These days when you open a glove compartment in the car, you will hardly find a pair of gloves. When the glove compartment originally came into existence, it was in fact for storing driving gloves. Now it can be utilized as a storage area for important documents and items that you never know when you’ll need. If you’ve never had a car before now, you might not be sure what items you should keep in this nifty little compartment. Well, we have compiled a list of the top items to throw in there. You never know when you’ll need them.

  1. Vehicle Registration and Insurance Information
  2. Owner’s Manual
  3. Phone Charger
  4. Pen and Paper
  5. ICE Card
  6. Flashlight
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Snacks
  10. Tire Pressure Gauge
  11. Spare Light Replacements
  12. Disinfectant Wipes
  13. Gloves

Vehicle Registration and Insurance Information

This one is a no-brainer. An absolute must have for driving around. Get pulled over? You’re going to need this. Since the glove compartment is typically the easiest area to access and the least opened and closed while driving (unlike that center console you’re always digging around in for snacks or a pen) this is a safe place to keep important documents. Then you’ll always know exactly where they are when they’re needed.

Owner’s Manual

When you buy a car, the owner’s manual is going to come in the glove compartment anyway. Don’t even mess with moving it around, just leave it there. You’re going to need it when you have a light come on or need to change a tire.

Phone Charger

Even if you have one plugged into a lighter socket or USB port, it’s always a good idea to have a second one with you. Especially if you’re on a road trip. The one you’re using could break, and then what? You could find somewhere to buy one, but if you have one with you already it’ll save you some time.

Pen and Paper

In the digital age, there’s still a use for pen and paper. Grocery list, seeing a place you want to go to at a red light, directions if your phone dies, etc. If you get in an accident, it would be helpful for writing down insurance information and that kind of thing.

ICE Card

An ICE card, or ‘in case of emergency’ card is another important thing to keep in the glove compartment. If something were to happen to you, someone might look in the glove compartment for information, and this card would help them get in contact with someone. Along with an emergency contact you should list your doctors and medications on it, as well.


Flashlights are a great addition to any glove compartment. There are many smaller options out there so it doesn’t take up too much valuable space. LED flashlights are a great choice because they put out a lot of light and last a long time.

First Aid Kit

Getting a small first aid kit is never a bad idea. If you cut yourself or get a headache, you won’t have to stop anywhere to get something, it’s all right there! Planning for road trips can be hectic, and having a first aid kit can cover some ground for forgotten items such as allergy pills.

Hand Sanitizer

In the times we’re living in, everybody has hand sanitizer with them at all times. Keeping a backup in the care just in case is always a good idea. Maybe you forgot yours at home and need it before you go in the store, what are you going to do? Good thing you have that extra bottle in the glove compartment!


We all get hungry, it happens. If you’re going to be stuck in the car for a while, keeping snacks on hand can curb hunger and keep you from pulling into the nearest drive thru. Try to stock up on high protein snacks and granola bars. Beef Jerky is another one that will keep for a long time in the car, too. You want stuff stored in there that will last if you forget about it and it gets buried under all of your other goodies.

Tire Pressure Gauge

This is an important one especially if you live in an area with a lot of temperature fluctuation. The last thing you want to deal with is a flat tire, so keeping track of your tire pressure is essential. Most modern vehicles have a tire pressure system in them, but the light will not come on until the levels are very low. To stay ahead of the game, having a tire pressure gauge in the glove compartment can come in handy to check your pressure. If it’s low, pop over to the nearest gas station and fill those babies up with air.

Spare Light Replacements

At one point or another, you are bound to have a taillight or a headlight go out. The worst is getting pulled over on your way to get a replacement. To solve that problem, throw a couple in your glove box so you don’t have to worry about it when the quick flashing starts.

Disinfectant Wipes

 Your car is going to get dirty, that’s just a fact. Keeping a pack of wipes on hand leads to an easy cleanup to regularly wipe surfaces down. This will alleviate the need for a complete deep clean as often.


Even though ‘glove’ is in the name, not a lot of people keep gloves in here! If you live in a cold climate, it never hurts to actually keep a spare pair of gloves around.

To sum things up, the possibilities of glove compartment items are endless. This list contains items essential to everyday driving and travel. You do not want to get caught pulled over without insurance and registration, and if you’re in an accident an ICE card will help if you are unable to communicate. Keeping snacks on hand can eliminate unnecessary stops on a road trip.

Along with knowing the items to keep in your glove box, keeping it tidy and organized is key for optimum storage. Going through the glove compartment once a month is an excellent way to keep it in tip top shape. Sometimes random things will get thrown in there like receipts, snack wrappers, and other trash. Keep it clean to keep it useful!

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