We all stash items from time-to-time, but what is essential to carry in your glove compartment?

I'm not sure about you, but each time I attempt to retrieve something from my glove compartment, I find it nearly impossible to close it again. I recognize that I have collected too many items, but I wonder what needs to stay as I clean it out.

First things first. I initially thought that the glove box and glove compartment were synonymous. I was wrong. The area in your car, typically within the dashboard, that can hold various items of importance is a glove compartment. A glove box is a rectangular piece of medical equipment with gloves built into the side that's used in hospitals and labs.

The history of the glove compartment is quite fascinating. The glove compartment dates back to the early 1900s when automobiles were still called "horseless carriages." Carriages had a barrier in the front to protect passengers from mud and other particles kicked up by horses. Automobiles didn't need that protection as they were self-propelled. Designers, instead, created a box in the front for storage.

"While some say the term "glove compartment" arose naturally (because gloves were the one item you wouldn't necessarily wear beyond the car, and thus were stored in it), she definitively offered up the early advice to store one's gloves in it: 'You will find room for these gloves in the little drawer under the seat of the car. This little drawer is the secret of the dainty motoriste.'" ~Dorothy Levitt

Consider storing similar items together in canvas or plastic storage bags. We all know how quickly a glove compartment can become a nightmare.

Must-Haves to Keep in Your Glove Compartment:

  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Car Registration
  • Car User's Manual
  • Deck of Cards
  • Disposable Masks (Thank you, COVID-19.)
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Ketchup Packet
  • Napkins
  • Gloves (Really, it's in the name!)
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Snacks
  • Straws
  • Vomit Bag

What do you keep in your glove box? Tell us in the comments below.