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    35 Tiny (And Useful) Products You May Want Keep In Your Bag

    All you need to know about this post is that it includes a potato AirPods case, tbh.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A versatile bag clip, because your purse resting on that dirty floor? The germs! The dirt! My heart can't take it! This easily ~clips~ to shopping carts, tables, chairs, public restroom doors (yum), and more.,

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girlfriends love it and have gotten it for themselves." β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four colors).

    2. A Taste Beauty lip balm bound to turn your beauty routine ~upside down~. Inspired by Stranger Things, this maple syrup and butter-flavored product scores an 11/10 when it comes to scent and softening your pout.

    reviewer photo of the waffle-inspired lip balm labeled "011"

    Promising review: "This stuff smells just like waffles and syrup, and I can't get enough of it! This lip balm goes on very smooth and adds a very light gloss to the lips. It's moisturizing without feeling greasy." β€”El

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    3. A travel-sized Amika dry shampoo capable of taking grease and making it go poof. A little spritz goes a long way β€” this adds a ton of volume and tricks the world into believing that you just washed your hair yesterday (but we both know the truth).

    before and after photo of model before using dry shampoo (hair noticeably flatter and greasier) and after using dry shampoo (less grease and more volume)

    Promising review: "Honestly, I've tried dry shampoos before and I always thought they were BS. My hair is fine and thin and no dry shampoo ever worked, but this one really does. My hair looks thicker and better now that it did when I washed it three days ago, and it smells nice, too. Expensive, but worth it." β€”Jessalynn46657

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A bluetooth speaker that can connect to multiple devices, has an AUX and USB port, holds up to three hours of battery life per charge, and that vintage aesthetic? A Pinterest dream., Amazon

    Promising review: "Great speaker! Long battery and stays on for hours. The volume is adjusted by turning the knob, just like a traditional television." β€”Caiti Laur

    Get it from Amazon for $16.89 (available in six colors).

    5. A travel kit equipped with a contact lens case, a solution bottle, tweezers, and a mirror. Your vision may not be a perfect 20/20, but this teeny necessity certainly deserves that score.

    reviewer photo of hand holding purple case

    Promising review: "I love this product a lot. Super cute!! It’s very minimalistic and fits in my purse just fine. I have no worries about it opening in my bag because it snaps tightly, but isn’t hard to open at all. I would recommend this product to any contact wearer!!" β€”Krystal

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38 (available in two colors).

    6. Stainless steel straws for a more eco-friendly approach to sipping iced coffee. This set comes equipped with two collapsible straws, a cleaning brush, and a carrying pouch β€” plus, both straws are adjustable in size and can accommodate different cups.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line on Amazon for $12.99.

    7. Gel pens that will constantly come in handy. From birthday cards to signing checks, pens are something you should always carry with you. These are cute, write shockingly well, and, I mean, cats.

    model writing on paper with black ink next to white pens with cat-inspired tips

    Promising review: "These pens write really well, are superfine, and pretty adorable. I didn't think I would like them so much and was worried they would smear really bad (I'm left-handed), but they don't. The caps stay on nice and tight, easy to stick on the end of the pen while you're using it and they don't fall off." β€”Laurabear

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A Welly first aid kit equipped with 18 flex fabric bandages, three single use antibiotic ointments, and three single use hand sanitizers. Plus, everything comes in a compact tin that takes up next to no room in your purse!


    Promising review: "Love anything made by Welly. The bandages really stay on and come off with no sticky residue. I had one on my pinky finger (which normal name brand bandages won’t stay on for long) through numerous hand washes, and unpacking of moving boxes and it stayed on protecting the cut I had gotten. Another thing i like is when I take off the bandage, no sticky residue left on my skin. What’s better than stays on well and comes off clean? The cute designs and the awesome tins these come in of course!" β€”Lauren R

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    9. A non-toxic, before-you-go Poo-Pourri toilet spray that is your new #1 (*ahem* not #2) when it comes to eliminating...odors. Spray this essential oil and real gold nanoparticle blend into the toilet before getting down to business; all smells will be trapped and no evidence will be left behind. Really. We promise.

    the .13 fluid oz spray

    So how does this work? WELL! Before you go to do your business, spray this directly into the toilet bowl β€” the spiced apple scent, for example, will cover the surface of your toilet water with a blend of apple, pecan, and citrus natural essential oils and all smelly smells will be gone. Not to be dramatic, but this has the potential to save a marriage.

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare β€” particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting after he leaves now." β€”Supa D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.34.

    10. A Sherpa portable charger for anyone whose phone is perpetually on 3%. The aluminum design is sleek, it's got a one year warranty, plus it basically guarantees your cell won't die when you need it most (1-800-GPS).

    the black charger with lime green cable covers

    Get it from Backcountry for $19.47+ (available in five colors).

    11. A pot concealer that tackles dark circles and blemishes without looking too obvious. It's *the* perfect thing to slap on when you don't want a full face of makeup, but also did not get enough sleep last night and want the world to think you did.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed, Glossier

    I usually stick to tinted moisturizer on the daily, which can be an issue because I get pretty terrible dark circles β€” I find that only thick, heavy concealer does the job when it comes to making me look as if I actually slept last night. The downside of that is, for quick errands or days when I plan on wearing no makeup at all, concealer is so darn obvious...which is where Stretch Concealer steps in! The formula is lightweight (the case with most Glossier products) but truly blurs dark circles and redness (my nose is always an issue) with just a few taps and instantly delivers a brightening effect. See above for before and after!

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in 12 shades).

    12. Microfiber cloths ideal for phone, jewelry, camera lenses, smartphones, tablets, TV screens, and the list truly goes on and on. Take a moment to imagine it: A world in which your glasses aren't covered in fingerprint smudges.

    reviewer photo on left of glasses with fingerprint smudges; same glasses on the right with no smudges

    Promising review: "MAGIC! This cloth is amazing! We have tried all sorts of cleaners and they made our TV so much worse. Then, while searching Amazon to find yet another 'good' cleaner, I came upon these. It says no cleaner necessary, and they're right! It was that instant gratification you get when you buff the wax off your car. I will be giving these as Christmas gifts for sure!" β€”Lane

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. Secret anti-perspirant balls small enough to carry in even the tiniest of clutches (looking at you, purse I wear to every fancy function). These solid, waterlily-scented "freshies" are perfect for re-application throughout the day.

    Promising review: "These are awesome, I love the fresh scent and how small and they perfect they are for my purse. I keep one in my bag, one at home, and one in my backpack. It keeps me dry all day even when working a hard, long shift in the hospital." β€”UrbanBlonde

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A Tocca rollerball perfume available in 12 scents ranging from bergamot and pear ("Florence") to grapefruit, jasmine, and vanilla musk ("Cleopatra"). Rest assured that whichever scent you choose, your nose will be delighted.

    the rollerball perfumes in Stella, Cleopatra, Florence, and Giulietta / Via @tocca

    Promising review: "I've had flings with many perfumes, but this Cleopatra one? This one is a marriage built to last. It gets me. It compliments me. It makes me happy. It's true love." β€”wmodzelewska

    Get it from Sephora for $27 (available in 12 scents).

    15. A magnifying mirror that folds into a travel-friendly compact *or* can be adjusted to stand upright. This little item is designed with an LED light that mimics natural sunlight so you can blend concealer to perfection, plus the handheld size makes it ideal for both travel and everyday use (from your dim-lit home bathroom to your office cubicle best defined by too much AC and fluorescent lighting).

    Promising review: "This mirror is just what I have been looking for! In fact, I just ordered another one for a gift and may order more. The mirror is sized perfectly for every day use and for travel (since it's so small when it folds flat). Both mirrors are high quality, the lighted portion is perfect for makeup application, and I like the fact that this mirror uses four 'AAA' batteries (which are included) because they are more readily available than button batteries." β€”Penny C. Tanquary

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    16. Silicone drink markers to keep tabs on which glass is yours *plus* make for a fantastic conversation starter. Talk about a koala-ty product, eh?

    wine glasses with a purple and pink koala holder on the stem

    Promising review: "How many times have you been at an event or gathering and wondered, is that my wine glass? Well, fret no more! These cute little drink markers take away the guessing element, especially as the night goes on and you've had a few. We've all been there and while some may say, they're totally unnecessary, I can attest that they certainly come in handy! So if you're someone who entertains, or has a gathering every once in a while, even expect family and friends over for the holidays, these markers add a great touch of eliminating waste and identifying yours from the rest!" β€”Peepchick

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10 (available in four designs).

    17. Music-inspired playing cards that truly ~rock~ and roll. With over 52 cards including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Nina Simone, these can cure boredom blues in a jiffy.


    Promising review: "We have the Genius musicians and Genius writers playing cards. I know they are, uh, like quadruple the price of a regular Bicycle deck of cards, but I have to say that I LOVE them. They just make my heart happy, I can't help it. The cards are great quality. And I love the artistic depictions of each musician. The drawings are so thoughtful and (mostly) accurate. The Genius cards have become my favorites to play with. They're pricey but so worth it!" β€”Ladybug

    Get them from Amazon for $10.84.

    18. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with a built-in adjustable light that makes reading easy wherever you go β€” whether it's sunlit beaches or your bedroom, in which you're simply just too lazy to get up and switch on the light. Plus, a single battery charge lasts for weeks.

    the Kindle in black, green, pink, and blue

    Promising review: "I couldn't imagine ever finding something better than my beloved Kindle PaperWhite but I did... this new version. I only bought an updated version because, after four years of excessive use (at least 20-30 hours per week), a couple of pixels have died out on my original and it's just slowing down. So, Merry Christmas to me, a replacement PaperWhite. This one is slightly slimmer and a bit lighter, and the flush front is well worth the upgrade, All of this just makes for even more comfortable reading. I also enjoy the free cellular connectivity. Overall, an improvement on what was pretty darn perfect to begin with!" β€”Missouri Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    19. A plant-based gel cream that works OT to tame pesky flyaways that no amount of brushing can get rid of. The best part? This formula is nongreasy, completely transparent, and the mascara wand makes it super easy to apply.

    Promising review: "I was surprised to find that this product is very easy to use and extremely effective. It didn't leave my hair looking greasy or sticky and it works great for baby hairs around the face." β€”GoBlue

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. An essential oil roll-on stick packed with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils. When you feel a migraine coming on (ugh), just apply this to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck β€” it'll give you a blast of cool relief that will lessen that pesky headache (and in some cases, get rid of it completely).

    BuzzFeed Editor Katy Herman holding up white essential oil stick
    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    21. A concentrated O'Keeffe's moisturizing cream ideal for dry, cracked hands in desperate need of some TLC. This ultra-moisturizing water, glycerin, and paraffin formula is used (and loved) by everyone from construction workers to people with eczema.

    Promising review: "Does this product need another five-star review? Nope. But I had to. This is truly a miracle product!! I have the driest skin in the winter, to the point where I will look down at my hands and notice that they're bleeding from all the various cracks. This product made a major difference after just one use! Here I am weeks later and my hands have no cracks, look younger, and are no longer red." β€”P. Neuber

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    22. A collapsible Nomader water bottle that can be folded up when not in use, aka say goodbye to lugging around a large bottle that's been empty for several hours now.

    Promising review: "I got this for my upcoming hiking trip and love the quality and ease with which this can be collapsed and stored. I'm also excited to bring this on my next trip to the airport, as it will save me $7 (the average cost of a water bottle at the airport)! It's easy to fill at a water fountain by the gate. Love this whole concept!" β€”Laurie Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in seven colors).

    23. Foldable flats to save your piggies the next time you delude yourself into thinking that heels were a good idea. These portable shoes can be stashed in your bag, meaning you can slip these babies on whenever your stilettos become too much to bear.

    the gold foldable flats

    Promising review: "I purchased these ballet flats because I hate wearing heels, but sometimes occasions happen where you must wear them. At a recent black tie event, I hid these flats in my clutch. About 45 minutes in, I kicked the heels off my aching feet and put these on. I never took them off. Other women were jealous!" β€”Phyllis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).

    24. A Maybelline black mascara for volume, volume, and did I mention volume? One swipe of this clump-free formula means long, feathery lashes that look astonishingly natural.

    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The absolute best. I've been using it for six years and it curls my lashes and doesn't clump. Always a must-have in my makeup bag." β€”Molly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    25. A Clif nut butter-filled energy bar available in three delicious flavors: coconut almond butter, peanut butter, and chocolate hazelnut butter.

    the coconut and almond butter bar

    Get it from CVS for $2.19 (available in three flavors).

    26. A Mario Badescu facial spray packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water for an immediate blast of hydration and dewiness. Setting your makeup and keeping breakouts out bay will become as easy as one, two, spritz.

    hand holding clear spray bottle with pink liquid labeled "facial spray with aloe, herbs, and rosewater" / Via @mariobadescu

    Psst, this facial spray comes in a set of two! One with four fluid ounces, the other with two fluid ounces that's perfect for stashing in your purse.

    Promising review: "This is one of my holy grail buys. I love using this spray to set my makeup, refresh my skin on a dry winter day or just for a quick moment of pampering. I love the light rose scent." β€”Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    27. A water dispenser with an attached bowl to keep your pup hydrated at all times (because even I'm winded after a two-minute walk in this heat). A silica seal gel ring means no leaks, plus so long wasted water: simply press a button to release H20 and then tilt the bottle back for any remaining H20 to flow back in.


    Promising review: "This water bottle is truly a godsend! I cannot imagine using any other travel water bottle for my pups! It is slim, fits perfectly in a bottle slot in my travel bag; it is lightweight and has a loop to put around my wrist when I walk with my pups. It is extremely convenient on car rides, when my pup is thirsty and needs a quick pick-me-up! I especially love the fact that it sucks the water back in, so that I am not wasting unused water." β€”LV4NMLS

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

    28. Lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes because morning runs are great in theory, but will you have time to shower before that early morning Zoom meeting? Mmm, probably not. These tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng wipes will quickly cleanse your skin and prevent any body acne apocalypses from occurring.

    hand holding purple wipe packet labeled "goodwipes in my bag, swag" / Via @goodwipes

    Plus, they're available in individual packets AKA you can slip one in your gym bag for sweaty workouts that don't leave time for a shower.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to workout over my lunch hour to break up the day, but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower. I just use one of these! The scent is not too overpowering, but it's strong enough so that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three scents).

    29. A silicone AirPods case inspired by *does double take* a potato. If you just purchased AirPods and are extremely nervous about misplacing 'em, I'm presenting an easy way to ensure you don't.

    a potato

    Get it from Smoko for $16.

    30. Sleek hardcover notebooks equipped with a table of contents, ink-proof pages, a built-in pocket folder, a page marker, *plus* gorgeous outer designs: one option is a sleek gold solid, the other is a Los Angeles-inspired neon yellow with illustrated landmarks.


    Promising review: "What a beautiful notebook and the presentation of the packaging is impeccable. Pages are numbered and an index is included!" β€”lily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three prints).

    31. An Anker wireless charger that one assumes would cost upwards of several trillion dollars, but is surprisingly less than $10. This gives battery power to your device (think everything from AirPods to Galaxy phones) and even works through tough external cases!

    the circular black Anker charger

    Promising review: "I leave this on my dresser and drop my AirPods on it or occasionally my phone. It’s compact, lightweight, gets the job done, and even charges my devices through their cases." β€”Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    32. A vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe. If you're looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.

    reviewer wearing the concealer

    Promising review: "Not only is the packaging of this concealer cute and classic, but it also provides really great coverage. You only need to use a little bit to get great coverage, the applicator is great, and I don't have any problems with creasing (although I don't have any fine lines either). If you're wanting a concealer similar to expensive brands but at a drugstore price, you'll like this!" β€”Kayla Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $4.76+ (available in 30 shades).

    33. Silicone ear grips for your favorite pair of prescription frames. These anti-slip holders basically ensure that your glasses stay put, meaning constant re-adjusting and slipping down your nose will become a thing of the past! Plus, these won't dig into your skin and give you a headache.

    tortoiseshell frames with black silicone grippers

    Promising review: "My new glasses were constantly slipping down my nose, even after being adjusted. These were a lifesaver. It took a bit to work the ear hooks onto the arms of my glasses as mine are thick, but once on, they stayed put. Glasses don't budge on my face now, at all." β€”thesoftparade

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $6.98.

    34. Kitsch elastic scrunchies, because it's about time you break up with breakage. The smooth satin material doesn't tug or pull at your 'do (they're perfect for sleep and won't cause those "my hair is tied too tightly" headaches!), plus they'll last and last and last after months of constant use. Can your current hair tie do that? I mean, mine can't.

    model wearing pink scrunchie in hair

    Promising review: "Reader, I love these scrunchies for my curly-frizzy-coarse and dry dry dry hair. I travel in them (they saved my hair on a looooooong set of flights to and from Australia this past January), sleep in them EVERY NIGHT, and I even wear them out when my hair is dirty and it's ~low bun time~ to dress it up a bit. I have absolutely noticed a reduction in breakage and the strands that cascade to the floor when I take my hair down in the morning for styling. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option to just add a little TLC to your hair care, I absolutely recommend these bbs. And in several months of constant use, there's been no stretching out, even though I have quite a bit of hair." β€”Maitland Quitmeyer, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.99.

    35. A Han two-in-one tint that adds a flush to your cheeks and a subtle pop to your pout β€” all it takes is one swipe. Plus, a plant-based blend of acai oil, pomegranate, and blueberry extracts (plus organic shea butter, organic argan oil, and coconut) mean hydration, to boot.

    the tint sticks in brown packaging

    "I'm telling you right now this stuff is legit. I have very pale lips and I just dab a little bit of this on and... BAM! It looks like my lips are naturally the perfect shade of rose without looking like I'm actually wearing anything on my lips! I've also completely replaced my blush with this stick." β€”Elena Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in six tints).

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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