How to Tidy Your Car

Junk in your trunk? No, sir — and none in the backseat, either.

Clean Car Trunk

What you'll find here instead: some smart picks for a car that feels like a comfy, safe second home.

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Driver's Essentials

Lumbar pillow: Still straining to reach the wheel after adjusting your seat? (Shorter gals: We feel ya.) A cushion can help you position your back correctly.


Reusable water bottle: Research says even mild dehydration can hurt your concentration. Fill up a reusable water bottle and clean it every night.


A calm-down-quick pic: Try keeping a photo of a loved one in sight to help remind you not to get too worked up during your commute, says Nemerovski.

For the Glove Compartment

First aid kit: Put together your own that includes bandages, antiseptic wipes and ointment, and tweezers, or buy a preassembled kit, says safety and health expert Debra Holtzman of TheSafetyExpert.com. (Meds don't tend to do well in a hot car; keep 'em in your purse.)


Phone charger: For the inevitable low-battery bummer.


Map: Unlike GPS, paper never loses satellite connection.


Pen and pad: Especially handy if you need to leave a note on another car's windshield.

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Trunk Tidy-Upper

Organizer: Morgenstern suggests using this clutter buster as a temporary place for errand-related stuff.


Car emergency kit: Though we hope you won't have to use it, a ready-for-anything kit is smart to stash. Some ideas: flashlight, blanket, paper towels, tire pressure gauge, tool kit, duct tape, and jumper cables.

Backseat Must-Have

Trash can: The doors' side pockets will not suffice, health-wise. Keep a trash bag or can handy for wrappers, and dump it out often.


This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.


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