If you’ve got a car, you’ve made a sharp turn and heard the unmistakable thumping sound of something falling over, and quite possibly spilling all over the carpet in your trunk. Centrifugal force is truly a harsh mistress. There is, however, a solution, and it’s surprisingly effective. Meet the Stayhold, a way to keep your trunk tightly packed.

The Stayhold is pretty much a bookend, except for your trunk. Made of orange plastic, the bottom of the Stayhold has hooks that stick directly to the carpet in the back, so, you put in your groceries, cases of beer, siblings, whatever you generally throw in your trunk that leaves a lot of room and can fall over, and then place the Stayhold against it. Press it into place, and you can drive with confidence that it won’t fall over.

If you want to move it, just grab one of the handles, pull and it’s ready to replace. It’s a little surprising how useful something like this actually turns out to be: It allows you to partition off parts of your trunk, and with one or two of these handy, you can actually keep a lot from falling over.

Of course, using the hooks constantly will trash the carpet in your trunk, and there’s only so much these should be expected to hold up: bags of groceries will stay in place, but you probably shouldn’t be using it to hold up beer kegs. That’s what ratchet straps are for. But, on the other hand, being able to drive at a reasonable speed through turns, instead of moving slower than Grandma driving through a school zone, might be worth the money. And besides, for something that prevents your beer and soda from exploding, you can’t beat the price; these go for $13 a pop on Stayhold’s official website.


Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.