My Essential Travel Car Cleaning Kit – Just 4 items!

One essential thing that every driver who respects their ride needs is a Travel Car Cleaning Kit.  Everybody.

Let’s talk car cleaning kits.  Because, if your luck is as good as mine, the minute after I wash my car, a bird poops on it, or I drive behind a guy who obnoxiously washes his windshield and I catch all the backwash, or I drive through a swarm of gnats who splat all over my car, or… well, you get my drift.

Something is always ruining the perfect finish I try to keep on my car at all times – and driving a Corvette, I *know* that everyone is staring at my car while I drive by.

So, I built myself a small travel car cleaning kit.  Something I can keep in the trunk of my car (or, if you really wanted to, your glove compartment), that I can use to quickly bring back my car’s showroom shine – but not something that borders on obsessive compulsive.

What I decided I *REALLY* needed in my car cleaning kit were just four items:

  • Exterior Detailer
  • Interior Detailer
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Microfiber towels

Now, some people would say that you should have a tire cleaner and a leather cleaner in that kit too… but, like I said, I’m not looking for obsessive compulsive cleaners here, I’m just looking to make sure my car is presentable at all times – and you can most certainly use your exterior detailer on your tires and your interior detailer on your leather in a time of need.

Here’s how I put together my car cleaning kit:

  1. Buy an impressive looking (but small and compact) bag to store my kit; I chose a nice leather toiletry kit (Alpine Swiss Sedona Toiletry Bag from Amazon for $20)
  2. Buy equally impressive looking bottles to store my detailing products in; I chose these 8-oz glass adjustable spray bottles (8-Ounce Clear Glass Spray Bottles from Amazon for $10.75).  However, if you wanted smaller bottles you can go with these 4-oz spray bottles instead.
  3. Buy a funnel set to easily pour products into bottles; I chose this set (DGQ 4-Piece Wide-Mouth Plastic Funnel Set) for about $5
  4. For my Exterior Detailer, I always go with Griot’s Garage Speed Shine.  A nice big bottle will run about $15, but will last for a few months of frequent shines
  5. For my Interior Detailer, I’m recommending Adam’s Interior Detailer.  Again, a bottle will last a season or so with regular use – and will run about $15
  6. Glass Cleaner is an easy (and lazy) choice; I get a pack of Windex Original Glass Wipes – Use one and throw it away!  How can you go wrong with that?  And a pack of 28 is about $4, or buy in bulk and pay a bit less.
  7. Finally, I carry 4 microfiber towels in my bag, though you can carry more or fewer, depending on how big of a bag you use.  Amazon Basic microfiber towels are cheap and do the job perfectly.  A pack of 24 will run you $13 bucks.

And that’s it.  You’ll have the most impressive looking Car Cleaning Kit on the block, and the envy of all your friends.

Here are some photos of the items, along with links to the products:

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