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Ask Chris Black: What Should I Buy to Accessorize My New Car?

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If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, those things can be easy enough to find. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.

Having recently purchased a car, I was hoping you could recommend some accessories to zhuzh it up inside? Thinking something a little more dignified than a royal pine air freshener.

I have not owned a car in a VERY long time. But luckily for you, I ride in them a lot.

Air fresheners are the worst, every Uber smells like feet and Little Trees Black Ice. You can’t suffer the same fate. Luckily, Japanese brand retaW makes a chic “fragrance car tag” to keep your whip smelling good. Natural Mystic, a spicy mix of patchouli and vanilla, is my favorite and will impress any passenger.

Kinto Travel Tumbler
From $27

You will also need a reusable cup to shuttle your piping-hot bean (of loose-leaf) brew to and from the office. Kinto’s travel tumbler is the perfect option. The cap expertly mimics drinking from a glass or mug, and it will keep whatever you are sipping at the ideal temperature. Its simple and beautiful design is just a bonus.

Even if you got the Tesla with the big-boy screen, it’s nice to have your phone mounted where you can see it. This mount adjusts a full 360 degrees and attaches with a clean adhesive. Suction doesn’t do it for me. But remember: Eyes on the road!