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    Feb 20, 2020

    21 Essential Products You May Want To Stash In Your Bag Right Now

    Keep minor inconveniences at bay with these small and useful products.

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    1. A cute, reusable shopping bag that'll come in handy for your last-minute grocery trips. It folds into a small pouch and doesn't take up too much space in your bag.

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    Promising review: "Durable with great capacity. One can easily slip into a pocket or bag when you are out for a day. Their greatest sign of quality is that I actually remember to use them and as such, I might be the only one I know who doesn't have a 'bag of bags' stuffed away somewhere." —Jeremy Greer

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in 38 colors).

    2. A pair of sleek wireless earbuds with noise cancellation and Bluetooth pairing, so you can listen to music and podcasts without interruptions.


    Promising review: "I love these earbuds. I usually have problems with the buds falling out and these feel very secure in my ears. I have a two-story house and can walk everywhere without the sound cutting out. Also, I ran a test for noise-cancelling and turned up the volume all the way on my TV and I could only hear the music. An excellent buy." —Marlene Beach

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in two colors).

    3. A compact magnifying mirror that'll give a detailed view of your gorgeous face. If you need to fix your mascara, gloss, or concealer, this small object will be a big help for last-minute touch-ups.


    Promising review: "I keep this mirror in my makeup bag. It's big enough to do my makeup with the right amount of magnification, but slim and small enough to fit in my bag. It is sturdy and will last a long time." —yosh2000

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in 5X and 10X magnification sizes).

    4. A portable charger, so your smartphone won't run out of juice whenever you're texting your crew, posting pics for the 'gram, or playing games on the go.

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    This charger has universal compatibility, so you can also use it to power up other devices, such as the iPad Mini.

    Promising review: "I have used many different portable chargers and this one makes the list as one of the best. I can go a whole day doing various multimedia projects and not have to worry about running out of juice. (I use this to help charge my iPhone, iPad, GoPros, and DJI drone controller.) I have not had any issues with the durability of this device and when I am on the go, I am usually just tossing it into a backpack." —Garrison

    Get it from Amazon for $38.24+ (available in four colors).

    5. A migraine stick for pesky head and neck tension that won't go away. Its essential oils formula can help offset the first signs of a migraine, so you can enjoy your day sans pain.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is my go-to fix when I feel a migraine coming on. I suffer from sinus headaches and migraines usually once or twice a week. I put it on each temple, under my nose, and on my wrists when I feel the pressure starting and it cuts the pain to a minimum. It seems to stop the worst pain before it has a chance to start." —Brenton1985

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Read more in our Migrastil Migraine Stick review.

    6. Pocket-friendly hand sanitizer, so you can clean sticky fingers and keep germs at bay while you're traveling.


    Loop one to your crossbody bag, satchel, or backpack for easy access.

    Promising review: "I purchased this hand sanitizer for an upcoming vacation. I wanted to have something that I could attach to my purse/backpack, etc. This product fit the bill. It has a light, non medicinal scent and doesn't feel sticky. Very happy with this purchase!" —Mops

    Get a six pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. An 18-in-1 multi-purpose pocket tool to open beer bottles, unscrew bolts, open cans, and more. It easily fits in your wallet, too, just in case you need to make repairs on your commute or next road trip.


    Promising review: "This tool is very handy to have on hand. I have used it to open bottles and tighten screws countless times since I bought it. It fits in the wallet just fine, but if your wallet is particularly fragile (easily ripped fabric, etc) you should probably put it in some kind of sheath since it has some sharp points." —Forrest B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. Tiny mints that taste good and give you fresh breath on the spot. They come in a portable tin that can be stashed in your pocket or daily carry-all.

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    Promising review: "These mints are the best I have ever tried! They are strong and refreshing without being overpowering. They are a great size to pop in your mouth and dissolve slowly without becoming powdery like other brands. They are packaged in a cute tin that you can carry in your pocket or purse!" —Uluru03

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in three flavors).

    9. Burt's Bees' Lip Balm to soothe cracked, dry, and irritated lips. Stash one of these babies in your makeup pouch or backpack so your pout stays perfect all day long.

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    Promising review: "I've tried many other lip balms and treatments but continue to go back to this, my holy grail! It has a thick consistency and stays on much longer than others. The refreshing peppermint is soothing when my lips are cracked and painful. This multipack is the best value I have found. I keep one in my bathroom, bedroom, purse, and kitchen." —Jhall626

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 10 multipack varieties).

    10. A colorful pill box that'll hold all your medications. It clasps shut and isn't see-through, making it a safe storage option for prescriptions.

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    Promising review: "This little pill box is exactly what I was looking for. I love that it has three compartments inside where I hold two different prescription medications and some Advil. It stays shut without any problems as long as you don’t overfill it." —Krystal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (sold alone and in packs of two or four).

    11. A bottle of Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, so you can do your business in peace *and* leave a heavenly scent in the bathroom.


    Promising review: "This little guy packs a punch. It's like the Sylvester Stallone of sprays. I have used this in a private facility bathroom that had several stalls. It was AWFUL in there! Awful, that is, until Sylvester here was sprayed, and it completely got rid of that smell! I cannot thank Poo Pourri enough for making this and marketing a small enough bottle for me to take it with me in my purse." —Paula Larsen

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in four scents and five sizes).

    12. Pepto Chewable Tablets that'll act fact if you get an upset stomach. You'll be grateful to have a pack of these on hand after Taco Tuesday...

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    Promising review: "It's Pepto! Like it or don't. The taste is a bit nostalgic for me, reminding me of days when my grandma gave me Necco wafers out of her purse, so while it's somewhat plain and chalky, it's not bad. My husband pops them in every now and then after meals and it quells down his symptoms fairly quickly, I always carry some in my bag." —Katya

    Get a 48-pack on Amazon for $7.99.

    Read more about mini health essentials in 24 Things To Keep On Hand That Are Worth Every Penny.

    13. An RFID-blocking credit card holder, so you can keep your driver's license and credit cards safe from identity theft.


    It comes with six credit card slots, a currency pouch, and one pocket for optimal storage.

    Promising review: "This is the smallest wallet I've ever owned and I love it. I took it on a long trip where all I needed to carry were the necessities. In this case, that was my driver's license, medical card, credit card, and a few paper bills. It was so convenient and left me with a lot of extra room in my bag." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 34 designs).

    14. A tiny tweezer set for impromptu eyebrow troubles. This four-piece set is so compact and easily slides into a makeup pouch or bag.

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    Promising review: "These tweezers are amazing. They are super sharp, which is great for grabbing fine hair or splinters. I love the different shapes of the tips, because I use tweezers for a variety of different things. The little case they come in is convenient, and prevents you from stabbing yourself when reaching into your makeup bag for your tweezers." —Kelsey

    Get them on Amazon for $9.59 (available in two design packs).

    15. A lightning bolt key ring that'll hold all your keys and be easy to find in your backpack or purse. Rummaging? We don't have time for that.


    Need somewhere safe to place your keys at home? This pretty glass dish holds small objects, including wallets and jewelry.

    Promising review: "I bought this to finally replace the tangle of keychains I'd been lugging around for years. It's very sleek and chic, but still helps me find my keys in the bottom of my purse." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    16. A mini emergency kit for days when your manicure chips, your hair is not cooperating, or if you need to floss, stat. This fun set comes with nail polish remover, clear elastics, and other must-have goods for minor inconveniences.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.99.

    17. Organic pocket tampons, so you can have a stress-free period and still have room in your bag for everything else.

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    Promising review: "I have tried several different organic brands and Cora is hands down my favorite! Very comfortable, you don't even know you're wearing one. They are also very affordable. I have been so pleased that I pass them out to my friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 36-pack on Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A portable water bottle that's leak-proof, compact, and easy to carry. Stay hydrated and stash this container with all your other essentials.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a refillable bottle to bring to work and this one is GREAT! At 16 ounces, it holds a good amount of water and it's easy to drink from. It's exactly what I wanted and I LOVE IT!" —J. Filak

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three designs).

    19. A small natural deodorant, so you can smell fabulous and not let sweat get in the way of your daily activities.

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    Promising review: "I'm so surprised how little of this deodorant I actually have to use. I was sick of switching out my deodorant every two weeks before, so I switched to Lume based on a recommendation of a friend. It's been great so far. I'm using far less deodorant than I was using before, it seems like the first stick is going to last me a month or even two." —Derek Cohen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three scents).

    20. Small facial tissues that'll come in handy for allergy season, a cold, or times when no paper towels or napkins are available.


    Get a pack of 120 from Amazon for $18.99.

    21. A compact makeup bag, so you can keep all your go-to beauty goods in one convenient place.

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    Promising review: "The bag is a perfect size — not too big, not too small. It fits all my essentials I always carry with me, and fits perfectly in my purse. What sold it for me is there are compartments inside of the makeup bag so I can organize a few things I need easy access to. Even after putting a good amount of items in it I didn’t have any problem zipping it up, and it wasn’t bulky." —Merry N.

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

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