To keep groceries and other cargo secure in the back of your car:

  1. Run an expandable shower rod through the grocery bags handles.
  2. Expand the shower rod so it presses against the sides of the cargo area in your car.

The shower curtain rod can also be used to keep boxes, suitcases, and other items from moving around in the back of your car.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: SUV’s have plenty of cargo space. The problem is you don’t always use all the cargo space, and things have a tendency to slide around. Here’s one way to prevent that.

Go to a home center store or a housewares store, and pick up an expandable shower curtain rod. Stick it up against the cargo tight and then just rotate it, and the rod will expand and wedge right into the wall, the walls of the back of the car, there you go. Nice and tight. This way they don’t slide around.

Now, the other use for this, is when you’re coming home from the grocery store. This is a really cool trick. The groceries are typically in plastic bags, right, with handles. And so you just thread the rod right through the handles of the bags. And this way, as you’re driving home, the groceries don’t spill out all over the place.

And again you just put the rod in, wedge it tight, and you can raise it or lower it. This way, when you get home you’ll find the groceries right where you left them.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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