The 6 Best Car Organizers of 2023

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Whether heading out on a road trip or just going about your daily life, car organizers can help reduce the clutter that accumulates in your car and keep things tidy. While they’re super practical for everyday life (since, after all, many of us practically live out of our cars during the day), they’re also borderline essential for road trips, whether you’re renting a car or using your own. While a couple of hours might not wreak much havoc on the inside of a car, the number of supplies required for a longer trip, from snacks and car phone chargers to road trip games and gadgets to keep the playlist going, can need a little more equipment to keep everything in order.  

We’ve rounded up the best car organizers out there, from backseat organizers to ones that can strap right into the passenger seat—and even an option for the little ones that forms a handy little tabletop desk for backseat fun during long drives.

Read on for some of our favorite car organizers.

Best Overall

Tidify Car Organizer

Car Front Seat Organizer


What We Like
  • Adjustable straps

  • Has a dedicated phone holder

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Larger laptops will hang out of pocket

Ideal for those who need a backpack for their car, this organizer holds everything you need for days on the go. It’s formatted like a backpack but holds way more, from large laptops to three-ring binders. It hooks around the back or front seat with adjustable side streams and top closure, and it stays hugged to the seat to make getting in and out an interference-free endeavor. And this organizer has a phone holder dedicated to the cause of keeping your mobile in one spot, so it’s always within reach.

Price at time of publish: $36.95

Best Budet

Skyward Car Seat Gap Filler

Skyward Car Seat Gap Filler
What We Like
  • Comes in a 2-pack

  • Create storage space

What We Don't Like
  • Not as much storage as other options

  • Won't fit every vehicle

Don't let the simple construction fool you, these 2 x 10 inch plastic pockets solve two problems at once. They provide storage in your car that didn't exist before and they keep small thin items from sliding through the gap between the seat and center console. They are ideal for anything you want within easy reach such as your phone, hand sanitizer, and loose change. Installation is as easy as sliding the pockets in the gap between the seat and center console and we love that they come with adhesive foam pads for added traction.

Price at time of publish: $19.97 for plastic

Best for Kids

My Specialty Kids Shop Backseat Organizer

Kids Backseat Organizer


What We Like
  • Durable

  • Folds up for easy storage or carrying

  • Non-toxic

What We Don't Like
  • Can stain easily

This do-it-all organizer gives kids an art station, road trip game table, desk, and shelf for car trips—keeping them entertained and your travels less stressful. It’s made to last road trip after road trip, with reinforcements at stress points (like handles and straps), and the drawing surface can hold an on-the-go lunch or book. Ready to pull over? Just fold it up and zip it closed—it totes easily over little shoulders, too.

Price at time of publish: $39.95

Best Waterproof

Oasser Cargo Trunk Organizer

Trunk Organizer


What We Like
  • Durable

  • Folds down for easy storage

  • Removable dividers to customize compartment shape

  • Non-slip velcro bottom

What We Don't Like
  • Velcro bottom is hard to remove

It might look like a cooler—and it's as waterproof as one—but this covered container is a cargo organizer made to hit the road. Made from rugged 1680 waterproof Oxford cloth, this organizer is built to last, with sections reinforced by density board and pearl wood; the company even claims you can stand on it. Reinforced aluminum handles make for easy lifting and heavy loads. The organizer collapses easily for out-of-the-way storage in the car or garage when it's not in use. There's a second bonus for those who travel solo and with families: you can half-fold the organizer to fit into the passenger seat.

Price at time of publish: $42.99

Best for Trunks

Drive Auto Car Trunk Organizer

Car Trunk Organizer


What We Like
  • Has hooks to secure it in place

  • Can function as a hanging seat organizer

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note adjustable dividers fall down easily

If you or a loved one is the type to chuck stuff straight in your trunk (no judgment), this organizer is a lifesaver. Made from durable material with compartment bottoms reinforced with durable base plates, this trunk organizer can hold everything you need while you’re on the go (or spare parts and auto supplies). Plus, it comes with a well-engineered tie strap system that hooks into your trunk like a cargo net, so it won’t slide around if you take a sharp turn. Want things closer at hand? No problem—this organizer clips into backseat child seat anchors, or it can ride shotgun, thanks to straps that wrap around the back of the seat.

Price at time of publish: $28.99

Best for Back Seats

Lusso Gear Backseat Car Organizer

Lusso Car Organizer


What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Easy to clean

  • Waterproof

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Pockets aren't very deep

Available in various colors to complement or contrast your car’s interior, this backseat organizer is a secure way to keep backseat belongings safe and compartmentalized. A bevy of pockets fits everything from pencils to water bottles to tablets—and eliminates all that backseat clutter along the way. Plus, it keeps the back of your front seat protected from the undersides of stray shoes (if kids put their feet up on it, all you have to do is wipe it clean, and you’ll be good to go again—way easier than cleaning car upholstery).

Price at time of publish: $29.94

Best for Front Seats

FoxBoxUsa Tote Car Organizer Front Seat

Tote Car Organizer Front Seat


What We Like
  • Durable

  • Extra-large cup holder

  • Includes trash bin

  • Has straps for seatbelt attachment

What We Don't Like
  • Bottom is too soft; doesn't have reinforcement

If you need a sidekick in your front seat to get you through the day, count on this car organizer to help. It’s made from high-quality polyester and has plenty of capacity for the biggest items on your daily errands, from an extra-large cup holder to space for two one-gallon jugs of milk or juice (great for on your way home from the grocery store), as well as pockets for hand wipes and trash. It’s perfect for anyone frustrated about things flying off the front seat when you hit traffic.

Price at time of publish: $32.95

What to Look for in a Car Organizer


Of course, car organizers are meant to organize, but different ways of going about it are more suited to some car owners (and their passengers) than others. Kids, for example, might be after more of a tabletop-style organizer than adults who live out of their car between the office and the gym or just want a handy place to keep emergency car cleaning products and tools at hand. 


What you need the car organizer for is going to determine its placement. If you’re driving between clients most of the day and need to have your car be an office-on-the-go, a front-seat car organizer that clips neatly around the passenger seat might be the way to go—many are designed to have spaces for notebooks, folders, and everything else you’d need at hand. Conversely, a trunk organizer might be for you if you’re looking for an organizer that holds your spare auto parts and liquids like windshield solution. 


When it comes to car organizers, you want something dependable that won’t break the bank—you don’t want stressed organizer seams tearing after taking one sharp turn too many with a fully loaded compartment. At the same time, unless you plan on doing quite a lot of rearranging, the base of these organizers will probably get along quite well with gravity, considering they’re resting on a seat or floor of the trunk. While you might not need to spend big bucks on a top-of-the-line organizer, it’s worth considering what the organizer will be holding and at least getting a quality organizer that can bear the brunt. So generally, expect to pay in the $30 to $50 range.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should I keep in my car organizer?

    This depends on personal preference and who will be riding in your car most frequently. If you're a minimalist at heart, you might stick to a couple of charging cables, hand sanitizer, tissues, wipes, and emergency supplies you deem necessary. If you want to be prepared for anything and everything, consider purchasing several car organizers to store your things and maybe add in some blankets and towels. If you're traveling with kids, you might want to bring along some crafts, fun car games, and snacks to ensure they are entertained and have a full stomach.

  • How should I clean my car organizer?

    What material or materials is your car organizer made of? You'll want to begin by removing your car organizer from your car before you attempt to clean it. For plastic car organizers, you can use an all-purpose cleaner and cloth. Consider cleaning with gentle dish soap, a soft-bristle brush, and cool water for organizers made of oxford or polyester. Then, allow to air-dry. Be careful of any padding or metal components. However, you should always check the product's tags or the retailer's site for more detailed instructions to prevent any damage.

  • How many car organizers do I need?

    Are you someone who needs a spot for everything? Or are you ok with a bit of mess? The more organizers you have, the more organized your car will be. It's also important to consider the function of each organizer. To optimize organization, consider buying organizers for your front seats, back seats, and trunk instead of a couple of front seat organizers.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Krystin Arneson is a frequent traveler and loves to spend her weekends driving around whatever city she's in. She knows how important it is to stay organized while traveling and how a car organizer can keep drives stress- and mess-free.

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