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Car Travel Accessories for Adults

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As a Texas Travel Blogger who practically lives out of our car (seriously, we probably spend more time on the road than in our home), I’m always looking for ways to maximize our limited car space for the most comfortable experience on a long drive or even a short one. That’s why I’m sharing the best car travel accessories for adults that can make either short or long road trips go as smoothly as they can!

Now you can take your next road trip to the next level on the open road with the best travel accessories!

Other Car Things to Know

Did you know you can check your car’s recall simply and easily for free? Anyone who is driving should be checking if there is a recall on something in their car and getting it fixed (also free). It’s as simple as clicking this link and typing your VIN in. It’s such an easy thing to do to protect yourself and maybe even save money on not paying for something you might have thought you had to pay for.

So please take a minute to make your road trips a little safer! Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best traveling accessories for cars.

Car Accessories for Your Road Trip

These are my absolute favorites, can’t live without car accessories that have made all the difference in my road trips! A long trip is enhanced with some of the best road trip accessories listed here.

These car travel accessories have been carefully curated by myself, and with all the experience I have traveling on the road, you can bet they’re the best around!

Car Power Converter With Plug

Car Power Converter With Plug

I find that my typical “office” is actually in my car! I’m taking phone calls out of it and working on my laptop. For this reason, not only do I need multiple plugs to charge my mobile phone and electronic devices, but I also need to be able to plug in my laptop.

I use this exact model daily and all of my devices stay charged! It’s one of the best things to get that I can highly recommend, and a great way to stay connected.

Car Seat Gap Filler

Car Seat Gap FillerCar Seat Gap Filler

When we first switched to mechanical seats, we heard the story of one of the people at the dealership dropping a pen or lipstick without realizing it and then moving the seat back, breaking the system, and having to pay almost $1,000 to get it fixed.

As you can imagine, the first thing we bought were these car seat gap fillers, and it was such a good idea! Since our interior is black, I don’t even notice them and often forget, but it’s so nice to have the peace of mind of not having to suddenly pay a lot of money!

Insulated 1 Gallon RTIC Jug

Insulated 1 Gallon RTIC JugInsulated 1 Gallon RTIC Jug

Yes, I love my insulated cups, and our front stays packed with multiple bottles, but while traveling in the Texas heat, those simply aren’t enough! We keep our one-gallon jug in the back and refill it whenever possible.

Considering that each of us goes through about a gallon of water a day, this allows us to refill the water bottles we use up front and often have enough water so that when we get back from a hike or anything else, we still have more water! It’s an easy way to stay hydrated when you’re driving long distances for hours.

Air Pump

Air PumpAir Pump

The amount of nails we’ve accumulated on road trips is insane! I feel like I am single-handedly keeping the tire industry alive! Having an air pump has really helped not slow down our road trips with side-of-the road tire repairs, especially when the repair shops aren’t open.

Also, by inflating the flat tire ourselves, we usually don’t need to make more than a 3-4 minute stop before being on our own way, so it’s the best option for saving time on your long car ride. While you shouldn’t need these road trip gadgets for daily use, you’ll be thankful on the times you do.

Car Trash Can

Car Trash CanCar Trash Can

If you live in your car as much as we do including eating in it and having receipts, etc., you very quickly accumulate trash! We tried using a normal plastic bag from the grocery store, but once we got a car trash bag that you can hook behind your seat, it is really the best bet for keeping our car clean! It’s the best way to stay neat because it is such a great car organizer.

Car Dash Cam

Car Dash CamCar Dash Cam

About 6 months into getting our dash cam, a car pulled into our lane as we were driving and hit our side. Luckily, we came out safe, but the other driver insisted that it was not their fault. I am so grateful that we had our dash cam because all we had to do was send it over to our insurance company, and they immediately ruled in our favor, whereas before, we had to argue our case (about 6 years prior) when a very similar situation happened and the company tried to put us at 30% fault. It was a whole hassle convincing insurance; it was 0% our fault.

Also, it turns out we say a lot of funny things on road trips. We will sometimes go back and save those funny conversations for ourselves. It’s a good option for safety and making memories!

Car Cooler

Car CoolerCar Cooler

I can’t help it, I like color! This soft-sided cooler from RTIC comes in so many fun pastel colors that when I take it out for hiking or a picnic, it’s fun to look at. I love that it’s collapsible so that when it’s not full, I can take it with me. It’s some of the best gear for your road trip packing list.

High Brew

High BrewHigh Brew

I cannot go without coffee! I usually have at least a case or two in my trunk, and then two or three on my side door for traveling. They don’t need to be refrigerated, which makes it so convenient for traveling, and thanks to the nice cans, in general, it stays pretty cool.


They have all different flavors, including black, slightly sweet, dairy-free, and nitro, but my favorites are mocha and peppermint mocha (I stock up in the winter to have them for as long as possible). I like a little sweetness in my coffee, but not too much, and I have found these to be some of the higher-flavor, lower-sugar options! I’m actually drinking one as I write this, and it makes a great addition to my days!

Tile Mate

Tile MateTile Mate

I am horrible about losing my keys. I even lose them in the car all the time. However, I recently lost my keys so badly that I haven’t seen them for over a year, and they are good to be gone. Since then, we have tiled everything that I own because then we can at least track it. It’s one of the right car accessories to get if you are forgetful like me!

Car Diagnostic Reader

Car Diagnostic ReaderCar Diagnostic Reader

With our new car, we no longer have to use this. However, this was so helpful with our older vehicles. Whenever that unnerving warning light came up, we didn’t have to worry about going to the repair shop and being quoted too much. All we had to do was plug it in and it would give us the error code.

It also helped us know whether it was an issue that needed to be taken care of immediately or something that could wait a little bit. If you are driving an older car, this is one of the most essential car accessories to save the driver’s time and money.

Car Travel Accessories To Increase Storage

I really wish I had gotten a bigger car, I’m not going to lie. It’s bigger than what we had before, but it was clearly not big enough, especially with a fully packed car on a long journey! Some of these are the most useful road trip accessories that just really help to provide that extra space for holding more water bottles, games, accessories, etc.

Universal Car Seat Gap Catcher Organizer & Pocket Catcher Caddy

Universal Car Seat Gap Catcher Organizer & Pocket Catcher CaddyUniversal Car Seat Gap Catcher Organizer & Pocket Catcher Caddy

This convenient accessory is designed to keep your car tidy and organized and one of the best accessories for a car. With its innovative design, it effectively fills the gap between your car seats, providing extra storage space for small items and preventing them from falling into the hard-to-reach areas.

2pcs Car Seat Gap Filler

2pcs Car Seat Gap Filler2pcs Car Seat Gap Filler

The car seat gap filler is one of the car accessories that you need to prevent small items from slipping into the gap between your car seats. With its sleek design and easy installation, it seamlessly blends into your car interior while effectively reducing clutter and keeping essentials within reach. Plus, this one comes with two pieces so you have extra storage.

Trobo Back Seat Trunk Organizer

Trobo Back Seat Trunk OrganizerTrobo Back Seat Trunk Organizer

The Trobo Back Seat Trunk Organizer offers versatile storage solutions with its five mesh pockets and foldable design, perfect for keeping your car interior tidy and organized. Its adjustable strap and multipurpose functionality make it an ideal accessory for maximizing space and convenience during travel.

Trunk Organizer for Car with Insulated Leak Proof Cooler Bag

Trunk Organizer for Car with Insulated Leak Proof Cooler BagTrunk Organizer for Car with Insulated Leak Proof Cooler Bag

The Trunk Organizer combines practicality with convenience, featuring three compartments for efficient storage and organization. Its collapsible design makes it suitable for a variety of vehicles, from sedans to trucks. The waterproof cooler bag is ideal for storing food and beverages, offering a versatile solution for keeping your belongings secure and accessible while on the road.

Eveco Purse Holder for Cars

Eveco Purse Holder for CarsEveco Purse Holder for Cars

The Eveco Purse Holder provides a convenient solution for storing anything within easy reach while driving making it one of the most highly recommended car accessories. With its wide front pocket and adjustable straps, it seamlessly integrates into automotive consoles, making it compatible with a wide range of vehicles and armrest configurations.

NEXPOW Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier Bag

NEXPOW Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier BagNEXPOW Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier Bag

The Car Rooftop Cargo Carrier Bag offers ample storage space with its 21 cubic feet capacity, perfect for accommodating all your travel essentials. Constructed from heavy-duty material, this waterproof bag ensures durability and protection for your belongings, making it suitable for all types of vehicles, whether equipped with racks or not. It’s great for an extended stay when you need to pack extra luggage, or even a camping tent and equipment.

Car Ceiling Cargo Net Strong Load-Bearing Mesh Car Roof Storage Organizer

Car Ceiling Cargo Net Strong Load-Bearing Mesh Car Roof Storage OrganizerCar Ceiling Cargo Net Strong Load-Bearing Mesh Car Roof Storage Organizer

The Car Ceiling Cargo Net is a reliable solution for maximizing storage space in your vehicle, offering a strong load-bearing mesh design to securely hold your belongings overhead. With its large capacity and space-saving functionality, this storage organizer is an essential accessory for SUVs, trucks, and vans, keeping your interior clutter-free and your items easily accessible while on the go.

Auto Drive Gray Universal Portable Car Seat Organizer Bag

Auto Drive Gray Universal Portable Car Seat Organizer BagAuto Drive Gray Universal Portable Car Seat Organizer Bag

This Universal Portable Car Seat Organizer Bag is a versatile accessory. It is designed to keep your car interior neat and organized on the go. With its universal fit and portable design, this organizer bag is perfect for storing essentials such as snacks, drinks, and electronics, ensuring convenient access and a clutter-free environment while traveling.

MODANU 2 Pcs Acrylic Car Lip Balm Holder

MODANU 2 Pcs Acrylic Car Lip Balm HolderMODANU 2 Pcs Acrylic Car Lip Balm Holder

This car lip balm holder is designed to keep your essentials within arm’s reach while you’re on the go. Crafted with convenience in mind, this holder easily attaches to your car’s dashboard with strong adhesive tape. No more rummaging through your purse or glove compartment. With this holder, you can effortlessly retrieve your lip product whenever you need it, whether you’re stuck in traffic or on a road trip.

Trunk Organizer

Trunk OrganizerTrunk Organizer

The Trunk Organizer provides efficient storage solutions with its four pockets and collapsible design, ideal for keeping your car interior organized and clutter-free. Designed for convenience and versatility, this organizer is compatible with a range of vehicles, including SUVs, ensuring easy access to essentials while on the road.

My Fun Car Accessories

Maybe they’re not as necessary, but I think these are some great travel accessories to add a little fun to a road trip or make it more relaxing.

Conversation Cards

Conversation CardsConversation Cards

Obviously, it is only to be used by passengers and I really enjoy these cards to help pass time on a long road trip. I find that sometimes we find ourselves at a loss of words especially if someone is a little drowsy. I find it only takes a couple of cards and then next thing you know, you’re talking about something random for a whole hour or two and it really helps make those drives feel not so long.

Car Diffuser

Car DiffuserCar Diffuser

Car scents are great, but a car diffuser takes it to the next level by allowing you to infuse the air with your favorite essential oils. Whether it’s a soothing lavender for a more relaxed experience or a refreshing citrus blend to energize your drive, the possibilities are endless.

Car Slime

Car SlimeCar Slime

Slime is not just for kids! Cars can be such a pain to clean, but this slime is really great for getting all of that pesky dust! It’s our way of having our childhood fun but in a grown-up cleaning way! It’s a great travel accessory for keeping the car free of dust. 

Texas Car Accessories For Road Trips

If you know me, I’m huge on supporting local and so while all of the things mentioned above are great, I also really wanted to highlight some of the unique and often handmade things that Texans have made in our community that could just be really fun when you are thinking of jazzing up your car a bit.

These are some of the best car gadgets to take your road trips to the next level.

Retro Fluffy Cute Dice for Car Rearview Mirror

Add a touch of personality to your car with these delightful pink fluffy dice. As an added bonus they will help you to identify your car quickly no matter where you’re parked. Whether you’re cruising around town or hitting the open road, these dice are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you hop in the driver’s seat.

Crystal Car Vent Clips

Whether you believe in the healing power of crystals or not, these car vent clips with real clear quartz add a touch of sparkle to your car. An aesthetically pleasing space is good for peace of mind and these crystals are sure to brighten up your day. 

Boho Gray Car Trash Bag

Boho Gray Car Trash BagBoho Gray Car Trash Bag

This beautiful car trash bag is the classiest way to hold all your rubbish. If you’re giving a ride to a friend, they wouldn’t even know it is a trash bag! Simply line this floral canvas bag with a plastic bag from the grocery store and you’re good to go!

Rattan Heart Essential Oil Car Air Vent Diffuser

Rattan Heart Essential Oil Car Air Vent DiffuserRattan Heart Essential Oil Car Air Vent Diffuser

For a touch of homeliness and a car that always smells divine, consider investing in this essential oil car air vent diffuser. The rattan heart clips to the air vent and so when you’re blowing hot or cool air, the whole car is filled with a heavenly scent. 

Car Air Freshener

Car Air FreshenerCar Air Freshener

These gorgeous aroma beads come in a variety of colors and shapes. From flamingos to crowns and everything in between, this car air freshener adds a pop of color while keeping your car smelling fresh. 

Swinging Crochet Baby Chick

Swinging Crochet Baby Chick aSwinging Crochet Baby Chick a

Calling all animal lovers! This cute crocheted baby chick is a fun way to express yourself and decorate your car. It hangs from the rearview mirror so you can always spot your car no matter if you’re in a parking lot full of identical vehicles!

Macrame Car Coasters

Macrame Car CoastersMacrame Car Coasters

When you’re traveling in your car all the time, you want to make it as homely and comfortable as possible. These beautiful boho car coasters add a touch of class to your travels and they come in a variety of cute colors!

Plant Vent Clip Car Charm

Plant Vent Clip Car CharmPlant Vent Clip Car Charm

Plants are super in right now, but keeping real plants in your car can get messy. If you love plants as much as I do, I recommend investing in these leafy car vent clip charms to add a touch of greenery to your ride. 

Highland Cow Charm

Highland Cow CharmHighland Cow Charm

Nothing screams Texas as much as the iconic symbol of a cow, and this rustic boho charm is the perfect way to celebrate our cowboy heritage. 

Best Car Travel Accessories for Adults: Final Thoughts

Whether you’re looking for storage solutions or ways to give your car more personality, the items in this article are sure to streamline and spice up your vehicle. Traveling a lot can be taxing but with a little investment you can make your experience more enjoyable.

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