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 Shopper
- Automotive Accessories
– Covers & Mats
– Key Accessories & Car Decorations
– Car Cleaning (Interior & Exterior)
– Scent Enhancement (Car Scents)
- Car Maintenance
- Bluetooth Headsets
- Car Charges & Cables
- Dash Cams
- Recommended Readings & Audiobooks
- Emergency Car Gear
- Delivery Gear
– Bags, Carriers & Tip Button
– Grocery Delivery Items
– Instacart Delivery Car Signage
- Personal Protection
– COVID-19 & Disease Protection
– Personal Defense (Tasers, Mace & More)
- Phone Mounts
- Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella
1. Automotive Accessories For Instacart
Covers & Mats for Instacart
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 rideshares as well. The price on these are killer too.
Key Accessories & Car Decorations
Your biggest tool as an Instacart driver is your car and the only way to use your car is with your key so they’re pretty important. I suggest having one or more of these accessories just for that reason. On this list are a key siren so if you can’t find your keys they will make a noise so you can find the key around your house. The tile is very similar to that but it will tell you a general location of the keys just incase you left your keys in the restaurant it makes it so you know not to need to look in your car. The final items are keychains I use hooks to link up to my belt looks so I never drop or lose my keys. The last key accessory just looked cool.
Since you will be spending a lot of your time in your car I suggest having nice decorations. This will help you enjoy your time in your car and boost your moral. Of coarse I included the Hawaiian dancing girl since its a classic along with the red fuzzy dice. I included the cross to remind you to go to church or maybe if you’re a bad enough driver to remind you to pray you can get to your location in one piece. Finally the trash can isn’t as much a decoration as its useful.
Car Cleaning (Interior & Exterior)
Keeping your car clean is important for your mental sanity and to keep you focused. My mother always said messy room, messy life. I think its very similar for your car as well. Below are some affordable and necessary items to keep your car clean inside and out. These include a vacuum, wipes and more. For the outside of the car I included recommended car cleaning kits and even the infamous SHAM-WOW!
One of the best things you can do for your moral is have an environment you enjoy. Along with having a clean car with cool accessories the next step is to have it smell good.
Having a good smelling car will make you feel good. The good scents in your car will make you be ready to put in a few more hours to make a little more money. Included are some essential oil options which also claim to give calming and other effects, this is a great long term solution to making your car smell good. In addition there are the cheap-o options which just make your car smell better but to be honest they do the job. This is a good short term option.
2. Car Maintenance For Instacart
Like I said above your car is your greatest asset when it comes to Instacart. With that said you need to make sure to take care of your care. It is important you keep your tires aired, your window wiper fluid full and such. I even included a car error detector so you can go into a mechanic with a little insight to what is wrong with your car.
3. Bluetooth Headsets For Instacart
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.
In many states it is actually now illegal to drive and talk on your phone without a Bluetooth device. I highly recommend getting some form of Bluetooth headset especially since they actually cost less than $20 for some! They help you focus on the road better and it is actually easier to hear others as they talk to you.
Below are my suggestions for Bluetooth headsets. I have included a section for Android and one for Apple. With that said I am sure both are able to work with the other but the Apple headsets are built for the phone so will likely have better performance than other Bluetooth devices.
4. Car Charges & Cables For Instacart
While doing Instacart it is so important you have all the cords you need. Below are the ones you want to make sure you have.
Charging Cable For Phones & Bluetooth Headsets (iPhone, USB-C & Micro-USB)
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. I personally suggest the Multi-Charging cable, it can be helpful to charge other people’s devices if you choose to do a Rideshare gig like Uber or Lyft.
Cables For Your Car Audio
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 any gig.
In addition I also included a cassette to headphone jack for very old cars which you can still use for delivery and possibly rideshare depending on the city and demand for drivers.
5. Dash Cams For Instacart
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. These really are almost essential when it comes to doing any amount of driving for work for insurance reasons especially if you’re transporting someone in your car like for rideshare.
I cannot stress enough the importance of having a Dash Cam. You should at least look into buying one and check out some of these Dash Cams. I have included inexpensive models up to higher end models. Remember you get what you pay for but also something is better than nothing if you can’t afford the super fancy dash camera.
The first two dash cameras do not have inside cameras. I would highly suggest if you plan to even try Uber or Lyft you buy one of the last two which include an inside camera.
6. Recommended Readings & Audiobooks For Instacart
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.
The 5 Love Languages 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.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the best money books you will ever read. It’s author Robert Kiyosaki is a genius who has made teaching people about financial intelligence. Technically he is our competitor at WerkQuik.com but I can’t lie, he does it better. Read his book it really is great and this is a man I look up to.
12 Rules For Life is an excellent book I highly recommend. If you feel like your life is very chaotic but you don’t have money or time for therapy try this book and the next book. These are simple solutions by Jordan Petersen for getting your life straight.
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. Amazon does not allow you to put any version of the bible in an ad so you’ll just have to look up the book unfortunately. If you want a FREE bible click this link.
If you would like to read these books but don’t have time because you’re driving or hate reading try listening to them in audio form through Audible. You get one free audiobook to sign up with a free trial. Any books you buy with your Audible membership are yours to keep to listen to FOREVER! It really is a cool subscription.
Try Audible today, click here for your free audiobook!
7. Emergency Car Gear For Instacart
In case anything happens to your car you should be able to stay save so I included some items you should have just in case. Some of those include a blanket, flashlight, car jack and tire repair kit. These are things every car should really have so I suggest buying it for yourself and a significant other even if they don’t plan to do a gig. These are just nice things to have in a car regardless.
8. Delivery Gear For Instacart
Bags, Carriers & Tip Button
These items will help you deliver food and are not branded by Instacart so you can use them for various other food delivery gigs like Doordash, Shipt, or Postmates. Many Delivery gigs give you bags so buying the bags are not 100% needed but the cup holders do really help.
The pins are to remind people you do accept tips and sometimes that will be enough to make people tip you or increase your tip!
Grocery Delivery Items
These are items that I believe would be extremely helpful to you as an Instacart Delivery person. They will help you keep your phone handy, charged and will help you carry the grocery bags and keep them organized in your car!
Instacart Delivery Car Signage
Having Instacart & Delivery Signage helps keep people off your back for making quick parking jobs because they know who you are. Also it lets people know who it is when you park in their driveway late at night. It can be very helpful, a few of these signs are branded for Instacart but the others aren’t so they can be used with any delivery gig.
This signage is in the form of stickers, magnets and mirror hangers. Which you choose is up to you but remember the stickers are way more permeant. With that the magnets are easier to take off but that also makes them easier to steal.
9. Personal Protection For Instacart
COVID-19 & Disease Protection
In certain states this is not even a choice, you must wear the mask. That is not one bit constitutional but if you want to make money with delivery you must follow the rules the company dictates. I would link them but Amazon will not let us put masks in an ad so just use the search bar below to find one.
The below items are for sanitization they make keeping your car smelling fresh and germ free easy. If you, a friend or someone that might be getting in your car is COVID crazy concerned these items are highly recommended.
Self-Defense (Tasers, Mace & More)
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.
I suggest buying a taser or mace but they won’t let me put those in ads so here are some Amazon friendly options for self defense.
A social distancing stick you could probably hit someone with plus they zap people. This is probably also hilarious at parties. The other are personal alarms. They will sounds others to you and stun the enemy giving you time to run but probably won’t do much more than that. These are the lowest levels of self defense, I suggest buying a gun, taser or mace.
10. Phone Mounts For Instacart
Personally I used to hate these things but honestly I love them more and more. It really is a pain to position your phone on your knee and it is pretty dangerous too if you aren’t experienced. These phone mounts have become increasingly useful due to Bluetooth and wireless charging. The first mount is the most expensive but includes wireless charging.
11. Rain Protection Gear / Umbrella For Instacart
Having an Umbrella is always helpful in the Midwest. However, I lose umbrellas every time I buy one so I also included a suggestion for you to buy a tile to attach to the umbrella.