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For some of us, our car is like our second home—we spend a lot of time in it, driving to the grocery store, commuting to work, or going on a weekend road trip. No matter what you use your car for, there are a few things that can help make your driving (or passenger-seat-sitting) experience a little more enjoyable.
Below are 12 popular products that almost any car owner could benefit from, including a travel-size essential oil diffuser, a phone mount with thousands of reviews on Amazon, and an organizer that slips easily over your front seat. You’ll thank us—and these items—the next time you hit the road.
1. This top-rated car charger
If your car doesn’t come with a built-in USB port, you’ll need a way to keep your phone powered up when you’re out and about. This car charger from Anker has over 9,000 rave reviews because it’s powerful enough to charge two phones at the same time yet is compact enough that it sits flush with your dashboard. It’s also made of scratch-resistant metal that is very long-lasting, shoppers say.
2. This mini essential oil diffuser for your car
Maybe you get stressed out in traffic or maybe your car is full of questionable scents (hello, sweaty gym bag and leftover carryout). Whatever the issue, this travel essential oil diffuser can help. It sits conveniently in your cupholder and plugs right into your USB port. Shoppers say it’s tiny but mighty (i.e. it’s powerful enough to cover up those unpleasant odors) and they like that it’s easy to swap out the oils of your choosing.
3. This phone mount with over 43,000 reviews
There is nothing less safe—or more annoying—than holding your phone in one hand while you drive and simultaneously try to change the song on Spotify or look at Waze for directions. Enter this phone mount, which clips right into your car’s AC vent. People love that it lets you navigate without taking your eyes off the road and that it holds your phone securely in place. Bonus: It can be adjusted to fit almost any size phone.
4. This must-have car organizer
Between chargers, snacks, and things to keep the kids entertained, you have a lot of stuff in your car. Keep it all organized with these genius pockets which slip right over your headrests. Reviewers rave that they have plenty of space for all your essentials and that they’re well-made so they’ll last for months (and maybe even years) of everyday use.
5. This travel-size first aid kit
If you don’t have a first aid kit in your car, we 10/10 recommend getting one ASAP. This travel-size kit has over 6,000 positive reviews on Amazon because it’s compact and portable and is stocked with all of the basic first aid essentials from Band-Aids to gauze to alcohol prep pads.
6. This cushion to make your seat more comfortable
Whether you’re driving to work or taking a road trip with the family, sitting for an extended period of time on what isn’t exactly the most comfortable car seat can make you stiff and sore. The solution? This memory foam cushion which, according to its 7,000+ glowing reviews on Amazon, molds perfectly to your back and provides just the right amount of support.
7. This cupholder extender
Ah, if only every travel mug was designed to fit in the standard car cupholder. Unfortunately, they’re not—but fortunately, this this cup holder adapter exists. It’s a popular pick on Amazon because reviewers say it firmly holds any size cup or mug in place (no spills here!) and it’s easy to adjust on the go.
8. This portable trash can to keep your car clean
Don’t let your car become a graveyard of crumpled-up receipts, old Starbucks cups, and empty takeout containers. This two-gallon trash can will keep your mess contained and can hook securely on the glovebox, console, or headrest. It has thousands of five-star reviews for being durable (it’s even waterproof!) and for having a lid that stays tightly closed while you’re driving.
9. These headrest hooks for your bags
Setting your purse or your groceries on the passenger seat next to you is all fun and games—until you take a turn too fast or slam on the brakes and everything goes flying. An easy way to safely store your bags while you’re driving around is with these hooks which sit right on your headrest. They have over 7,000 reviews thanks to how sturdy and easy-to-install they are.
10. This seat cover for anyone who owns a dog
You love your pup but you don’t love the hair and dirt they leave all over the interior of your car. Thousands of pet parents swear by the BarksBar Seat cover, which clips securely to your backseat to keep the cushions mess-free. They like that the cover is made of heavy-duty waterproof fabric that’s comfortable for your dog to lounge on yet easy to remove and wash.
11. This ice scraper with over 6,000 reviews
Waiting for what feels like hours for your windshield to defrost? Ain’t nobody got time for that. That’s why a durable ice scraper like this one should be in your car at all times. Thousands of reviewers love that it has tiny “ice chippers” in the extra-long blade to break up tough ice (along with a brush for sweeping off snow) and that the soft foam handle is comfortable and easy to handle.
12. This Shark Tank product for the gap between your seats
The space between your car seat and the center console is a black hole of missing credit cards, pens, and hair ties. To put an end to the abyss, you might consider the Drop Stop, which is old news to Shark Tank fans. The patented gap filler has over 13,000 reviews because it blends into your car’s interior thanks to its dark color and, because it’s made of squishy neoprene, can fit the seat crack of any car.
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