In our many blog posts on prepping and survival kits, we’ve covered first aid kits, bug-out bags, and emergency food kits, and even a mini-first aid kit for the wallet. We’ve also talked quite a bit about the types of emergency preparedness items you might store in the trunk of your car. Certainly, you can keep a full set of supplies in the trunk of your car, but you need to stop and get out of the vehicle to access those items. So this post is about a mini-survival kit for the glove compartment — something handy with a set of provisions for range of mini-emergencies.
My suggestions for the Glove Compartment Survival Kit:
1. Powerful yet small flashlight — my pick would be the Coast HP2 which is only 4-inches long, but gives you the same amount of light as a typical medium-size flashlight.
2. Small first aid kit — Don’t but one at a supermarket or department store. Those are mainly band-aids of various sizes; not much that would be truly useful in a mini-emergency. I suggest putting together your own mini-first aid kit:
One large zip-lock bag containing: some 2×2 and 4×4 gauze pads, 2 or 3 rolls of gauze, a small bandage scissors, a small roll of bandage tape, a few medium and large size band-aids, and a couple sets of 3M ‘SteriStrips’ (top quality butterfly bandages). Those SteriStrips can work almost as well as stitches in sealing a wound temporarily, while you seek professional medical care. The smallest antibiotic ointment tube you can find. And, if you don’t mind the expense, a QuikClot Sport gauze package to stop bleeding in larger wounds than even the largest band-aid can handle. If you already have an extensive home first aid kit, as I do, you can scavenge most of the above items from that kit.
3. Mini-bottle of water
4. Power bar
It’s nice if your car breaks down, or you are stuck in traffic, or you are delayed in getting to a destination, to have a quick snack available. Replace both of these items frequently, especially if the weather is hot.
5. Real paper map
Your smart phone has access to a myriad of maps, so does any vehicle GPS system. But the batteries can run down on the phone, and the car GPS system can be glitchy. It’s difficult to get a wide overview of the area from a vehicle GPS system. So it’s useful to have an old-fashioned paper map for your area. And I find that paper maps are much faster to use than my smartphone map apps.
6. Vehicle registration and proof of insurance (if required in your State). Useful in case you get pulled over by an officer of the law. I keep both in a clearly marked envelope, in case someone else is driving the car.
7. Alcohol wipes; hand sanitizing wipes
8. Pen and pad of paper
Add your suggestions in the comments below.