Your car’s glove box may seem like just a dark, musty area filled with old towels and mints, but it’s actually a very handy storage space for keeping essentials. The small loft above your passenger’s ball joints usually has room to hold safety gear, navigation tools, etc.

To keep you prepared for anything that might happen on the road, we’ve found gear to help you and your passengers stay safe and comfortable. So clean out your glove box and fill it with something more useful than cash and plastic forks!

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Holder of vehicle registration and insurance documents

This small case contains your car registration, insurance and any other important documents for quick access. Keep them safe and easy to find, so you don’t accidentally crease them or have to dig when you need to.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is obvious, and it is waterproof. Complete with 228 pieces of various medical materials, this compact kit will fit into your glove box with room to spare while providing dressings galore.

Microfiber cloth

Damage is inevitable in a car, so be prepared with good microfibers. Useful for cleaning up spills, dusting the dashboard or wiping the morning dew off your mirrors, these are essentials to have in your glove box.

Car evacuation tool

This handy little device is essential in the event of an accident. It has two functions: a window breaker and a belt cutter, both of which can save a life. A shielded blade is built into the device to slice through a stuck seat belt, while a built-in steel tip can be smashed against a side window to allow leakage.

Tire pressure gauge

This analog gauge is to modern digital gauges what a typewriter is to a laptop computer. Although this is old technology, it’s still much better than nothing, and it will help you keep your tires in the correct inflation range and do so at a rock-bottom price.

Compact road atlas

Having a map that is sure to run out of battery can save your life, and this atlas from Rand McNally is updated with 2021 data and is small enough to fit in your glove box.

Pen style flashlight

This handy pen light fits neatly into any pocket or glove box for easy and instant access. It packs a punch too, producing 220 lumens for a full seven hours. This lamp is perfect for finding a lost chicken nugget or changing a tire at night.

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