When it comes to being prepared for the worst, you can never really overdo it. However, in the name of practicality, we’ve put together a list of must-have items you should always keep in your car. Even better? These items will all fit in your glove box. Tucked out of sight, but within arm’s reach in case of an emergency. We call it the glove box emergency kit – don’t leave home without it.

First thing’s first. Clean out that glove box – get rid of anything you don’t actually need, including all that extra paperwork you’ve been stashing since the day you bought the car. File any important documents where they belong; safely in your home.

License and registration: Make sure these are current and protected in your glove box. You’ll need them in the even you are pulled over or in an accident.

Owner’s manual: This book tends to be thick, but it’s well worth keeping in the car. You’ll find everything from how to put your spare tire on, to part numbers and information on servicing your car.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) card: Fill this out with critical medical information about you and your crew. List emergency contacts, physicians, allergies, medications, etc.

Tire pressure gauge: Check your tires’ pressure regularly, and check your owner’s manual or the inside of your door for recommended tire pressure levels.
Flashlight: Get a small flashlight that doesn’t take up much space. If you’re ever stranded in the dark, you’ll be glad you have it. Besides helping you see what’s what, you can also get the attention of other drivers using the flashlight.
Fuses: You can pick up a package of these for only a few dollars at any hardware store. In the event your lights go out lose power, you can change the fuse in just a few minutes.
Wheel-lock key: If your car has wheel locks, make sure you have your key. It’s a great feature to make sure no one takes off with your wheels, but good luck changing your tire without it.
First-Aid kit: While you might consider a larger first-aid kit for your trunk, there are also smaller options that can fit in your glove box, and just arm’s length away. Pack some cotton balls or tissues, bandages, and pain reliever.
Car Phone Charger: Find a charger that works in your car – whether it’s powered by the cigarette lighter, or a USB in newer cars, keep one stashed away. This might help you to avoid attempting to flag down a ride or walking miles to get help.
Paper map: We know, no one uses those things anymore- but in the event you’re without cell service and lost, you’ll thank us.


Still have room to spare? Check out Allstate’s recommendations for a glove box survival kit.

If you don’t have the time or energy to scrounge up your own kit, check out websites like lifelinefirstaid.com for affordable pre-made kits.

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