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    34 Products That Will Make Road-Tripping Way Less Of A Headache

    "Ohhh, we're halfway there." —Bon Jovi, and also you to your kids.

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    1. A portable car vacuum that conveniently plugs right into your car to clean up messes quickly, keeping the car clean and *you* stress-free.

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    When I tell you that I use this product often, I mean it. It's so easy to plug in, vacuum dirt from the floor or seat and put it away. It comes with three different attachments and an extra filter! My tip is to use the brush attachment for everything as it will kick dirt off the carpet fibers, making it easier to suction.

    Promising review: "I'm glad to have such a great stuff in my car. Yes, it is not a powerful as my vacuum cleaner in the house, however, it cleaned out all the garbage, which I accumulated over the past autumn and winter in the car. At the end of October my husband and I went to the ocean and as we tried to be neat — the sand was still in the car. Finally, I got rid of it! Now my beauty again is clean, as on the first day, when I bought her!" —Julia Bright

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    2. A pair of kick mats so you don't have to worry about your little ones scuffing your seats during one of their temper tantrums because your answer to "Are we there yet?" just wasn't good enough.

    A kid in a backseat of a car with their feet kicking the front seat but the cover is protecting the back of the car seat
    Amazon

    It fits most sedan, SUV, and minivan seats. They buckle on using two elastic straps.

    Promising review: "They installed in seconds in my 2016 Hyundai Sonata. I was worried about the light interior color and messy children, so these mats are a perfect solution. Went back and forth on whether or not to buy these particular kick mats because I was worried about the strap visibility. Even though it is visible, it is not unsightly and could possibly even be shoved into the crack of the seat little further depending upon the type of seat you have. So far so good." —Annie D

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $17.79.

    3. Road trip games that'll keep everyone in the back seat entertained for hours while you get some much-needed "you time." It's perfect for parents who prefer their kids not look at screens the entire trip!

    Four square boards with different games, a marker, and pouches
    Capable By Design / Etsy

    Capable By Design is a small business based in Saint John, Indiana that sells custom T-Shirts, towels, pillows, and many other accessories.

    If you have an idea for a type of game you want for your kids, you can personalize this product and the seller will help bring it to life!

    Get it from Capable By Design on Etsy for $24.95.

    4. A near-universal phone holder so you can easily see any incoming calls *and* your navigation without ever having to look away from the road.

    The mount attached to a car vent with a phone on it
    Target

    This will hold most smartphones out there and has a quick-release button so you can easily grab your phone again after your car is in park! It easily attaches to any horizontal vents, and has a ball-and-socket joint so you can angle your phone whatever way works best for you.

    Promising review: "Sturdy, reliable, and simple to assemble (literally just slide, click, and adjust), this product lived up to my expectations. As a new driver, this is a lifesaver for being able to stay attentive and get directions by keeping my phone at eye level." —Target customer

    Get it from Target for $12.89.

    5. A Velcro storage wall to take advantage of that unused space on the sides of your car. This is perfect for first aid kits, towels, and even an emergency change of clothes (because ya never know).

    The storage wall Velcroed to the side with items snug inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn't take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I've driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it's held tight and kept everything organized." —Penny Wise

    Get one from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in a two pack).

    6. An essential oil diffuser that allows you to add drops of your absolutely favorite essential oil to the felt pads and have your car smelling amazing the second the AC blows through the vents, minimizing the smell of stinky feet in the back seat.

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    It comes with twelve felt pads, and doesn't come with oils don't forget to grab a pack of essential oils before you checkout!

    Promising review: "High quality! I was not expecting such a hearty piece of hardware! Came with plenty of little pads. The clasp has a built-in magnet and a slight clip to it so it has a good strong hold closed. Also the clips that attach to the vent are built solid too. Beautiful designs on front. I put a few drops of oil on mine and put it in my car and the whole car is scented! Comes in a cute little package perfect for gifts. Will be buying again for second car and as gifts! 100% recommend!" —Alaina

    Get a set of two and 12 felt scent pads from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. Or a handmade diffuser where you can choose whatever colors you want for your rainbow, really making it *yours*. Just add the drops of essential oils to the wooden beads!

    Five rainbow car diffusers in various colors
    Shop Wildly Essential / Etsy

    Shop Wildly Essential is a small business based in Collegeville, Pennsylvania that specializes in various essential oil diffusers. 

    Get it from Shop Wildly Essential on Etsy for $14.50 (available in 11 styles or you can personalize the colors).

    8. An air mattress, because is there anything more uncomfortable than trying to sleep in the front seats during a road trip? Okay maybe like two other things, but this is on the top of *my* list!

    The air mattress laid out in a car back seat
    Amazon

    It comes with one air mattress, two inflatable pillows, one inflator/deflator pump, and one storage bag.

    Promising review: "I have to say that this is amazing! This bed can be used in a truck or the back of a car, which is so practical. The machine it comes with helps it inflate quickly. It can also be used anytime you're camping, not just in a car. It shocked me how spacious the back seat was with this air mattress. And the cushion is very comfortable. It's easily portable because it's not heavy at all. Such good quality!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in seven colors).

    9. A car seat gap organizer to not only create extra storage space in your car, but to finally keep those rogue french fries from falling into the dark abyss that is the Seat Gap Trench.

    The car seat gap organizer holding a phone, cash, sunglasses, and more
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product!! I'm always dropping things and they fall in between or under the seat! Not only do these pockets prevent that, but they can also be used to store items like my cell phone and lip balm. The pockets fit perfectly between my seat and center console." —Dea

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $22.97 (available in three colors)

    10. Or a set of seat gap fillers that will also handle the Seat Gap Trench beautifully. This one molds easily to your gap and fits effortlessly around your seatbelt.

    The seat gap filler sliding over the seat belt
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I watched the episode of Shark Tank this was on. I have had incidents where things have dropped into the gap between seat and console and what a pain that is! This product is so simple and easy to install. I highly recommend it and wonder why I didn't think of it first." —The Crew Dawg

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    11. A bug remover to get all those nasty splatters off the hood and side view mirrors of your car at the next rest area. This bad boy works as a pre-wash to save you time *and* energy on your next car wash by loosening up all the bug guts. Yum.

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    Promising review: "During late summer and through the fall, we usually are hit with many more bugs than normal. And if I drive, these bugs get stuck on the front bumper and even the back of the outside mirrors. This cleaner made cleaning off the bugs much easier to do than the week before when I was trying to remove bugs from my husband's car with just soap and water. In addition, this left my car shiny, as if it had just been waxed and water beaded on it. The soap and water on my husband's card did not do that. I am certainly well pleased and will be purchasing this again when I used the contents of this bottle." —SC Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A tissue holder so when that sad song on your "Road Trip Essentials" playlist plays, you're ready for it.

    A leopard print car visor tissue holder
    Tiger98 / Etsy

    Tiger98 is a small business based in San Angelo, Texas that sells handmade items for your car.

    Promising review: "Obsessed! It’s so perfect and exactly what I was looking for. I love the pattern and got a matching trash holder too! It also came with a pack of tissues which I appreciate so much! If I could give it 10 stars I would!" —Traci Adams

    Get it from Tiger98 on Etsy for $8 (available in 46 patterns).

    13. A mesh organizer that will keep your luggage organized *and* keep it from tumbling out of the car when you open the trunk.

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    You'll need those handy hooks in the back of your vehicle to make it work or pick up some Command hooks while you're checking out!

    Promising review: "I have used these pocket nets in each of my last three cars, one being an SUV. I wouldn't be without these. I like not having to climb into the trunk or the back end of the SUV to retrieve items that rolled or slid. Bought another one because my new SUV's larger than my last, and that one wouldn't fit in my new trunk. My wife wouldn't let me take the larger one out of her car so another purchase was required; wouldn't be without one!" —N. Beattie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.15.

    14. A replacement air filter because you probably haven't changed it since you bought your car and you're going to be reeeally surprised when you see it.

    A reviewer comparing their dirty, gray air filter and their new, white air filter
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    Promising review: "I know very little about cars but I do know quite a bit about saving money. I went to get my airbag replaced this past month and they recommended I replace my cabin air filter. It was going to cost $60 and $40 for labor!! I YouTubed a tutorial and it looked so simple. I bought one on Amazon (same brand) for less than $20!!! For a 26-year-old (completely inexperienced with cars) who spent 10 minutes on YouTube and an extra 10 minutes in installation, I saved over $80!!! I probably would have had to wait at the dealer more than the 20 minutes it took me overall and would have had to pay an extra $80. No thank you!!" —Vanessa C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87 (available in one, two, or three packs).

    15. A stick-on shade to block the sun's bright rays and also all the haters from judging you for napping in your backseat during a road trip break. Mind ya business.

    The sun blocking screen on the window
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These shades work great. With a freshly cleaned window they stick to the glass quickly, even in Arizona. They fold up easily and stay on indefinitely." —Brad

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in a four pack).

    16. A compact trash bin that will keep your car tidy and clean throughout the road trip without the hassle of picking everything up off the floor at the next rest stop.

    The car trash can filled up with trash
    Amazon

    This 1.85-gallon trashcan has adjustable straps and a waterproof interior, and it's leakproof!

    Promising review: "This is a very convenient addition to my car and fits perfectly without being in the way of passengers in the second row seating area. I highly recommend. Fits easily in vehicles that have a center armrest in the front passenger seating area. Universal fit." —Paula D. Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    17. Or if you like a little more ✨ pizzazz ✨, some trash cans that hook to the gearshift and there are tons of pattern options to choose from!

    The trash can hooked on a gear shift with a boho rainbow pattern on it
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    Designs By JIHill is a small business based in Amarillo, Texas that sells  unique car trash cans, baby bibs, and lip balm holders.

    I absolutely love this trash can. Every time I step in the car, it makes me smile. I get tons of compliments and it keeps the car clean! I empty it out every time I stop for gas. Easy peasy!

    Promising review: "So wonderfully cute and small enough to not be in a passenger's way. I commute and am the worst about rubbish collecting in my center console with all the snacks I bring with me everywhere. So happy to have a place for my mess to keep my car clutter-free!" —Darienne Coffen

    Get the one pictured above from Designs By JIHill on Etsy for $20+ (available in three styles).

    18. A blind-spot mirror that will give you some peace of mind knowing that you can *definitely* go into the next lane without having a truck blare their horn at you.

    The blind spot mirror stuck on the car mirror
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this one because there is no bezel that takes up space when the rear view mirror is already so small and you'll need whatever space you can get. The angle is also adjustable. Of all the ones I've purchased, this seemed to fit and look the best." —LiterOfPeter

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in packs of two or four and four shapes).

    19. A comfy memory foam chair cushion because sometimes the road trip is just way too long and we deserve some extra cushion for the tush.

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    Promising review: "Works great and helps to relieve some pressure from sitting. This is a great memory foam cushion for office chairs or your couch. You really can feel the difference. This is thick, and feels like it will last for a really long time. I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and already feel a little better. The cover is removable for washing, and the stitching is done really well. I recommend this to anyone who has to sit for more than a few hours." —phillygrl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in two colors).

    20. A pair of lightweight and durable escape tracks that, as someone who lives in New England, I know basically every car owner should own. It's not just for snow, though! These work great for super muddy areas or even if you're stuck in sand.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These traction pads are amazing! For anybody who's never used them, essentially you jam them against your drive tires in slick conditions or if you're stuck in sand, and your tires grip them and pull you right out! The bright orange makes them easy to see after digging them into the mud, and the knobs are durable enough to withstand a very large truck's beating. For the price, the quality, the durability, and the hundreds of uses, you can't go wrong with these. If I could give them six stars I would have!" —Arianna

    Get two from Amazon for $139.55+ (available in three colors and four styles).

    21. A two-sided wheel desk so when someone catches you eating fast food in the parking lot of Taco Bell like a weird food goblin (me, honestly), you'll at least look like you planned it.

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    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 $10.19.

    22. A pack of six cable clips to minimize the amount of time you spend trying to detangle the cables in your car even though they *never* move. How do they always get so tangled?!

    Two cable clips attached to the dashboard of a car holding two charging cords off the ground
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy, and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!" —Mike Tickle

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.96.

    23. A dog bowl water bottle that makes hydrating your pup a breeze. All you need to do is squeeze the bottle to release water into the bowl on top. Let the squeeze go and the water will return to the bottle. Easy peasy, puppy squeazy.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Who's a good boy?!

    Promising review: "We have four dogs and have wasted a lot of water over the years in collapsible bowls. Purchased this before taking them all for a week long beach trip and now wish we had discovered it sooner! So easy to use (especially on the go), no waste, and the dogs love it! We do a lot of hiking with our pups and are thrilled to find something to make water breaks so much quicker and easier!" —T. Wood

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

    24. A leather cleaner and conditioner because leather is cool and sleek, but it's not immune to stains — especially when you're doing a lot of eating in your car!

    amazon.com

    It works on any color of leather you happen to own, from beige to gray to black! First you go in to remove the dirt with the cleaner, then follow up with the no-rinse conditioner, which leaves the leather lightly shined and super soft. Bonus: you can use this on other leather goods you own, not just your seats!

    Promising review: "The stuff is amazing and absolutely worth buying. First I applied leather cleaner and allowed it to sit for a few minutes. Then I took a towel to remove dirt. Next I used my hands to rub the leather treatment in cracks and stitches, and took a small clean cloth wiping residual off. My leather never looked this good. About a half-bottle left after applying on Acura TL, Nissan Armada SUV, F-350 pickup, and Harley Davidson leather seat. Placed the cloth in a sealed zip lock bag to reuse again. Best leather treatment I have found." —Spiderman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A keychain car escape tool that hopefully you'll never need to use, but it's better to have one than not, right? This is not just a window breaker, but will also cut your seatbelt if it gets stuck. Yay for preparedness!

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Thankfully I haven't needed to use this item...BUT if I ever do, I have it in my car in the pocket of the driver side door. I live in Florida where we are surrounded by water and there are lakes, canals, drainage ditches, flood control ditches, and many bridges. There are constantly stories on the news about vehicles losing control and heading into the waters. One of the last news stories showed using this little tool. I immediately purchased several of them and gave them out to family and all of my neighbors." —Shesinstpete33710

    Get it from Amazon for $10.13+ (available in six colors).

    26. A travel pillow to make car naps waay more comfortable, *hopefully* resulting in a happy kiddo when they wake up!

    A model wearing the neck pillow in a car seat with the words "Chin support keeps the head from falling forward" on the image
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is AWESOME! My son was always flopping his head forward when he fell asleep in his carseat, and looked so uncomfortable. I tried a 'U' shaped neck support, but he didn't like that. I had to turn it to give proper support, which made it right up against his neck under his chin. This one actually leaves a nice gap between the support pillow and his neck, but still gives great support under his chin, so he doesn't flop forward anymore. It is made of a nice soft low-pile fleece. It has just the right amount of filling in it, so it is not stiff at all. I comes in a nice storage bag to stay clean while not in use, which I appreciate more than I expected. The price is great compared to others I looked at, too. I would definitely recommend this for any parent. In fact, this will be my new go-to for new baby gifts." —Ms Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97 (available in two sizes and 13 colors).

    27. A trunk organizer that works really well when you don't have a ton of trunk space, but want to keep everything tidy and neat.

    The organizer in the trunk of a car
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "If you’re like me, a parent on the go, who also likes to have common necessities for emergency in their vehicle. This is recommended for you. The product has many sturdy pockets and the pockets are large for storage. I used it to place emergency clothing for me and my children and water bottles. It’s a great storage for common car tools and cleaners and saves room on the bottom of the trunk. This is useful for SUV type because it clips around headrest to be supported and It’s very long with large deep pockets." —Anais Martinez

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

    28. A snack pack because snacks on a road trip are not just a good idea, but are absolutely essential to keeping the peace and happiness.

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    It comes with 45 different snacks and includes a mix of sweet, salty, and savory, options.

    Promising review: "The CraveBox is jammed-packed full of a variety of snack-sized products.( Cheez-Its, Granola Bars, Laffy Taffy, Oreo Cookies, and much more! It contains familiar favorites as well as some you may not have heard of before. There is something in there for just about everyone to enjoy. I bought this as a Christmas present for my boyfriend because I thought it would help save him from buying snacks at work, which can add up fast. He has really enjoyed the Crave Box, and after almost a month since, he still has a few more snacks to enjoy. Because of how much he enjoyed the CraveBox, I recently purchase another CraveBox as a get well care package for a family member." —Kimba Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    29. No Cow protein bars to hold you and your family off until dinnertime, which at this point seems so far away, but I have faith — and the chocolate brownie bar will save the day.

    A person holding a protein bar
    amazon.com

    Each bar comes with a whoppin' 21 grams of protein! Plus it's keto, low sugar, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, *and* nonGMO. 

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in LOVE with the No Cow Bar. My all-time favorite is hands-down the Chocolate Brownie Bar though. I love how thick, filling, and natural tasting the bars are. Whenever I see them in stores, I’m always heading over to pick a few up!! I definitely recommend trying out these bars!" —Tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $23.04+ (available in 15 flavors). 

    30. A urination device because sometimes you just can't wait the 45 miles to the next rest area, and that's okay.

    Model is hiking with the device in a pouch attached to their backpack
    Amazon

    Psst! It's leak proof!

    Promising review: "I have been wanting one of these for FOREVER. I finally got one, it arrived yesterday, shipping was quick and packaging was fine. I love it. As a female, going to the bathroom isn't always easy, particularly in the woods or in public places where a porta-potty is the only option. This device is small and comes with a waterproof bag and toting it around definitely beats sitting on the seat of a porta-potty. My only negative thought was that the bag is rather small and took a little effort to get it back in. This may be a good thing since I plan to take it in my purse and wouldn't want something bulky. Other than that, it worked great, no issues or leaks, it's even kind of pretty. Happy to finally pee without hovering awkwardly, or sitting on a yucky toilet!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three colors). 

    31. A car seat organizer so all the things your kids need to stay entertained are easily accessible and in plain sight. Now stay quiet while I listen to podcasts.

    the organizers behind both front seats
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My kids love these! Enough storage for their books, travel cups, garbage and any other odds and ends. They don't have electronics so I can't speak how well the tablet pocket works." —Gorvinaz2

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in a two pack and two colors). 

    32. A tablet holder that'll easily mount on the headrest, making it easy for your kids to binge all the Studio Ghibli films and not have to tire their arms holding the screen up. Or worse, drop it when they fall asleep.

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    It has a 360-degree rotation ability, so you'll always find the perfect angle! Also, it extends forward up to 9.8 inches!

    Promising review: "We got this and have used it on long car rides for our kids. Its ability to twist and turn is amazing. We love how it could extend further out or to the side which made it easy for both kids to watch something since the headrest is not very centrally located. It is very easy to install and it held my phone and surface pro because of the ability to adjust." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    33. A travel blanket to keep you cozy and warm when the driver insists on blasting the AC for the first six hours. The best part? It also turns into a pillow!

    A pink blanket and pink pillow on a chair
    Candinie / Etsy

    Candinie is a small business based in Rosemead, California that specializes in high quality soft blankets and slippers.

    Promising review: "I got this 3-in-1 Pillow/Blanket/Hand Warmer Set for our ski trip and was so surprised by how soft and fluffy this set is. I'm always getting cold, so for me, it's a must-have, especially for traveling to the cold weather. I found this set very useful for indoor and outdoor events, and its multi-functionality, such as a hand warmer/pillow/blanket makes me love my purchase more and more. It's also easy to wash, I use delicate mode cold water and no heat drying, which helps keep my set mushy, fleecy and soft. I already got two more sets in pink and green color for my Mom and Grandma. They were so happy to have them!" —Julia

    Get it from Candinie on Etsy for $49.99.

    34. And finally, Dramamine because no road trip is complete until one person complains of motion sickness from looking down at their phone for too long. It's me. I'm the person.

    The dramamine package
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was SUPER stoked when they made a less drowsy version! The original put me out! I get motion sick sooo easy even when driving and it slows me down to the point I can’t drive the hour to see family and hour away. With this formula It helps calm my stomach, my mind, and my anxiety while helping me stay awake and happy on my trips! Will recommend to anyone! A lot of my friends take it!" —Autumn Williams

    Get eight tablets from Amazon for $3.79

    You, enjoying your road trip, stress-free:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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