20 Must Have Car Accessories for your Family Vehicle


I spend about as much time in my car as I do anywhere these days since one of my jobs, it seems, is to chauffeur my kids to and from all their activities.  So, since I spend so much time in my mom-mobile, I might as well load it up with all the car must-haves so that I can be prepared in the event of an emergency and enjoy being in there!  

Top Car Must-Haves for A Family Vehicle

First Aid Kit

I actually made a “boo-boo boxes” at a mom’s meeting one time and I thought it was such a useful craft to make and take.  The box includes band-aids, rubber gloves, alcohol wipes, ointment, gauze, etc.  It normally sits right under the driver’s seat so I can easily grab it should we need it.  You can purchase a first aid kit here too.


Important Documents

Make sure to keep an updated insurance card, state registration, travel aid like AAA in the glove compartment along with your car owner’s manual. 

Window Break/Seatbelt Cutter Tool

An essential in case of an emergency.  Should you need to break your window or cut your seat belt, this tool will do the job.  It sits in my driver-side door.  Grab yours here.


Jumper Cables

We have actually needed to use jumper cables on several occasions to either jump someone else’s car or our own.  One time while tailgating we left the radio on to listen to the post-game show and wore down the battery!


Tire Pressure Gauge

It never fails, my tire pressure sensor comes on as the weather turns cold in the midwest.  Many places offer air but it’s important to test your tire pressure.  Grab a gauge here and keep it in your glove compartment.  If you don’t have one, many gas stations do have one you can use.  Just ask the attendant!

USB Cable & Car Plug Adapter

You never know when you might need to charge a device.  Keep a plug and USB cord in the car at all times. When you don’t need it, you can keep it in your glove compartment.  Graba USB car plug adapter here.


Antibacterial Wipes, Hand Sanitizer & Tissues

We eat in our car, the copious amount of French fries on the ground when we move a seat do not lie.  I keep a  hand sanitizer spray in the cupholder up front and we can easily pass it around so everyone can wash their hands after an activity.  

Antibacterial wipes work great for both wiping down surfaces, cleaning up messes or serving to wipe dirty hands as well.  Stock up on hand sanitizer spray here and antibacterial wipes here.  I keep the wipes in my center console for easy access.

Don’t forget tissues too, someone always seems to need one right after you leave home!



We live in the midwest and that means sometimes I need to scrape and brush off my car.  If you don’t have one in your car, a credit card would do the trick in a pinch!  Grab your windshield scraper here.




IPad Holder for the Headrest & Phone Holder

Our van doesn’t have a built-in entertainment center but each of our kids has an iPad they use for road trips.  The older two just hold on to theirs but the littlest ones need a holder (like this one) so they don’t accidentally keep closing out of their show.  The headrest holder works great and the passenger can easily undo it should they need a new show or different activity.

We also love having easy access to our phones for GPS and music streaming while in the car so we have a phone holder that attaches to our dashboard like this one.


Dust Mitt

I love a clean van.  The rule of thumb is to take the trash out every single time we get home.  The third row doesn’t always get that memo but we try.  I also keep a microfiber dust mitt (like this one) tucked into the center console so when I have a moment while running carpool, I can dust!  I am more likely to do it if it’s already in the car.


Car Seat Protectors

There’s nothing worse than pulling out your carseat for a girls night to find glued on, petrified food stuck beneath the car seat.  We grabbed some car seat protectors so that when we remove the carseat, the most we have to do is a quick vacuum.  Find ours here.


Garbage Bag or Small Grocery Bags

You never know when you might have some trash or worse yet a little car sickness.  Keep a stash of grocery bags and a garbage bag in your car.  My friend even keeps a washed-out 5 gallon lidded ice cream pail in her car for said emergencies.  Then, you can place the lid on top until you get someplace you can dispose of it.

Quarter & a $20 Bill

I always keep a quarter in my car for Aldi trips.  When I turned 16, my dad told me to always leave a $20 bill in the glove compartment in case of an emergency.  It’s a good rule of thumb!


It always seems to rain when you least expect it, so rather than keeping your umbrella in your coat closet, store your umbrella under your seat for that unexpected rainy day!


Whether you need it for an impromptu picnic or worse yet get stranded on a cold day, keep a blanket in the back of your car.


So, there you have it.  A quick rundown of everything you need for your car to keep you safe and comfortable!  What do you keep in your car?  Do you spend a lot of time in your car, like I do?  I am seriously considering adding chauffeur to my resume.  If you blogged about 10 items you keep in your car, share your link below and then make sure to visit two other blogs and say hello!




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