Handy car items will be your savior when you accidentally spill your coffee before work or realize your phone’s going to die when following a GPS. Keeping beauty, tech, and toiletry items in your car will benefit you and any passengers you’re chauffeuring around. No matter what the problem is, you’re sure to have something on hand to solve it. Check out the 15 handiest car items you need to keep in your car.
Pack of Scrunchies
The sun is shining, you’re cruising down the highway and all you want is to roll down your windows, but your long hair is down and there’s not a scrunchy or hair elastic insight. Keeping a pack of scrunchies handy in your car will completely avoid ever running into this problem. Maybe you just hate hair in your face and you’re an hour into your road trip and have nothing to tie your hair back with. There’s nothing worse than feeling trapped and tangled in your own hair. Scrunchies are a necessity to have in your car during the warmer months, but try to have them handy year-round!
Look good, feel good. You just left the gym when your friends ask to meet up for a cup of coffee. You’re a sweaty mess, but that’s nothing a little concealer can’t fix. Concealer is so convenient because applying a little goes a long way, and you can easily blend it in with your hands. Driving for hours can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, so toss a little concealer on before running to hug your long-distance boo! This will one of your new favorite car items.
Makeup Remover Wipes
You never know where the day, or your car, can take you. From singing your heart out on the highway to crying in a parking lot, your car sees a whole lot, and so does your skin! You never know when you’re going to need a makeup remover wipe, so having them handy could really benefit you. This item is necessary for anyone who works out, wears makeup, or just does a lot of shopping throughout the day.
This is probably the most essential out of all the car items you’ll own. Having a car charger handy is so important, especially when driving a long distance. Between playing music and following a GPS, you’ll need to keep your phone on the charger. Of course, it’s always good to have your phone with you in case of emergencies, or for people that need to get in contact with you. Having a car charger or two could save your life.
Tide To-Go Stick
It’s so easy to make a mess while driving. You’re rushing to work and spill your coffee on your sweater, but you have no time to turn around! That’s when a Tide To-Go Stick will handle the problem. You don’t need any water or soap, just apply the Tide pen to the stain and you’re good to go. Keep a nice neat appearance with your Tide To-Go Stick!
Hand sanitizer, especially in today’s world, could save your life. Your hands see a lot on a day to day basis, from gas pumps to door handles, and bringing those germs into your car will only cause them to spread. Having a hand sanitizer in easy-access of your seat will help you stay healthy and clean, no matter where you go. This car item should be at the top of your list!
Tissues can be used to blow your nose or to clean up a quick mess. You and all your passengers will really take advantage of this car item, especially during allergy season. These will even double as a napkin in case you spill iced coffee and have nothing to wipe it up with. Make sure to load up your car with a few packs of Kleenex tissues.
Never again will you leave the house smelling like body odor. Perfume sticks are so much more convenient than regular perfume because they’re so small and easy to store. Throw one in your purse, your car, your backpack, anywhere convenient. Just roll on the stick and you won’t have to worry about your odor.
Small Bag of Coins
Keeping coins in your car is so handy if you live somewhere with parking meters. Keep a small bag full of coins out of plain sight by storing it in your glove compartment. Whenever you buy a drink or snack, throw your coin change in the bag! You’ll never have to dump your wallet looking for coins, simply just pull out your coin bag! Be sure to add this to your list of car items.
Air Vent Phone Holder
Do you travel often and need to follow along to a GPS? Air vent phone holders slide right through the vent and properly hold your phone upright for you to see without really taking your eyes off the road. They’re sturdy and won’t fall out of your vent if you run over a bump or pothole. Follow directions easier than ever with the help of an air vent phone holder.
Every girl knows when you’re on your period, you can’t go anywhere without a tampon. But, what happens if you unexpectedly got your period while at the mall? Or a friend you’re with needs to borrow one? Tampons are one of the many car items that will save your day. Keeping a handful of tampons in your glove compartment will avoid the hassle of having to change your pants in case an accident occurs. Leave the house in confidence and never stress again about needing a tampon.
We’re all about saving the environment, but we can admit we’re obsessed without daily iced coffees. Keeping a pack of metal straws in your car will allow you to say goodbye to plastic straws. You won’t realize how much plastic you use each day until you begin to cut it out, and straws are only the first step! Make sure to take them in and wash them before returning them to their case in the car. Now you can drink your coffee guilt-free!
Pack of Gum
Nobody wants to have bad breath. Leaving a pack of minty gum or mints in your car will allow you to pop one in anytime you feel like your breath is starting to stink. Chewing gum will also keep you busy and you’ll even feel less hungry while you’re driving around. Try not to leave the gum in direct sunlight or hot temperatures to avoid it from melting. Leave people wondering how your breath is always so fresh!
When the sun is just rising or just setting it can be so hard to see the road. Keeping a pair of sunglasses in your car will save your eyes all of the trouble. I recommend keeping a cheaper pair in your car rather than your new pair of Ray-Bans. Keeping a pair of sunglasses on hand will ensure you a safer drive when the sun starts to shine.
To-go packs of Advil will be your best friend when a headache or cramps hit hard on a drive. The small cases are convenient for storing in the car as they take up very little space and can easily be tossed in a bag or wallet if you need to bring them out with you. Your body will thank you for this keeping this in your car.
Now that your car is fully stocked, where are you headed? Let us know your favorite handy car items in the comments below.
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Kenley Stevenson grew up on Long Island, New York. Being a short train ride from New York City, opportunities for her to create and grow were endless. Now, she is currently a junior English/Journalism major at the University of New Hampshire. On top of Society19, she also write articles for Trill! Magazine. She has a huge passion for food, fashion, and anything related to today’s pop culture, and hopes to spend her future writing about it.