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23 Practical Things For Your Car That People Actually Swear By

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1. A pair of back seat head rest hooks so you can snap these on, hang up your purse, and listen to Car Seat Headrest without worry.

Promising review: "I ordered a pair of these hooks for my wife's car so she'd have places to hang her waste bin, purse, and other bags. They went on with a quick snap. And they have stayed in place with no issues.” —BasemanGet a set of two from Amazon for $5.99.
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Promising review: "I ordered a pair of these hooks for my wife's car so she'd have places to hang her waste bin, purse, and other bags. They went on with a quick snap. And they have stayed in place with no issues.” —Baseman

Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99.

2. A lint-free car duster people swear by, as will you, for keeping your car shiny and dust-free on the daily.

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Promising review: "I’m extremely fussy about keeping my Ram 2500 clean — I do some type of detailing every morning before leaving for work because the truck lives outside, and there is so much dust and pollen here that there’s always a fuzzy coating on it. The Ultimate Car Duster does an amazing job of lifting the dust away while being gentle on the paint. Get the large size with extendable handle if you have a large vehicle — it’s worth it. I’ve got a collection of different brands of dusters, and the Ultimate does the best job — removes the dust instead of pushing it around." —Robert M.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available as a single brush or set).

3. An aux cord to easily hook your smart phone up to the car, and show everyone who the overlord of good bops is (it's you).

Promising review: "A fantastic audio cable. I was skeptical at first but the cable is highly durable and the connection from my phone to my car is solid! No static so no issues. It's very durable and I regret wasting money in the past on the cheap ones you see online and in stores. They also have a guarantee card in the box. If you aren't happy they refund it or replace. I am buying another one for my work car today!" —Chris BrittGet it from Amazon for $5.49.
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Promising review: "A fantastic audio cable. I was skeptical at first but the cable is highly durable and the connection from my phone to my car is solid! No static so no issues. It's very durable and I regret wasting money in the past on the cheap ones you see online and in stores. They also have a guarantee card in the box. If you aren't happy they refund it or replace. I am buying another one for my work car today!" —Chris Britt

Get it from Amazon for $5.49.

4. A blindspot mirror for anyone who still has their dad's voice yelling "check your blind spot!" every time you switch lanes — make dad proud.

Promising review: "I really like these mirrors. The extended length provides a wide field of view, and they are adjustable vertically for proper view regardless of driver height. I would definitely purchase these again, as they are the best I have found." —RSHGet them from Amazon for $10.44.
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Promising review: "I really like these mirrors. The extended length provides a wide field of view, and they are adjustable vertically for proper view regardless of driver height. I would definitely purchase these again, as they are the best I have found." —RSH

Get them from Amazon for $10.44.

5. A waterproof non-slip trunk organizer so you can keep all the junk in the trunk organized and tidy.

Promising review: "I was so happy with this when it came! It's the perfect size for the trunk space in my Subaru Outback, it's super durable and the bottom spacers make it feel extra sturdy. I love to organize clutter in my storage area, so this has really been a great solution. It fits all of my emergency gear, changes of clothes, and the outside mesh pockets are great for my bike tools. I'm so happy with it I'm actually ordering a second for my groceries!" —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $25.99.
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Promising review: "I was so happy with this when it came! It's the perfect size for the trunk space in my Subaru Outback, it's super durable and the bottom spacers make it feel extra sturdy. I love to organize clutter in my storage area, so this has really been a great solution. It fits all of my emergency gear, changes of clothes, and the outside mesh pockets are great for my bike tools. I'm so happy with it I'm actually ordering a second for my groceries!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

6. A headlight lens restoration system that'll stop this conversation from happening ever again: "We're going in a tunnel, turn your lights on." "They are on 😬."

Promising review: "These 13 year old stock headlights had never received any treatment, and had major oxidation buildup. The car is still in mint condition and has been touched up with paint a couple times, but the cloudy headlight was an eyesore! I read reviews before purchasing and was confident I can handle the work. I followed instructions carefully, and went back and forth between the 800 grit and wet trizact 3000 sand before I moved onto the buffing with rubbing compound. As soon as I buffed out the lens, it became clearer! I was so amazed at the results, and proud of it. I also purchased and used the Meguire’s headlight clear coat to help protect the lens, which is supposed to last up to a year. I would definitely buy this again." —PuffinGet it from Amazon for $10.50.
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Promising review: "These 13 year old stock headlights had never received any treatment, and had major oxidation buildup. The car is still in mint condition and has been touched up with paint a couple times, but the cloudy headlight was an eyesore! I read reviews before purchasing and was confident I can handle the work. I followed instructions carefully, and went back and forth between the 800 grit and wet trizact 3000 sand before I moved onto the buffing with rubbing compound. As soon as I buffed out the lens, it became clearer! I was so amazed at the results, and proud of it. I also purchased and used the Meguire’s headlight clear coat to help protect the lens, which is supposed to last up to a year. I would definitely buy this again." —Puffin

Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

7. An orthopedic cushion people swear by for staying comfy on long drives; so even if your back-seat driver isn't supportive, at least this cushion will be.

Promising review: "The rubberized dots on the reverse side stay in place on my car's seat when I sit inside my car. The memory foam supports my lower body, and keeps me from shifting positions on long drives. I have used a similar cushion from another manufacturer, and I have to say the material covering this memory foam cushion is superior. I will continue to purchase this product and will recommend it to all my friends and relatives." —Michael SnowGet it from Amazon for $29.95.
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Promising review: "The rubberized dots on the reverse side stay in place on my car's seat when I sit inside my car. The memory foam supports my lower body, and keeps me from shifting positions on long drives. I have used a similar cushion from another manufacturer, and I have to say the material covering this memory foam cushion is superior. I will continue to purchase this product and will recommend it to all my friends and relatives." —Michael Snow

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

8. A waterproof car seat cover ready to protect the seats from doggo dirt, water, and hairs.

Promising review: "This seat cover came in clutch after a day of trail running with two pups — no dirt or hair on my seats! Assembly in car is exceptionally easy — just loop the buckles around your headrests, push the weights between the seat cushions, and loop elastics around the edge of the seats. And just like that, you've got lasting protection against moisture, muddy paws, and stray pet hairs." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $17.99.
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Promising review: "This seat cover came in clutch after a day of trail running with two pups — no dirt or hair on my seats! Assembly in car is exceptionally easy — just loop the buckles around your headrests, push the weights between the seat cushions, and loop elastics around the edge of the seats. And just like that, you've got lasting protection against moisture, muddy paws, and stray pet hairs." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

9. A frost guard windshield cover honestly anyone who owns a car needs to own. Where was this when I was scraping snow from my windshield with a wet mitten at 8 a.m. in college?

Promising review: "If you park outside and ever deal with frost/snow/ice, your life will change after getting a Frost Guard. The best, most time-saving $20 I ever spent." —meganj4aa442abcGet it from Amazon for $19.99+ (three colors).
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Promising review: "If you park outside and ever deal with frost/snow/ice, your life will change after getting a Frost Guard. The best, most time-saving $20 I ever spent." —meganj4aa442abc

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (three colors).

10. A air freshener featuring the god of practical things himself, Dwight Schrute. This gem is certainly worthy of hanging on your rear view mirror.

Promising review: "So great, just as I expected! Loved the packaging too. And very strong scent." —leandraGet it from Victory Screech Labs on Etsy for $7.
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Promising review: "So great, just as I expected! Loved the packaging too. And very strong scent." —leandra

Get it from Victory Screech Labs on Etsy for $7.

11. A car charger that just may boost you up faster than lesser chargers — may Google Maps guide you forever.

Promising review: "Purchased this for my truck, and so far it has performed flawlessly. Charges my iPhone 7 (work) and iPhone 7 Plus (personal) phone quickly and without problems. The phones don't get hot. I tried it with a Samsung Tablet, and it also seems to charge a little faster than with the other adapters I've used in my vehicle." —Wilbur CovaltGet it from Amazon for $9.99+ (two colors).
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Promising review: "Purchased this for my truck, and so far it has performed flawlessly. Charges my iPhone 7 (work) and iPhone 7 Plus (personal) phone quickly and without problems. The phones don't get hot. I tried it with a Samsung Tablet, and it also seems to charge a little faster than with the other adapters I've used in my vehicle." —Wilbur Covalt

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (two colors).

12. And a car-charging, outlet-ready dual charger so practical, I don't even have a car and I want one. Buy this so I can live vicariously through you.

Promising review: "I really like the fact that I can take this from the house to the car, and be able to charge my electronic devices. It's nice to be able to have the ability to have one item to carry when you travel. I highly recommend this item for its ease and compact ability. It has a blue light so you can identify the outlets for your USB plugs." —EMOwenGet it from Amazon for $9.99 (three colors).
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Promising review: "I really like the fact that I can take this from the house to the car, and be able to charge my electronic devices. It's nice to be able to have the ability to have one item to carry when you travel. I highly recommend this item for its ease and compact ability. It has a blue light so you can identify the outlets for your USB plugs." —EMOwen

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (three colors).

13. A compact wet dry shop vac sure to remove the spills, pet hair, cereal, French fries, and gross pennies from your car, so your car doesn't walk out on you for being too messy.

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Features: car nozzle with LED light. built-in, automatic dust pan for convenience. full lifetime warranty

Promising review: "The little shop vac has the same power its bigger brother has. It's great to clean up the shop or your car." —Brian

Get it from The Home Depot for $59.94.

14. A backseat organizer and protector that'll organize your life and turn the mud on your kid's shoes from "oh god" to not a big deal at all.

Promising review: "It's made very well, no unfinished seams, no loose threads. And fits the seat precisely. It is large enough to protect the entire under the car seat area and the kick backseat organizer will fit all their gear! The fabric seems very cleanable with a damp cloth and soap." —Cruise MomGet it from Amazon for $24.77.
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Promising review: "It's made very well, no unfinished seams, no loose threads. And fits the seat precisely. It is large enough to protect the entire under the car seat area and the kick backseat organizer will fit all their gear! The fabric seems very cleanable with a damp cloth and soap." —Cruise Mom

Get it from Amazon for $24.77.

15. A precise dashboard cam with superb video quality for anyone who is weary of accidents or unruly Uber passengers.

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Set includes: AUKEY DR01 dashboard camera, dual-port USB car charger, USB mini-B power cable, sticker mount, three 3M stickers, six cable clips, user manual, 45-day money back guarantee, and 24-month warranty card.

Promising review: "The AUKEY dash cam came with a suction cup mount and a mount that has a 3M tape on the back so you can do a more permanent type of mounting. I personally used the suction cup mount, which seems to be a good quality suction cup. The video quality and field of vision is really good. I set my video to record at 1080p/30 frames per second. There are other options, like loop recording, and how long you want the video segments, etc. The Sony Exmor sensor makes a difference in the quality of image, and now I understand that not all 1080ps are equal in quality. I just ordered another one for my wife’s car after seeing first-hand the video quality of this dash cam." —TK

Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

16. A super-fine microfiber towel so you can quickly soak up spills that happen when you're not being ~carful~ enough. These are also great for drying things off after a car wash!

Promising review: "Love these microfiber towels! I always keep a stack in my SUV for the unexpected messy kid moments because they soak up liquids with ease!" —KelaGet it from The Home Depot for $9.98.
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Promising review: "Love these microfiber towels! I always keep a stack in my SUV for the unexpected messy kid moments because they soak up liquids with ease!" —Kela

Get it from The Home Depot for $9.98.

17. A drop stop car seat gap filler you'll feel calmer just thinking about. Imagine — never a misplaced phone or fry lost to the abyss of your car again.

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Promising review: "I have to admit, my expectations weren't very high. Little did I realize it would become one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car, and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat. There really isn't another product that compares to this. That's why I gave it five stars." —Tessa Forbes

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

18. A clever stowaway trash can to stuff trash into what looks like any other car organizer 'til it's filled. Take that, friends who throw their trash on your car floor like you're driving around a dumpster.

Promising review: "I absolutely hate having trash in my car. This trash bin is actually pretty good looking. When I first got it, I thought the supports were missing, but it did have two little plastic slats hidden on the bin itself. It has two pockets on the sides and one on the front. I let this trash can hang behind my passenger-side headrest, and it's easily accessible while I'm driving. It's pretty sturdy, and I'm surprised at how much fits in here." —BlessedSIrenGet it from Amazon for $19.99.
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Promising review: "I absolutely hate having trash in my car. This trash bin is actually pretty good looking. When I first got it, I thought the supports were missing, but it did have two little plastic slats hidden on the bin itself. It has two pockets on the sides and one on the front. I let this trash can hang behind my passenger-side headrest, and it's easily accessible while I'm driving. It's pretty sturdy, and I'm surprised at how much fits in here." —BlessedSIren

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

19. A set of four af*Ford*able* floor mats with no-slip backing that'll make you say "you shall not *pass*" to mud, parking lot oil, water, debris, and other unwelcomed guests.

The front mat measures: 31.5 in. Lx 22.5 in. W; rear mat measures: 58 in. L x 18 in. W.Promising review: "I researched mats for my Lexus, but the very high dollar ones were ridiculously-priced. So, knowing I could return these for a full refund, I purchased Motor Trend. These have the side low trough that catches just as much dirt, debris, and water as the expensive ones; and these were a bargain!" —Hanover GirlGet them from The Home Depot for $26.34.
Home Depot

The front mat measures: 31.5 in. Lx 22.5 in. W; rear mat measures: 58 in. L x 18 in. W.

Promising review: "I researched mats for my Lexus, but the very high dollar ones were ridiculously-priced. So, knowing I could return these for a full refund, I purchased Motor Trend. These have the side low trough that catches just as much dirt, debris, and water as the expensive ones; and these were a bargain!" —Hanover Girl

Get them from The Home Depot for $26.34.

20. A comprehensive five-day emergency pack (including food, water, gas stove, first aid kit, and more) every car-owner in America should have on hand, just in case of natural disaster or an accident.

Kit includes: 32 servings of gourmet entrees, apple cinnamon cereal, five 4.227 fluid ounce water pouches, portable stove (including 24 fuel tablets), stainless-steel cup, squeeze flashlight, 5-in-1 survival whistle, waterproof matches, Mylar blanket, emergency poncho, and playing cards; 42-piece first aid and hygiene kit (including 37 piece bandage kit, N95 dust mask, pocket tissues, 3 wet naps, and waste bag).Promising review: "Great kit. This will have everything you'll need to survive for several days. If you find yourself in a situation, a natural disaster for example, and can't get to food and water, and other basics, this will do the trick. And there is enough room in the backpack, which is very nice by itself, to add items you may want/need for a bugout bag." —KWillsGet it from Amazon for $49.99+ (two colors).
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Kit includes: 32 servings of gourmet entrees, apple cinnamon cereal, five 4.227 fluid ounce water pouches, portable stove (including 24 fuel tablets), stainless-steel cup, squeeze flashlight, 5-in-1 survival whistle, waterproof matches, Mylar blanket, emergency poncho, and playing cards; 42-piece first aid and hygiene kit (including 37 piece bandage kit, N95 dust mask, pocket tissues, 3 wet naps, and waste bag).

Promising review: "Great kit. This will have everything you'll need to survive for several days. If you find yourself in a situation, a natural disaster for example, and can't get to food and water, and other basics, this will do the trick. And there is enough room in the backpack, which is very nice by itself, to add items you may want/need for a bugout bag." —KWills

Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (two colors).

21. A heavy-duty expandable car hanger bar so you can load up the car with clothes, plants, dry-cleaning, and whatever else you need, easy-peasy.

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Promising review: "These were a lifesaver during a recent move. My girlfriend and I just moved about 20 miles, and we were faced with deciding how to move all of our clothing. We didn't really want to remove all of our hanging clothing, fold them, pack them, move them, and then have to unpack them again for such a short move. Thanks to these clothes bars, we were able to move our clothes one car-load at a time instead. The bar is very strong and high-quality. Her car has hooks and mine has handles, and this worked great for both. It can handle a huge amount of weight." —Mike Chrisley

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

22. A set of bamboo charcoal air purifying bags you'll rely on for eliminating wet dog, late-night fast food runs, and other unpleasant odors from the car the natural way.

Promising review: "These things are amazing. I placed one in my car, and one in my wife's car which always smells bad. Both of our cars smell like new again." —AndrewGet a four-pack from Amazon for $29.95.
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Promising review: "These things are amazing. I placed one in my car, and one in my wife's car which always smells bad. Both of our cars smell like new again." —Andrew

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $29.95.

23. And a genius magnetic mount designed to universally hold up your cell phone on air vents so you can keep the directions or good tunes going as safely as possible.

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Promising review: "I am directionally challenged and map myself everywhere. I am able to easily see where I need to go with my phone perfectly visible and hands free. I have a case on my Samsung phone and I never have issues with it falling off of the magnet. It also prevents me from dropping my phone on the concrete when I'm getting out of the car because I no longer keep it in my lap/seat while driving." —Amazon Customer

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99.

Your newly decked out car:

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