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10 Emergency Items to Keep in your Car Glove box.

Updated on September 24, 2015
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What to Keep in the Car Glove Box for Emergencies

I was in my car the other day heading out on a road trip down south of Sydney to the Southern Highlands of NSW to spend time with my daughter who recently moved there for work. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this part of the world the Southern Highlands is a beautiful, cool elevated region great for growing cool climate wines, particularly Mundrakoonah's Estate award winning Riesling; is 115 km and about an hour and a half south west of Sydney and incorporates the lovely villages of Bowral which was originally established as a rural retreat for Sydney's elite gentry and is most famous now for it's beautiful Tulip festival held each year, Moss Vale and Mittagong and is similar in feel to the Blue Mountains of NSW which are quite well known.

Anyway we were on the road enjoying the trip and I noticed a button had fallen off my coat. Now normally that's not a problem and it can easily be fixed when back home later in the day, but in the highlands a coat with a button on is preferable, especially on a freezing windy day, when the wind chill factor bites and jackets with buttons done up to keep out the draught are really needed. But not a problem I thought I always keep a needle and cotton in my glove box as well as other emergency items and that made me wonder what people keep in their glove box for emergencies so I thought I'd make a list of the 10 things I would most likely keep in mine. There are of course many other emergency items and they will of course differ according to the way people use their cars, for example if you are traveling long distances frequently compared to quick trips to work. Here are my list of necessary items.

Glove Box Necessities

1. Tweezers...are necessary to keep in your glove box for so many reasons including the most obvious one of removing the odd stray unwelcome eyebrow hair; or the removal of splinters, but if you wear glasses and have been in the position where the tiny screw that keeps your glasses together falls out, tweezers, are so much better than your fingers to place the screw back in the very small hole in your glasses.

2. Small scissors... for cutting off loose threads from clothing, cutting hard to open food packets etc

3. Needle and Thread...absolutely necessary for the inevitable button that just happens to pop off clothing at the most inopportune time and I include some safety pins as well.

4. Wet Ones or Moist Towelettes...good for so many uses such as cleansing your face, sticky fingers from food, coffee spills etc.

5. Medical Kit including paracetamol for an unexpected or expected headache, disinfectant cream or spray, band aids and bandage, stop itch, asthma pump etc.

6. Make up...a girl's just got to have it; and must include foundation, eye liner, mascara and lip gloss.

7. Spare Toothbrush & Toothpaste...for the obvious fresh breath. Hair Brush and hairspray...for the quick touch up job.

8. Face moisturizer and hand cream...are must haves to rehydrate both face and hands.

9. Torch...for finding the screws that fall out of glasses; baby toys,dummies,dropped food wedged down between seats in hard to get to places etc...or checking the motor or changing a Tyre in the likelihood of a break down in the dark.

10. Umbrella...who knows when it will next rain.

So this is my list. Do you have one? If so what would you include?

Emergency Items To Keep in Glove

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    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping by Au fait...Wow you guys sure have had a hot summer you'll be glad of the cool months ahead...and you are so right about some things should never be left in a glove box...the weather sure makes a difference...cheers

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      A very good list of items to keep handy wherever a person goes.

      I think the glove box is great for cooler climates, but here in Texas where just last week it was 106-107 degrees Fahrenheit every single day, anything you leave in your car is likely to melt, literally. The flashlight, sewing kit, scissors, and the umbrella would manage OK, but I think the other things would be best kept in a climate controlled place. Here in the states it really isn't safe to leave anything that even appears valuable in your car.

      Maybe your purse which you would hopefully take inside with you would work best for those items that are likely to melt. That's just here in the places where it gets unbearably hot. But in cooler climates, like I'm guessing England is, these things would be fine in the glove box. Great idea to keep them all handy. You never know when you'll be glad you have these things available.

      Excellent idea and hub. Voted up and useful!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi MJ it's so nice to meet you my new car enthusiast friend and oh so sorry about the picture of your dream car:) I had to take that pic, there is something about a car like that that turns this gal on!!!

      OMG! what a fantastic idea a his & hers glove box, I love that idea and wished I'd thought of that before I wrote this hub...thanks so much for dropping by,voting & sharing, cheers

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carter,

      Lovely hub on the all essentials a woman has to have! A few additions I have are a tube of fast orange hand cleanser (no water needed, great for that dreaded tyre change!) head torch which frees up the hands for make-up application and like moonlake I always travel with the toothpicks!! Great piece, voted up, useful interesting and sharing!:-)

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      5 years ago

      Hi carter,

      Love this hub and excellent advice. Except the Lippy I wouldn't have thought of these items, ha. My partner drives me mad by throwing out my little emergency tools for lots of the things on your list.

      I have to pick a bone with you. Imagine starting with a pic of my dream car the XK8 only because I'll never be able to afford an E-Type.

      The Jaguar is an "I wish" for me also and I'm just waiting for one to come up with a knackered engine then I'll pounce.

      I think it's time auto makers included a his and her glove box, ha. Thanks for writing, voted up, the rest and shared, great hub,


    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping in & commenting Kevin...looks like you've got an interesting website there...cheers

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      5 years ago

      I think all cars need to be equipped with emergency tips...

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      All great items to keep in your glove box Maralexa...but hey let's go with the Jag and then we don't have to worry:) Thanks for your comments & votes...cheers

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      What a wonderful hub! Great ideas here. I would add paper and pen/pencil. I would definitely add both water and sunglasses. And, may I assume you have a cell phone and car charger. (I would not keep either in my glove box but would want to have both on a trip out of town.) I would have one more thing, at least: a list of people to contact in case of emergency and a list of any allergies I may have.

      PS: And if I had a Jag convertible I wouldn't worry if all these things didn't fit in the glove box!!!

      Voted up and awesome!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Gee I love meeting interesting people like yourself pstraubie48 who experience such diverse important to have those blankets...and do come down under, you would be most may not need said blankets though...cheers

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right. I have 5 /half of those things in my car. One is a medical kit which does not fit in my glove box. The thread, needle, and tweezers are in the medical kit. I also have scissors. So, now i will collect the other items to stash in there. This really is a great bit of information.

      When I lived in South Dakota, we were always told to keep blankets and the foil warming blankets in case of a blizzard. My husband was glad he had those in his truck when he and hunting buddies were stranded for two days in the Black Hills. Being prepared is always a good thing. And, by the way, I write this to all of my new 'friends' on HubPages who are from Australia. That is one place on the planet I want to come before I leave the planet...

      Thanks for sharing with us.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi moonlake...great idea with the toothpicks & lip gloss...thanks so much for your comments & input...cheers

    • moonlake profile image


      6 years ago from America

      I keep most of this in my car including toothpicks and gloves. Never go anywhere without toothpicks. I hate eating lunch then going in a store to shop with food in my teeth. I also always have extra lip gloss, hand lotion and hand sanitizer in the car. Voted Up.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      You know I just assume that everyone uses their phone or gps these days...but thanks for your input and for great ideas...

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      A first aid kit is always a good idea to have with you anywhere. A map is also a good idea to have when travelling.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thank you handymanbill, good of you to comment and the gloves are a fantastic idea(disposable right?)


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      6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Gloves, Flashlight, Firstaid kit and my AAA Card. I travel light. Great hub. Nice Ideas.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comment Crystal & both of yours are great ideas & very much needed...cheers

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Very good ideas - I can't tell you how often I've wished had moist towlettes...I'd also add tissue and a ponytail holder, just from my own personal experience!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping by Victoria...gosh I don't know how I forgot deodorant it's so necessary!! good choice...

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I wouldn't keep the makeup and hairspray, but I like to keep deodorant or anti-perspirant in my car, as sometimes I forget to put it on in the mornings! Nice list, though. Useful hub!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Such welcome & kind comments my little FB friend :) and thanks for your votes... keep writing your fab hubs...cheers

    • janikon profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      If I had a car I would totally have all of these things (though, maybe not the hairspray or the bag of makeup) and revel in my organization. I think this is a really important hub because it anticipates any situation one may find themselves in and has something to aide them. Voted up. Useful and Interesting.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Natasha for the heads up & for your votes, very sweet of you... will head over and see what the problem is, thanks again...cheers

    • Natashalh profile image


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I wanted to vote for sunglasses and bottled water, but it wouldn't let me! I like your idea to include a flashlight. I always keep a first aide kit, too! Voted useful.


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