Your car’s glove compartment 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. Now glove compartments are catch-alls for everything from insurance cards to umbrellas to receipts, ketchup packets, and used Starbucks gift cards.
Here is a quick guide for what to store and where:
- Proof insurance
- Vehicle registration
- Owner’s manual
This is where emergency responders are going to look first for you information. If you have special health concerns, add that to this list. This is also where you can keep an inhaler or emergency allergy medicine. This is where you put the important stuff.
- Small bag with office supply type items: pen, small notepad, elementary school scissors
- Small pocket knife
- Small flashlight
- Small first aid kit
- Small bag with personal care type items: breath mints, small container of lotion, lip balm, pain reliever, etc.
Think of this space as your utility section. These are your just in case items that are useful to have. Be sure to use the small bags to keep like items together.
- Extra straws
- Wet wipes
The door pocket is by far the most convenient little storage area in your vehicle. You want to keep items that you may need while driving here.
Following this guideline will help you have the things you need yet not have it spread out so that you can’t find it when you need it.
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