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20 Car Hacks for the Summer

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
June 25, 2016 · 2.1k Views

Your car works double duty during the summer thanks to roadtrips, birthday parties, and playdates. The outcome is your poor chariot looking like a royal mess littered with swim gear, fast food trash, and… is that an old cupcake? Fortunately, we’ve assembled some of our favorite summertime car hacks to bring organization to your car and perhaps even your life.

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1. Create Your own DIY Trash Can

Source: One Good Thing by Jillee

You’ve tried the whole “loose plastic bag” trick and somehow ended up with a bunch of half filled bags of trash floating around your car. Instead, take an old cereal container and line it with a trash bag. The container fits perfects under the trash and is easy to get to.

2. Never Use a Disgusting Roadside Bathroom Again

Kids have an accident? Need a clean restroom to change them in fast? There’s no need to play bathroom Russian Rollette by stopping somewhere that will make you want to get the whole family vaccinated again. Download a public restroom app like SitOrSquat that will show you the nearest public restrooms, and even give ratings based on cleanliness.

3. Hold Extra Drinks

Source: Flipboard

Got more mouths than cupholders? Stash a muffin tin in the back to hold extra to-go cups and prevent spilling.

4. Keep Small Items Organized

Hang clear shoe organizers off the back of car seats as an easy way to organize small items and keep them within reach of kids. The spaces are the perfect size to hold anything from toys to change of clothes.

5. Keep Groceries from Spilling in the Car

Source: Instructables

Clip carabiners onto the clothes hooks or handlebars in the back seat as an easy place to hang grocery bags. This will also make them much easier to bring into the house, just unclip them from the car and carry the bags in by the carabiners.

6. Organize Your Car Documents

Keep a small folder in your glove box to hold receipts, proof of insurance, registration etc. This makes it all extremely easy to find at a moment’s notice.

7. Always Find the Best Gas Prices

Source: CNN

Never pay more than you have to for gas by downloading an app like GasBuddy that will locate the cheapest gas near you.

8. Organize Your Center Divider

Sometimes your center divider can seem more like a black hole than extra storage. Try adding a few small plastic trays as an easy way to organize items like sunglasses, coins, or chargers.

9. Make Any Snack Travel Size

Source: What to do With Old

Use an old coffee creamer bottle as an easy and spill-proof way to store snacks. The containers also fit most car cup holders, keeping them from getting lost under chairs. Empty peanut butter containers are also a great place to hold fresh snacks like celery, carrots or apple slices.

10. Eat Easily

Always keep a ziplock bag with napkins, utensils, and a straw for easy eating on the road anytime.

11. Store Tissues without Taking Up Space

Source: 1080

Use a clean to-go coffee cup as a DIY tissue dispenser. It will easily fit in your cup dispenser and keep large tissue boxes from rolling around your floor.

12. Get Rid of Foggy Windows

Keep a clean chalkboard eraser in the car. When your windows get too foggy just wipe them off with the eraser.

13. Use a Rubber Band as a Phone Holder

Source: Most Epic Stuff

Left your phone holder at home? Thread a rubber band or an elastic through you’re air conditioner vent as the perfect way to hold your phone.

14. Find Your Car Faster

Need your key fob for a long distance car-retrieval signal? Try placing the key fob on your chin to increase its range.

15. Never Forget Which Side the Gas Tank is On

Source: Huffington Post

Driving a new car or a rental? It’s easy to forget which side the gas tank is on. Just look at your gas gauge, there should be an arrow that points to the side where the gas tank can be found.

16. Don’t Let Food Go Cold

Turn on the seat warmer to keep that pizza hot until you arrive at home.

17. Hide Extra Cash

Source: LifeHacker

This is a great tip for the car, the beach, or anywhere else you want to keep a bit of cash. Clean out a Chapstick tube and use it to hide money while traveling.

18. Give the Kids a Travel Tray

Repurpose a cookie sheet as the perfect travel tray for kids to draw on, eat snacks, or watch movies.

19. Make Cup Holder Clean Up Easy

Source: Lesson Website

Place a silicon cupcake liner in each cup holder as an easy way to clean up spills and lose items.

20. Never Lose to Car Sickness

Always keep a bag specially packed to fight car sickness. Include a granola bar, pressure point wrist bands, cough drops to suck on, and some barf bags/ Clorox wipes in case you need to clean up.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.

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