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Survival Items To Keep In Your Glove Box


Once you have a vehicle, then you need an emergency kit for the trunk or glove compartment of that vehicle. Most people just think about the big items that can fit inside the truck, but what about those smaller items that are useful and can be stored in the glove compartment? The glove compartment is like the drawer that you have at home where you keep everything you deem as important, so you know where it is always and can access it quickly and when needed. However, as we do with the drawer in our homes, we store too many non-essential items in there, so here is a list of essential items that you can keep in the glove compartment of your car for survival situations.


A flashlight should be one of the first things you think about keeping in your glove compartment. Now just picture that you are driving along during the night and your car decides to bail on you, it is dark, and the road is lonely. At the very least, your ability to see is what would get you out of this situation, because if you have to exit your vehicle, the last thing that you would want is to cause injury to yourself due to the fact that you were unable to see properly. The flashlight in most cases should be a heavy-duty one, that is waterproof, but you can also have a headlamp or flashlight pen, the last two would save glove compartment space.

Emergency Escape Tool

God forbid that you are in an accident that requires the use of an emergency escape tool such as a USB glass breaker, to break the window or windscreen for you to escape. However, you would be happy if you had a tool in your glove compartment that can be easily used to break the glass. The majority of these tools also come with blades that are razor-sharp, which can be used to cut through the seat belt if it jammed for any reason after an accident.

WD-40 And Duct Tape

As the saying goes, if it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape and if it doesn’t move and it should use WD-40. These two items should be at the top of the list as it relates to glove compartment items. WD-40 is a multi-purpose lubricant that can be useful in restoring foggy headlights, tightening and loosening lug nuts, and even removing dead insects off the windscreen or headlights, amongst other applications that others might be able to come up with. When it comes to duct tape, there is practically nothing that is not up to the challenge to repair, in or on the vehicle, there are also some varieties that are heat resistant that people have been known to use under the hood of the car.

De-Icer and Ice Scraper

These items are glove compartment must-haves for individuals that reside in cold regions of the country. Most of you could imagine leaving the office or stepping out from your house to find that your windshield can no longer be seen as it is now covered in a layer of ice and snow. Having a De-Icer at this moment stored in your glove compartment would be a huge benefit, it works by reducing the freezing point of water, what is more, is that they work more effectively if applied to the windshield prior to a snowstorm. The ice scrapers are small tools that do not take up much space as they are about three inches by one inch in size, you can use this tool to gently take the ice off your windshield after you have applied the de-icer. There are more than forty products that can be used for de-icing that are available on the market at this time.

Emergency Flares

If you are one that drives for a long period of time or consistently on the road, then an emergency flare is an essential item for you. If for some reason you are caught at the side of the road, making repairs or broken down, you will need other drivers to know that you are there. Another function of the emergency flare is that it would allow rescuers to find you if the need arises that you might be lost or stranded.

First Aid Kit

This should be at the top of everyone’s list and can fit comfortably into most glove compartments. They are very useful and come in very handy in situations where you might be unable to get medical attention in a hurry. The kit has items that can be used to provide comfort, prevention of infection and might even be able to save the life of someone. Normally these are the items that can be found in a first aid kit: bee sting relief cream, heavy sterile gauze, assorted bandages, antibacterial spray, allergy medication, pain reliever, antibiotic cream, dental floss, eyewash, anti-bacterial gel, extra required medication, lip balm, wipes, and tweezers. This is not one of those items that you would want to be using consistently but knowing that you have will provide you with some peace of mind, but you should always check to ensure that the items in the kit do not pass any of the expiration dates.

Healthy Snacks

You should also have healthy snacks such as protein bars, dried fruit bars, and dried nuts in your glove compartment, in the event that you find yourself stranded for a prolonged period of time. These snacks are packaged in ways that they will not take up a lot of space and they will provide you with that boost of energy in case it is required for your survival.


Gloves should also be included in your glove compartment. In case of a serious accident, there can be a lot of glass and debris, not to mention parts of the vehicle could be hot, especially if there is a fire. Heavy-duty gloves will lend some form of protection from burns and cuts if you have to use them.