gear to make your car a mobile office


Now more than ever, productivity is the key to a successful career. With the increase in remote work, more of us need to find ways to stay busy and up to speed, no matter where we are or where the job takes us. Truck drivers, construction workers, and employees in other fields who travel for work know exactly how tough it is to stay connected and productive when you’re on the road all the time. And if the boss is trying to reach you? You’d better pick up.

Luckily, thanks to remote work becoming the new norm, there are lots of great new products on the market designed to make it easier and more comfortable to work from the driver’s seat. From tech to organizers, here are some of our favorite must-have mobile office essentials for the modern worker who’s always on the go.

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Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster

First things first. If you’re going to work from the cabin of your car or truck, you’ll need to stay connected no matter where the job takes you. WeBoost’s signal booster works with all major mobile carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. With 5G and 4G LTE, you’ll get fewer dropped calls, faster internet, improved streaming, and greater hotspot capability even on the most remote jobsite. 

  • Supports 5G technology
  • Conserves phone battery for longer life
  • It’s not cheap, but it’s very highly rated


Front-Seat Car Desk

Designed to sit on the passenger’s seat, this fantastic organizer not only keeps your files and documents in place but also has a swing-out, nonslip tabletop desk surface for your laptop, tablet, or other device. There’s a large compartment under the desk for out-of-sight storage of electronics and other valuables. The gray version is shown, but there are seven distinct finishes to choose from, including black, mahogany, and three styles of camo.

  • Perfect for pickups
  • Made in the USA
  • Swing-out desk may not clear some large center consoles


Front-Seat Organizer

If you choose not to go with the front-seat desk, you’ll still need to have all your stuff with you. Made of sturdy 600D polyester, this organizer comes with a rain cover and features a padded laptop sleeve. It makes sense for police officers, lawyers, and anyone who’s in and out of the car all day because it doubles as a tote or backpack. Simply unhook it and take your valuables with you. And if you pick up a passenger, you can quickly and easily toss it in the back seat.

  • Fits in the front seat of any car or truck
  • Plenty big enough for a 17-inch laptop
  • Not exactly stylish, but it gets the job done


2-in-1 Steering-Wheel/Headrest Tray

No need for a big ol’ desk unit taking up the whole front seat. Keep your work (and lunch) in front of you—and off your clothes and upholstery—with this steering-wheel desk. The square metal frame provides stability, and two types of mounts allow it to also hang over the back of a headrest, making it perfect for back-seat snackers. The height is adjustable, so there’s no need to worry whether it will fit between the wheel and your belly.  A slide-out extension offers extra room for that side of fries or, okay, your phone.

  • Holds up to 17 pounds
  • Includes back-seat securing strap
  • Not ideal for smaller cockpits with limited space


12V Power Inverter

With so much tech today, keeping all your devices powered up or charging can be a problem from the cockpit. That’s why you need a power inverter. This 300-watt inverter provides continuous 12-volt DC-to-AC power and 600 watts of instantaneous power for laptops, phones, tablets, and most anything else you need to power up. It features dual 110-volt AC outlets and two 4.8A USB ports, a silent cooling fan, and an internal fuse.

  • Provides both instant power and charging
  • Smaller than many competitors


Cupholder Phone Mount

From one of the most trusted names in automotive accessories comes this piece of essential driver’s seat kit. It’s particularly handy for solo workers who rarely need both cupholders (and besides, many front-seat desk setups come with cupholders, anyway). Customizable and adjustable for different device and cupholder sizes, it’s perfect for hands-free talking and navigating.

  • Solid materials and construction
  • Made in the USA
  • May not fit phones with large or bulky covers


Trunk Organizer

You could pay less for one of these, sure—but the quality and functionality here is hard to beat. Besides, at press time it was marked down 48 percent! It’s constructed of strong 1680D Oxford polyester and features a three-layer waterproof, nonslip bottom. It has 11 compartments for small items and expands up to two feet. It’s strong enough for tools too.

  • Sturdy and collapsible
  • Very highly rated
  • Sharp objects can puncture the material


Headrest Hangers

Even when you’re working from the road, you still need to look your best (sometimes, anyway). Keep suit jackets and sport coats wrinkle-free by hanging them on this handy dual-pack of headrest hangers. Each hook holds up to 18 pounds, so it’s also great for backpacks, other gear, and even groceries. 

  • Reversible
  • Made of solid ABS material
  • End hook may not be long or high enough to secure bulkier straps

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By Tara