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    Updated on May 24, 2020. Posted on May 14, 2020

    33 Things That Should Be In Every Car Trunk, Glovebox, Front, Or Backseat

    When you hit the road, sometimes the road hits back.

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    1. A digital tire inflator with an LED flashlight that plugs into your car outlet. Just set the PSI and turn the thing on.


    Includes attachments for blowing up balls, air mattresses, and anything else your inflating needs require.

    Promising review: "I was panicked when I went to my car the other night and had a flat tire. I had no idea how to change my tire, as my husband always takes care of stuff like that. Luckily a passerby had a small tire inflator, like this one, in his car. We inflated my tire and I was able to get home safely. The next day I got on Amazon and ordered this one. I immediately tested it and it worked great. It appears to be very well-made and comes in a very nice bag that I tucked away in the back storage compartment. Hopefully, I won’t have to use it any time soon, but if I have another flat tire, this time, I’ll be prepared..." —McintireP

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    2. A can of WD40 EZ Reach Spray, because it can do just about anything, from loosening extra tight lug nuts on wheels to removing leftover residue from embarrassing "Honk if you're..." bumper stickers.


    Promising review: "Always used WD-40 and it's clearly superior in the field, but what makes it even better is when the introduces the dual-use head. where you can spray it out of the normal sprayer, or lift the arm up to use that. They've gone a step further and made that arm flexible. The best part about this new arm is while flexible, it holds the shape you bend it to well, and can easily be straightened out when done. There's also a trick to this nozzle: You can purchase this one, then purchase the non-bendable version going forward and paying the normal amount. just remove the head when this bottle runs out, and replace the heads of the cheaper versions with this one." —JT Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87.

    3. A roll of silver 3M multi-use duct tape to make sure broken things (like a side-view mirror) stay good and stuck on until you can properly repair them.


    Promising review: "I'm not going to pretend there's anything special about this roll of duct tape. But hey, it's duct tape. You can do ANYTHING with duct tape. So how can I not give it 5 stars? It's perfect for so many things. This 3M brand is a high-quality roll and I'm very pleased with my purchase." —K. Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93.

    4. A durable, three-pocket folding car trunk organizer with handles to keep all your junk in the trunk from rolling all over the place while you're making all those sharp turns.


    Promising review: "It was just what I needed for my messy and unorganized truck! I wanted something not too bulky, but just the right size to help me reorganize my trunk. This product did that for me. I was also concerned that it’ll move when I drove but luckily there is Velcro on the bottom that secures it in place while you drive, and sure enough it did just that! This product does not take up a lot of space and gives you the right amount of measure to place other things like groceries and a suitcase. I am completely satisfied and content with this product! I wish I had it all along!" —Sheneese

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    5. A three-pack of seat back trash keepers to contain all the junk that's not in the trunk but that's littering the rest of your ride. Can also be used for storage of nontrash items too.


    Promising review: "I don't require much, and that's just what I got. Few small trash bags to make the car look presentable and to allow my kids to neatly trash their snacks while keeping the car neat and organized in the back seat. I ordered the pack of three and one sits neatly over my gear shift. I love the fact that you don't have to reach into the trash to dispose of it when it's full, the opening at the bottom ensures you keep your hands clean, just open it up and out goes the trash. Simple, convenient, neatly packaged, etc." —V C Andrews

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A case of 64 purified emergency water pouches that each contain a little more than 4 oz. of agua. Now we're not saying keep all 64 pouches in your car (hey, a deal's a deal) but they do last up to five years and can double as ice packs when frozen.


    Promising review: "I use these for the 6 gallons of water my wife and I have in our 72-hour grab-and-go pack. There are two advantages to this product. One, you don't have to worry about cleaning out and disinfecting water every year. I just keep track of the shelf date. Two, they are small and can be stuffed into the small unused spaces that larger items in a pack create. I would never be able to fit 6 gallons into our packs if they weren't packed with a small quantity of water in these puncture-resistant pouches." —Sequoiadendron gigantea

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    7. A car windshield sunshade to keep you from burning your hands on the steering wheel after you've parked in the sun for hours.


    Comes in multiple sizes (depending on your make and model) with a money-back guarantee.

    Promising review: "This is super easy to use. Open and put in in the window, can't get any easier than that. My GMC Denali sits outside in the Southeastern NC sun all day and this really made a difference. When I get into my truck I can actually sit on the leather seats without being burned. It also keeps the sun off my dash which is important down here in the Southeast. I would definitely recommend it.' —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in sizes XS–XL).

    8. A Bigfoot air freshener that "smells just like a Sasquatch." Luckily it's pine-scented because if we had to guess, the natural stench of Big Foot probably wouldn't be so appealing.


    Promising review: "A faithful and friendly traveling companion, my very own Big The Foot brings not just humor and delight, but the refreshing scents of a Northwest pine forest to my car. Perfect for Jeeps, families, and overcoming the odor of wet Labrador Retrievers." —M. Formica

    Get it from Amazon for $4.55.

    9. A two-pack of auto insurance and registration document wallet holders for those unfortunate times when you'd be asked to produce your insurance or registration information. At least you'll know exactly where they are.


    Promising review: "To keep it short, it's basically a tiny cheap wallet to hold your car registration and insurance card. It does what it needs to. I see people complaining of quality and make. People grow up, it's there to hold your cards, not sing to you. The wallet fits both my documents perfectly fine as well as my AAA and PBA cards." —John The Avid Tech Nerd

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38.

    10. A water-resistant LED flashlight with five modes (high, medium, low, strobe and SOS emergency) that allows you focus the light beam from a wide-angle to a narrow beam zoom.


    Includes three AAA batteries and will illuminate whatever situation you're in for five hours straight.

    Promising review: "My electric goes off frequently in my rural area and last night this little bugger came in quite handy. I’m thinking about ordering another one for the car. I have my phone lite, but this one is so bright that I would feel safer if my car broke down and I got stranded on the road somewhere." —Melody

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. A 24-piece bungee cords assortment jar (including 10-inch, 18-inch, 24-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch cords and 8-inch canopy/tarp ball ties) for securing objects inside or outside of your car, especially when you need to leave the trunk open.


    Promising review: "These bungees are great! We have a hatchback and often ride with our two big dogs and cat in the back, so they come in quite handy to keep any luggage we might have up against the side, giving the animals the most room possible. There are a few different sizes and it's convenient that they come in a little container so I can keep them in my car and keep them organized. I'm very satisfied!" —Jenny M

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    12. A keychain car escape tool to cut through seat belts and break car windows that you'll be happy to have (just in case) but even happier to never have to use.


    Promising review: "I work in the Medical and Rescue field and have to say this is a great product to have on your keychain. One of the concerns I had when buying this was the breakaway portion of the device itself but that was an unfounded fear. This is something that will save your life if you are ever trapped in your own vehicle as it will stay connected to your keys in the ignition which means that you will be able to reach it without a major issue. It will not easily detach without you pulling it off which means will be available where you want it when you need it. I have nothing negative to say about this and have bought one for my wife as well to have." —Aizrec!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

    13. A windshield cleaning tool with extendable handle and washable reusable microfiber cloth so you can remove all the dirt, dust, moisture (fog) on the inside and outside of your car's glass. Now you've got no excuse for those dirty windows.


    Promising review: "I've always had to go through contortions in order to reach the forward edge of my vehicle windshields. I don't know why I never thought of getting one of these earlier. The handle collapsed down for easy storage, and it comes with three pads/socks/booties that are easily removable for washing. I was able to wash both car windows in a matter of minutes, without even having to go to both sides of the car to do it. It even comes with a handy storage bag for keeping everything together and easy to find." —SS

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. A super large, super warm military wool blanket to keep in the trunk for cold weather emergencies or warm weather picnics in the park. Bonus: doubles as a seat cover if you've got a passenger or pet you're worried about making a mess.


    Promising review: "This inexpensive washable wool blanket should be in every car, truck, and RV as a “just in case” item. Be sure to wash it several times before use and tumble dry low. It will shed a lot, but makes the blanket nicer for use. I have one for my dog’s bed as she seems to like the feel of wool to lay on." —Chris J.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    15. A 20 oz. can of Fix-A-Flat tire inflator that will seal small tire punctures in large tires and "provide enough inflation to lift tire rim off the ground." The hose top will also work on all wheels.

    Home Depot

    Promising review: "Fix-a-Flat is a necessary go-to for us because we live 9 miles in on a poorly maintained dirt and gravel road. We use this large tire version because we have a truck. It works extremely well for punctures and some gouges, but don't expect it to fix a large hole. It has gotten us back on the road quickly and painlessly more than once. It's important to screw it on the valve securely and to keep the pressure on the button constantly until the whole can is empty. We carry it with us throughout the year, but it is important to keep it out of freezing temperatures and extreme heat." —Wolfbane

    Get it from Home Depot for $9.97.

    16. A car jump starter that doesn't require another car to give yours a boost. It takes five hours to charge up and holds that charge for three months. Also works on motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, lawnmowers, boats, and snowmobiles.


    Promising review: "Just purchased this a few weeks ago and all I can say is 'thank goodness.' While waiting in the satellite parking area of the airport one evening, I went to start the car and the battery was completely dead. I was so glad I didn’t have to feel vulnerable after dark. I was able to quickly and easily start my car with this charger and be on my way. It is very simple to use. And I love the fact that it has the red and green lights on it to let you know whether or not you have it connected correctly. But the most important factor is just knowing I didn’t have to sit in the dark waiting for someone to come and help me." —Donna

    Get it from Amazon for $72.99.

    17. A pair of flex-grip work gloves made from synthetic leather so they don't shrink. Cold-weather insulation will keep those digits warm when working on your car during the most bitter of winter months.


    Promising review: "Used for various projects around the house, from working on the car to replacing a light switch. These gloves have held up well with good enough dexterity to handle wiring and good enough padding to feel safe pulling off the lawnmower blade. The touch screen ability with thumb and index finger is nice although quite frankly they are often just too dirty to take advantage of." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in sizes S–XXL)

    18. A portable solar panel battery charger with three USB ports that doubles as a three-mode lantern for when the sun (or your flashlight) goes down.


    Promising review: "The light is extremely bright. It will definitely illuminate a room. Even the low setting is enough to use which would conserve power if needed. This would also help tremendously if your car broke down on the side of the road. You could land aircraft with this light on the brightest setting let alone making sure oncoming traffic can see you. This would be great a great safety item for long car trips for sure. Especially in winter driving. You never know if you might get stranded in a snowstorm for days." —Ken

    Get it from Amazon for $46.79.

    19. A five-pack of 48-sheet waterproof notebooks, because you will always need something to keep in the glove box to write on that isn't a bunch of napkins from Wendy's.


    Promising review: "These are the best notepads I have ever purchased. I work a lot with water so I carry them on my vest or shirt and they handle the water very well. I even showed my coworkers at work pouring a water bottle on them. It took a bit of damage but not as much if it was a regular paper notepad. They are very durable and strong. I highly recommend them to anyone in a trade or traveling." —Ricki Ramirez

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. A 5-gallon, galvanized steel gasoline safety can with funnel so that if you need to haul around some extra fuel, at least it will look super stylish in its container. A trigger release with a spring closing lid will stop leaks and spills and keep your car from smelling like a gas station.


    Promising review: "These work great. They are strong, easy to carry. They have a spring-loaded cap that is easy to open with the handle, to pour or release pressure, but they seem to be spill-proof and don't smell when traveling in my car. Don't overlook the value of the yellow funnel. It can connect to the can, and allows you to pour a five-gallon heavy can without spilling (Like filling up the chainsaw or mower). I have had mine for one year now, kept outside all summer, and not a bit of rust." —J. Garrett

    Get it from Amazon for $35.49.

    21. A container of Armor All car interior and protectant cleaner wipes for keeping your dashboard and seats looking shiny and new thank to the beating they take from UV rays, oxidation, and all the dirt you track into and all over your ride.


    Promising review: "I have always loved the shine Armor All gives to the inside of my car - dashboard and doors. I am an Uber driver and like the convenience of giving them a quick wipe-down every couple of days. They make it look new and I get a lot of compliments! I got three to last me several months!" —Kouzzie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.57.

    22. A digital tire pressure gauge for checking the PSI on your wheels to keep them in peak road-ready condition (and make them last longer). Works on truck, motorcycle, bicycle tires too.


    Promising review: "This pressure gauge was a bit more expensive then what I'd like to pay. However, it definitely came in handy at night when I needed to check my tires. The blue light makes the process so much easier to find the stud that sticks out of your tires and check your tire pressure. The device also allows your to switch between pressure units (I just use the psi). So far I've had this product for six months and haven't need to change to the battery or any problems. I recommend this product." —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.16+.

    23. A four-pack of car headrest hooks, because there's never a good place to hang your bag that gives you easy enough access to what's inside and keeps it one place while you drive.


    Promising review: "These are one of those things you don’t know you need until you see them. Very sturdy, not cheap at all. Honestly, I drunk ordered these and I’m super glad I did. I will use them to hook grocery bags on the way back from the grocery store so they don’t fall over. For now...they work great for my umbrella." —Adam S.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    24. An impact- and water-resistant dynamo crank radio that's biggest selling point is it's ability to manually charge your phone. After that, the solar panel, LED flashlight, and multiple weather stations are totally clutch.


    Promising review: "I bought this earlier in the year after the California earthquakes to put in my emergency kit. I take it everywhere and on vacation with me. For the past couple of months, it’s lived in the trunk of my car. I took it out to use it today and it’s still completely charged. It’s a bit beat up from being in my trunk but it’s held up amazingly for being thrown around with a softball, softball bat, and all the other things in my trunk. I’m sure it’ll survive an apocalypse." —Penguinio

    Get it from Amazon for $59.98 (available in five colors).

    25. A 100-piece first aid kit packed with bandages, butterfly closures, gauze pads, ointments, examination gloves, an instant cold compress and more for any emergencies that don't (hopefully) require a trip to the emergency room.


    Promising review: "I bought this first aid kid with the intention of keeping in the car. Having kids, accidents always happen. It is the perfect size to keep in the trunk. It has everything you could need. However, I wish it would have come with more of the normal size or even bigger Band-Aids versus the extremely small ones. But for the price, it was worth every penny!" —Julie H.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

    26. A reusable, quick-drying waterproof rain poncho with a brimmed hood that's got enough room to fit a backpack underneath it just in case you have to make a long trek from a broken-down car in the pouring rain.


    Promising review: "The purchase of this poncho was the result of a great deal of comparison in material, size and price. I bought two for each of our bug-out bags. The material is lightweight and strong. The small pouch into which it packs belies the size, which is sufficient to provide shade and shelter and fit over a backpack. These ponchos will fit in a day pack, a glove box in a car, or the pocket of a windbreaker or parka." —Paul

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 33 colors).

    27. A set of four LED road flares with nine lighting functions (including the universal distress code S-O-S) for roadside emergencies without the hassle (or danger) of a chemical pyrotechnic display.


    Promising review: "I have to say that I don't write a lot of reviews, but these road flare flashers are absolutely the coolest things I've seen in a long time! They are incredibly bright, with the many flash patterns; My favorite is the rotating flashing light - You look like a tow truck in that mode! Totally waterproof, with rubber 'bumpers' around the edge so the plastic light housing won't get scratched; Waterproof on/off/mode button also. Magnet is strong enough that if you forgot one on your roof, it will still be there later. Really, really well designed, it includes a 'flashlight mode' with three of those crazy-bright LEDs, because... Why not?" —Andrew W. Fitting

    Get it from Amazon for $23.11.

    28. A two-pack of static clinging car window shades (without any adhesives or suction cups) to keep things shady for passengers (especially children in the backseat) when tinted windows aren't an option.


    Promising review: "These work great. I thought they might not stay on the windows, but that is not an issue. Contact adhesion is due to the soft plastic-type inner shade liner that also helps cut penetrating sunlight. I've actually forgotten about them being on the windows several times, ran the window down only to realize the shade was being 'swiped' into the door. Luckily I was able to catch it in time and run it back up. After pulling this mindless stunt several times, the shades are still 100% like new, working great." —Rich

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    29. A Leatherman multi-tool, which is actually 14 tools in one (including a knife, pliers, screwdriver, wire cutter, wire stripper, scissors, package opener, bottle and can opener, a file, a ruler, and more). There's no need for an entire toolbox in the trunk when this guy can easily fit in the glove box.


    Promising review: "Great value and quality, I've already bought several as gifts and everyone loves them. I keep on in my car and in my camping gearbox. Anybody familiar with Leatherman knows they make good quality products. The only consideration is the tools on each Leatherman multitool. For the money, this is the best value of all the Leatherman Multis. Cheap enough so that if it gets lost or scratched up you won't cry too much. I like that the knife blade is on the outside so that you do not have to unfold the thing to deploy it. The fit and finish just shines quality. There are cheaper multis out there and I've tried them all, in the end, I keep coming back to Leatherman." —Avg. Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    30. A match kit with weatherproof case, 12 Titan matches, and three replaceable strikers, that you really shouldn't waste on lighting cigarettes. Keep them for emergencies, like times when you'd be forced to actually light a fire.


    Promising review: "Great matches. Heavy duty. It should be in every emergency kit, every backpack. I have one in my fishing vest and one in each car." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.84.

    31. A three-pack of windshield de-icer for melting snow, frost, and ice from any exterior glass or metal surface on your car with a quick and simple spray.


    Promising review: "The winter weather here is unpredictable so some days it’s warm and the next it’s freezing and I come out to a car that needs the windows scraped and defrosted which takes time I don’t have to spare since I’m typically late getting out the door already. With these handy dandy canisters however I can quickly spray the windows and go! —D Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $17.00.

    32. A set of two Drop Stop car seat gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank) to keep you from dropping your phone, loose change, or french fries into the deep, dark, unreachable crevices in your car.


    Promising review: "I just bought a new Toyota Tacoma and my cellphone would always fall down trough the hole in between the seats. After putting the drop stop in place I don't drop my phone anymore. It's very discreet you can't even tell it's there. Like no one even knows they're there even though my car seats are gray. They blend in. They move along when you move the seat. I'm tall 6-foot-1 and my wife is 5-foot-5 so we are constantly moving the seats and they move along with them." —Raul

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    33. A 16-count variety pack of Cliff energy bars, with flavors such as crunchy peanut butter, blueberry crisp, white chocolate macadamia nut, because you should always have a something to snack on in your car other than gum.


    Promising review: "I purchased this box of them to use as a meal replacement in the event of a bugout situation, adding it to my stash of emergency supplies in my car. I already have five of the bars in my BoB. I bet they taste a lot better than a ration bar!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three other flavors).

    Now, these must-have, automotive items should prepare you for almost any scenario you encounter on the road, except for maybe one like this.

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