Have you ever heard the phrase get the right tool for the job? Well, that’s what this page is for, helping you get the right tools to help you be the best Instacart Shopper you can be. Below is a list of electronics, goods and other recommended items to help make your job as an Instacart Shopper way easier.
The items below are not required for you to be a Instacart Shopper but just help in the gig. If you want a full list of requirements to be a Instacart Shopper check out our Instacart review. On the items below if you choose to buy them we at WerkQuik make a small percentage of each purchase. They however are not anymore expensive then they would typically be. If you have any questions please see our full disclosures.
So that you do not have to waste a ton of time reading through the article we do have a glossary below and for most items, we will give multiple item suggestions. In our review, we only gave 5 but like a preacher, on Thursday night we time now lol. This is from our expertise in the gig economy we believe these are the best products you could choose.
Recommended Items For Instacart Shoppers
- Automotive Accessories
- Bluetooth Headsets
- Car Charges & Cables
- Dash Cams
- Educational Items
- Insulated Bags / Thermal Bags
- Personal Protection
- Phone Mounts
- Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella
1. Automotive Accessories
Since a large part of your time with Instacart will be driving its smart to make it an enjoyable experience. Here are a few car accessories that will keep your car cool and clean.
The worst thing about driving in the summer is the heat and especially burning your hand on a burning hot steering wheel. This cover is great for keeping your steering wheel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus being black & white it goes with most everything.
These seat covers help keep your car clean and protect your seats. Also, it goes with the steering wheel cover!
Floor mats are essential in keeping your car clean with any gig economy job. With Instacart if you spill some groceries you can just take these mats out and spray them clean at a self-clean car wash. But these affordable and versatile mats can be used with Uber, Lyft and other rideshare or gig economy jobs as well. The price on these are killer too.
Never lose your keys again! The worst feeling is not being able to find your keys when you get a shop and tearing your house apart. Attach a tile tracking device to your keys and you will know where they are 24/7. I personally hate the idea of being tracked but you are already tracked by your cell phone company this is just letting you get an advantage from that tracking.
2. Bluetooth Headsets
Honestly one of the best inventions ever. Growing up in the ’90s & ’00s these were viewed as absurdly nerdy but they are SUPER convenient! Plus now these Bluetooth devices are perceived as less nerdy as they’ve become cooler and slicker. Finally, these make it so you can use your phone for a GPS while talking to someone.
Below are my suggestions for Bluetooth headsets.
This is the set I typically use when driving. These LG headphones are super nice because they keep a long charge and you can make it one ear by just not putting one ear in. But you have two ears if needed, for example, I often will use these while working on WerkQuik.com at the coffee shop.
If you are into small one ear Bluetooth headphones these are the ones for you. Personally, I don’t trust them as they are too small and can’t go both ears. However, I have used Plantronics before in sales. I figure if they are making headsets for sales then all their headsets are probably pretty good.
Finally, if you are an Apple fanboy I can say Apple AirPods are actually really cool. The sound with these bad boys are great and they are barely detectable. In addition, these AirPods are charged simply by putting them back in their case. This version’s case is pretty bland but you can get really cool looking skins to make it your own.
Here is an example of AirPod skins that are also protective cases so you don’t get that signature broken Apple product look (lol). If you don’t like the look of this skin click here for a full list.
3. Car Charges & Cables
One thing you want to make sure about is your phone doesn’t die while doing Instacart so you can call the customer if need be, look over lists and such. Having a car charger and cords will help you make sure your phone doesn’t die.
In addition, car chargers are super important for other gig economy jobs as well so it’s a good investment. Below are the charger and three types of cords, USB, USB type C & iPhone cords. Plus a super-cord with all the outlets in one!
USB C cable
This is for newer android phone and ironically newer Apple laptops too.
This is for newer Apple iPhones
Thiss for older android phones and many common older Bluetooth headphones.
Supercord – All Outlets
This can be very helpful for as it has all outlets so you can use it for charging all kinds of phones if you switch brands, need to charge your bluetooth or just a friend hops in your car.
Many new phones do not have aux ports (looking at you iPhones) but many do and if I had to rely strictly on the radio for entertainment I’d go mad. Below are some items for entertainment you should consider when doing Uber.
Aux Cord For iPhone
Obviously this is not a cord, however, this will act like an aux cord so people with iPhones can listen to music in older cars without Bluetooth integration.
4. Dash Cams
In sales, we call it CYOA (Cover Your Own Ass), make sure you are not at fault and that’s what a dash cam is good for. With a Dashcam, you will have video evidence of a crash to prove your innocence. The model below is an entry level Dashcam.
Below is an upgraded model. It is a higher end but as my dad always said, you get what you pay for. With this Dash Cam you will get a higher quality video, more discreet video and wide lens which covers nearly the whole road.
5. Educational Items
One great thing about Instacart is it gives you time to study and work on yourself. Below are some books to help you get more tips and really are great for your life. If you read this you should be able to get higher tips and genuinely live a happier life.
This book is a quick guide to help you choose ripe veggies and fruit so you can get a higher tip. Also, it probably makes for a good toilet read lol.
This is a book I recommend to 100% of my friends in relationships and often to random strangers. If you could read one book on relationships this would be it. Used copies are as cheap as $3.99 and if you hate reading there is a FREE audiobook on youtube.
My ultimate recommendation for a book is the Bible. Even if you’re not a Christian you owe it to yourself to understand what’s going on with your soul. I found this version on Amazon for under $3 new and under $1 used. If you want a FREE bible click this link.
This Flashlight is very well rated on Amazon and pretty affordable. If you lose flashlights a lot you might want to get this so its not a big deal if you lose it.
If you are looking for a super powerful Flashlight this is for you. While this Flashlight is a little more expensive it will probably be the last you will ever need to buy.
7. Insulated Bags / Thermal Bags
Reusable Bags That Don’t Break
I’m not a hippie or anything but in case you or a customer is these bags could be very helpful for gaining extra tips. In addition, these bags can handle up to 50lbs so aren’t likely to break on you. I’m not sure of the thermal quality of these but they will help you carry a lot of groceries.
8. Personal Protection
I personally believe the gig economy is very safe but if you’re in a shady neighborhood you may feel safer caring some protection. I am a very strong supporter of the 2nd amendment and believe the only person that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy (or gal) with a gun. However, not everyone feels comfortable with a firearm so below are some products you can use for protection.
This list is from most affordable to most expensive however all are good.
First on the list is your typical mace spray. Mace is really no joke and will take down or at least stop a pretty big foe. However, there is not a ton of intimidation factor. The first product is very affordable (under $10) for you cheapasses (lol) and the second one is a little more expensive but a better brand (in my opinion).
Second is a little more expensive and it’s essentially mace but this Mace looks like a gun. The orange tip signals to law enforcement it’s not a real gun but most criminals most likely won’t be so in the know. Many times just pulling a gun is enough to intimidate would-be attackers to flee so the gun resemblance really adds to the defensive value.
My final suggestion might come as a shock to you (pun fully intended) but I can guarantee its steep price tag carries a lot of value. Pepper spray will hurt an attacker but if someone is trained and pretty big it might not take them down. With this taser, the biggest of guys are going down plus the gun resemblance really adds to the defensive value
9. Phone Mounts
Gotta tell the truth personally I don’t use phone mounts when I drive. So I’m not even taking my own medicine (lol). I’m just a merc. If you’ll buy it I’m willing to sell it.
All jokes aside tho phone mounts aren’t for everyone but for those not born with a phone in their hand they are very helpful. Here are a few of my suggestions based on my research of phone mounts.
Air Vent Clip Mount
This first phone mount is placed in your air vents with a vice grip like device. This should make it fairly stable and it’s pretty affordable. With a 4.5 star rating, I’m guessing they work pretty well.
I’m not a big phone mount fan but I know a lot of people are. I think this looks like a great phone mount and the reviews are very good (4.5/5). This mount, in particular, seems super easy to use and remove your phone from. This help as its easy to take your phone down to put in an address then set it back to drive on.
One customer went as far to say “This is the best idea for cell phones since sliced bread.”
Wireless Charging Mount
This is a really cool concept. This mount holds your phone and wirelessly charges it at the same time. I have a friend with one of these and he loves it!
10. Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella
Having an Umbrella is always helpful in the Midwest. However, I lose umbrellas everytime I buy one so I also included a suggestion for you to buy a tile to attach to the umbrella.