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    36 Products That'll Help You Be More Prepared Than You've Ever Been

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    1. A car safety hammer that can break windows and cut through seatbelts *just* in the case of an automobile emergency. It's always smart to keep a set in your car. You want to have a safe new year!

    2. A charging cable bracelet so you're never caught with a dying phone again. Now you'll always have a connecting wire ~on hand~ so you can charge your phone if it ever hits below 10%.

    3. And to give your phone juice, this portable charger will boost you back to 100% quickly and efficiently. A bonus? You can use the above charging bracelet to connect your device to the charger.

    4. A natural laundry stain remover to combat even the toughest of stains without using harsh chemicals. Now the next time you spill wine or sauce — or your little one spits up — you'll be able to clean the mess almost instantly.

    5. A migraine relief stick for anyone who has experienced the pain of a really, really bad headache. It's made of a mixture of essential oils to help relieve tension and stop oncoming pain in its tracks.

    6. Bose noise-cancelling headphones that are incredibly comfy, have great overall sound, and will be an investment item (AKA, used for a very, very long time). Next time your coworker pulls out carrots for a snack, hit them with a look and slide these over your ears.

    7. A decked-out weekly planner with monthly grids so you can keep track of every upcoming appointment, meeting, and birthday dinner. Booked, busy, and organized. AKA, your theme of 2020.

    8. An anti-slip solution for anyone who's constantly nagged by sliding glasses during a busy workday. These silicone grips are soft and flexible for everyday wear. Plus, they'll actually do the job of keeping your glasses in place so you won't be distracted.

    9. Avarelle tea tree and calendula oil–infused pimple patches that'll clear up pesky breakouts overnight by sucking out all the gunk and pus trapped underneath the skin. Gone are the days of freaking out over your latest blemish.

    10. A fabric shaver and lint remover so you never again become self-conscious in a meeting when you feel like everyone is staring at your sweater instead of listening to your bright idea.

    11. A pet water bottle to provide your pooch with a place to lap up water. Future walks will be a breeze! The top seals shut for a leak-proof design so it can be thrown in your bag without fear.

    12. A multi-tool that you can slip into your wallet for all types of quick fixes. It packs 40 tools into one, including wrenches, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, can opener, pry bar, cord cutter, hex bit driver, and more.

    13. A keychain flashlight because trying to unlock your door in almost pitch-black darkness is, uh, really damn hard. It also happens to be waterproof, incredibly lightweight, and features three modes (low, medium, and high).

    14. A portable electric razor that you can use on both dry and wet skin so you never again have to panic when you need that mid-vacay touch up. It won't irritate your skin and is travel-friendly since it's cordless and compact.

    15. A lens and screen cleaner, because having foggy eyeglasses or computer screens is the most frustrating thing. Plus it's embarrassing when your laptop goes black and you can see all your yucky fingerprints!!

    16. A mini steamer so you never again have to pull out the ironing board for last-minute touchups. It'll produce steam in two minutes and last a full 15, so you can tackle your pants and shirt without having to refill the water tank.

    17. A bottle of the infamous Bar Keepers Friend that'll tackle the most stubborn stains and marks. It works effectively on stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, aluminum, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and corian. AKA, you'll be able to remove tarnish, lime buildup, rust, caked-on food, and so much more.

    18. A bottle of Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go toilet spray to mask any nasty odors so you can finally go to the bathroom comfortably at work, at your SO's place, or even in your own home. Honestly keep this with you 24/7, trust me.

    19. A Baggu reusable grocery tote that'll squash your dependency on plastic bags. You can bring one with you while grocery shopping or just running errands. Plus, since it can fold into a small pouch, you can throw it into a larger bag if you're traveling. Either way, you'll always have an extra tote available.

    20. A weekly pill organizer to help you stay on track with vitamins and necessary medications. The best part? Each daily compartment is compact and can easily be thrown in your bag.

    21. Coty Airspun oil-reducing and setting powder — you can use it on top of your makeup to soften the overall look of your skin and reduce shiny buildup. It's great to keep in your pocket for that 3 p.m. afternoon oil that you can never avoid even when you're just working at your desk.

    22. A hair finishing cream to help tame those annoying little hairs that surround your face and fly around no matter the weather or how much you try to control them. It's the size of a mascara stick so you can easily keep tucked in your bag's side pocket.

    23. Traceless Invisibobble hair ties that'll get rid of that annoying ponytail crease that always forms once your hair has been pulled back for a while. They won't cause tangles or catch your hair, so no more painful pulling! And they'll sit nice and pretty on your wrist so you'll never be caught without one.

    24. Supergoop! Acai Fusion lip balm with SPF 30 to provide full coverage while out and about. You can keep it in your pocket at all times to avoid a dry, cracked pout.

    25. A 32-ounce hydration-tracking water bottle to keep you on track throughout the day. The bottle is leak-free, so you can throw it in your bag for all-day use without the fear of spills.

    26. Maybelline Instant Rewind Treatment Concealer with a sponge applicator tip that'll treat dark circles and under-eye puffiness. If you're feeling a bit tired midday, you can quickly brighten up your under-eye area with this! Just slip it into your little beauty pack that keeps your emergency tampon.

    27. Pepto chewable tablets, because you never now when a sour stomach is gonna hit. Pop a couple of these and relief is just around the corner.

    28. Touch-up razors so you can safely remove unwanted peach fuzz + stray eyebrow and chin hairs. The blades are designed with built-in guards so they won't cut your skin, plus you'll receive an extra attachment for super precise eyebrow shaping. You can go ahead and nix stray hairs as you apply your makeup in the morning.

    29. A Fur-Zoff pet hair remover for carpet, couches, clothing, and bedding. It'll sweep up hair instantly, so you can run it over the couch before guests come over this holiday season. And yes, your pooch always sheds, you've just grown used to it.

    30. A drain clog remover so you won't get caught dropping big bucks on a plumber when your SO decides to let a clump of hair wash down the drain. It'll snake its way through to grab hair and grime with its textured edges. Every household should have one to avoid a huge bill.

    31. A jar opener suitable for those with limited mobility and safe enough for kids. It can handle bottles and jars of various sizes, using its metal teeth to open the lid with little effort on your part. You'll never have to struggle with a stubborn jar again.

    32. Bissell Stomp N' Go stain lifting pads so you can treat your pet's next indoor accident immediately (and effectively). They're also great for wine, blood, and coffee, plus they don't require you to use your hands!

    33. A pack of organic tampons so you're covered if that time of the month occurs unexpectedly. It happens (unfortunately), so better keep a spare tampon in your bag than be caught empty-handed.

    34. Box cutters that'll continuously come in handy with all the packages you open weekly. Keep one in your kitchen drawer and one in your desk drawer!

    35. A basic home tool kit so you can handle small repairs without having to call your parents first. You never really know when something is going to go awry, so you might as well be always prepared!

    36. And! A 321-piece first aid kit, because bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes are bound to happen just as regularly as something breaking inside your apartment — if not more often. Having everything you need to treat a wound is incredibly important to safe and prepared living!

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