If your glove box is like most people’s, it’s a receptacle for a few bits of scrap paper, your expired insurance card, a pen that doesn’t work, and a lollipop that has melted into the plastic. If you really aren’t using it to greater effect than that, not only is the space being wasted, by you’re actually putting yourself and your passengers in danger. It might not be huge, but there’s plenty of room in that glove compartment for a few life-saving items. By outfitting it properly, you’re much more likely to survive a catastrophe that traps you in your car, or just get through your day with a little more ease and comfort.
Much like selecting the survival gear for a bug out bag, getting the proper stuff for your glove box is all about choosing the bare essentials without sacrificing space to unnecessary items. We trimmed all the fat away and thought through every possible worst-case scenario so that you’ll only have what you desperately need for when the chips hit the fan, or however that works. When your life is on the line and all you have is your car, here’s the glove box essentials for surviving in style.
Snap-On Glove Box Organizer
Fully a dozen assorted pockets make this one of the most useful tools Snap-On makes. Trim enough to fit in any sized glove compartment, the glove box organizer is the way to ensure you’ll always have your insurance and registration, maps, pens, and drive-thru receipts. It’s the perfect way to keep all your info in a single, easily accessible location.
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes
Your car is a vile place where germs can easily make a home. By keeping a set of cleansing wipes on hand, you’ll be able to deal with the stickiest on-the-go barbecue meals, keep your fingers clean so that your melting ice cream cone doesn’t get onto your $6,000 stereo, and subtly hint your passengers are disgusting by offering these up at every opportunity.
Gorilla Automotive TG1 Tire Pressure Gauge
Don’t let some digital, battery-operated beast take the place of this simple, effective, stylish, and space-conscious tire-pressure gauge. Always find the right PSI without worrying about batteries dying or digital readouts. As timeless as it is compact, the TG1 will keep your tire inflation on track. Use it often to keep gas mileage down and prevent blowouts on the freeway.
Car Hammer Lifehammer Disaster Tool
You’re probably never going to need to bust out the window of your car to escape drowning or cut an unconscious passenger out of a seatbelt, but if that time comes, you don’t want to be unprepared. This is the one thing you’ll want when the chips are really down. The razor blade on the handle will go through a seatbelt like butter while the little hardened hammerhead can crack the strongest safety glass for a quick escape.
Field Notes Expedition
You should have an EDC notebook for keeping track of those checklists and memos that get you through the day, but having a backup in your car is never a bad idea. Rough and rugged, the Field Notes brand is second to none when it comes to quality pocket notebooks that come in whatever style you need for any job you find in your path.
Fisher Space Pen
Your car is a rough environment that can easily ruin pens with extreme temperature changes and constant motion. Make sure you outfit your auto with a writing utensil that can stand up to anything, but isn’t so pricey that thieves will bust a window to get it. Able to handle all of the intense changes of a spacecraft, this can certainly cope with the troubles of your car while still being able to cough out some quick ink.
ZipBuds Slide Earbuds
Tough, durable, and always tangle-free, the Zipbuds are the go-anywhere earbuds for those who never know where the road is going to take them. Perfect for jogs or quieting bored passengers, these give you easy music anywhere you go without creating a knotted mess in your glove box.
Leatherman Style CS Multi-tool
Capable of being clipped to your belt or bag, stuffed into your pocket, or just kept in the car for those roadside emergencies, this is a small, understated life-saver. A 420HC knife, a file, tweezers, and a couple of basic screwdrivers give you everyday items in a simple package that won’t suck up space with a stainless steel Leatherman body that won’t ever let you down.
Mechanix Wear Original Covert
When working on your car, you need a pair of gloves that can shrug off oil and give you quality protection along with a thin enough grip for a tactile sense of the bolt between your fingers. Any member of the Mechanix line is a steal at twice the price, and their original model is compact enough for riding everywhere, yet strong enough for the biggest repair jobs.
Warby Parker Lowry Sunglasses
Whether driving in summer sunshine or fighting the ambient glint off the snow, a good pair of polarized lenses with 100% UV protection is imperative. Don’t play around with your vision, nor ruin your sense of style with these timeless tortoise shell glasses made from the best custom cellulose acetate and scratch-resistant lenses. Can even be cut to your prescription.
Cobra Electronics JumPack Portable Power Pack
Charge your mobile devices, kick on the flashlight for tracking down your dropped keys, or jumpstart your car, the JumPack is a must for anyone who travels a lonesome road and wants the safety and security of extra energy to revive a dead car or just a dead cell phone to call for help when the crisis strikes.
Tide To Go Mini Stain Remover
It’s a universal imperative: As you’re getting out of your car for a first date, a big interview, or a presentation to the board of directors, you’re going to find either pet hair or a mustard stain on your best Pitch Black suit. Make sure you’re never caught in one of these grooming disasters by adding in a stain remover and/or mini lint brush to your glove box. They’ll keep you quaffed and ready for action.