Summer Driving: Your Glove Box Survival Kit

Don’t get caught unprepared on the road this summer. Stock your glove box with these 10 items and you’ll be ready for anything summer driving can bring!

Summer driving glove box essentials

Out-of-state family reunion? Road trip with friends? Weekend at the beach or lake? Whatever your plans this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be spending a lot of it cooped up in your car. So, to help you get by (and as an addition to our standard year-round car safety must-haves), we’ve put together the ultimate glove box survival kit for the summertime road warrior.

Here are 10 things you need to have in your glove box this summer.

1.  Spare sunglasses

It can be hard enough to keep your focus on the road during long trips, and the blazing sun doesn’t help. Don’t be the driver who leaves their sunnies on the diner table at breakfast and has to squint for the rest of the journey. Instead, keep a back-up pair in the glove box, ideally with polarized lenses to help reduce glare. Check out this expert advice on selecting the right sunglasses.

2.   Quarters

Always, always have a roll of quarters in your glove box for unexpected road tolls, quick ice cream pit stops, and, of course, the parking meter outside said ice cream shop. And make sure to replace used quarters when you return home.

3.   Hand wipes

These will come in handy when dealing with the aftermath of the aforementioned ice cream run. Have some kind of wipes at the ready to ensure you’re equipped to deal with any sticky messes, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

4.   Sunscreen and lip balm

This one almost goes without saying. If there’s something you don’t want to be without during the hot summer months, it’s sunscreen. Keeping spare sunscreen and lip balm with SPF in the car will prevent you from having to pay expensive gas station prices in a pinch. And you should probably slather some on before you jump in the driver’s seat because UV rays are powerful enough to do damage through your car windows.

5.   Headlamp

Having a flashlight in your car is a must all year round, but a headlamp can come in extra handy during the summer months. Want to perfect those campfire s’mores in the dark? A headlamp will be your best friend.

6.   Multi-purpose tool

So you parked the car and are ready to crack open a drink and settle in for the night … only to realize you forgot to pack the bottle opener. No worries! You have your handy multi-purpose tool in the glove box. As well as a bottle opener and corkscrew, you also have scissors to cut rogue threads, a nail file to smooth down a rogue nail, and a toothpick for rogue foodstuffs after a BBQ. Never go on a road trip without one.

7.   Bug spray

Don’t let mosquitoes get the best of you when traveling during hot summer months, especially in overgrown terrain or near standing water. A small can of insect repellent in your glove box can come to the rescue.

8.   Spare toothbrush and toothpaste

If you’ve ever left your toothbrush in a motel bathroom, then you’ll agree. Don’t put a damper on your journey by detouring to find a gas station that sells toothbrushes — just keep one in your glove box instead.

9.   Wireless speakers

From a beach bonfire to camping in the woods, great tunes are a must. Now you can bring the music with you wherever you’re heading, even when you’re on the road. These are CNET’s recommendations for the best wireless speakers.

10.  Stain removal pen

Any chance you’ll be indulging in BBQ ribs, red wine, or s’mores? Trust us, you’ll be happy you brought it.

And don’t forget your insurance ID card

No matter where your car takes you this summer, make sure you’ve got your insurance docs on hand. If you’re an Esurance customer, you can download our app so you’ll always have your ID card with you.

Make road trips even better with Fuelcaster™

Another way to prepare before hitting the road this summer? Get Fuelcaster — the gas price predictor™. This website predicts whether gas prices are expected to rise or fall tomorrow. That way, you can decide whether it’s better to fill up today or wait. If you need gas pronto, it can also help you navigate to the closest gas stations with the cheapest gas.

Related links

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10 Tips for a Successful Car-Camping Road Trip

10 Responses to “Summer Driving: Your Glove Box Survival Kit”

  1. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    Louise McK8chab
    August 18, 2014 #

    I taught seminars and classroom defensive driving to people re: Defensive drivers! It's a known fact that it takes a person 4-8 seconds to react to hitting the brakes. If someone is behind you and too close slow down until the idiot passes you! It should be a requirement! Your right foot should be ready all the time. Heel up. Seat belts on. Full stops!! Look all ways, meaning side ways, in back and front. There's always a person that's going to try and run a light. Older people, whose reaction times may be slower, should try to avoid rush hours. Perhaps take side streets. And all people should have a sticker who says, I drive responsiblty! Thanks. Louise McKichan

  2. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    Andrew Rodamaker
    November 13, 2014 #

    Don't forget to always be prepared for these unsafe and hazardous road conditions. Always be ready for the unexpected. Carry a flashlight, tiring changing supplies, reflective triangles, and some water just in case your stuck out for several hours. You just never know what the day has in store with driving conditions.

    • Avatar for Sarah Evans
      L H
      August 14, 2015 #

      Good ideal.

  3. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    Jed Scovill
    July 2, 2015 #

    UV can not travel through glass!

    • Avatar for Sarah Evans
      Theli Andra
      July 14, 2015 #

      UVB cannot, but UVA can partially pass through.

  4. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    Cecil T
    July 16, 2015 #

    Very helpful tips, but take in mind what type of climate you are going to be driving and parking in. Some of the items are better kept on one's person thanks the glove box. In places with high temps, sunscreen and batteries can be compromised. In hot places, you even have to be careful where you carry standard lipstick style lip balm in on your person. I find big wipes are better than an aerosol can in heat as well, but put those in a sealed plastic bag so they don't dry out. I would add to this some type of folding hat for those climates and always keep drinking water in the car.

  5. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    July 17, 2015 #

    Cecil T is exactly right. In Dallas, in the summer, almost everything mentioned will either melt or explode if left in a car. Even for just two hours. Best thing to have in your car in Texas in the summer? BBQ gloves for driving! ;-)

  6. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    John J.
    July 21, 2015 #

    Duct tape ! Never leave home without it.

  7. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    July 22, 2015 #

    Tell that to my right arm which is several shades darker than my left.

  8. Avatar for Sarah Evans
    July 28, 2015 #

    A cable hoist with an extra extension cable to pull your car out of ditches or holes. A dc-powered air-compressor for re-inflating tires. Duct tape, hook up wire, extra fuses, an alcohol stove with fuel, small cook pot, gas can, pail/bucket, and siphon hose. Hatchet, large black trash bags, fire starter, knife, fork, spoon, can opener, safety orange tape, solar battery charger of cellphone. Quart of oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid.

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