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    22 Products For Anyone Who's Always Running Late

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    1. A portable charger so you'll never use the line "I would have been here sooner, buuuut my phone was charging" as an excuse ever again.


    It can hold up to three full phone charges. TIP: While it comes in four colors, I suggest getting the brightest color so you'll never miss/forget it.

    Promising review: "Reliable, slim, and powerful! This battery charges my iPhone 6s really quickly. It's profile is small enough that I can hold it together with my phone while it charges. I purchased a 4" lightning cable to go with it to avoid excess slack—this allows me to easily put the charger and my phone together in one hand while on the phone. They even fit together in my pocket—making it really convenient to take with me." —Polycarp

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in fours colors).

    2. A super-loud alarm clock that'll flash red and shake to wake you up if your heavy sleeping is the cause of your tardiness.


    Check our closer look for more all about this clock.

    Promising review: "I am a heavy sleeper and it got to the point where I wouldn't hear my cell phone alarm in the morning and I was getting to work late! I have been using this for six months now and I haven't slept through my starting time since! This alarm clock is loud! You can change the tone of the sound so it doesn't sound the same every morning. The vibration shakes the whole bed (and I have a really soft bed). It also blinks brightly when the alarm goes off. This alarm clock is the best in the business. " —Obie

    Get it from Amazon for $31.19.

    3. A eyeliner stamp if you're perpetually trying and failing to get matching wings. And it's waterproof, so go ahead and shed those tears of joy after finally leaving the house on time.

    One side of this pen is the wing stamp and the other end is regular liner to connect the wing. The stamp is available in three sizes—8mm, 10mm, and 12 mm—to help you achieve the perfect cat eye.

    Check out our deep dive for more on why hundreds of people swear by this stamp.

    Promising review: "I love the look of winged eyeliner, but it takes me forever to fiddle with liquid liner getting the flicks perfect. These stamps cut the time at least in half, if not more! I've consistently gotten excellent results and am enjoying the streamlining of my morning routine." —Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $12.34.

    4. A vegan leather backpack with a built-in portable charger to fit everything your throw into it AND charge your phone while you're rushing to class, so all you have to worry about is getting that A.


    Promising review: "The leather of this bag feels great. It looks very classy and has a battery inside so that you can charge your phone when required. I just love it." —iamvinayakj

    Get it from Walmart for $99 (available in four colors).

    5. A portable razor for when you forget to shave in the shower. You always promise yourself you'll go back in the bathroom to do it quickly before leaving, but end up sitting on your bed, still in your towel, scrolling through Instagram, lose track of time, and ultimately rush to get ready.


    This 3-in-1 razor includes a refillable water spritzer, a pre-shave moisturizing bar, and two razor blades. You simply spray, lather, and shave to make shaving on-the-go super easy. Plus, it's small and compact so you can just toss it in your bag as you're heading through the door.

    Promising review: "I got the Sphynx to use on-the-go. There have been many times when I completely forget to shave my armpits before I go to work and let's be real, during a heatwave you want wear a tank top and air out your armpits. I just throw it in my purse and I always know it's there when needed." —Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four colors).

    6. A phone case with a built-in card holder to make your morning commute efficient by eliminating searching through your bag for your MetroCard, ID, or credit card since they'll be in the palm of your hand (phone).

    Promising review: "My only complaint is that I didn't order this case years ago. It's so convenient to be able to walk out of the house without a wallet or purse knowing I have everything I need secured in my phone—driver's license and credit card. I also love it for traveling. I'll put the hotel card in my phone case and then 'scan' my phone. No need to even pull it out of the case! This has reduced my clutter so much. After seeing how convenient it is, all my friends bought one. Also, the durability of the case is surprisingly comparable to an Otter Box. I've dropped it on cement and tile and the case and my phone are both totally fine." —Noelle W.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    7. A bottle of de-wrinkle spray for when the outfit you FINALLY decide to wear is completely crushed and you have zero time to iron it.

    It's also available in travel size in case you REALLY don't have the time and need to de-wrinkle on-the-go.

    Check out our post on why over 800 people like this spray.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this product. As someone who also often experiences a mad rush in the morning and hates to iron in general, I was eager to try it. With the wrinkle releaser, I lay out the shirt or hang it up, spray both sides, and smooth it out. In a few short minutes, the shirt is dry and my wrinkles gone. No more making myself late trying to rid my work blouse of a few wrinkles before heading out the door. It's been great for me on all material types including thick jeans, polyester, and silk. It also reduces static cling and the fragrance is very nice too—a fresh scent without being overpowering." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two bottles from Amazon for $12.60.

    8. A smudge-proof Maybelline matte liquid lipstick so you can avoid wasting time reapplying more throughout the day and go straight from lunch to make it to that meeting on time.


    Check out our Maybelline liquid lipstick review for more.

    Promising review: "I love this liquid lipstick! It applies so smoothly. It's high pigment, doesn't dry out my lips, doesn't fade, and doesn't smudge! Once it dries, I don't have to give my lipstick a second thought. This is the best lipstick I have ever tried. I have five different shades now. I hope they never stop making this." —Enbear3

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 30 colors).

    9. A travel kit you can keep in your suitcase so you don't run late scrambling around looking for conditioner and other essential toiletries. Plus, all the pieces are TSA-compliant so you can go through airport security quickly and catch that flight.


    This kit also includes shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, tampons, and more TSA-compliant items.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.56.

    10. Never Be Late Again, a book to help you get to the bottom of why you're always running late and learn about seven different ways to improve your punctuality.


    Promising review: "Probably the only book you ever need to read to kill your habitual lateness . It’s way more than a book about being late. It tackles the subject from every angle and gives solutions for each of them. I was surprised to see how many other topics are connected with being a cause of lateness: passive-aggressiveness, procrastination, anxiety, being unorganized, over-scheduling yourself, fear of boredom, and a lack of mindfulness/awareness. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their punctuality game." —Ryan XJ 9000

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 or find a copy at your local library.

    11. A pair of Dr. Scholl's slip-on sneakers, because who has time for laces when they're already 15 minutes late for work? No one! Plus, they're made with memory foam so you can book it to the office in comfort.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these shoes. I was looking for slip-on sneakers that would be comfortable and that I could wear everyday but also dress up. These were the perfect match! They are very comfortable. I can wear them with or without socks and my feet don't get too sweaty. Plus, they're easy to break in." —Allie Culwell

    Get a pair from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 6-11 and 38 colors).

    12. A breakfast sandwich maker so you don't have to settle for a granola bar as your most important meal of the day since you didn't have time to stop for breakfast.


    First, place your first slice of bread and meat of choice on the bottom layer. Then add your egg in the top layer and cover it with the your second slice of bread. Finally, pull the plate underneath the top layer to finish your sandwich.

    Promising review: "This thing works great. I am usually in a hurry in the morning after the gym, but like a good breakfast sandwich. I hate the idea of spending money at McDonalds and not knowing how healthy I'm eating. This thing works like a charm. All I suggest is to spray a shot of Pam into the egg cooker and you can even dab the excess with a paper towel. The egg slides right off if you do that. Overall I love it." —D. Brady

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A shirt to shamelessly justify your lateness and let others know it serves a higher purpose: your health!


    Get it from StrongGirlClothing on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS-4XL and in 20 colors).

    14. A Tile finder you can attach to your keys to help you find them ASAP instead of fumbling through your bag wondering if you left them on the kitchen counter... when you should have left the house 20 minutes ago.


    You download the Tile app, click "find," and it will play a loud jingle (or a recording of your voice) on the Tile itself to help locate your keys. Plus, it'll help you find your phone even when it's on silent mode.

    Promising review: "It is LOUD which is just what I need. I am in and out of houses all day as a hospice nurse and sometimes in a hurry. In my haste, I do not always put my keys or phone in the right place. I am so annoyed that I didn't get this sooner! SUPER BONUS: It finds my phone even when it's in silent mode! LIFESAVER! I am so thankful for this option! I feel like it will save me so much time and frustration this year." —Ann Sims

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    15. An Echo Dot that's like having your own personal assistant to keep track and remind you of all your important appointments, meetings, and events. May you never be late for a date ever again!


    Promising review: "This little guy lives on my nightstand. I use the Headspace skill to go to sleep and every morning it wakes me up to NPR and the weather and traffic. I can also vocally add items to my to-do list without turning the light on, and it keeps the repetitive thoughts from taking over. I feel like I’m living in the future." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (originally for $49.99).

    16. A microfiber towel for drying your hair in half the time while you do your makeup, get dressed, and make breakfast.


    Natalie, a writer here at BuzzFeed, owns this and loves it — check out her review.

    Promising review: "This towel is the best! I have super thick hair that takes forever to blow dry. Between racing around in the morning and sitting under the blow dryer for ages, I used to leave the house sweating and late. This towel has cut down my drying time by at least half. I wrap my hair, do my makeup, and then dry and style my hair. I love it so much I bought one for each of my girlfriends as gifts. They've turned around and have purchased this towel as gifts for others. It's a fantastic product at a great price." —KP

    Get it from Amazon for $20.49 (available in eight colors).

    17. Maybelline BB cream with SPF 30 so you only have to slather on one product to reduce the time it takes to do your makeup. It'll even out your skin AND protect it from the sun!


    Promising review: "I've been using this for a week and don't have any complaints. The cream is not greasy, lasts all day, and leaves my skin looking bright. I have normal-oily skin that requires me to dab or wipe at some point in the day when wearing liquid foundation, but I don't have to do any of that with this cream. I use loose powder to give it a nice finish and that's it! I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking to cut down their prep time in the morning and still have a nice finished look." —Gina

    Get it from Amazon for $6.45 (available in five shades).

    18. A countdown timer outlet that'll turn off your curling iron in case you forget to while you're in a frenzy trying to get ready before work.


    This outlet has five settings—1, 2, 3, 4 or 8 hours. Or put it on "hold" to keep something turned on.

    Promising review: "We have a couple of these being used on high current devices and they work great. One is used in the bathroom for my wife's curling iron, which does not have auto shutoff. The other is in our kitchen and is used to turn off our percolator. No more worrying about leaving these on after leaving for work." —BHM

    Get it from Amazon for $11.10.

    19. An insulated bottle so you're not tempted to stop for coffee when you're already running late for class. Plus, it's leak-proof so feel free to throw it into your bag without a second thought as you rush through the door.

    This bottle has a wide mouth, a slip-free grip, a flexible strap, and BPA-free material. It'll keep your drinks hot for up to six hours and cold for up to 24 hours.

    Promising review: "This was the only truly leak-proof insulated beverage container I could find on the internet. I needed something I could throw in a bag and carry to work, filled with hot coffee, knowing it would not spill on me. It does an excellent job. The outside stays room temperature while the beverage inside stays as hot as the moment it came out of the coffee maker on my 40 minute commute, and for hours afterward actually if I keep the lid on. It stays warm while I'm drinking it, too, even without the lid, and I take probably an hour and a half to finish it." —L. Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    20. A programmable coffee maker that'll have your coffee hot and ready to go, even when you aren't! You can schedule a time (up to 24 hours in advance) for when you want your coffee freshly brewed.


    Promising review: "Easiest coffee maker to use. It uses paper filters or the reusable gold mesh type. The coffee tastes great and if you forget to turn it off because you are on your way to work, it will turn itself off after a couple of hours. It has a clock, a timer, and an auto start feature so you can wake up to freshly made coffee." —William Vasquez

    Get it from Amazon for $27.04.

    21. A bottle of dry shampoo to cross washing your hair off your list of things to do before you leave your place for the day.

    Dry shampoo cleans your hair and scalp without the hassle of washing your hair. Simply shake the can, spray your roots, massage it through your hair, leave it for a few moments, and then style your hair as usual. Be sure to thoroughly work the spray throughout your scalp and hair as it can leave your hair looking white if not done properly.

    Promising review: "I love, love, LOVE this product. I can sleep in an extra 20 minutes or get ready on short notice because I know my hair will look and smell clean. I can go days without washing and my hair looks great. It adds volume to my thin hair and makes it easier to style. It's changed my entire morning routine." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    22. A body lotion you can apply in the shower and go straight from the shower, into your clothes, and out the door.

    All you have to do is shower like you normally do, then apply the lotion to your wet skin, dry off, and you're good to go.

    Promising review: "I recently started showering at my local gym to save time getting to work in the morning. This in-shower body lotion is a life and time saver. Now, I can comfortably lotion up after a shower without waiting forever for the moisture to soak in. Plus, my skin feels super soft all day! I know it's weird, but from time to time I have to pet my skin during the day because it's just so silky and touchable! I love this lotion!" —Sea1towne

    Get it from Amazon for $4.45.

    So you'll never get this look from your friends again:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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