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Declutter and Store These Items in Your Glove Box

Your mission today should you choose to accept it is to organize your car’s glove box. It’s got to be done so you might as well do it today and we’ll tell you just what to do.

 
 
 
 

 

1. Open your glove box and take everything out.

2. Look at the piles and stacks of items that have been in there all this time. Toss out any trash.

3. Put away the other items that do not belong in your glove box.

For example, file away any receipts for car repairs/maintenance, put tools back in the tool box, put condiment packets in a baggie in the kitchen, hair bands back where they go, and so forth. Shred any papers with personal information that you don’t need anymore. Anything that will be kept in your glove box must earn it’s spot to be there from now on.

4. Now that your glove box is cleared, you have room to store what’s really needed.  

Here is a recommended list of what to keep in there.

  • Car Registration and Proof of insurance. These are both essential to keep in your car. Keep them in an envelope inside a ziplock baggie or some other means of protection.

  • Crucial Medial Information. This is in case you or a loved one become victims of a car accident and you cannot communicate.

  • Emergency Contact Information. For the same reasons listed above, have this list available for rescuers or loved ones to refer to when needed. You may want to be careful how you list this information in the event that you car is ever stolen, so use cation. You might want to list your own name and contact information under who to call in case of emergency on this list.

  • Roadside Assistance Service contact information. If you have this service, keep the contact information and membership number ready.

  • Small notepad and pen. You may need to write down information should you be in a car accident.

  • Car Maintenance log to track your car's maintenance and mileage information.

  • Your vehicle's owner’s manual, if it fits. This can be helpful if you need to know the size for new wiper blades for your specific car or what certain dash lights mean when they come on.)

  • Small LED flashlight with extra batteries. You can even have a wind-up charge flashlight in case the batteries are dead.

  • Tire Gauge.

  • Extra fuses.

  • Mobile Phone Charger.

  • Compact First Aid Kit.

  • Fold up Map of your City.

  • Hand Sanitizer or Travel Package of Baby Wipes.

  • Roll of quarters for emergency change, toll roads, parking meters, etc.

Other items you may want to store in your car, but not necessarily in your glove box might be a glass smasher and seatbelt cutter to help you get out of your vehicle in an emergency. These are pretty inexpensive on Amazon. You might want to also store an umbrella, mosquito repellant, replacement bulbs for your car lights, and a set of spare glasses.

Hopefully you’ve accomplished this mission and your car glove box is now nicely organized. If by chance your car is too old and messy and you’d rather not both, you might consider donating your car to the National Kidney Foundation. Your old car can give new life to someone affected by kidney disease.

  • Help improve lives and donate your vehicle today.

  • We accept vehicles even if they no longer are running, as long as they have a title.

  • There is no cost to you, simply call us at 800.488.CARS (2277) or complete our online form.

  • Then schedule a pick up time that fits your schedule. You can make a difference in the lives of millions with kidney disease.