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    34 Practical Things You'll Be Glad You Have In Your Car

    Vent-cleaning slime, a waterproof trash can, a mask clip that resembles your Starbucks order, and other items you'll pat yourself on the back for having while you get from one point to another.

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    1. A jar of dust cleaning gel that'll get into all sorts of nooks and crannies for some actually fun cleaning.

    @lollyjaneblog / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "When I first saw this product I thought 'No way is that really going to work' but for the price, it was worth a try. I got it within two days of purchasing it — and it truly works. I immediately used it on my laptop keyboard and my PC keyboard. It really did pull all of the dust and whatnot out from in between the keys. It feels damp to your skin and doesn't really leave a residue, the smell is not harsh and is really barely there (not like an antiseptic or harsh chemical at all). I really like it." —BRickard

    Get it from Amazon for $8.39.

    2. A chic(?!) cupholder trash can for catching all those squeezed-dry sauce pockets, straw wrappers, and receipts you no longer require.

    cup-size garbage can with gold glam lid

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    3. And a larger waterproof trash bin the whole fam can use to toss their stuff someplace that isn't the floorboard.

    cube-shape car trash can in a flamingo print with storage pockets on the front and sides

    BRB, buying this for my Uncle Bill.

    Promising review: "This garbage bin works so well with my sedan!!! First of all, the small-sized bin fits my car perfectly. Plus, it stops the garbage from producing weird smell in the car, not even to mention that those small little bugs. Now, I am not afraid of having garbage in my car." —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five colors; check out a similar trash can in solid colors for $14.87+).

    4. A Starbucks or a minimalist honeycomb face mask holder so you won't have to resort to hanging your go-to from the rear view mirror where it's been blocking your view.

    Soom Natural Handmade / Etsy, Sarah Thurman Design / Etsy

    Get them from Etsy: Starbucks clip from Soom Natural Handmade on Etsy for $2.50+ (available in a variety of designs) or honeycomb clip from Sarah Thurman Design for $8

    And while you're at it, keep a mask bracket you can wear with your face protection to give your mouth a little more breathing room.

    5. A spring-loaded coin holder that'll fit nicely into a cup holder and help you make speedier money moves in the drive-thru.

    person holding the coin holder in one hand

    Promising review: "This product works great! For years I have stored coins in the driver’s side door handle slot (‘05 Buick LaCrosse) and now in a plastic dish placed in the tan towel area seen in the photo (‘18 Prius). The coin organizer fits perfectly in the center console cupholder. It’s perfect for accessing exact change when in a drive-thru line. The coins easily slide in and out of their spring-loaded slots." —haparnold

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    6. A Chewbacca seatbelt cover so The Force (rather than rubs and seatbelt burns) will always be with you.


    Promising review: "I love the comfort of this seatbelt cover as I have a pacemaker and this item provided comfort. I recommend this product for the cushion it provides AND it looks so clever on the seatbelt. The cover moves easily over the seatbelt as it is unhooked. Great idea for me and driving is no longer a struggle keeping the seatbelt pressure off my pacer.... an issue I've had since I was very young. For those without a pacemaker, this item is so cute on the seatbelt, a real conversation piece. Try it for yourself and you'll understand how much I like it." —tim sager

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    7. Or a medical alert seatbelt tag because it's always great to be prepared and this'll catch anyone's eye ASAP who needs to see it.

    row of seat belt covers with Type 1 Diabetic medical alert on it
    Sew Good By Dolores / Etsy

    Sew Good By Dolores is an Hot Springs Village, Arkansas-based shop that specializes in medical alert seatbelt wraps and custom designed pillows.

    Promising review: "Ordered this for my son's car seat because he is a stroke survivor, has CP, is nonverbal and nonmobile. Liked it so well we ordered another for his stroller. It was no problem getting it customized to him, I loved that. Would definitely order again!! PS. both orders were here in four days, unbelievable!!" —stevenhillcrown

    Get it from Sew Good By Dolores on Etsy for $17.50+ (available in a variety of color combos and text).

    8. A pair of low-key seat gap fillers you may have eyed on Shark Tank and wished you'd invented them yourself.,

    Promising review: "Never drop and lose your stuff again! I purchased these over six months ago and ended up buying another because of how convenient and safe it is. The stitching and quality for the seat filler is great with no loose fibers. This was used in a 2000 Honda Accord as well as a 2016 RAV4. I really believe this will fit a majority of cars, see images for reference.

    Having it between the seats has saved me on many occasions. You don't even notice it there until you drop something, say oh ****, but feel relieved that it stops right on top of the gap filler. Even my friends don't notice it until they drop something into the abyss." —Long-Term Product Reviews by Hugh&Co.

    Get two from Amazon for $22.99.

    9. Bunny-like cable clips that'll keep your charger in just the right place where you like it.

    orange cable clip with bunny ears on the console holding a charging cable in place

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    10. A dip clip that'll hold your sauce while you eat in the best spot in the joint. No one deserves dry nuggets.,

    Promising review: "I love these!!! The part that grips on to your vent, is actually a very tough cushion that keep the weight of the Saucemote with ketchup container, from sliding down. I usually now keep one in my Jeep and a second in my purse for use when I’m in someone else’s car!" —Gillian

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.90. Also check out a french fry holder if you're looking to live life to the fullest.

    11. And a steering wheel desk you *could* use for your laptop OR for an impromptu gourmet feast. Maybe both. You have range!,

    Promising review: "As an outside sales rep, I sometimes feel like I live in my car. This dual-purpose tray is a must-have if you need a well-positioned mobile desk or a less awkward way to eat (and avoid wearing) your lunch. It's nice that both sides are functional — a food tray complete with a cup holder on one side, and a smooth flat writing surface on the other. You won't have to worry about getting grease or food residue on your paperwork! Also works well with small laptops or your iPad. Made of high-impact plastic, it won't melt or warp if you leave it sitting in your hot car... virtually indestructible. I can't imagine how I lived without one of these for so many years!" —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. A visor tissue holder fit for a royal's snotty nose.

    hand pulling tissues out of visor holder that has a rhinestone crown design on it

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (also check out a completely bedazzled version for $17.99 or a plain black leather version for $13.79).

    13. A flashy lil' document holder to help you track down your registration and insurance info faster in the depths of your glove box.

    light pink metallic organizer for car documents

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A set of universal purse holder hooks in case you rarely travel with just one bag or often find yourself putting your groceries in the back seat.

    back of a car seat with the hooks attached to the head rest with a bag hanging from it

    Promising review: "I have been trying to find something for years to keep the kids' car headphones off the floor after having to buy multiple pairs because they kept stepping on them — these hooks were the perfect solution." —Meghan O. Bedair

    Get two from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in beige and black).

    15. Or some leather and stainless headrest hangers if you really wanna step it up for anyone in the backseat.

    @lollyjaneblog / Via,

    Promising review: "These hooks fit perfectly. The leather matched my vehicle just like they came with it. Easy to install, keeps my laptop bag and purse off the floor or sliding off the seat when stopping or turning while driving." —TigerLily

    Get them from Amazon for $11.68+ (available in three colors)

    16. A dog booster seat with a seatbelt that attaches to your pup's collar. Gone are the days of your furry BFF "helping" you navigate by sticking their wet lil' nose in your ear while you're weaving through traffic., Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect size for small dog. It actually comes with a seat belt that you attach to your dog's collar." —Morena

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    17. An adorable phone holder with an embrace wide enough to fit most phones because nothing looks as bad as unsafe driving [insert guilt-inducing mom stare].

    Promising review: "I've tried several car phone holders, and this one is by far one of the best. The latches adjust to your phone as you place the phone in the holder making a tight grip, I've been on some bumpy roads and has not fallen once phone nor holder. Need to charge your phone while driving? No problem at all, the little gap on the bottom lets you plug right in." —Luis Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

    18. A colorful car organizer you can strap in with a seatbelt or nestle in between seats. And you can easily change your mind with this because it'll easily move from one spot to another.

    gray organizer with two cup holders, two large sections to hold toys

    Promising review: "I was so impressed with this holder. It kept all her car side crafts organized with room for her drinks and toys while traveling. The fact that the seat belt secures to the unit keeps it from sliding around. My daughter loves it and looks forward to car rides now! Hubby wants one for his car 🤗" —CMill

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four color combos).

    19. Universal fit seat covers to guard your poor driver's seat from your drive-thru french fry habit.

    inside of a car with the two black and snowflower print

    Promising review: "Love these covers! The material is really soft and better quality than I was expecting! Absolutely love the pattern and really brightens up my car! Also really liked how the patterns weren’t the exact same on each cover. Easy enough to install and hooks weren’t too hard to connect." —Angelica Whitley

    Get two from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 42 patterns).

    20. A Golden Girls windshield shade to help keep your vehicle's contents cool while the convo remains sizzling.


    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    21. Agate-look drink coasters that'll help soak up the condensation from your McD's Diet Coke. IDK how they do it, but it really does just taste different.

    top down view of the drink coasters in a drink cup holder

    Promising review: "Fit the car cup holders well and does not rattle when there is not a drink. I have not noticed any condensation from a cup in the cup holder since getting this item." —jmg77584

    Get them from Amazon for $7.59+ (available in several combos).

    22. A lidded trunk organizer you'll be able to put SO MUCH into. Finally, you you'll tidy up your vehicle without displaying its contents to the world!

    reviewer's SUV trunk with the covered organizer in the back

    Promising review: "Pleasantly surprised with the quality of this organizer. It was more sturdy or rigid than I expected. And I like that the top lid is easily placed on and off with Velcro. I believe it could get a few years use before replacement." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in gray and black).

    23. A small but mighty safety hammer emergency escape tool might look cute on your car's visor but it'll cut off your seat belt and help you break glass should you need that (hopefully not).

    @toponlinefinds / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with the quality — so pleased, it makes me want to try it out, but I don't want to have to replace a car or house window. I purchased this after seeing a survival video saying most people drown when their vehicle goes into water because their first response is to call 911 instead of getting out. Makes sense. The hammer is relatively heavy so I stowed it in my center console as I was afraid the weight would cause issues if I strapped it onto the visor." —Wifey

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A bamboo charcoal air purifier you can toss in your car and forget about it. Say buh-bye to weird pet, smoke, and all sorts of other odors.

    pyramid-shaped bamboo bag with a dog behind it

    You just have to place the bag in the sun (like say, on top of your car?!) once a month to for one to two hours to ~refresh~ its odor-neutralizing powers.

    Promising review: "I love the bags. I smoke but I don't want you to get into my car and smell smoke and these do it for me. I don't like heavy smell of sprays and perfume smell, So that's were the air purifying bags come in they are just right." —Shelly Shell

    Get four from Amazon for $24.95.

    25. And if you're a smoker (or drive around a smoker), this cup holder ashtray will look so much nicer than stray butts or repurposed soda cans.

    person putting their cigarette out in a light-up ash tray that fits in a car cup holder

    Promising review: "Just what I wanted for my car. They don't come with ashtrays anymore. This fits in the cup holder, has a cool blue light when the lid is lifted, holds two cigs, and no more lit cigarettes flying back into my lap when flicked out the window. Thank you from those of us who still crave a cig while driving." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    26. A lithium car jump starter for a little backup that can jump start 12V cars, SUVs, trucks or vans up to 30 times on a full charge. (Psst, it also charges phones and tablets.)


    Includes the jump starter, smart jumper cables, wall charger, car charger, USB cable, cigarette lighter socket adapter, carrying case and two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "I just used it for the very first time. Keep in mind it has been stored in my pickup, in Texas, since purchase with its first and only charge. When I turned it on it still had 95% of the initial charge. WOW. It fired up the riding mower I used it on no problem and only reduced the remaining battery power down to 85%. GREAT LITTLE UNIT." —Veronica B

    Get it from Amazon for $59.49.

    27. Some trimmable floor mats built to stand up to the elements because you're not going to wipe off your drenched shoes before you duck into your car during a downpour.

    inside of a car with a gray floor mat

    AND if you're wondering "But will it fit my car?" Amazon has a Check Fit option for this product where you can enter your vehicle's year, make, and model to help you find the perfect fit. Oh, and they're trimmable!

    Promising review: "Very nice, easily cleanable mats. I just take them out of the car and wash them with the car washing brush. I wish I had bought them sooner instead of wearing out two sets of those chintzy synthetic carpet mats which never really came clean in my dusty rural area and allowed my right heel to wear a hole in them after only a couple of years of driving. Even a blob of shoe goo didn't last long, and looked dumb." —Critical Thinker

    Get it from Amazon for $18.19+ (available in three styles).

    28. And protective kick mats because no matter how many times you say "Stop kicking!" your kids keep on doing it like it's their job, leaving their tiny, adorable scuff marks on your nice leather.

    inside of a mini van with seat protectors on the back of the two front seats

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these!! I bought a Forester a couple of weeks ago and was freaking out about the light colored cloth interior with a toddler and infant in the back seat. They fit wonderfully! Top and bottom buckle straps are both adjustable. The bottom strap is elastic, so if it doesn't fully tuck into your seats, it will stretch out of your way when you sit in the seat and is stretchy enough that it doesn't bother the driver or passenger's back/butt area. Have not had to clean it yet, but it's material similar to my travel changing pad which wipes clean super easily!" —Sarah M

    Get two from Amazon for $12.69.

    29. An expandable cup holder so your actual child-size soda from the drive-thru can snugly fit while you show the yellow light who's boss.

    @toponlinefinds / Via, Amazon

    It has an expandable base of 2.5-3.75-inch diameters which can fit most 32- to 40-oz bottles and in 3.4-3.8-inch diameter cup holders.

    Promising review: "Chyuhh! This cup holder/expander is excellent!! I was pleasantly surprised with the materials — very sturdy. Also, it. does. not. rattle! For those of you who can’t get enough of the larger Hydro Flask/Yetis and are tired of them flying off of your passenger seat onto the floorboard, praise be this little guy. Do yourself a favor and just shell out the $25. So here’s the compatibility breakdown (mind you, this is not all-inclusive, just validation for my gear): Hydro Flask 32-oz, Hydro Flask 40-oz, Yeti Rambler 26-oz, Yeti Rambler 30-oz, Camelbak Chute Mag 32-oz, Camelbak Chute Mag 40-oz (it’s tight, but fits), S’well Traveler: 16- and 20-oz, and the Nalgene bottle: 32-oz. Cheers!" —Chelsea Marquart

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    30. Or a cupholder adapter with a slit to fit in your coffee mug handle., Amazon

    Promising review: "This cup holder absolutely fits in a 2019 Tacoma, which is great because none of the twelve cup holders will accommodate an actual coffee mug. Seems fairly secure with the help of the cozy that comes with it. Fits nicely in the front console cupholders without too much wiggling. The pic shows my Hydro Flask fitting with just a bit of room left over. I feel that this will be enough to stabilize it." —the delta druid

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    31. A mesh organizer to help you stow away essentials within arm's reach *or* keep your dog in the backseat so you can concentrate on getting where you're going.


    Promising review: "I love this thing! I have two dogs who have no idea they are supposed to be 'backseat dogs' and they try to crawl all over me while I am driving. This net keeps them in the back area of my SUV and also holds all of their walking goodies for when we go to the park. I am unable to use the doggy seat belt with them because they choke themselves trying to get in the front. This gives them ample space to move around without being a hazard to me while driving. PLUS all of their stuff is kept neatly in one place instead of being thrown all over the car. SCORE!!" —Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

    32. A car power inverter might just do everything except file your taxes. It has two AC outlets, two USB charging ports, a car adapter, and a car cigarette lighter socket. Whew!

    A photo of the car power converter in a cup holder of a car.

    Promising review: "Out of the four inverters I have, this is the best. It charges both of my phones, my GPS, and laptop all at once, no issues. The fan is a little loud but that comes with the territory. The inverter part can be turned off independently and you can still use the USB and 12V ports without the inverter and fan noise." —Shane Boor

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    33. A first-aid kit in a sturdy, weatherproof case that'll take all sorts of hard knocks in your trunk or under your backseat 'til you need it.

    the open kit with various parts inside of it

    57 first aid supplies sufficient to treat up to 10 people with 16 adhesive plastic bandages, 10 antiseptic towelettes, 1 gauze roll, 2 fingertip fabric bandages, 1 first aid guide, 1 first aid tape, 6 burn cream pacekts, 2 knuckle fabric bandages, 4 exam gloves, 1 pair of scissors, 4 gauze pads, 1 trauma pad, 1 triangular bandage, 6 trip antibiotic ointment packets, and 1 pair of tweezers.

    Promising review: "I like to be prepared, and I have an awesome, comprehensive kit that I put together myself for my home. I needed an easy kit for the car that would not break the bank, and this kit seemed to fit the bill. I was pleasantly surprised of all the goodies it contains considering the size and price point. You will not be disappointed!" —Kat J

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    34. And some cheery Welly fabric bandages with some major flexibility and strength that'll stick with you for the whole road trip. Trust me: I, a very clumsy person, swear by them!

    various sized tie-dy print badges

    Plus, they come in a heavy-duty metal tin that won't get smushed in your trunk!

    Get a 48-pack from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in six pattern sets).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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