7 things you should always keep in your trunk — plus an easy way to keep it all organized

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Keep your trunk organized and well-stocked with these useful items. (Source: iStock)
Keep your trunk organized and well-stocked with these useful items. (Source: iStock)

Car trunks are often forgotten about, leading to disorganized and damaged items. Luckily, there are plenty of simple solutions to help you get things under control. These backseat essentials are must-haves for any responsible vehicle owner and are easy to store right in your trunk, assuming you have an organizer to put them in.

Keep reading to learn more about some trunk essentials that will keep you covered next time you’re stuck on the side of the road.

Always have a backup plan

Always be sure your gadgets are charged with this handy car charger. (Source: Amazon)
Always be sure your gadgets are charged with this handy car charger. (Source: Amazon)

$17.51 $21.99 at Amazon

Having a backup phone charger in the car is always a good idea whether you’re planning a road trip or barely using your car at all. You never know when you’ll be somewhere with a low phone battery or when you’ll forget to charge it overnight, so it’s good to have a readily-available backup charger just in case.

This 3-port USB-C charger lets you quickly and safely charge most cell phones along with other devices like earbuds at the same time. Rather than sticking out awkwardly like most other chargers, this slick-looking car port should fit in with your vehicle’s interior and its wires are short enough to not get in the way while you’re driving. The charger also includes multi-colored lights that look stylish and help you not forget to unplug it when you’re done. Check this versatile charger out today to save 10% on Amazon.

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Always have a backup plan

Keep this jump starter handy in case the unexpected happens on the road. (Source: Amazon)
Keep this jump starter handy in case the unexpected happens on the road. (Source: Amazon)

$99.95 $124.95 at Amazon

Every vehicle needs a backup jump starter, even if you’ve never had issues starting it before. Your car battery could die at a busy gas station or in the middle of a country road. You don’t get to choose when or where, but you can decide how you prepare. With up to 1000 amps of power, this portable jump starter can start your car up to 20 times on a single charge.

It's easy to use (which is important when stress is high) and is compact enough to be tucked away in the glove box. For extra versatility, this car jumper can also be used as a power bank for charging phones and as a flashlight. With a discount of 20% off, now is a great time to make sure you're prepared for anything on the road.

This waterproof first aid kit contains 200 specialty bandages and fits in your glove compartment. (Source: Amazon)
This waterproof first aid kit contains 200 specialty bandages and fits in your glove compartment. (Source: Amazon)

$17.99 $29.99 at Amazon

The ideal first-aid kit is small, compact and able to store as many emergency supplies as possible. This waterproof car first-aid kit features everything you might need in a pinch, including over 200 specially-sized bandages, 20 alcohol pads, scissors, tweezers, cotton swabs and an instant ice pack.

This first-aid kit also has a foldable emergency warming blanket that is windproof, waterproof and can maintain 90% of your body heat. With plenty of options for sterilization, treating burns and covering wounds, this first-aid kit includes everything you might need in a small case that’ll fit in your trunk or glove compartment.

This air compressor can fully inflate a regular car tire in just five minutes. (Source: Amazon)
This air compressor can fully inflate a regular car tire in just five minutes. (Source: Amazon)

$32.99 $44.99 at Amazon

Regularly keeping your tire pressure at optimal levels can help save money on gas and keeps the tires from wearing out too early, but simply filling them with air when they get too low isn’t enough. The AstroAI air compressor is the perfect companion for anyone who takes care of their car, as it’s able to bring any tire from 0 psi to 35 psi in less than five minutes.

One happy Amazon customer said: “Easy to use and the power cord is nice and long so that you can reach your tires. Retains my 35 psi tire pressure setting so I just connect it up and turn it on and it inflates to 35 psi on the dot. You can set it to whatever your tire’s psi recommendation is and it will retain it next time you need to use it.”

This battery-powered tire pressure gauge has an ergonomically designed grip and can tell you the tire's pressure down to the decimal. (Source: Amazon)
This battery-powered tire pressure gauge has an ergonomically designed grip and can tell you the tire's pressure down to the decimal. (Source: Amazon)

$10.79 $15.99 at Amazon

To go along with your air compressor, you’ll want a dependable tire pressure gauge so you can quickly and regularly check each tire. The AstroAI gauge tells you the tire’s exact pressure down to the first decimal so you know precisely what you’re working with. Plus, its nozzle seal will keep air from escaping while you check it.

Its build is small and ergonomically shaped for an easy grip so you can grab it and go when you need it, rather than unraveling the big compressor every time you check your tires. It automatically shuts off after about 30 seconds of not being used, so its batteries should last. It also comes with two backup batteries, just in case. The AstroAI tire pressure gauge is currently on sale for over 30% off on Amazon.

This wool blanket works well in an emergency as well as on chilly camping trips. (Source: Amazon)
This wool blanket works well in an emergency as well as on chilly camping trips. (Source: Amazon)

$39.99 $49.99 at Amazon

Made from machine-washable wool, this military blanket measures over 7 feet in length and will be able to keep multiple people warm nearly anywhere. Whether you’re planning a camping trip or have kids that regularly fall asleep in the back seat, no car is complete without at least one emergency blanket. The material is heavy and thick, able to maintain your body’s heat and lock-stitched so you won’t have to worry about it tearing anytime soon. This outdoor blanket is available in six colors and is currently priced at just under $40.

Keep all of these vehicle essentials neat and tidy with a trunk organizer. (Source: Amazon)
Keep all of these vehicle essentials neat and tidy with a trunk organizer. (Source: Amazon)

$28.99 $32.99 at Amazon

A trunk can easily become cluttered with tools, accessories and sports equipment. Thankfully, this trunk organizer allows you to customize your car storage with clips that fasten firmly to the backseat and six different pockets for storage (three of which are see-through). Store tools, first-aid kits, tire pressure equipment, camping gear and more while still leaving the floor of the trunk open for the rest of your gear.

“I carry a lot of gear in my car,” explained one Amazon customer. “Instead of having things like a first-aid kit, tie-downs/ratching straps, jumper cables… and gloves sliding around loose in the back, now I have it all in this organizer. Because it hangs from the backseat headrests, everything is carried against the backseat, only extending maybe 8” at most leaving you tons of room in the cargo area. Plus, it looks good.”

Make sure you're prepared for anything

Next time your battery dies or you get a low tire warning, it’ll be too late to hop onto Amazon and order these to immediately appear in your trunk. Planning ahead is the only solution. From an air compressor that brings tires up to 35 psi in a matter of minutes to a trunk organizer that’ll leave your car’s storage looking orderly, these backseat essentials are on sale for a limited time. Make sure you stock up before winter.

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