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    28 Portable Things That Are Basically Guaranteed To Have You Prepared For Almost Anything

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    1. Anti-chafing balm to help prevent and soothe any prickling chafe pains before they sneak up on you.


    Promising review: "Omg this stuff is the best! I am a chubby girl and I recently went to Thailand where it was 90° with a 70% humidity every single day I was there. This stuff got me through! I was able to wear dresses and shorts with no chafing! And I only ever had to apply in the morning and once in the middle of the day! My life is forever changed I’ve already ordered two more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A personal water filter you'll bring on every camping trip for those times when you run out of fresh drinking water and need to use the nearest river as your water bottle.


    Promising review: "This thing is no joke! I took it backpacking on Maine's Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-ok with this. Just bring a wide mouth bottle to fill with water you find. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap. I'm from Maine, and I've tasted plenty of water right from mountain springs, so take my word. One caution: it can be a little challenging to start. You have to prove it by soaking. If it still doesn't work, blow into it a bit. Get one for your outdoor adventures, and one for your bug-out bag, which everyone should have in case of a natural disaster." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in packs of up to three).

    3. This mini first aid kit that's perfectly sized for travel and extremely convenient for any scratches and cuts you obtain during your adventures.


    This 27-piece set includes three antiseptic wipes; two sting-relief wipes; two packets of antibiotic ointment; 10 small, latex-free bandages; two butterfly bandages; two knuckle bandages; one large safety pin; one small safety pin; and one razor blade — and all in one cute, little tin.

    Promising review: "I wanted a small kit to fit inside my purse and this was perfect being the size of an Altoids tin. I've had the little plastic ones before but gave the last one to my Dad. I chose this one because it has a few items that come in handy for an outdoor situation, which is exactly where I might likely use it as I keep a first aid kit in the car and house. It's already seen an insect sting, a scrape, and a splinter so I call it a winner." —Anna M. Boley

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A pack of Burt's Bees lip balms so you can keep your lips hydrated whether you're out with friends, hitting the slopes, or braving a long, uncomfortable commute.


    Promising review: "I have been using this for well over a decade. I've tried many 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. I use it every single night before going to bed and wake up with improved lips. They get very chapped during the winter. I can't be without it!" —Jhall626

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.69 (available in nine scent packs).

    5. These packaged wine wipes that are so small they can fit in your back pocket, meaning no one will notice you swiftly wipe the wine stains from your lips after six glasses.


    Promising review: "I LOVE THESE! I honest to God keep them in my purse, at my house, and have given them as gifts to MULTIPLE people. There is no residue or aftertaste. It's just a simple product that removes that 'Koolaid' mustache after a few Cabernets." —austin_shopper

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $13.48.

    6. And a pack of Tide To-Go pens because it's just funny how you ALWAYS seem to get an unsightly stain when you have a date later that night or have a big presentation at work.


    Promising review: "These were a lifesaver. I was walking to the bus and decided it was a great decision to drink coffee while walking. Like a scene from an infomercial, I spilled coffee all over my white shirt. Yes, the classic coffee on the white shirt. Luckily I had one of these in my bag (I put one in each of my most-used purses in anticipation of my clumsiness). I went into a store bathroom and quickly scrubbed the Tide To Go on my shirt. All of the coffee blobs went away and once the awkward wet splotches dried up, my shirt was perfectly white again. You've got yourself a big fan, Tide." —NAD

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. This portable charger that'll get your phone all juiced up when you don't have an outlet nearby — because that's literally the only time your phone ever runs out of battery.


    Promising review: "This compact little charger was a godsend on my trip. I was concerned about being without a battery in a country that uses their phones for EVERYTHING. This was easy to slip into my bag without taking up much room, and the little drawstring carrier helped make sure I didn't misplace the cable. I was even able to save the day and loan this to my companion with a low battery after a long day of sightseeing and taking pictures with our phones. It was definitely one of the most useful things I bought in preparation for my trip." —LIZ

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. Some tiny toilet paper rolls — you'll thank yourself for packing for packing them on your camping trip or trip abroad because apparently, that stuff tends to be scarce when you're not inside your own home.


    Promising review: "This was a lifesaver while traveling in Europe! I am so glad that I thought to get these and bring them with us, as there were quite a few bathrooms that did not have toilet paper for women! One instance I ended up handing out some of this tp to all the women in line waiting to use the toilet. If you are getting ready to travel anywhere outside of the US where toilet paper might be questionably available in public restrooms, I would highly recommend getting this so that you have a very compact roll to carry with you during the trip!" —LivyLynn

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.79.

    9. A compact pocket blanket that'll turn into anything — from a clean surface for changing your baby's diaper to a spot for sitting on hot beach sand — because it's just that versatile.


    Hear me out, I know it doesn't look like much but this blanket is actually water-resistant on the underside (so your bum will stay dry even if you rest the blanket on wet ground), puncture-resistant so you don't have to worry about snags, and it has a stitched-in folding pattern so you'll actually be able to pack it up into the attached (and tiny) carrying-case when you're done using it.

    Promising review: "So tiny! Love this ultra-light mini pocket blanket. We take it along on every hike. When we stop and find a spot on a rock or log, or a messy wooden bench, we spread the blanket and sit. Before purchasing the pocket blanket we'd pack a couple of bandanas. The pocket blanket provides better protection because it is water and puncture-resistant and is larger than two bandanas. Lots of uses for this blanket: keep a couple in the car to protect car seats from kids wearing wet bathing suits; for putting on the ground if you have to look under the car; keep one in your purse for those times you encounter a soiled seat; use an impromptu surface to change baby's diaper on; use at a concert venue — and anywhere else you want to protect your bum!" —Wrapsody

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. This nifty, 43-in-1 multipurpose tool because it fits in your pocket but lets you fix a screw, open a beer bottle, and much more. It's perfect for when you're in a pinch because you forgot your giant toolbox in your garage.


    Promising review: "This tool is extremely sturdy for how thin it is. It doesn’t feel any different in my wallet, and I find myself using the tool every now and then. It’s a nice touch when you need one of the many tools like a box cutter, bottle opener, or screwdriver. The build quality is excellent and extremely durable, and it’s not too heavy." —Mohammad Rouie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in two colors and with the option for an included money clip).

    11. A set of mini flashlights you'll reaaally wanna bring on your next camping trip for when you have to, uh, go at night. Plus, it's great to get into the habit of carrying around a small flashlight for crisis management situations.


    Promising review: "I bought more expensive flashlights (not smart to go to the dog park at night without a flashlight), but kept losing them. This one has a wrist strap so you can have both hands free while opening and closing bags, which helps a lot!! I can keep one in the car, one by my office desk, one upstairs, and one by the back door for when I forget to leave a light on. The button on the end makes it easy to locate the switch, too. It's not fancy, but it's very well designed." —Viable Way

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. These collapsible silicone straws with carrying cases to make them super convenient to carry around for an impromptu iced coffee.


    Promising review: "I don't like disposable straws for a lot of reasons, and I hated that I had to use one if I get a milk tea outside. This straw is easy to clean with the cleaning tool included, and I can take it when I go to class or when I go shopping. I really like that the straw is very flexible and long enough to fit almost any drink size. I really like it and I take it with me when I go outside or home." —Moser

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 12 color combinations).

    13. A foldable microfiber towel that takes up way less space in your carry-on than a normal towel would but will still quickly dry you off (it's very absorbent) then be dry again itself in basically no time.


    Promising review: "I was looking at travel blankets, beach blankets, and swim towels for our upcoming cruise to the Caribbean and the cost was really adding up. After reading the reviews for these towels I realized they could work for all three applications. My husband and I are both tall so we ordered the largest size. When they arrived we were amazed at the quality of these towels! They are so soft and reviewers were right that they almost have a chamois feel to them. They are also the perfect weight, not too heavy and not too light. I look forward to having them on the plane for our all-night flight, using them on the ship to lounge on and taking them on excursions for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the beach. It's such an amazing value for the price!" —Andrea Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in sizes M–XL and in nine colors).

    14. This portable bottle blender for when you reaaally wanna start the day off with a healthy fruit smoothie before work but don't have time to do the whole nine yards at home.

    Promising review: "This is the best blender I’ve ever had. Looks so cute and really easy to use. The best thing I like about it is that it is portable for me to carry it with me everywhere. It can perfectly and sufficiently fulfill the requirement of a single juicer. And it is really easy to clean. Love it!" —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in three colors).

    15. Your very own personal makeup stack that you can throw into your bag for touch-ups and be out the door in the blink of an eye.

    Get it from Subtl Beauty starting at $12.

    16. An Airfly wireless transmitter to actually make it possible to listen to in-flight entertainment using your wireless headphones or earbuds.

    Promising review: "These work amazingly well. I was surprised that you can charge and use them at the same time. I use them on planes to listen to the in-flight entertainment with my AirPods. I also use them to listen to music on my laptop with my AirPods. They work really well. Now, I don't have to carry my wired earbuds with me when I travel anymore. They really work as advertised. I have not had any issues with them since I started using them." —RPL

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+.

    17. These charcoal deodorizers that are perfect for eliminating lingering odors caused by dirty clothes or stinky shoes so you and all your hostel mates can breathe a liiiittle easier.


    Promising review: "These are amazing! They fit inside all of my shoes and the hole at the top can be used to tie a string for hanging. I also like to put them with my laundry if I’m traveling. Odors are removed quickly; I usually just leave them in overnight and the smell is gone in the morning." —Sophia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    18. A pack of unscented body wipes because you can use them while camping, after the gym, backpacking around the country, or in any case where access to a shower might be limited, but you still need to freshen up.


    Promising review: "I just got back from an eight-day hiking adventure to Kilimanjaro. These wipes rocked and were just what I needed — large, heavy-duty, enough to wipe the day's dirt and grime off, and unscented, which meant I wasn't attracting any bugs or other unwanted friends. Perfect, just perfect. Because of you, I survived eight days with no shower and was not killed by my tent mate. And I hit the summit, so there's that!" —kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. This super useful portable door and window alarm you'll want immediately if you've listened to one too many episodes of My Favorite Murder and you're paranoid that a murderer will try to break into your hotel room while you're sound asleep.


    And for those of you who say you're a sound sleeper and couldn't possibly be jolted awake by such a tiny contraption, this guy emits a high-pitched, 91-decibel alarm if the door (or window) is opened.

    Promising review: "Recommended by paranoids everywhere! Just slide the thin blades (while holding them together) into the crack between the door and the door frame. The loop of the wires goes on the door handle to keep it from falling. Then arm the device. No one gets in without you knowing about it. And it's got an LED flashlight built-in, too. This goes on trips with us and is sometimes used at home." —Dr. Horrible F. Wingnut

    Get it from Amazon for $11.66+ (available in three colors).

    20. A tiny cupholder trash can to keep in your car because for whatever reason, your friends and family always seem to confuse your car seats with a dumpster and love leaving their gum and straw wrappers laying around. 🙄


    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course, it perfectly fits in the cupholder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart-sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89+ (available in packs of one and two).

    21. This portable curling iron so you can create beautiful, loose curls while you wait at the gate to board your flight (you would've done it at home, but you were too busy quadruple-checking that you grabbed your passport).

    Promising review: "I like this device, and I like that I can’t burn myself (at least not easily, as I never even felt anything warm except my hair). It was really easy for me to use (took about two tries to get the hang of it). I also like that this will be easy to travel with and there is no cord so I can sit in front of any mirror or reflective surface and curl my hair, and not have to worry about where the electrical outlet is. If you don’t mind the beeping, I think this is a fantastic device, and I’ll be getting far fewer blowouts now that I know how to curl my own hair. If I use this just twice, it will have already paid for itself. That’s definitely a WIN in my (pocket)book." —AB

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    22. A little migraine stick — you NEED to take it everywhere to alleviate those random headaches before they turn into a full-blown migraine.

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    Promising review: "I buy this over and over for my boyfriend who suffers from migraines. He says it takes the edge off and if caught early enough can even stop the migraine. It smells great. He has one at work, in his travel bag, and in his medicine cabinet." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    BTW, my colleague Katy wrote an in-depth review of the migraine stick with some additional deets.

    23. These silicone earplugs with a convenient carrying case so you can always have 'em on hand whether you're at a concert or braving construction outside your office.


    Promising review: "These work great! My son had eardrum reconstruction and flying is often very painful for him due to the altitude changes. On our recent flights, he was pretty much pain-free. I used a pair as well and was very pleased. I could still hear what was going on around me, albeit slightly muffled. These definitely eased/eliminated the ear-popping. They're also easy to wash and clean." —Firecat

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $11.98.

    24. Multipurpose Dr. Bronner's soap (in mini form!!!) that'll come in handy for, well, anything you might need some suds for — washing your face, washing your hair, cleaning utensils, washing clothes, you get the picture., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best all-around soap out there. If you backpack like me, you want something for laundry, hair, body, dishes, etc. Plus, it smells great! Like mint." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.09.

    25. A compact umbrella you can leave in your purse or backpack for those spontaneous downpours that just seem to know exactly when you're ready to leave work or class.


    Promising review: "I love how travel-friendly this umbrella is. I'm used to buying a million umbrellas to have in my car, backpack, purses, etc. as backup and I always end up not having one when I need it because they're too big to lug around. This umbrella can actually fit quite nicely in my purses and still leave me room for my other necessities. It seems sturdy enough. I do use this umbrella as a method of blocking the sun when I'm walking around campus as a way to keep the sun off my face. I don't live in a super windy city (like Chicago) so I can't speak on its level of indestructibility in weather like that but like I said before, it's definitely sturdy enough for my day to day needs." —Blah

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 23 colors/designs).

    26. This itty, bitty tape measure because it's equipped to help you figure out measurements at a moment's notice — like if you're out at brunch and your mom calls you asking for your waist measurements because she's trying to figure out what size pants to get you. What? It's not like that would be the weirdest thing to happen.


    Promising review: "I sew flannel shirts/jackets for friends and this is perfect for whipping out of the key pocket of my purse and scribbling down measurements on a napkin. It retracts silently and perfectly." —Emel Novs

    Get it from Amazon for $4.85.

    27. A pack of mini retractable pens because you never know when you'll need to jot something down in a pinch.


    Promising review: "They write well, and they're nice and small, so perfect for a small zip pocket in a smaller purse that might not have space for a full-size pen." —Brandi G

    Get it from Amazon for $3.69 (also available in packs of three, four, and 10 and in three color packs).

    28. Aaand these zipper pulls because they'll help you actually still be able to use zippers that break suddenly in the middle of your trip.


    These are pretty much the handy, little tools you didn't know you needed for when your zipper handles break and you have to either awkwardly push the zip along with your finger or say, "well, I guess I can never get anything out of that bag again." Just loop the zipper pull through a zip opening and you've got yourself a hassle-free way to open and close your bags.

    Promising review: "I love these zipper pulls. My favorite backpack has metal zipper pulls, and they keep snapping off while I'm traveling. With these, I was able to replace the ones that had come off, and have packed the rest away in one of the pockets of the backpack if I need them on the go. Just use a straightened-out paper clip to push it through the eye of the zipper and you're good to go!" —Austin M. Wondolowski

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $5.98 (also available in packs of 20, 50, and 100).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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