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28 Genius Ways To Stop Losing Just About Everything You Own

Key trackers, earbud holders, phone locators — you name it, we have a way to finally keep a hold of your stuff!!

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1. Transform cluttered desks into a chic oasis with nothing more than a couple of gilded trays. Your pens and office supplies will finally never disappear and you'll actually stay motivated to keep your drawers pretty.

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Get the full tutorial on getting a chic, organized office from Julie Blanner here!

Get similar gold trays from Amazon for $29.99 or Target for $18.99.

2. Keep your headphones untangled and in a known place by wrapping them around an inexpensive earbud organizer.

Stop throwing them to the bottom on your bag!! Or in your coat pocket where they're doomed to fall out. Promising review: "No more tangled headphone cables! I bought a pair for my desk at home, and I'm purchasing another pair for my office. I love how neat and untangled my earbud cords are when using this organizer. It's leather, which I'm sure will last many, many years for such a great price. Strongly recommend!" —Jane MGet it from Amazon for $7.99 or a similar product from Jet for $5.49.
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Stop throwing them to the bottom on your bag!! Or in your coat pocket where they're doomed to fall out.

Promising review: "No more tangled headphone cables! I bought a pair for my desk at home, and I'm purchasing another pair for my office. I love how neat and untangled my earbud cords are when using this organizer. It's leather, which I'm sure will last many, many years for such a great price. Strongly recommend!" —Jane M

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 or a similar product from Jet for $5.49.

3. Avoid that whole halfway-to-work-oh-shit moments with a handy reminder sign you can hang right on your doorknob. It even has pockets for you to store all things you need reminding of!

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Promising review: "Oh man, this thing is AWESOME. This little organizer fits over the door handle, which is the last thing I see/touch before I leave the house. Putting stuff I need on the bookshelf next to my keys was just not working." —The Bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

4. Restore faith in your laundry machine (WHERE is the mate?!) by stringing your socks along a special organizer that can be tossed right in the wash.

Not to mention you won't have to sort or match afterwards! Just place each pair of dirty socks between two sliders starting from the bottom and throw straight in the washer and dryer. Then hang it up in your closet so they remain nice and organized!Promising review: "I’m not very good about reviewing things but I just had to. I hate trying to match my husband's similar-looking dress socks out of the dryer. I’ve tried keeping them together using safety pins, but that seems to cause snags and is a pain to keep track of. This item is amazing, it keeps the socks together, and it holds a large amount. I love how I can hang it next to the clothes hamper and he can just put his socks in there when he takes them off. Great purchase!" —Elizabeth A. GrowneyGet it from Amazon for $16 (available in four colors) or from Walmart for $14.99+ (available in four colors).
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Not to mention you won't have to sort or match afterwards! Just place each pair of dirty socks between two sliders starting from the bottom and throw straight in the washer and dryer. Then hang it up in your closet so they remain nice and organized!

Promising review: "I’m not very good about reviewing things but I just had to. I hate trying to match my husband's similar-looking dress socks out of the dryer. I’ve tried keeping them together using safety pins, but that seems to cause snags and is a pain to keep track of. This item is amazing, it keeps the socks together, and it holds a large amount. I love how I can hang it next to the clothes hamper and he can just put his socks in there when he takes them off. Great purchase!" —Elizabeth A. Growney

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in four colors) or from Walmart for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

5. Cry no more over mysteriously gone dainty jewelry by creating a surprisingly simple DIY cork ring cone.

What you'll need: 2mm cork board ($5.84 on Amazon), glue gun ($12.89 on Amazon), glue sticks, $1.79 on Amazon), plate, and pencil.Check out the full tutorial from Fall For DIY here!
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What you'll need: 2mm cork board ($5.84 on Amazon), glue gun ($12.89 on Amazon), glue sticks, $1.79 on Amazon), plate, and pencil.

Check out the full tutorial from Fall For DIY here!

6. Store hard-to-keep-track-of things like pills, vitamins, or even small earrings in a mini macaron container. How can you lose anything that looks this ~sweet~?

Promising review: "Love the design of these! Used them as small earring boxes for the holidays. These are snug enough to hold small things that would normally get lost in a purse or bag, and they are adorable. Love the colors and design." — FireWitch1Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99 or from Walmart for $6.77+ (available in four colors).
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Promising review: "Love the design of these! Used them as small earring boxes for the holidays. These are snug enough to hold small things that would normally get lost in a purse or bag, and they are adorable. Love the colors and design." — FireWitch1

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.99 or from Walmart for $6.77+ (available in four colors).

7. *Stick* to one makeup set without your lipgloss vanishing by making a DIY magnetic board (if you put it next to your mirror there's really no way you can mess up this routine).

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What you'll need: wooden picture frame ($18.99 on Amazon), magnetic board ($28.91 on Amazon), and self-adhesive magnetic squares ($7.99 on Amazon for a 70-pack).

Check out how (and other awesome organization hacks) here!

8. Choose an area that you always gravitate towards and assign at-hand places for things like charging cables and keys with stick-on magnets. Looking at you, pesky charger that used to like to slip behind your desk.

All you do is peel the back and voilà! You have a tiny but seriously strong magnet. Stick 'em on the wall, desk, really anywhere so you have a designated area that makes escape impossible for those damned keys.Promising review: "My husband and I are so impressed with this magnetic key rack holder. The magnets are so strong and can hold even heavy sets of keys! It has six magnetic holders that I can put anywhere around the house. My husband and I are so happy about it because now we don't misplace our keys anymore. The keys hang freely and don't fall off, because the magnets are strong enough to hold it but not too much power that it can destroy key fobs or any electric power devices." —AgashiiyahGet a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.
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All you do is peel the back and voilà! You have a tiny but seriously strong magnet. Stick 'em on the wall, desk, really anywhere so you have a designated area that makes escape impossible for those damned keys.

Promising review: "My husband and I are so impressed with this magnetic key rack holder. The magnets are so strong and can hold even heavy sets of keys! It has six magnetic holders that I can put anywhere around the house. My husband and I are so happy about it because now we don't misplace our keys anymore. The keys hang freely and don't fall off, because the magnets are strong enough to hold it but not too much power that it can destroy key fobs or any electric power devices." —Agashiiyah

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

9. Stop shoving your subway, bus, or train pass in your back pocket (you KNOW what will happen eventually) and keep it attached to your phone — which is glued to your hand, anyway — with a stick-on card wallet.

And it's not only great for those examples! You can fit up to *eight* cards and cash thanks to its super durable and elastic fabric. Promising review: "I used to constantly lose my Metrocard, because I'd put it in my pocket and it would fall out without me noticing. Now I store it in this on the back of my phone along with my credit card. I've used it for a year now and none of my cards have ever fallen out. It also has not lost its stickiness at all to the back of my phone. I highly recommend!" —Leah TGet it from Amazon for $6.75 (available in nine colors and compatible with all smartphones) or a similar product from Walmart for $9.99.
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And it's not only great for those examples! You can fit up to *eight* cards and cash thanks to its super durable and elastic fabric.

Promising review: "I used to constantly lose my Metrocard, because I'd put it in my pocket and it would fall out without me noticing. Now I store it in this on the back of my phone along with my credit card. I've used it for a year now and none of my cards have ever fallen out. It also has not lost its stickiness at all to the back of my phone. I highly recommend!" —Leah T

Get it from Amazon for $6.75 (available in nine colors and compatible with all smartphones) or a similar product from Walmart for $9.99.

10. Use an earring organizer for small, dainty posts so you never have to wear mismatched designs again.

Promising review: "This product is amazing, because it allows you to organize a lot of earrings in a small and elegant way. I love it so much!" — danyy2727Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19 (also available in copper) or a similar product from Amazon for $7.99.
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Promising review: "This product is amazing, because it allows you to organize a lot of earrings in a small and elegant way. I love it so much!" — danyy2727

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19 (also available in copper) or a similar product from Amazon for $7.99.

11. Streamline your desk by making adorable storage boxes so you don't spend five minutes frantically searching for your scissors every few days. THEY'RE UNDER THE HUGE STACK OF PAPERS.

This blogger cut her wooden blocks into squares herself, but I found you all some pre-cut options because time in money (or you just don't have a hand saw). Or if this is just too much ~work~ get a similar style from Target for $7.99.What you'll need: square wood pieces ($10 on Amazon for a six-pack), wood glue ($3.39 on Amazon), paint brush $3.81 on Amazon), paint primer ($3.98 on Amazon), white paint ($17.83 on Amazon), colored paint ($18.07 on Amazon for an 18-pack), and black paint pen ($5.96 on Amazon).Check out the full tutorial from Make and Tell here!
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This blogger cut her wooden blocks into squares herself, but I found you all some pre-cut options because time in money (or you just don't have a hand saw). Or if this is just too much ~work~ get a similar style from Target for $7.99.

What you'll need: square wood pieces ($10 on Amazon for a six-pack), wood glue ($3.39 on Amazon), paint brush $3.81 on Amazon), paint primer ($3.98 on Amazon), white paint ($17.83 on Amazon), colored paint ($18.07 on Amazon for an 18-pack), and black paint pen ($5.96 on Amazon).

Check out the full tutorial from Make and Tell here!

12. Save hard-to-reach car crevices for dirt and dust. Store and organize everything from hand lotion to cell phones in a side pocket. You drive safer when not also blindly reaching for your wallet!

Promising review: "No more digging between seats to look for my cellphone or other stuff that can fall down between seat and console. It's just what we wanted!" —nacare49Get it from Amazon for $14.88 or a similar product from Walmart for $9.99.
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Promising review: "No more digging between seats to look for my cellphone or other stuff that can fall down between seat and console. It's just what we wanted!" —nacare49

Get it from Amazon for $14.88 or a similar product from Walmart for $9.99.

13. Find a manageable way to track everything with a seriously helpful and detailed journal so you never feel rushed or overwhelmed — a.k.a. the main reason we lose things.

Don't worry you don't have to feel like you're adulting! They're full with pages just for venting ("AHHHHHH"), coloring ("ahhhhh"), and tracking healthy habits that actually work ("I ate a carrot today."). This way your challenges don't seem so daunting and you'll barely notice you're managing your stress and actually PLANNING! I'm doing it mom!Get them from BuzzFeed's Nifty Shop for $22.95 each (choose from "Life Journal," "My Life And Other Adult Stuff," and "Busy Parents").PSST!...BuzzFeed makes money if you buy this!
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Don't worry you don't have to feel like you're adulting! They're full with pages just for venting ("AHHHHHH"), coloring ("ahhhhh"), and tracking healthy habits that actually work ("I ate a carrot today."). This way your challenges don't seem so daunting and you'll barely notice you're managing your stress and actually PLANNING! I'm doing it mom!

Get them from BuzzFeed's Nifty Shop for $22.95 each (choose from "Life Journal," "My Life And Other Adult Stuff," and "Busy Parents").

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14. Combine almost everything important — credit cards, debit cards, boarding passes, coupons, etc. — on the iPhone Wallet app. With everything in one place, it's a lot harder to misplace something.

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Now you can pay with ~Apple Pay~ (which almost everywhere IRL is compatible with now) instead of worrying where the hell you put that debit card/movie ticket/concert ticket/reward card this time. It can even give you updates on flights, sales, and more!

Learn how to set up yours here.

Don't have an iPhone? Same goes for Android Pay!

15. ~Grow~ your chances of actually keeping a pen for a long time by adding unmistakable designs, like this plant option! Plus, now your pens double as pretty desk decor.

What you'll need: pens ($4.99 from Amazon for a 36-pack), masking tape ($5.97 from Amazon), floral tape ($6.99 from Amazon), scissors ($3.99 from Amazon), wire cutters ($4.97 from Amazon), fake succulents ($14.99 from Amazon for a five-pack), mini rocks ($9.59 from Amazon for two pounds). Check out the full tutorial from The DIY Playbook here!
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What you'll need: pens ($4.99 from Amazon for a 36-pack), masking tape ($5.97 from Amazon), floral tape ($6.99 from Amazon), scissors ($3.99 from Amazon), wire cutters ($4.97 from Amazon), fake succulents ($14.99 from Amazon for a five-pack), mini rocks ($9.59 from Amazon for two pounds).

Check out the full tutorial from The DIY Playbook here!

16. *Kiss* constantly replacing your lip balm goodbye and attach it to your keychain with a clip-on holder.

Dw, it comes with the carabiner!Promising review: "I'm ALWAYS losing my Chapstick and my car key in the black hole I call my purse. This is perfect! It's great quality and super cute; I love it!" —Christie MGet it from Amazon for $6.95 (available in 19 colors) or a similar three-pack from Walmart for $11.68.
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Dw, it comes with the carabiner!

Promising review: "I'm ALWAYS losing my Chapstick and my car key in the black hole I call my purse. This is perfect! It's great quality and super cute; I love it!" —Christie M

Get it from Amazon for $6.95 (available in 19 colors) or a similar three-pack from Walmart for $11.68.

17. Panic not the next time your keys "run away" by tracking them down with a wireless locator. Also, check under the couch cushion.

This lifesaver comes with a color-coded remote control (each key finder is a different shade). Once you press the remote, a receiver sound beeps and the items light up. The remote's range reaches up to THIRTY METERS, so if you're one to throw your keys out the window, you're in luck.Promising review: "After having lost my set of keys (again) I finally got smart and ordered this product. It came beautifully packaged, so it was super easy to get everything tagged and in service. I already find myself using it to locate my keys, phone, and wallet. It works exactly as stated and the price is a fantastic option compared to the hundreds of dollars that it takes to replace a phone or car keys." —Cathy R WhitworthGet a four-pack from Amazon for $18.89 or a similar five-pack from Walmart for $17.61.
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This lifesaver comes with a color-coded remote control (each key finder is a different shade). Once you press the remote, a receiver sound beeps and the items light up. The remote's range reaches up to THIRTY METERS, so if you're one to throw your keys out the window, you're in luck.

Promising review: "After having lost my set of keys (again) I finally got smart and ordered this product. It came beautifully packaged, so it was super easy to get everything tagged and in service. I already find myself using it to locate my keys, phone, and wallet. It works exactly as stated and the price is a fantastic option compared to the hundreds of dollars that it takes to replace a phone or car keys." —Cathy R Whitworth

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $18.89 or a similar five-pack from Walmart for $17.61.

18. Slam the brakes on digging through every crevice of your car for sunglasses — simply attach them to the sun visor with a rotational clip.

Each glasses holder has two clips to hold two pair of glasses a time and one card clip to hold cards (hellooooo easy access at the drive-thru). There are sponges on the clamps to hold the glasses tightly but securely, so you don't need to worry about scratching your glasses! Oh, and it can rotate 180°!Promising review: "This was such a great buy! I no longer have to search the car to remember where I put my sunglasses! They are always right there, very easy to use, and easy to access!" —MBuehrerGet it from Amazon for $9.98 or a similar product from Walmart for $4.75.
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Each glasses holder has two clips to hold two pair of glasses a time and one card clip to hold cards (hellooooo easy access at the drive-thru). There are sponges on the clamps to hold the glasses tightly but securely, so you don't need to worry about scratching your glasses! Oh, and it can rotate 180°!

Promising review: "This was such a great buy! I no longer have to search the car to remember where I put my sunglasses! They are always right there, very easy to use, and easy to access!" —MBuehrer

Get it from Amazon for $9.98 or a similar product from Walmart for $4.75.

19. Create a place for everything in your tote, instead of tossing everything into the black abyss with an actual bag organizer. Take THAT, highlighter I just found from 2012.

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Promising review: "This is one of those items that you wonder how you ever lived without it once you discover it. It’s the first time I’ve been able to reach everything I need to in my bag without rummaging for items and feeling frustrated. It’s the perfect size for medium/large bags and even fits snugly in my smaller bags. Everything fits perfectly in the various compartments without being crowded and my wallet and makeup bag fits perfectly in the center opening." —SuziR

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–L and in 23 colors) or from Walmart for $7.29 (available in five colors).

20. Stop in your tracks before heading out the door, thanks to a chic and useful DIY message board.

What you'll need: command hooks ($9.99 from Amazon for a nine-pack), magnetic dry erase board ($7.47 from Amazon), command display ledges ($16.14 for a two-pack), Scotch Blue tape ($12.99 from Amazon for a two-pack), S-shaped hooks ($9.95 from Amazon for a 20-pack), black paint ($3.81 from Amazon).Check out the full tutorial here!
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What you'll need: command hooks ($9.99 from Amazon for a nine-pack), magnetic dry erase board ($7.47 from Amazon), command display ledges ($16.14 for a two-pack), Scotch Blue tape ($12.99 from Amazon for a two-pack), S-shaped hooks ($9.95 from Amazon for a 20-pack), black paint ($3.81 from Amazon).

Check out the full tutorial here!

21. Save yourself the tears over lost cash (you just HAD to throw it anywhere) by stashing it in a waterproof keyring capsule.

Also great for emergency "Uh, I thought I could pay for this candy bar but there's a $5 charge minimum" situations. It's made of aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless steel so you can spend that buckaroo rain or shine. It fits any bill!Promising review: "This is a great thing to have on your keys for emergencies. I love that I always have some cash if I forget my wallet or my cards or the card reader is down somewhere. It is a little pricey but the quality of this is worth it over the cheaper ones, in my opinion." —vlr928Get it from Amazon for $11.68 or from Walmart for $8.98.
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Also great for emergency "Uh, I thought I could pay for this candy bar but there's a $5 charge minimum" situations. It's made of aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless steel so you can spend that buckaroo rain or shine. It fits any bill!

Promising review: "This is a great thing to have on your keys for emergencies. I love that I always have some cash if I forget my wallet or my cards or the card reader is down somewhere. It is a little pricey but the quality of this is worth it over the cheaper ones, in my opinion." —vlr928

Get it from Amazon for $11.68 or from Walmart for $8.98.

22. Avoid accidentally throwing away taxes, bills, and receipts (oh my!) by designing an actually cute filing system. Stickers = motivation.

What you'll need: storage box ($9.99 from Target; available in 15 colors), decorated file folders ($11.92 from Amazon for a nine-pack), washi tape ($10.99 on Amazon for a six-pack), markers ($1.19 from Amazon for a two-pack).Check out how from The DIY Playbook here!
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What you'll need: storage box ($9.99 from Target; available in 15 colors), decorated file folders ($11.92 from Amazon for a nine-pack), washi tape ($10.99 on Amazon for a six-pack), markers ($1.19 from Amazon for a two-pack).

Check out how from The DIY Playbook here!

23. Find more time in the mornings when you stop digging around for a bobby pin — a magnetic hairpin holder makes sure no one is getting away.

Promising review: "I would have saved so much money on bobby pins if I had this years ago! I loved that it came with some bobby pins too so I didn't have to search around for some to put in it." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $13.49 (also available in pink).
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Promising review: "I would have saved so much money on bobby pins if I had this years ago! I loved that it came with some bobby pins too so I didn't have to search around for some to put in it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (also available in pink).

24. Hang miscellaneous kitchen items up on a cabinet door so part of every prep time isn't "WHERE IS THE #$!*@! measuring spoon?!".

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What you'll need: command hooks ($9.99 from Amazon for a 12-pack).

Check out more amazing small-space organization hacks here!

25. Don't panic when you have that "UM my iPhone is NOT in my pocket" moment. Just use your Find My iPhone app! It makes your little friend bing, even if it's on silent.

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**Flips over entire bed.** You can also use this to locate your iPad and Mac! It helps you locate your missing device on a map, remotely lock it, play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it.

You can download it here. And for Android users, download yours here!

26. End the lifelong saga of "where do all the lost hairbands go" by transforming them into a stylish grooved cuff bangle.

Just pull your hair tie over this bangle, and the groove will keep it in place!Promising review: "I was tired of losing hair ties and not having them when I needed them. I decided to give these a try. It has a beautiful shine and color. They are firm and I like that it won't bend easily and get misshapen. I highly recommend." —sandra carpenterGet it from Amazon for $12.89+ (available in three colors and four color combination sets).
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Just pull your hair tie over this bangle, and the groove will keep it in place!

Promising review: "I was tired of losing hair ties and not having them when I needed them. I decided to give these a try. It has a beautiful shine and color. They are firm and I like that it won't bend easily and get misshapen. I highly recommend." —sandra carpenter

Get it from Amazon for $12.89+ (available in three colors and four color combination sets).

27. Move random knickknacks (typically the culprit of hiding things) from counter space to the wall with nothing more than old hand lotion bottles.

What you'll need: Hand lotion bottles ($7.57 from Amazon), markers ($3.49 from Amazon for a three-pack), and a craft knife ($4.97 from Amazon).Get the full tutorial from Homey Oh My here!
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What you'll need: Hand lotion bottles ($7.57 from Amazon), markers ($3.49 from Amazon for a three-pack), and a craft knife ($4.97 from Amazon).

Get the full tutorial from Homey Oh My here!

28. And rely on an lightweight, water-resistant backpack that does all the organizing for you (read: pockets, pockets, and more pockets) so you always know exactly where everything is. It also protects you from anyone with ~sticky fingers~, because stolen is a lot worse than misplaced.

Its design is TSA-approved! The zipper is hidden by overlapping material so pickpockets can't easily find the opening. It has 10 hidden slots so everything like your laptop, notebook, and wallet is stored properly and in an easy-to-organize manner.Promising review: "I purchased this backpack while studying abroad. It was literally the best purchase I could have made. This bag held my camera, blanket, four days-worth of clothes, makeup, and more. This backpack is also super breathable and lightweight, even with a bunch of stuff in it. I have a very bad shoulder that sometimes can't even handle a small purse and I had no problems carrying this backpack all around Europe. Also, traveling as a young person, this backpack gave me a sense of security. All of the hidden outside pockets are super convenient to get to for the person wearing the backpack while also being super difficult and awkward to get to for anyone trying to pickpocket. No one will be able to get into the outside pockets without you knowing about it." —Alaina HalseyGet it from Amazon for $40.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $39.90 (available in two colors).
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Its design is TSA-approved! The zipper is hidden by overlapping material so pickpockets can't easily find the opening. It has 10 hidden slots so everything like your laptop, notebook, and wallet is stored properly and in an easy-to-organize manner.

Promising review: "I purchased this backpack while studying abroad. It was literally the best purchase I could have made. This bag held my camera, blanket, four days-worth of clothes, makeup, and more. This backpack is also super breathable and lightweight, even with a bunch of stuff in it. I have a very bad shoulder that sometimes can't even handle a small purse and I had no problems carrying this backpack all around Europe. Also, traveling as a young person, this backpack gave me a sense of security. All of the hidden outside pockets are super convenient to get to for the person wearing the backpack while also being super difficult and awkward to get to for anyone trying to pickpocket. No one will be able to get into the outside pockets without you knowing about it." —Alaina Halsey

Get it from Amazon for $40.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $39.90 (available in two colors).

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