Introduction: Survival Items for Your Vehicle's Glove Box
Your glove box may be your first line of defense in a car related Emergency.
The Key is to plan ahead. I'll assume you already have a 72 Hour Survival Kit in your vehicle but you can't reach it yet. Perhaps your belt won't release, or you are hanging upside down.
The first item is gloves. In a crisis, you want to protect to hands from the weather and cuts. You may be about to use a knife to get free.
The Second Items is a knife or multifunction tool - IF you don't wear one or as a back up.
Step 1: What's a Survival Blanket Among Friends?
Emergency Survival Blankets are in my glove box for three reasons:
* If I'm unable to reach my 72 hour bag, I can reach the one in the glove box.
* If I'm sharing the car with a guest, we would each have a blanket.
* If there are people in front and back seats, each area would have a blanket to share.
Mylar blankets are light weight and inexpensive but they retain 90% of your body heat in a good situation.
BEWARE around fire. This is for a last resort Survival Blanket, sun or rain protection, but mostly to save your heat. Even Deserts are cold at night.
Step 2: Heat May Not Be the Only Problem!
My Glove Box has a Survival Poncho for the same basic reasons as the Emergency Blanket thinking. It's another layer capturing body heat or could be a personal tent to keep you less uncomfortable.
In an extreme, it could be Duct Taped over a window to keep out wind and rain.
Step 3: You Bet Your Life on Survival Knowledge
There is an old Survival Saying: "You are Only as Sharp as Your Knife."
If you have no tool to cut your seat belt loose if it's jammed, --- You are not very sharp.
My car glove boxes (in front of passenger or between seats) has a Large Knife or Multi-function Tool.
Step 4: "Wet Your Whistle" With a Survival Basic
I carry an emergency whistle around my neck. Survival Planning or Strategic Thinking helps me realize that a visitor in my vehicle might not know That, if I were unconscious.
There is An Extra Whistle in my glove box, In a survival emergency, IF we were buried under rubble or if we're out of site of the road, a whistle could be the game changer as it can be heard further. If your passenger can breath, they can ...? - - - That's right! They can whistle.
Step 5: Simple Survival Tools - Knife, Fork, Spoon
A great glove box contains a Knife, Fork and Spoon. <<**These might be part of your Multi-function Tool.>>
If you are trapped in your vehicle for hours, traditional tools can come in handy. A can opener** and the big 3 could open groceries.
The mere fact you have these familiar tools can be a comfort - a reminder of better times and your pre-planning.
The photo shows a Scouting, almost-flat, knife, fork and spoon set.
Step 6: Sewing, Shaving & Survival Planning?
Really! A great glove box has an emergency sewing kit. On the 'daily' end, I carry white and black shirt buttons plus a variety of colored thread, safety pins and needles. While walking into make a presentation to strangers, my pant leg caught on s bit of metal and tore open from ankle to hip. My sewing kit saved my day.
BUT, a sewing kit could save your life. Long range, why I carry the kit is for emergency surgery.
The hand-held shaver has both uses too. I cut off hairs I missed while shaving - or I could prep an area for surgery.
No one likes to think about a crisis but imagine your child or best friend is bleeding. You should have the tools to help if possible.
Step 7: More Survival Food and Water Please
In an emergency, I'd rather have too much than too little if an Survival Gear. I keep an "Energy" bar in the glove box in case I can't reach my 72 hour bag.
While water is not directly in the glove box - unless you have the new refrigerator style model coolers - I suggest water in a couple of places in the main compartment. I have a case within reach on the floor of the back seat. My wife has a case in the back of her SUV.
Step 8: Survial BONUS: Keep Reading
There should also be an Envelope with your latest emergency contact info, auto registration and Proof of Insurance. Make sure it's easy to find - top in the glove box. Police like it better when you don't waste their time.
For more on Survival Checklist ideas, click "Free Survival Checklists".
Remember: Keep your life in balance. Enjoy the Best, but Prepare for the Worst.