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    28 Incredibly Useful Things To Keep In Your Bag

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    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the thing that they ~always~ carry with them. Here are the helpful results:

    1. A migraine stick for when you get a headache out of nowhere and need a quick fix so you can get back to whatever you were doing before the rude interruption.

    BuzzFeed / Katy Herman

    "Besides how well and how fast it works, my favorite thing about this product is its size β€” which is roughly the same as a tube of lipstick, so it's always in my purse. I can't go anywhere without it, and it's so comforting to know that I have it in case a headache strikes. My mom has suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember, so I put some of this in her Christmas stocking. She loved it; while it couldn't make her migraines totally disappear, it provided much-needed relief so she could enjoy her day."β€”KatyHerman

    How it works: The formula is made up of peppermint, spearmint, coconut and lavender essential oils to cool and soothe the area, helping to take the edge off an incoming headache.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's post, "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life", for more on this product.

    2. A tube of 100% natural Burt's Bees lip balm perfect for anyone who always has dry lips throughout the day. No matter which flavor you pick, this formula has vitamin E and peppermint oil to help soothe that dryness!


    "I have tubes in my car, purse, in a drawer at work, and in my husband's car!" β€”jenniferz3

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.49 (available in nine flavors).

    3. A portable charger so you can keep your phone selfie-ready throughout the day.

    "Portable or wired, but ALWAYS have one! Just in case of emergencies." β€”nataliescott511

    "A portable battery, because my commute to school is really long and I would also die if my phone died." β€”s428cdb6f3

    This Anker PowerCore portable charger is one of the most compact and lightweight external battery packs on the market! It delivers one of the fastest charges too. I personally have one of these and it comes in handy DAILY!

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

    4. A set of eight on-the-go travel Kleenex, because you need something to help you tackle these seasonal allergies. Plus, what if The Notebook comes on TV?!


    "You never know when you're going to need one (also because my mom constantly nags me about bringing them)." β€”abigails4299324fa

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $2.29.

    5. A pack of ponytail holders that'll be a life-changer when the sun is beating down at high noon.


    It's also a great way to meet a new best friend.

    "I absolutely have to have my hair ties." β€”savannahh41c909d89

    "I always have at least four ponytail holders." β€”missykgin

    These hair ties will give you a crease free pony without all the hair-pulling pain!

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $6.96.

    6. A fan-favorite Maybelline brightening concealer for any touchups your makeup look needs throughout the day or blemishes that might pop up.

    "If I cry and there's mascara under my eyes? Concealer. Makeup fading? Concealer. After-gym sweat all over your face? CONCEALER!" β€”hollys4af76bd26

    This goji berry and Haloxyl infused formula brightens your under-eye with 19 shades of full coverage concealer!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39 (available in 19 shades).

    Check out #4 in the BuzzFeed post, Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love
    , for more on this product.

    7. A book or a lightweight Kindle Paperwhite so you can have access to thousands of books no matter where you are.


    "I feel naked all day without a book. Even if I will have no time to read. And when I don't have one, I will continue mentally to convince myself I need to buy one. Yes, I do know that it is crazy." β€”anoukvanderz

    Fun fact: It's WATERPROOF!!

    There's also a built-in highlight feature (please don't try to ~old skool~ highlight your Kindle lol) and a built-in dictionary. Plus the screen actually LOOKS like the pages of a book. Finally, it has TWICE as much storage as a regular Kindle so like, what are you waiting for?

    Get a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $129.99.

    Check out more about the newest Kindle Paperwhite in our closer look!

    8. A Swiss army knife, because these little gadgets really do come in handy when you least expect it.

    "The tiny scissors, the emergency toothpick, the itsy-bitsy nail file. Everyone needs a Swiss Army Knife." β€”Katyna Singleton, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $14.65 (available in 27 colors).

    9. A few compact tampons for those time-of-the-month emergencies.


    "Someone always needs one somewhere." β€”emilyslehman

    U by Kotex will become a personal fave because they are super compact and easy to take on the go!

    Get an 72-pack from Amazon for $18.07.

    10. A handy dandy Tide to-go stick so you can remove the ice cream stains you got on your shirt after that adorable Instagram shoot.


    "It really comes in handy and it allows you to come to the rescue for others who have stained clothes." β€”allisonn4524eac7e

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    11. A tube of Carmex medicated lip balm that'll be a backup to those other lip balms you've already lost!

    "If I don't have my Carmex, I spend the whole day actually crying over not having it." β€”ashtonk454e0fa8f

    "Tried it for the first time a year ago and now I can't live without it!" β€”omdpl6

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.70.

    12. A soft pocket-sized set of Moleskine notebooks for writing down all your best ideas throughout the day, or you know, grocery lists.


    "You never know! You might need to scribble down an address or a phone number if your phone is dead." β€”nataliescott511

    "Any kind of inspiration can happen anytime." β€”sararonai

    "I always always ALWAYS have pens (at least three in different colors) and an extra piece of paper or mini notebook or index card. Never know who you're going to run into or when inspiration for something will strike! It has saved my butt so many times. I keep extra pens and paper in every purse I have, even if I'm not using it at the moment." β€”brittneeg3

    Get a set of three Moleskine pocket notebooks from Amazon for $9.38.

    13. A mini hairbrush so you can comb out those webs after a day of fun at the beach.


    "It's handy when you decide to put up your hair but can't deal with the bumps." β€”sarah43002

    This mini bamboo brush is small enough to fit in your bag and cute enough to pull out in the middle of the day!

    Get it from Amazon for $4.56.

    14. A ride-or-die Maybelline matte liquid lipstick that'll be the perfect stay-on-lippie throughout the day.

    Instagram: @,

    "Always a nude lipstick that goes with all looks just in case I forgot to throw some on at home." β€”kyliea46da8fc4c

    Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick hugs your lips ALLπŸ‘ DAY πŸ‘LONGπŸ‘.

    Check out #1 in Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love for our review of this lipstick!

    Get a tube from Amazon for $6.64 (available in 30 shades).

    15. A water bottle that'll fold down neatly for lightweight and compact storage, because hydration is key...but so is convenience.

    "I have low blood pressure so getting dehydrated can hit me hard. Being without water can make me feel like absolute shit in just a couple of hours, especially in the Texas heat. I carry my reusable cup everywhere and refill it as often as I can." β€”emslala

    This collapsible bottle is most convenient for when you need to hydrate but don't have all the room in the world in your bag. We can't all be Mary Poppins (unfortunately).

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in six colors).

    16. A waterproof first aid kit for, no shock here, emergencies!


    "I always have first aid supplies. Years of medical training has taught me. And first aid includes snacks for low blood sugar as I'm diabetic." β€”gennsixx07

    This set includes, bandaids, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, and more!

    Get this super compact kit from Amazon for $8.53.

    17. A small deodorant stick with odor-combating capsules that soak up odor and let out refreshing scent all day! You'll be glad you have this on a hot summer's walk.


    "Can't tell you how many times a quick reapplication in a bathroom has saved my life." β€”danieller4da9e1fb0

    Secret Clinical Strength keeps odors away while keeping you dry and ready for action!

    Get this 1.6-ounce size deodorant from Amazon for $7.59.

    18. A lavender sanitizing spray that'll be 99.9% effective at killing germs and 100% effective at smelling amazing.

    "The smell is so calming and addictive and it's 99.9% effective!" β€”hadhinahfawwazahn

    "Usually two little bottles. Use it on everything!" β€”courtneyjewellb

    Get a two-pack of Dr. Bronner's lavender hand sanitizer from Amazon for $15.

    19. Chewable Pepto-Bismol tablets for any unexpected stomach pains from all the boardwalk goodies you just chowed down! #noregrets


    "My friends always make fun of me for my mom purse, but it has saved us in a number of occasions. Something I always have in the bag is a travel-size bottle of Pepto Bismol. It has come in handy many-a-times; for myself, friends, family, coworkers, drunk girls in bar bathrooms, etc." β€”cjylangevin

    "I have a touchy stomach so I keep it with me at all times. Plus you can help your friends out if they're feeling ill too!" β€”chloestarwater

    Get 30 tablets of chewable Pepto Bismol from Amazon for $1.50.

    20. A mini keychain bottle of Sriracha so you can always have hot sauce in your bag. Swag.



    BTW: This comes empty and you have to fill it up with your own Sriracha stash!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    21. A travel-friendly (and reef friendly!) sunscreen, because you need to protect your skin; it's your largest organ!


    "Always carry it, so I don't forget to reapply or have an excuse for not reapplying. If I can not carry the regular bottle, I carry a small travel sized bottle." β€”etokki

    This sunscreen is sweat resistant and lasts 80 minutes before needing to re-apply. It rubs in clear similar to a moisturizing lotion so it's not greasy and tacky like some sunscreens tend to be.

    The formula includes 23 antioxidant ingredients, seven of those (KonaRed Hawaiian Coffee Fruit Extract,​ ​Hawaiian Spirulina, Kukui Nut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Plumeria Extract, Organic Noni Juice, and Noni Honey) are Hawaiian grown and moisturize + nourish the skin!

    Finally this product is reef safe and marine safe, meaning it doesn't have oxybenzone, octinoxate, parabens or phenoxyethanol. It's formula meets the world's strictest national standard!! (wow we stan)

    Get this from Amazon for $29.99.

    22. Colorful earbuds that'll be a fun pop of color but won't break the bank!


    "Even if I'm pretty sure I won't need them, I bring them just in case. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." β€”mayas468676b47

    Panasonic's in-ear buds conform comfortably to your ears while having a long enough cord to string through your bag!

    Get a pair of these from Amazon for $8.09 (available in 15 colors).

    23. A container of Evian facial spray for the avid travelers amongst us. Keep your skin hydrated while you fly!


    "Lifesaver when you are dehydrated and/or need refreshing." β€”carolyns414050a26

    Get a pair of two bottles from Amazon for $16.

    24. A convenient jar of bobby pins, because touchups or hairstyle changes might need to happen throughout the day.


    β€”Kelly Robinson, Facebook

    This pack has 300 bobby pins so you can pin up your hair, your friend's hair, even your neighbor-on-the-train's hair!

    Get this pack from Amazon for $9.59.

    25. A 60 travel pack (1 count each) of lactase pills that'll keep you feeling comfortable as you have that third cone of mint chocolate chip.


    "You never know when you may come across a cheesy opportunity." β€”livk4068be02e

    Get a container of 120 capsules from Amazon for $11.37.

    26. An easily stored away set of eating utensils, because you're a snack who likes to snack!


    β€”Km Koesler

    This adorable set of eating utensils is perfect for anyone packing lunches or feeding themselves or their babies on the go.

    Get the set from Amazon for $5.59.

    27. A tin of Altoids so your breath can stay as fresh as your outfit.


    "For fresh breath and to combat nausea."β€”Km Koesler

    Get this pack of nine from Amazon for $11.29.

    28. A charming tin of Rosebud Salve for anyone who loves simple ingredients and a convenient twist-off container.


    "Personally, I love Smith's Rosebud Lip Balm, which has two ingredients: Cottonseed oil and perfume." β€”Sarah Kimmel

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    Now you're prepared for anything!

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