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    27 Things You'll Probably Want If You Have To Start Commuting Again

    The worst part of your day is about to get a little more tolerable.

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    1. A portable vacuum cleaner designed specifically to clean and detail your ride. Now you can make sure all that salt, grease, and dog fur on your car seat doesn't end up on your work outfit.

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    Promising review: "I own three dogs and it is just a nightmare pulling out my extension cord to vacuum my truck. I can now just plug this little guy into my 12-volt car outlet and I’m good to go! The power in this vacuum is as good as it’s going to get for a car vacuum so if you want extreme suction, buy a shop vac. Also the attachments are fantastic." —Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    2. A set of two seat-gap fillers (as seen on Shark Tank), because we ALL know how frustrating it is to drop loose change, french fries, and our PHONES into the black hole that exists between our driver's seat and center console.

    A before and after image of the empty space between a car's driver's seat and center console that's been filled with seat gap filler
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    Promising review: "I love this Drop Stop. I am constantly dropping my key fob, cell phone, or credit card between the seat and center console — more times than I like to admit. Installed it in less than five minutes and most importantly it fits perfectly in my 2017 Toyota Highlander. As you can see in the pictures, it’s hardly noticeable. Great purchase!" —Shawnbond

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    3. A fresh pair of AirPods Pro equipped with noise-cancellation for anyone who takes public transportation to work. Now you can block out *that person* who is shouting into their phone at 8 a.m. on the bus or train while you're still half asleep.

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    These wireless headphones are sweat- and water-resistant, provide active noise cancellation, and deliver up to 24-hours of battery life on a single charge.

    Promising review: "Perfect for studying! I've been desperate for good noise-cancelling headphones because of my loud neighbors, and I'm SO happy with these. They sync seamlessly to my MacBook, iPad and iPhone, which I love. I'm so happy with them!" —Julia

    Get them from Target for $199 (originally $249.99).

    4. An incredible dip clip ideal for swinging through the drive-thru on your way home for a lil' post-work pick-me-up.

    review photo of them using the dip clip attached to their car vent
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    Promising review: "I love these!!! The part that grips onto your vent is actually a very tough cushion that keeps the weight of the Saucemoto container with ketchup from sliding down. I usually keep one in my Jeep and a second in my purse for use when I’m in someone else’s car!" —Gillian

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.05 (available in three colors).

    5. A medium-sized Madewell transport tote that'll be the perfect carryall for your trip to work and back. Laptop, snacks, wallet, water bottle — it covers all the bases without being *too* big or bulky (and makes no sacrifices in the way of style).

    Madewell

    Promising review: "I have never made a better purchase than this bag. I've carried it every single day since I bought it almost two years ago — no exaggeration — and it has stood up to everything I can think of. No signs of wear on the straps or stitching despite carrying laptops, books, flowers, water bottles, lunch, etc., and even being subjected to plane travel and rainy bike rides. So versatile and stylish that strangers ask me where it's from. Worth every penny!" —Katherine8

    Get it from Madewell for $168 (available in two colors).

    6. A four-pack of car headrest hooks so your precious bag never has to touch the dirty floor of your car. This also will prevent it from tipping over when you inevitably have to slam on the brakes in rush-hour traffic.

    A Michael Kors handbag secured to a car headrest hook hanging from the back of the driver's seat
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    Promising review: "I am loving these headrest hooks for my big tote. I usually have a couple of ladies with me and they have also used these hooks. I tend to really load up my tote bag and I place it on one hook. Super easy to install — takes seconds! No issues with the hooks coming off when removing bags. I am in-and-out of the car all day and have been loving them! My passengers are also relieved to not have to move or hold my bag anymore!" —KC, Naples, FL

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    7. A reusable bamboo cutlery set that'll help you eat mindfully while on-the-go and avoid unnecessary single-use plastic. It'll also come to the rescue when you wanna eat your leftover lunch on the ride home from work.

    the bamboo cutlery set in a green case on a tree stump
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    Promising review: "First of all, if you are buying a bamboo cutlery set, you probably are interested in reducing wasteful plastic in the environment. I was pleased to see that this product came with minimal, recyclable packaging! Secondly, unlike previous bamboo cutlery sets I’ve purchased, this comes with a knife that actually has teeth. It’s bamboo, but with notches that allow you to use it as more than just a butter knife. I love that there is not only a bamboo ‘straw,’ but it comes with a brush to clean the straw effectively. Finally, a bonus: a toothbrush! Very thoughtful. My classmates all took pictures of my kit because they want to order it too." —Morgan Dawning

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A mini handheld fan guaranteed to keep you cool during those long, hot morning commutes.

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    Promising review: "This device is absolutely amazing! The fan is surprisingly powerful. The flashlight works perfectly and the power bank is a lifesaver. Currently using it to charge my phone as we have no power and tornado warnings. It lasts forever with a full charge. I completely forgot about the power bank until now and decided I just have to get my review in. Truly worth every penny. It is a little bulky for my smaller purse that’s clutch-sized but I still keep this in my car if I can’t carry it. This has become a necessity." —LAK78

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

    9. A handheld garment steamer, because if you have to start wearing business clothes again, there is NO WAY you're messing around with an iron in the morning. This gives your clothes that beautiful pressed look with little effort required.

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    Promising review: "What a fantastic little gadget! I hate ironing. Hate it with a passion. This little miracle worker makes things easier for me. It takes away the wrinkles so quickly. Wow!" —Tes

    Get one from Amazon for $29.72+ (available in two colors).

    10. And a zipper puller you can use to, well, zip up your ~professional~ clothes with ease in the morning.

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    Promising review: "I’m a woman who lives alone. The other day I had to go knock on my neighbor’s door to get some help zipping up a dress. Kind of embarrassing. And painful as I practically dislocated my shoulder trying to do it myself haha. After that, I vowed to regain my independence in dressing myself. So I ordered this product. I used it on the offending dress from the other night and it zipped up perfectly and easily. If you follow the instructions it’s simple and smooth. Hooray!" —Amazon Customer

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

    11. A portable phone charger now that you'll obvs be using up your battery by scrolling social media while on the subway or listening to a podcast in the car on your way to the job.

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    Promising review: "I like the solid and sleek construction. Fits easily in my pocket. Most importantly it works! Fast charging, enough capacity to charge my phone multiple times over multiple days, and withstands plenty of me dropping it and yanking the cord out awkwardly and accidentally. This is the fourth Anker charger I’ve owned." —Joe Hull

    Get it from Amazon $17.99.

    12. A pair (or two) of blue-light-blocking glasses you can just leave at your work desk — aka one less thing you have to transport back and forth thanks to your office's new hybrid schedule.

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    Promising review: "I work in front of a screen all day and had recently been getting headaches due to blue-light exposure. You can clearly see the change of color when you put these on, and they've made a world of difference for me. And you can't beat the price! I highly recommend!!" —kwatson

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    13. A roll-on aromatherapy stick made with therapeutic peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to provide relief for your migraines and tension headaches — since those are probably going to become more frequent again. 🙃

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    Promising review: "Is this science? Witchcraft? Who cares! I have no earthly idea why this works, but it brought me back from the dead after an 11-day headache. I found it worked better if I covered my hotpack in this, zapped it in the microwave, and wrapped it around the base of my neck. The aromatherapy was great, and it dulled my headache enough to restore my will to live." —Katie P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    If you're on the fence, BuzzFeed editor Katy's in-depth review is pretty convincing.

    14. A Hydro Flask you can keep at work or easily toss in your bag as a daily reminder to stay hydrated. It'll even keep your water *ice cold* during those extra-hot morning commutes.

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    It also has a slip-free powder coating so you'll never have to worry about the bottle sweating all over your desk or car.

    Promising review: "This is a great water bottle. I tested it by filling it with chilled water and taking it to the beach. It was a very hot day and the sun was beating down and the sand was hot. I had the bottle out the whole time on the sand for several hours and the water remained very cold. I've also kept it in a hot car running errands on a 90+ degree day and again, the water stays refreshingly cold. I bought a second Hydro Flask for my desk at work and the colors are so pretty. I bought one in mint and another in raspberry. Would also make a great gift. Highly recommend!" —AB

    Get one from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    15. And an insulated 20-ounce Yeti tumbler to keep your iced coffee *extra* cold on warm days and your hot coffee *extra* hot on cool days.

    reviewer holding the YETI rambler in blue
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    Promising review: "Bought this for my husband and he loves it! Keeps his coffee hot, doesn’t leak and fits in the cup holder! Will most likely be buying another for me!" —CLEwing

    Get it from Amazon $29.98

    16. A magnetic rack that screws right into your light switch cover! Now you'll always know exactly where your keys are, and you'll remember to turn off the lights when you leave the house. 🔑💡

    reviewer photo showing their keys and mask hanging from the magnetic rack
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    Promising review: "How much simpler could it be?!? Take out the existing screws holding the switch plate, replace with the magnetic ones. Piece of cake! Love having my keys right by the back door without having to mount anything more on the wall." —AnewMom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in a four or six pack). 

    17. A gel-enhanced seat cushion since you're used to working from the comfort of your bed. This thing will make your in-office days ~sooooo~ much better (and less painful!). Not only will it give your tailbone some extra padding, it'll also help straighten out your posture. It works great on your car seat too! 🍑

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    Promising review: "Since I've started working from home (coronavirus quarantine) I really miss my office chair. I saw this reviewed on BuzzFeed and immediately ordered it. Best decision ever. It helps my posture and makes my stiff kitchen chair way more comfortable." —Melissa Schuler

    Get it from Amazon for $35.95.

    18. A concealer you can use to zap away those dark under-eye circles in just a few seconds. Waking up early again should be a CRIME!

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    Promising review: "This is the best under-eye product I’ve ever used. I found it on a BuzzFeed list. It’s so cheap too! After foundation, I use this and then add foundation over top. It’s awesome!!" —Brandie Collins

    Get it from Amazon for $5.46 (available in 18 shades).

    19. A set of magnetic balls for your desk that are the adult fidget-toy of your dreams. They're great for stress relief, breaking habits, and will be a welcomed change from angrily scrolling through Instagram while you wait for your train after work.

    Speks rainbow magnetic balls
    Speks

    I have a set of the magnetic balls above, as well as this geode, these fleks, and this silicone stress blot — and lemme tell ya, they have changed my productivity game forever. There is no meeting where I'm NOT playing around with one of these! They're a surefire way to quickly relieve any stress I might be feeling, and help me calm down when I'm feeling overwhelmed. I proudly display them on my desk because they are also works of art. Period.

    Promising review: "Love love love!!! Such a good way to ease stress and 'anxious hands' without being on your phone." —Rachel G

    Get them from Speks for $44.95+ (available in 25 colors).

    20. A Kindle, because your daily public transit commute was your designated reading time. And now that it's back, you have a great excuse to upgrade to an e-reader.

    kindle styled on top of a beach bag with sunglasses and cell phone
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    Promising review: "I've wanted to purchase a Kindle for a really long time, but just never found the right time with my budget. I am very happy with my Kindle so far. It's easy and enjoyable to use. I love how lightweight it is and the battery life is amazing. The non-glare screen makes reading comfortable in different lighting levels. And I'm really glad that I got the one with the built-in lights so I can read at night without bothering my wife." —Chinmong

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in two colors).

    21. A pair of round, mirrored sunnies to protect your precious eyes from the harmful rays of the intensifying sun. BUT, more importantly — to help you avoid awkward eye contact in the elevator or on the bus. 👀

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    Promising review: "These sunglasses are AMAZING!! Great quality and they arrived so quickly! They came in a cute box with a glass cleaner and a glass pouch to put them in! 10/10 recommended! They look exactly like the photo!! And completely worth the money!" —alyssa

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in eight colors).

    22. And! A sunglasses holder you can attach to your visors or air vents to keep your sunnies accessible at all times — which means you won't have to fumble around looking for them when you suddenly become blinded by the sun while you're racing down the highway. 😎

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    Promising review: "This is just what I needed. The clips have just the right amount of resistance — tight enough that they hold the glasses securely with no movement or rattling but easy to open. I always have sunglasses in the car and also like to keep a spare pair of inexpensive 'cheaters' handy, having been caught without them when a pair broke." —DataDame

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    23. An adjustable and extendable cup-holder adapter for all your extra-large coffee mugs and water bottles. Now they can securely ride along with you, rather than awkwardly trying to balance between your legs, in your door, or on the side of your center console.

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    Promising review: "Thrilled to finally have a way to keep my giant water bottle upright and not have it tossing around my car! This product is so thoughtfully designed. You can tell that someone put a lot of time and energy into making this product work for a myriad of car cup-holder designs. It comes with multiple adapters to make it work in many cars." —Jessica M. Pelletier

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    24. A universal smartphone holder you can mount on your car vents to easily see your GPS directions and safely take calls while you're on the road.

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    This is compatible with most recent models of the iPhone, Galaxy, and Nexus.

    Promising review: "My hands-free smartphone cradle has a good design for attaching to the vent. It hasn’t ever come off and feels secure. The method for securing the phone is good too. Button on back releases the ratchet-like mechanism that tightens and loosens arms. Just squeezing arms together tightens the phone securely in the holder. I was concerned I’d lose airflow but the air just pushes out around it. I love using the phone's GPS instead of the vehicle's one and my new Beam Electronics holder allows me to do just that. Holds iPhoneX securely." —Teddy B

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A practical (and affordable!) raincoat that'll literally have your back through even the wettest and windiest of commutes.

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    Promising reviews: "This item is just like the picture. The color looks bright and beautiful and the size is just perfect. 10/10 will recommend." —Nelly

    "Sometimes I go outside and it is raining. When this happens, I get wet. I don't like being wet, because it makes me cold. Fortunately, someone invented a thing that is kind of like a long jacket made of waterproof material. They called this invention a raincoat. This is one of them. Now, when I go outside and it is raining, I place this object on my body and, miraculously, I no longer get wet. Works exactly as described! Now if some inventor could figure out a way to apply this brilliant technology to shoes or perhaps boots, my feet would not get wet when it rains. I will continue seeking out such an invention, and I will report back if I make such a profound discovery!" —Tyson Platt

    Get it from Amazon for $14.14 (available in sizes M–3XL).

    26. And! A transparent umbrella to keep you dry while making sure everyone on the street can still see your full OOTD.

    reviewer smiling through their clear umbrella
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    Promising reviews: "I can protect my hair/face from the rain/wind and still see. 10 out of 10 would buy again." —California Buyer

    "This umbrella was purchased for our daughter, and she really loves it. Pros: you can see through it; you can easily walk along crowded sidewalks without dumping rain water on other pedestrians; it opens and closes easily; it’s lightweight; and you’re less likely to walk in front of a passing car when crossing the road on a rainy day. Cons: it’s worthless as a sun shade." —John Wilcox

    Get them from Amazon for $26.

    27. Lastly, a bottle of mineral-based sunscreen packed with SPF 50 that *won't* leave your skin feeling heavy or greasy. Your walk or bike ride to work is about to get a lottttt less painful.

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    Promising review: "I am in love with this sunscreen and have ordered it bunches. It protects my face. It smells amazing. It feels soothing and amazing on my face. Even if I’m not going outside I still want to put this on because it feels and smells so great. 10/10." —Chloe Noire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

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

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