The 7 Best File Organizers for Cars in 2020

Everything you need to stay organized while on the road

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Smead (12 Pockets) at Amazon

"Weighs just 11.5 ounces and offers an expandable bottom."

Best Budget: AmazonBasics at Amazon

"Super durable poly material."

Best Expandable: UBaymax at Amazon

"A true grab-and-go bag."

Best Splurge: Chic at Amazon

"Can double as a standalone storage bag."

Best Security: Vaultz at Amazon

"Offers a combination lock for keyless entry and convenience."

Best Handle: Sterilite at Amazon

"More than enough to easily transport hundreds of files to and from the car."

Best for the Trunk: OxGord at Amazon

"A different take on file folder transportation."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Smead (12 Pockets)

Smead (12 Pockets)

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With 12 pockets of space, the Smead expanding file folder weighs just just 11.5 ounces and offers an expandable bottom. The flap with elastic cord attachment helps secure your files during transportation while lying flat on a seat, in the trunk or somewhere in-between. Additionally, the durable poly build is resistant to tears and easily repels moisture keeping your documents safe and sound.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics

While the price makes AmazonBasic’s expanding file folder an instant purchase, it also offers strong organization. The super durable poly material is both waterproof and tear-resistant, allowing for peace of mind that your most important documents are safe against the elements. Each AmazonBasic’s unit can hold up to 900 sheets in 13 individual pockets (each can expand to 7/8 of an inch and are protected by the full-size flexible flap and cord closure).

Best Expandable: UBaymax

Thanks to its wrap-around zipper, the UBaymax is an ideal solution that easily keeps files securely in place in your vehicle. The 13 available pockets expand to allow for a total of approximately 400 letter-sized sheets (8.5 x 11 inches) of paper inside. Made from canvas and high-quality polypropylene, the matte finish of the document holder feels comfortable and durable without feeling too heavy (it's just 1.1 pounds). Adding even more value is the included handle that makes this a true grab-and-go bag directly from your car to your destination.

Best Splurge: Chic

The Chic file organizer lives up to its “Chic” name with a stylish design made of polyurethane, paperboard and polyester for a securely built file folder. With two removable dividers, the Chic can double as a standalone storage bag that’s nine inches deep and 14 inches wide. The six-inch drop strap makes carrying the Chic both easy and comfortable (although it’s heavier than the more traditional file folder at 2.6 pounds).

Best Security: Vaultz

The Vaultz mobile file chest is exactly what the doctor ordered with a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)-compliant chest that offers a combination lock for keyless entry and convenience. The chromed steel corners add a little extra flair while the tough wheels and extending handle make transporting it back and forth from the car extra manageable. At 12.5 pounds it’s not lightweight, but if security is your primary objective for files transported in your vehicle, you’ll not find a better option.

Best Handle: Sterilite

The Sterilite portable file box likely looks familiar to anyone who has ever purchased a file box before. The design doesn’t leave much to the imagination, alhough there’s definite appreciation for the quick-open top that fits paper clips, tape and other small objects. The carrying handle feels durable and offers good grip. Although since it's a plastic unit, don't count on it withstanding more than a fall over a few feet. At eight ounces, it’s more than enough to easily transport hundreds of files to and from the car.

Best for the Trunk: OxGord

The OxGord trunk cargo organizer isn’t a dedicated file folder per se, but with 15 inches of depth and 21 inches of width, there’s plenty of room for file folders. Unfortunately, there’s no dedicated file folder rack for easily hanging folders up, so you’ll want to proceed with caution and make sure the file folders you’re using aren’t flimsy enough to open at the slightest bump. If you’ve got the storage space in your car, truck or SUV, the OxGord offers a different take on file folder transportation with room to spare for other items that deserve equal trunk space.