39 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15. A 24 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.
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 boats and lawnmowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28. A stormproof match kit that protects and holds up to 40 matches. Pack them in the trunk for emergencies, like times when you'd be forced to actually light a fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
36. An AC outlet inverter with four USB converters to help keep your family plugged in and ~juiced up~ during those summer vacation road trips.
37. A car net barrier with storage for keeping your valuables firmly secured — and if you're traveling with a *large* furry friend, it'll help keep them in the backseat where they can't obscure your view as they ~attempt~ to sit in your lap.
38. A durable and extendable snow brush with a squeegee and ice scraper so you don't have to factor in an extra 20+ minutes to clean off your car before you can hit the road in the morning.
It also comes apart for storage or individual use if you prefer!
Promising review: "Now you go to a truck stop or gas station and they are gonna wack you generally for a junk scraper that barely works and if it has a brush it would not brush ice off a cup of soda. But THESE. This thing is a beast. Literally cleans my truck like I am part yeti. If you need a good ice scraper that is not wimpy and takes the winter beatings with a grain of salt...(See what I did there? A grain of salt melts snow.....badum dum), anyway this thing WORKS! When you need it, IT WILL BE THERE. I recommend you take it inside with you so it won't get brittle but that's just me. People knock on my door to use it! Seriously a beast." —Sinbadd
Get it from Amazon for $36.96.
39. A no-rinse carpet spot cleaner that'll tackle those grassy, muddy, oily, and/or foodie stains that you've grown used to, but never fond of.
Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners but they made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany
Get a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $11.95.