Giveaway: CARGO tissue dispensers for the car

Sometimes when you’re a busy mom, it’s the little things that drive you nuts. And one of the things that used to drive me nuts was trying to keep tissues in the car because someone ALWAYS needs a tissue while I’m driving. It’s usually one of these scenarios:

  • need a tissue“Mom, my nose is running.”
  • “Mom, I need to spit out my gum. Where do I put it?”
  • “Mom, my juice spilled.”
  • “Mom, my scab started bleeding.”
  • “Mom, my Chick-fil-A barbecue sauce just got on the seat.”

I could list about a zillion other reasons, but you get the idea. (Sometimes we mamas need a tissue, too, to blot our lipstick or clean up the smudged mascara under our tired eyes.) The problem with keeping tissues in the car is that the tissue box always ends up getting sat on and crushed. One time I even made a tissue box container from an idea I saw on Pinterest. It worked pretty well to keep the box intact, but the container was always floating around the car and never seemed to be where I could reach it while I was driving.

cargo tissue dispenserSo… you can imagine how hopeful I was when Caitlin O’Connor emailed us about her invention that keeps tissues in the car and within arm’s reach. As a mom to FOUR boys, Caitlin also needed to be able to get to tissues quickly while driving so she invented her own holder that attaches to the sun visor. It’s called the Cargo Tissue Dispenser and it comes in charcoal grey or an oatmeal color. It’s available on Amazon for $9.99 and comes with two tissue packs. (SEE BELOW for an opportunity to WIN one of these dispensers!)

We agreed to try out the Cargo Tissue Dispenser for a few weeks and see if it solved the problem. I’m happy to report that this thing WORKS. Finally, no more scrambling around in the car to find a tissue or a fast-food napkin. I just reach up, pull one out of the dispenser that’s attached to my sun visor and hand it to whichever of my three kids needs one.

The best part? I’m not distracted from the road and looking around the car anymore to find one. This ingenious little dispenser is making me a better, safer Mom chauffeur.

cargo close upImportant note: What makes this dispenser so clever is that it attaches to your sun visor but it does NOT block you from using the vanity mirror on the visor. (I’ve used my car mirror to do my makeup more times than I can count, so it was very important to still have access to that mirror.)

I also like that the dispenser itself is made from a nice canvas-like material and the straps that go around the sun visor are stretchy but also strong. You can tell that this dispenser was made by a fellow mom who pays attention to detail and wants it to look nice — not cheap. The tissue packs slips into the dispenser easily and there’s a closure to ensure it doesn’t slip out.

cargo refillThe tissues themselves are soft enough so that they don’t feel scratchy on a runny nose, but they are also substantial enough to be able to handle the occasional drink spill in the car. That’s a big plus. (You can buy refills for the dispenser that come in packs of 6.)

When you first put in a new pack of tissues, getting the first tissue or two out of the dispenser (without tearing it) can be a little tricky, but I managed to do it by pulling the tissue out slowly. After the first one or two tissues came out, the rest of them dispense smoothly and easily. If it bothers you to have the next tissue peeking out of the dispenser, you can just fold it back into the opening, like I do.

HOW TO WIN ONE: Since we’ve solved our own car tissue dilemma, we want to share the love with our readers because we know that, just like us, you’re probably spending a lot of time in the car. (Did you know that Americans spend an average of 540 hours in the car each year, which adds up to almost a full month of your life? Wowza.)

To throw your name in the online hat to win a Cargo Dispenser and two tissue packs, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us what keeps you in the car the most. (The drive to work? Picking up and dropping off kids at school? Driving to the kids sports’ practices and games? Running errands?) Five readers will win a Cargo Dispenser plus two refill packs. (Winners are always chosen at random.) 

You can also email your answer to us at

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about it. (They might want to win, too!) We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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Good luck! We’ll choose FIVE winners at the end of the week and email the lucky moms.

Note: nwaMotherlode was not paid to write this review or to conduct this giveaway. We received one sample of the dispenser to test and keep as well as four samples to give to readers. (If we didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be reading about it here.) As always, the opinions expressed in this post are completely our own.



  1. Live in Pea Ridge, and everything my family and I need to get to is far away in either Bentonville or Rogers.

  2. Dance class & dance competitions keep us in the car constantly! I’ve had this tissue problem many times, so this is one awesome invention! Way to go!

  3. I carry tissuesof course!!! Napkins, lots of napkins
    When I pick up the kids after school I take a snack bag with munchies and a cooler with water!

  4. Oh! I totally need this! I am a mother of 5, 3 boys and 2 girls. Ages 16, 15,12,11 and 9! I home school the younger 4 and my oldest attends Haas Hall Academy where he plays badketball, runs track and cross country. 2 of my kids have Aspergers so we are at therapy 3 days a week, my daughter takes ballet twice a week. The hs kids have PE once a week and we attend Mass once or twice during the week. We go from Springdale to Fayetteville, at least twice a day, most days 3 times and up to Rogers twice a week. WE LIVE IN OUR VAN! These would be so awesome bc they would be out of the floor and no one would step on them! Hope we win!

  5. I have a toddler and we both have bad allergies. We NEED this!! We’re in the car for the daily commute to babysitter and work and back home mostly.

  6. We’re involved in 3 sports right now, and every sport has a separate day/time for practices and game. We’re busy!

  7. just the day to day pickup and drop off. I am a foster mom and i have a child in sports, so there are games, practices, and tryouts…on top of the school, daycare and work transport. Then add my me time at the gym. 🙂

  8. I’m always on the go–I like it that way. Between work, sports, shopping, etc…we are a family that is always in the car. This seems like a handy thing to have, so we would love to win!

  9. usually the morning commute keeps us in the car the longest…but the back and forth for activities keeps us running quite a bit

  10. Much like everyone else, between commutes to work and church, kids activities and all that, we also drive 10+ hours to see family several times a year as well as a minimum of two trips to Houston to MD Anderson to see our doctors. What a great thing to have! 🙂

  11. I drive 20 miles to work and keep a pile of napkins in my car and my daughter needed one this weekend and I was out help

  12. Without a doubt, it is shuttling kids back and forth from school, practices, events, etc. We log A LOT of miles in a small radius of home! This dispenser would come in handy!

  13. terrific invention because it is so true that the tissue box is always out of reach and that one is “always” needed when i’m driving. i want one! we are in the van soooooo much for soooo many reasons…

  14. Always in the car now that out kids are into sports constant games and practices! Not to mention all the regular errands that need to be done. Would love to have a helpful product for tissues.

  15. I spend way too much time in the car! Driving my 2 kids to their different schools each morning, commuting to and from work, traveling weekly for work, taking kids to and from dance and soccer practices.

  16. Always in the car dropping off, picking up and running kids around. Someday I won’t have the mommy mobile but for now it ALL kids, ALL the time. Tissues, always helpful.

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