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    35 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.

    Black and red tire inflator
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    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 $32.99.

    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.

    Model's hand holding and spraying blue WD-40 can with red top
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    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 $8.19

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

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    Promising review: "My car’s sunroof has a bad gasket and was leaking. I sealed the entire glass panel with this tape. Viola, no more leak. Now that it’s baked a couple of weeks on my black car I removed a small corner. No nasty duct tape residue. I’m very happy to have found this tape." —SLR

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49

    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.

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    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 $12.11

    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.

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    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 $6.99 (available in three colors).

    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.

    White packet of drinking water with blue lettering
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    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 $27

    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.

    Light gray windshield sunshade
    Amazon

    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 $15.96+ (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.

    Yellow illustrated Big Foot air freshener
    Amazon

    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 $4.90

    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.

    Black plastic document holder with car illsutration on front
    Amazon

    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 $4.20

    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.

    Black flashlight in the rain
    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "My electricity 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.

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    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 $13.99.

    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.

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    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 $10.95

    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.

    Black cleaning tool with lime green colored pads and clear spray bottle
    Amazon

    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.

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    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 $40(available in three colors).

    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.

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    Promising review: "Bought this as the last resort backup option if I got a flat. Well...got a flat and this was the last chance option. Worked well enough to get me to a shop to get the tire patched without ruining the rim of the wheel. That's what it is for and that's what it did. 5 stars." —Dave D

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49

    16. A car jump starter that doesn't require another car to give yours a boost and holds a charge for up to 12 months. Also works on SUVs, trucks, and vans.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Let me tell you why you need this jump starter. The battery of my car died on me while I parked it at a single garage. My jumper cables couldn't reach to restart my car. I had to borrow my friend's jump starter. After that incident, I decided to replace my jumper cables with a jump starter. I did some research and chose this particular jump starter. It's so compact yet very powerful as it advertised. I can use it as a power bank and flashlight for an emergency. Eventually, I need to buy one for each vehicle in my house." —Rachael L

    Get it from Amazon for $59.49

    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.

    A pair of black and gray with yellow highlights and logo
    Amazon

    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 $13.93+ (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.

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    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 $46.99

    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.

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    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 $10.99

    20. 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.

    Silver and black tire pressure gauge with blue light-up screen
    Amazon

    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 $11.99+.

    21. 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.

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    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 $11.97

    22. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $49.98 (available in five colors).

    23. 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.

    Model presenting First Aid kit in red, white, and blue plastic box
    Amazon

    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 $8.99

    24. 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.

    Green poncho on white background with storage bag
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The purchase of this poncho was the result of a great deal of comparison in material, size and price. I bought two ponchos...one 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 $23.99+ (available in 3 colors).

    25. A set of six 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Excellent designed product. Our FD is using these instead of traditional safety flares. There are flexible light pattern settings and can be used on top of traffic cones or underneath to illuminate. Set on the roadway they can be run over without breaking apart. Magnet is strong for sticking on side of the vehicle or use handy hanger which sits neatly in the groove when not used." —Jacqueline Shadford

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99

    26. 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.

    Black car window shade on rear side door
    Amazon

    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 $13.97

    27. 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.

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    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 $59.95

    28. A Zippo Typhoon match kit that floats in water and keeps 15 matches dry. Pack them in the trunk for emergencies, like times when you'd be forced to actually light a fire.

    Model's hands holding a lit match and gray and red container
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you get frustrated having your matches always blowing out before your fire get started, then these matches are for you! They light, stay lit, and burn longer! Just awesome!" —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $19.38

    29. 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.

    White and blue spray bottle of de-icer
    Amazon

    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 $19.81.

    30. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $22.99

    31. 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.

    Eight different colors and flavors of Cliff bars
    Amazon

    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 $19.99 (available in three other flavors).

    32. A jar of cleaning gel for car detailing, because there are some parts of your ride that just never seem to get clean by conventional means. That means the only thing to fight dust and dirt with is, well, a handful of slime. They'll never see it coming from one of their own.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I never thought to use slime to get the crevices in my car clean. It’s so easy to just press or roll this around in the car picking up the dirt and crumbs vacuums are too stubborn to pick up." —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

    33. A portable car vacuum cleaner with a 16-foot-long cable that plugs into the car's lighter port, so unless your ride is out of gas or the battery's dead, you've got no excuse for not cleaning every nook and cranny from the dashboard to the trunk.

    A car vacuum kit that includes a handheld vacuum, a storage bag, and various attachments, plugs, and filters
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I own a 2018 Dodge Durango that sadly does not have leather seats. I own three dogs and it is just a nightmare pulling out my extension cord to vacuum my truck. I can now just plug this little guy into my 12-volt car outlet and I’m good to go! The power in this vacuum is as good as it’s going to get for a car vacuum so if you want extreme suction then buy a shop vac. Also, the attachments are fantastic." —Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    34. An adjustable and extendable cup-holder adapter to secure larger liquid containers so you don't have to keep your water bottle wedged between the seat and the gearshift for easy access to your refreshing beverage of choice.

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    Promising review: "Thrilled to finally have a way to keep my giant water bottle upright and not have it tossing around my car! This product is so thoughtfully designed. You can tell that someone put a lot of time and energy into making this product work for a myriad of car cup holder designs. It comes with multiple adapters to make it work in many cars." —Jessica M. Pelletier

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    35. A universal smartphone holder (compatible with most recent models of the iPhone, Galaxy, and Nexus) that mounts in (many but not all) car vents. The 360-degree rotation allows you to position your phone exactly where you want it to be so you never have to fumble for your GPS.

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    Promising review: "My hands-free smartphone cradle has a good design for attaching to vent. It hasn’t ever come off and feels secure. The method for securing the phone is good too. Button on back releases the ratchet-like mechanism that tightens and loosens arms. Just squeezing arms together tightens the phone securely in the holder. I was concerned I’d lose airflow but the air just pushes out around it. I love using the phone's GPS instead of the vehicle's one and my new Beam Electronics holder allows me to do just that. Holds iPhoneX securely." —Teddy B

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    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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