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    33 Things You Don't Realize You Need Until You Need Them

    It's always good to be prepared.

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    1. A suction tool to help relieve the itchy agony of bug bites by sucking out insect venom, saliva, and other irritants under your skin. Finally, you can go outside after dark again!

    left: raised mosquito bite, middle : the plunger like tool right: flatter bite with light circular indent around it
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Make sure you read all the directions before using so you don't accidentally give yourself a hickey! I've used this and it totally works. It won't completely get rid of 100% of your bug bites, but it makes a noticeable difference. I haven't scratched once since this amazing device came into my life.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get two from Amazon for $18.95.

    2. A journal happy to store all your increasingly complicated passwords. At least 12 characters, including a symbol, number, capital letter, ancient rune, and the fleeting details of a half-remembered dream? COME ON!


    It's alphabetized so you can easily find the one you need!.

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. The book has a heavy plastic cover and heavy-duty wire binding. The paper is good quality, although my favorite gel pens did have some bleed-through. I'd recommend ballpoint or pencil. The entries have wide spaces, with room for website, email, username, password, and notes (which is perfect for noting the answers to those security questions... What's your favorite ice cream flavor? I don't remember what I answered a year ago!). The password section has a good number of extra lines, for those sites that make you change your password with annoying frequency." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four sizes).

    3. A back zipper pull so you can get into dresses all by yourself, no complicated methods or partners needed.

    model closes back of dress with long clippy strap

    No need to use your treadmill like Liz Lemon.

    Promising review: "I bought a dress with a back zip ('invisible zipper' too, i.e. tiny!) recently from Ann Taylor. Getting into it and zipping it all the way up was nearly impossible.....unless I wanted to start cussing and sweat buckets throughout the whole ordeal. Let me tell you, this worked like a charm, even on that tiny zipper of mine. Just follow the instructions and you can NOT go wrong, IMHO. Worth the money." —Chicago888

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    4. A pack of shower curtain clips, because the last thing you want to happen after watching Psycho is to have the curtain billow in and attack you.

    shower curtain being fitted into plastic holder mounted on wall

    Promising review: "We live in a small apartment that is a converted attic space. As such we have slanted ceilings throughout different spaces. One such space was in the shower, where at the end there were 6 or so inches that the shower curtain did not reach. It was not a huge issue in the summer because it was hot, and I needed a little fresh air; however, as it started to cool down, I was losing precious steamy warm air out this giant gap. I saw this product in a BuzzFeed article, and it was exactly what I was looking for! The adhesive is very strong but the curtain itself is easy to remove to open. I only used one, and it was strong enough to keep the whole side of the wall blocked." —starvingcollegestudent

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A 32 SPF sunscreen that defends your skin from the sun, plus blue light and pollution. I'm telling you, you gotta wear sunscreen every day to protect that delicate face!

    tube of sunscreen

    This sunscreen is phthalate-, paraben-, dye-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free. Cocokind is an Asian-owned small business based in San Francisco.

    Promising review: "I’m very critical of mineral sunscreen and can confidently say this is the best one I’ve come across. It’s so light, no white cast, great under makeup, and a good amount of coverage. Highly recommend to anyone." —Bridie C

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    6. A metal bar of "soap" that will help you get rid of any unwanted food smells so you can go from chopping up garlic to shaking hands with sensitive-nosed people in no time.

    metal shaped like soap bar

    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.87.

    7. A dog paw cleaning device so Fido doesn't mess up your clean home every time they come back inside.

    dog paw going into tube with silicone bristles

    Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer that likes to dig, a mini golden doodle that is prissy about her paws and a standard labradoodle puppy that is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was ridiculous. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    8. A mini fabric steamer that takes way less time to set up than an iron and ironing board., Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Reviewers say this thing heats up reeeally quickly.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a few months now and I use it all the time! It heats up so fast and steams the fabric within seconds! I have had no problems with water spitting out or being burnt at all. I love this machine so much I am bringing it with me on my international trips! So I have to say don’t think twice this is a must-buy!"—Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's review of this steamer to find out more.

    9. A keychain car escape tool able to both cut your seat belt and break your car window in emergency situations.


    Promising review: "Thankfully I haven't needed to use this item BUT.. if I ever do, I have it in my car, in the pocket of the driver side door. I live in Florida where we are surrounded by water and there are lakes, canals, drainage ditches, flood control ditches and many bridges. There are constantly stories on the news about vehicles losing control and heading into the waters. One of the last news stories showed using this little tool. I immediately purchased several of them and gave them out to family and all of my neighbors."—pete33

    Get it from Amazon for $10.55 (available in seven colors).

    10. A satin-lined Hairbrella to keep your hair protected from rain, humidity, and anything else that's out to ruin your perfect hairdo.


    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business established in 2016 that specializes in hats combining fashion and function to protect against all types of weather.

    Promising review: "I never carry an umbrella cause they’re too bulky, so when I saw the Hairbrella I was so excited. It keeps my hair dry and my curls nicely quaffed, rather than me looking like I stuck my fingers I a light socket. I’m telling everyone I know about it, it’s an amazing alternative to those wide-brimmed hats or a briefcase LOL! Truly it’s never going Read more about review stating Love it!!to leave my side from now on! I definitely recommend it." —Gina C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or Hairbrella for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    11. A pack of pantry moth traps you'll be running grab the second you see your first annoying, tiny aviator. These things will stop the moths from reproducing, aka no more gross larvae in your cereal.


    Promising review: "When I say these work fast, I mean it. I got these in hopes of killing my pantry moth problem once and for all. As soon as I set these traps out a SWARM of moths came out from who knows where. I felt like I was in The Birds — it was that intense. After my momentary panic I was shocked to find that the moths went straight to the traps and got themselves stuck, and within a few hours the kitchen was eerily free of moths. Don’t let the price scare you, this stuff works and works well. The only complaint I have is that my cat got herself stuck on one in a desperate attempt to kill some moths herself. Though that is more of a complaint with the stupidity of my cat and not the product. With a little complaining and vegetable oil she came free with only a little fur missing." —Taylor

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $15.97.

    12. A black car scratch remover to hide any minor scuff-offs you might have had recently. *glances nervously at the mailbox that still has some black paint on it* 

    Before photo of car with white scratches around the tire
    Same car that looks brand new and has no noticeable scratches

    Promising review: "Easy to apply with a little elbow grease. Does a very good job removing swirls and light scratches. I used the black/dark paint version and it worked very well on my Kia Stinger. Left a nice polished looking surface and filled in the small imperfections. It even improved a deep scratch I had on the side and made it less visible. It completely removed a mark where a rubber bike handle had rubbed against the car and dulled the paint. Works as advertised and is really pretty easy to apply." —AudioJunkie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza — a card game delivering a heavy dose of high-energy, adorably illustrated fun right when you need it.

    The deck with the cards face down
    A bunch of the different cards face up, each one is a different pastel color with an illustrated character on it and their name (i.e.

    Here's how to play: You deal all the cards out to your two to four players, and everyone keeps their mini-deck face down. Everyone takes a turn putting a card down in the middle of the table, saying one of the words "taco," "cat," "goat," "cheese," and "pizza," in that order. If the picture on your card matches the word that's said, everyone slaps their hand on the card in a pile as quickly as possible. The last person on the pile has to take the stack and add them to their cards, and whoever runs out of cards first wins!

    Promising review: "Ridiculous in a good way! I was skeptical about how much I may enjoy this game being in my mid-thirties. But it's a lot of fun! Easy to learn, easy to play, my 8-year-old has lots of fun with it. Its a great family game with the potential to be a late-night more adult-oriented event if you’re picking up what I'm throwing down. Cheers!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    14. A pack of canker sore patches to heal those suckers in as little as one day. That means less stress — and less stress means less canker sores. The cycle is broken.

    They can stay on even while you're eating or drinking!

    Promising review: "Honestly this is one of the weirdest things I've ever done — but it worked. I put the patch on my canker sore (looks like a tiny pill) overnight and when I woke up the patch was all huge and felt like a sponge. IT WORKED! My canker sore was significantly smaller when I woke up and no longer rubbed up against my teeth. I did one more night with the canker patch and it was completely gone. This product works great for not just mouth sore, but tongue sores. Would highly recommend!" —LW

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A stain remover that says, "hey it's OK, no need to cry over spilled wine."

    wine stained blanket
    stain is totally gone

    Promising review: "Lo and behold! I completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no." —Sharon Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $9.66.

    16. A jar of O'Keeffe's hand cream you'll want to marinate your dry paws in all season. 

    a green jar with a spiral patterned cream inside. a reviewer took a bit out with their fingers to show the consistency
    left: severely peeling hand right: hand with less peeling

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get a 3.4-ounce jar from Amazon for $6.98+. (available in three size packs)

    17. A handy multitool jar opener that uses the power of grippy rubber and torque to make opening any stubborn jar a breeze. It also comes with a bottle opener that can also open some cans!

    Reviewer using red multigrip tool to encase a jar lid and pull it open
    model showing the gripper used to open jars of different sizes

    Psst — a lot of reviewers with arthritis swear by these for pain-free, easy opening, and parents say it makes it a lot easier for kids to open jars, too! 

    Promising review: "Having had arthritis in my hands since my teens, I have used many jar/bottle openers out of necessity. The OXO ones work well, but wear out within a year because of the volume of usage. This fabulous opener has yet to find a container that it cannot easily open, even bottles of water with heavily sealed caps. I love it so much I ordered another one to have in two drawers on either end of my kitchen. This gripper does not exacerbate my carpel tunnel syndrome, either. I would give it more stars if I could." —Patrizia L. 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors). 

    18. sunburn soother crafted with aloe and coconut oil to hydrate skin and turn back time to before you stayed out in the sun a little too long. 

    Psst — a lot of reviewers mentioned this also helped prevent peeling and itching!

    Promising review: "I ordered this two weeks ago after seeing rave reviews. So grateful I did. Yesterday I got the worst burn. It was unbelievable. I applied this four times over 24 hours. When I woke up this morning it was a lot better and has just gotten increasingly better throughout the day. The burn is mostly faded, and the pain is so much better. I hope to never burn this badly again, but I will be stockpiling this lotion all the same." —Carolina G.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.81.

    19. A Rumpl indoor/outdoor blanket, which is waterproof and dirt resistant so you can stay cozy, even in the dirtiest conditions. 

    model holding blanket outdoors
    blanket rolled up next to its carrying bag

    Rumpl is a Portland, OR-based small business that was inspired by warm and snuggly sleeping bags, and how much better the material retains heat compared to traditional bedding. The idea of a "sleeping bag blanket" was born, and Rumpl with it. They use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials, and are now recycling over 5 million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain every year. They also offset all their carbon emissions with carbon credits!

    The Rumpl blanket is also machine washable and dryer-safe!

    Promising review: "We took this king-size blanket with us on our camping trip to New Zealand. At first I thought it might have been too overkill since it took up a lot of space in my luggage and a duvet was included in our camper van rental. But we ended up using this every night, enjoying the warmth and breathable comfort even on fairly warmly evenings. It was definitely large enough for two even with tossing and turning, we both had enough Rumpl to sleep well throughout the night. Great purchase, totally worth it." —Becca606

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    20. A travel journal so you can keep track of all the cool stuff you've been up to. There are pages to track where you've been, write about who you've met on your travels, add reviews, and paste pictures. There's even a travel library — an illustrated library of books where you can write down what you've read while on the road. 

    green book surrounded by photos and international money
    inside of the book to show travel library

    Promising review: "Absolutely looove this book! Already started filling it out and it's definitely a great life-long use of a purchase! Also came with a sweet note!" —Courtney Scott

    Get it from TheTravelersPlaybook on Etsy for $34.99.

    21. Tide's Brights + Whites Rescue capable of making colorful clothing more vibrant and white clothing up to three shades lighter. Wow, better wear sunglasses when you pull out your dazzlingly clean laundry!

    before: off-white shirt, after: bright white shirt
    before: reviewer's baby onesie with yellow stain after: onesie looking whiter and with no stain

    Promising review: "I bought this based off of the good reviews and I'm so glad I did! I added the Tide W+B and washed on hot with extra rinse cycle to help remove the strong fragrance. I did this twice. Whites and colors looked new again!! Then I used it on all of my white bed sheets and towels. Amazing difference!" —Sean Ulrich

    Get a pack of 27 from Amazon for $18.19.

    22. A survival bandana printed with a ton of helpful survival information in case you get into trouble on a hike. It's good to wear on your head, use as a sling,  collect water, and more. 

    User showing the various uses for the bandana, including as a splint, sling, and as a headwrap

    Promising review: "Oversized compared to your typical bandana, which is awesome! Great weight. My family and I have been building our BOBs (bug out bags). I have been wanting to find something like this for a while. It is nice; it has instructions on it. Very versatile. I bought one to test out to see if it was worth getting more. I am thrilled to say it is. I will be purchasing one for each of us. Super excited. I love how brightly colored this one is as well. It is going to make it nice to hike and camp with." —Shadow Breaker

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    23. A mosquito-repelling camping lantern that'll provide light and protection from buzzing pests. Just think: no sprays, no using your phone as a flashlight, no gross candles — just good vibes. 

    The lantern

    Promising review: "After using this thing up in the mountains and in the backyard jungle I have, this little device makes a big difference in sitting outside at night. I doubted that anything besides a good repellent would work, but I was wrong. I will be buying a couple more to have handy wherever I am. Go ahead and buy one, they work!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    24. A lantern and fan hybrid you can hook to the top of your tent, because who said you can't take a ceiling fan on a camping trip?

    Promising review: "I went camping this week, and I just hate when it's sooooo darn hot in the tent, and of course there's no place to put a fan AND a light. This one worked perfectly. It hung by it's built in hook to the top of the tent, the light was just right, and the fan was quiet and effective for a two-person tent. Happy I bought it." —Kevin Gaither

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99

    25. A heat-resistant hair tool holder that solves the age-old problem of needing to straighten your hair and then immediately throw it a drawer.


    Promising review: "Up until now, I hadn't found a receptacle that I could put a hot tool into and was forced to leave them on the counter, where I often forgot to unplug them or even turn them off. This handy holder is a life-saver and has made sure I have remembered to be adult with my styling tools and put them out of the way of becoming a fire hazard! If you're like me and get makeup on your hands while getting ready, the black Polder material can get smudgy with cosmetic fingerprints, but doesn't everything in the bathroom suffer the same fate? Save yourselves the stress of thinking you'll burn down your bathroom and buy this product!" —KCyalater

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    26. A baby wipe warmer, because there's nothing your baby will hate more than a cold wipe shocking them awake in the middle of the night.

    wipe dispenser

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I’m SO glad I got it. My child is two months old and we’ve been using it since we got home and there’s been zero mold, it’s super easy to fill, holds a whole pack of wipes, has a nice long cord, a little light, and locks on the sides of the bottom lid to keep it down when pulling out wipes. Now, when I use cold wipes in the daytime, they bother my hands because I’m used to the warm wipes, so I can’t imagine how nice it is for my little one to have them warmed up. It heats up only on the top of the lockable portion of the warmer. Not too hot, not too cold and no little hands can get into it as long as it’s locked. The only issue (which isn’t huge) that I’ve run into is that when the wipes get low, the inside gets pretty hot. This is fixed as soon as it’s filled again. I was so indecisive on this issue and I’m so glad I decided to splurge." —BR

    Get it from Amazon for $25.48.

    27. An erase-a-hole putty to fill in pesky cracks in drywall, plaster, and wood so you can actually get that security deposit back, no matter how many holes you put into the wall.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." —bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    28. A waterproof notepad for all your best shower thoughts. No idea is worth getting out of the nice hot water for!

    model writes no more great ideas down the drain on pad while in shower

    This notepad comes with super strong suction cups so it can adhere to any surface, as well as a pencil (also complete with it's own suction cup).

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical about buying this at first, but now that I got it and started using it? I can't figure out how I went so long without one!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    29. Big ol' enzyme pacs that fight through grease, fats, oils, paper, and organic matter to keep your sewer line clear. It's basically like flushing a tiny plumber down your toilet once a month.

    model drops green pac into toilet

    Promising review: "Before you splurge on a plumber or septic company, you HAVE TO TRY THESE. We bought our home in November and in March our toilets starting 'gurgling' and losing water when the washing machine would drain. Over the next few weeks, they gurgled more and more — when the dishwasher drained or we took a shower. I did a lot of research and none of the potential problems were going to be cheap to fix. Everything I read required having professionals come diagnose and repair our plumbing issue. I bought these and prayed for the best. I was SHOCKED. After one month, the toilets hardly made any more gurgling noises or lost water. After using these for three months now, the problem has 100% disappeared. I can't imagine the $ we saved by simply adding enzymes to our septic tank! :) Added bonus: Our 8-year-old enjoys flushing the packet down the toilet each month, LOL." —Jamie Smith

    Get six pacs from Amazon for $11.96.

    30. A food tracker to make sure your pet isn't over or underfed. No amount of sad puppy dog eyes can dupe you into feeding Mr. Wiggles twice.

    device with two sliders for each day of the week

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if it's not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    31. A variety pack of Doughp cookie dough you can eat raw or cooked, because the last thing you want to happen is have guests over and realize you have nothing to serve for dessert. Having cooke dough on hand at all times? Always a good idea.

    pints of cookie dough next to baked cookies

    This is the bestseller collection, which features chocolate chip, rainbow sprinkle, cookies and cream, and chocolate s'mores.

    I love Doughp! The cookie dough is so amazing raw, that's it's pretty rare for me to actually take the time to bake it. I love being able to keep a pint of Doughp in the freezer and always have the ability to bake a cookie or two when the craving hits. This is sure to be a hit with anyone who used to buy the Pillsbury cookie dough tubes from the grocery store and eat it like a Go-Gurt. 

    Get a four-pack from Doughp for $34.

    32. A set of seat gap fillers to prevent things from tumbling down into what scientists have called the Black Hole of Vehicles.

    seat gap filler with hole for seatbelt buckle to fit through

    Promising review: "I watched the episode of Shark Tank this was on. I have had incidents where things have dropped into the gap between seat and console and what a pain that is! This product is so simple and easy to install. I highly recommend it and wonder why I didn't think of it first." —TheCrewDog

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    33. A pre-swim hair cream to protect your locks from all the dangers from pools and beaches. I'm talking dryness, damage, and the dreaded green sheen from chlorine.

    The cream

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING! Literally nothing else keeps tangles out of my daughter’s hair like this does. Her hair is so thick and very difficult to brush; this makes it easy peasy to brush the tangles out after a swim in the pool. It also softens her hair. When not used, the pool chemicals make her hair very stiff and dry. We even use this every once in a while just because! It smells wonderful and doesn’t make the hair greasy in any way. I cannot recommend this product enough!!!" —Emily Gardner

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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