What you might want to store in your car’s glove compartment

Your car’s glove compartment, also called the glove box or “glovie,” was initially invented to store the driver’s gloves, as you’ve probably guessed. Years ago, when cars were new and open to the air, drivers wore gloves to keep their hands clean and to prevent them from going numb with cold.

Today most people don’t wear driving gloves and those compartments have evolved to include locks, internal lights, and special compartments for things like manuals and pens. Fancier models are even temperature controlled. One thing they all have in common is the tendency to collect junk, like hair bands, receipts, ketchup packets, and used Starbucks gift cards. These spaces are useful storage compartments, though, so if you use them what would be efficient to have in your glove compartment?

Crucial items

The most obvious answer is proof of auto insurance and your current registration. Protect these crucial documents by keeping them in a protective plastic sleeve. Not only will they be safe from the ketchup, they’ll be easy to find.

Also important is a list of crucial medication family members are taking. If you’re ever in a situation when you can’t convey this information to rescue workers, it’ll be important to have this stored somewhere. While you’re at it, you can store medical information on your phone, too.

Your owner’s manual and schedule of regular maintenance should also be in this space. Many people buy a car, acknowledge the manual’s existence, and then ignore it for the rest of their car’s life. However, when you want to reset the clock, connect a Bluetooth phone or figure out what that weird light means, you’ll be glad you have it. I also tick off when I get my scheduled maintenance done, so that there’s no question at the garage.

Less-crucial items

A pen and a pocket-sized notebook in the glove compartment can often come in handy. I also store a small pocket knife in the glove box. It’s great for opening packages at the post office and quick-fixes like tightening a screw or popping open your car’s fuse panel.

A small flashlight is also a good idea of something to store if you have the space in your glove box. The Coast HP1 Focusing 190 Lumen LED Flashlight is hands-down my favorite portable flashlight. It’s small, durable, water resistant, and produces a bright light with no dark spots.

I also keep some travel wet wipes in the car’s glove box. The first time you spill gas on your hands while filling up your tank, you’ll be very glad they’re there.

Finally, if you really want to keep things like hair bands or fast food napkins in your glove box, find an organized way to do so. A small zip-top bag or plastic container can keep these items from cluttering up the space.

Toss the junk and keep only useful items in your glove box for happy motoring.

19 Comments for “What you might want to store in your car’s glove compartment”

  1. posted by Darrell on

    I had read that leaving your registration and insurance in the car would help a thief get away from getting caught, as they could provide those documents to an officer and claim that they were borrowing the vehicle.

  2. posted by NoAlias on

    In addition to the items mentioned in the post, my glove compartment also has:

    (1) postage stamps (rural area, must go to the post office drop box to mail items. Therefore, keep the stamps in the car rather than the desk at home.)

    (2) basic wine opener (you just never know when you need to open a bottle of wine. And it has that handy little knife blade that’s good for opening boxes and sealed plastic bags, etc.)

    (3) napkins. As a mom, there are always napkins. Lots of napkins.

  3. posted by TV James on

    We have a small device in each car that has a seat-belt cutter on one side and a glass breaker on the other.

    We keep the proof of insurance as images on our phones so there’s less identifying info in the car.

  4. posted by infmom on

    If you’re going to keep wet wipes in there, replace them once a year or so even if you haven’t used up the packet. Some people (I say, glaring in the general direction of my husband) think they are “still good” indefinitely.

    They’re not.

  5. posted by Curt on

    USB car battery jump starter. Used it once so far and it worked like a champ.

  6. posted by Celloluv on

    Totally agree that it’s not safe to have your insurance and registration in the glove compartment. Also very few of the new cars come with owner manuals. My husband got a CD and mine is online.

    A couple of paper maps of areas you commonly travel can be a great resource when your phone app doesn’t work because you’re in area without cell service.

  7. posted by Carla on

    I also keep a change purse filled with quarters for tolls or parking meters.

  8. posted by Lisa on

    I also keep a reusable coffee mug in there.

  9. posted by Ms Hanson on

    A medical bracelet or necklace will help the medics, if needed, because they will not look in the glove box for that info. Purse or wallet, perhaps. And you don’t want that info going to thieves. Sign me 2X ID theft survivor.

  10. posted by SkiptheBS on

    How well do the USB charger’s electronics hold up while enduring five months of car interior temperatures over 120 degrees?
    I leave glove and console departments unlocked after repeated burglaries and forced break-ins in my former “good” neighborhood. This alone will limit glove box contents and sound system quality.

  11. posted by Pat Reble on

    I also keep a folding umbrella, a spare pair of sunglasses and shock horror a pair of fingerless gloves in there to cope with unexpected weather changes.

  12. posted by Carla on

    “posted by Darrell on July 11, 2016

    I had read that leaving your registration and insurance in the car would help a thief get away from getting caught, as they could provide those documents to an officer and claim that they were borrowing the vehicle.”

    But they still won’t have your license (it should be on your person). Besides, you don’t want to get pulled over by the police and not have those critical documents on hand.

  13. posted by Margaret Riley on

    Thank you for sharing. Seen at http://www.google.com/.

  14. posted by Michael M on

    A tire gauge and “tire tool” (for tightening valve stems etc), a leatherman tool, perhaps a small roll of duct tape will come in handy in emergencies.

  15. posted by Nana on

    For those who still wear ’em, an extra pair of hose.

    Bigger than most glove boxes, but…in earthquake/disaster country, a small backpack with emergency provisions is a must.

  16. posted by Jackie Pettus on

    I suggest keeping a copy of the registration and insurance card in the glove compartment, but temporarily covering your address when you make the copy. Don’t leave anything with your address on it in the car. Otherwise you might as well leave a note in the car : “I’m not home, so as long as you’re at it, you might as well break in to my home, too.”

  17. posted by wch on

    In NYS, there is a form you fill out when you’re in an accident. It’s easily find-able online and printable. If the worst were to occur, you’ll know exactly what info your insurance co and the police will need.

  18. posted by Elizabeth on

    Love the idea of a wine bottle opener because you never know when you’re going to need to open a bottle – something I’ve frequently thought when stuck in horrendous queues. Unfortunately drink driving legislation prevents…;)

    I have maps in the door pockets of my car (I really don’t like satnav and won’t have it in my car). In the glove compartment: money for parking meters and also spare visitors permits/scratchcards to be completed when I park on the street in areas where I can use visitors permits to park in residents bays.

    A box of specific wet wipes which are used to remove bird cr*p from the paintwork when the car is parked under trees on the road.

    A charger for my phone. And a can of de-icer for winter use. All other car-related repair/maintenance kit is in a box in the back.

    I guess that in the UK we are lucky: in the unlikely event of getting pulled over by the police we don’t have to provide licence and registration on the spot but can be asked to supply them to the nearest cop shop within 10 days.

  19. posted by Chris on

    Registration copy and proof of insurance in wallet, or as I do, a picture of both in my cell phone.

    If someone takes my car, he will not have the registration slip or the insurance proof which shows information on who owns the car.

Comments are closed.