When it comes to prepping your car for a show, you need a Goodfellas “shine box” stocked with detailing essentials to make your car stand out.
I try to keep it simple, with a small container that holds everything and fits everywhere—the trunk, the back seat, the passenger footwell. Plastic or aluminum hard cases work, as does a piece of carry-on luggage, but the best detailer I know uses a simple leather bowling-ball bag. Your kit just needs to be big enough to suit your needs. And remember that sharp corners could cause unexpected damage to your car. With your shine box selected, these are the things I consider indispensable for keeping it stocked.