9 Must-Haves for your Glove Box or Car

Attitude is the most important survival skill.  Objective setting and critical thinking are next.  Quality gear, especially gear that is within arm’s reach, can be a force multiplier (a force multiplier is defined as “capability that, when added to and employed by a force, significantly increases the potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.”)


The following  items can easily fit in the glove box of an automobile.

1) Road Atlas/Printed Maps

Smart phones, tablets, and GPS devices are effective, and should be carried. Paper maps and atlases should be carried as well, as networks can go down, and batteries can die.  Why not have an atlas or map of the area you are living in or traveling through?

2) Wrist Compass


This tiny item can be a confidence-builder and a life-saver! While the ability to read and navigate a terrain map is recommended, the addition of a wrist compass like the one pictured can enable a person to at least lead, follow, or embark on an emergency heading.


3) Headlamp


small headlamp takes up very little space and can be worn while working or walking.  Imagine the benefit of having both hands available to work, rather than needing a “flash light holder.”


4) Water Purification 


You never know when you wont have clean water handy. There's many ways to purify your water. 


5) Folding Knife and Fire-Starter


Tool-Logic designed this multi-use survival tool that can clip to a belt or fit in a pocket. 


6) Alcohol Swabs


Alcohol swabs can be used to clean cuts and scrapes, of course, and they also make excellent fire-starters.  Use the Tool-Logic knife mentioned above to spark an alcohol swab as tinder.


7) Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is sometimes controversial as a weapon for use in defense against human assailants, though I recommend it.  It works great against animals as well, as I have seen it stop a dog from approaching a stroller!


8) Face Mask


This addition may seem odd, but what if you were in an area with wildfires burning or a huge dust storm? There are numerous scenarios in which air becomes difficult and even dangerous to breathe.


9) Ziploc Bag


Lastly, a Ziploc bag can be added to the glove box, as an impromptu means of carrying the other items, or even as a water collection device (for water to be purified with a life straw.)




Source: http://thesurvivalmom.com/items-glove-box-trunk/ by John Heatherly








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