With hundreds of useful car accessories to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are worth your time and money and which aren’t. That’s why we’ve taken the time to put together this list of useful car accessories that will make your life easier in the driver’s seat and make your car more pleasant to use while you’re at it.
Tiny trash can
It’s small, portable, and useful for keeping trash in one place without having to worry about spilling it all over your car’s interior. It even has a little handle on top so you can carry it with you. As a bonus, it comes in bright colors that stand out from other accessories. This can come in handy if you keep anything valuable or sentimental on hand when driving around. There’s no need to get your valuables mixed up with other people’s trash!
Keep your home smelling fresh and eliminate unwanted odors with a hanging diffuser. Hang one in your car, or anywhere else you might have odor problems, and never deal with stinky smells again. Some oils can also improve memory and mental focus, which is great if you have long commutes—or if you’re just looking for a way to stay focused throughout your day. If you want to explore essential oils for more than scent, check out our guide on how to use essential oils.
One of the handiest useful car accessories around, hooks make it easy to hang wet or dirty items out of sight. They’re also great for securing bags and strapping down gear in your trunk. When shopping for hooks, look for ones that are rated to hold at least 15 pounds each. No point in buying a 10-pound hook if you’re planning on hauling more than that. Once you find a good option, just be sure to measure and mark where you want them installed on your vehicle. It’s always better to get it right before drilling holes!
A stick-on shade
If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a ton of extra space in your car. To save room, and to shield myself from glaring sunlight (especially on sunny days), I keep a stick-on shade in my trunk. It attaches to my windshield and shades not only my face but also makes it easy for me to see out of my rearview mirror at night. A car accessory that could come in handy during sudden rainstorms or when driving through tunnels! Stick-on shades are cheap, lightweight, and simple—and can be repositioned again and again if needed. Keep them in your trunk next time you buy gas—the cashier may even give you one as a bonus!
Multi-port USB Charger
Ever get in your car, start driving and realize you forgot to charge your phone? A multi-port USB charger keeps that from happening. Simply plug it into your cigarette lighter or another outlet in your car and you can charge all of your gadgets at once without taking up valuable cup holder space. You’ll never be unprepared for a day on the go again. The best part is that it’s compatible with all Android and Apple products. Though older, less powerful devices may take longer to charge).
Car Seat Organizer
A car seat organizer can help keep everything you need in your car organized and within reach. You’ll have a spot for all of your important documents, pens, laptop, cell phone chargers, and other electronic devices. These organizers are also great for storing non-essentials like small toys and books for kids. They often come with multiple pockets to help separate everything out into smaller compartments so things don’t get mixed up or misplaced. Some even include a USB port to keep your device charged when you’re on the go!
We all use our phones on a daily basis, whether it’s to look up directions on Google Maps or make calls and send texts. Unfortunately, most vehicles aren’t equipped with phone holders, which means we’re left to use one hand to hold our phone while attempting not to drop it at an unsafe speed. A simple smartphone holder solves both of these problems and frees up your hands for driving—not only is it safer but you’ll also be able to use Siri (if you have an iPhone) for voice commands and GPS coordinates. You can even mount your device in your car so that if you ever get lost or need directions, you can just check your phone instead of asking for directions from strangers.
Lumbar Support Pillow
The best place to put your cell phone is right where you can see it: on your windshield. The easiest way to do that is with a universal car vent mount. These mounts allow you to slide your phone in and adjust it any way you want. And they typically have a sticky base so they’ll stay in place while you drive. This particular model costs less than $7, but even more expensive options work just as well. Some vents don’t work as well because they only have one (horizontal) slot instead of two (vertical slots), but even if that’s true for your vehicle, these mounts typically use small magnets that will hold your phone up horizontally.