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17 Amazingly Useful Things To Keep In Your Car At All Times

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the useful products they like to keep in their cars. From snacks to pet products to safety tools, here are some super helpful things they recommend stocking up with.

1. An FM transmitter to access Bluetooth capabilities in Bluetooth-less cars.

"Plug it into the 12V outlet in your car, and you can play music, or have phone calls over Bluetooth through your car speakers. Perfect for older cars with no Bluetooth function." —monetd2

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

2. A pet seatbelt. Your pet's safety is just as important as any other passenger's.

"So good to know your pet won't jump out of the window, and that they'll be a bit safer if we get into an accident." —carlymeyers228

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).


3. A four-port charger that'll make you the lifesaver of the friend group. Think of all the times you wished your friends had a place for you to charge your phone in their cars.

"You're able to charge up to four phones at once, so it's great for road trips with your friends. There's no fighting over who can charge their phone first, if you each have your phone cable. Plus, you can charge your portable phone battery at the same time as your phone!" —nicholefrancois

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

5. Red Bull, or any other energy drink you like. That being said, don't drive if you're *too* tired.

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"You never know when you'll need a pick-me-up, and buying them at the convenience store can add up." —kaydef

Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $32.99 (available in seven flavors, and four sizes).

6. Sunglasses—so important to keep handy, because sun blindness is a real thing and can be so dangerous.

"A serious must-have for anyone who loves driving with the windows down, but hates the pain of being whiplashed in the eyes by your own hair!" —georginaz

Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 14 colors).


8. A portable toilet. When you gotta go, you gotta go. Also, public restrooms kinda suck.

"We have three kids, and a portable toilet saves us so much time, (and nerves). We never have to search or stand in line somewhere to use some yucky public restroom." —a4132b00e2

Get it from Amazon for $64.37+ (available in two styles, and two sizes).

9. An essential oil spray to freshen up your car's smell (and to keep you feeling a little calmer while driving).

"I spritz a little in the backseat before friends hop in, and I always get compliments about how fresh, and lemony my car smells! Plus, because the brand is made with essential oils, it doubles as an antiviral/antibacterial spray. Bliss." —annas42a33461f

Get it from Amazon for $11.59.

10. Wipes because kids are messy, you're messier when you eat behind the wheel, and these will save you from feeling yucky.

"You never know when you're going to spill something, or even need a little refresher for your hands, or underarms during those hot summer days." —monicaxo

Get five 24-packs of wipes from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in three styles).


11. SNACKS. Sorry I yelled, but snacks are vital. How much does it suck when hunger strikes when you're in the car, and you don't want to spend money on food from the outside world? A lot.

"I have two young boys, and every other sentence out of their mouth is 'I'm hungry.' Now, I don't have to stuff my bag full of snacks before I leave the house."


Get a box of 50 for $29.99.

12. Water bottles. You can never go wrong with keeping a case in the trunk for those moments when you just need to quench your thirst.

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"Sounds dumb, but I always have a case of water bottles. You never know what's going to happen!" —cassidydemona

Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $19.50.

13. A trash bag—it'll come in handy when you're done with your snacks and water bottles.

"It keeps your car from getting cluttered with various wrappers and straw papers!" —juliaannc2

Get it from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in three colors, and two sizes).

14. A safety hammer in case you find yourself in an accident.

"One end will cut your seat belt off, and the other will smash open your window. I hope I never have to use it, but if I do, I'll be glad it's there." —caitlinm18

Get two from Amazon for $13.99.


15. An essential oil diffuser that might just be able to make you feel like you're at a spa when you're really sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Ok, not quite, but still.

"Makes the car smell great, keeps you cool, calm, and collected during 5 p.m. rush hour traffic". —deec90

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

17. And a book outlining the best procedures for handling transportation-related incidents. It can't hurt to buy a copy and refer to it, should you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation.

"You know those placards with numbers and symbols on 18-wheelers and tanker trucks? Well, this book translates all that, and can tell you what's in each truck, and what to do if one crashes. It's even color-coded." —jnx426

Get it from Amazon for $4.49+.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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