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    30 Incredibly Useful Things To Keep In Your Bag

    Be the Mary Poppins of your friend group!

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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 Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray that'll be the perfect refreshing pick-me-up during a hot summer's day.

    Sarah Han

    "It has aloe and rosewater. I use it as a setting spray once I put my makeup on, and then freshen up throughout the day!" โ€”babybunbun

    Check out #1 in this review for more reasons why a BuzzFeed writer loves this facial spray!

    Get a four-ounce bottle from Amazon for $7.

    2. A tube of 100% natural Burt's Bees lip balm for anyone who always has dry lips.

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

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.59.

    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." โ€”nataliescott511

    "A portable battery, because my commute to school is really long and I would also die if my phone died." โ€”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 $31.99.

    4. A to-go pack of 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)." โ€”abigails4299324fa

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $3.99.

    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." โ€”savannahh41c909d89

    "I always have at least four ponytail holders." โ€”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 brightening concealer for any touchups your makeup look needs throughout the day.

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

    This Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer brightens your under-eye with 22 shades of buildable medium-to-full coverage!

    Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 shades) or Ulta for $30 (available in 22 shades).

    7. A book or a lightweight Kindle Paperwhite so you can have access to thousands of books while you warm up by the fire.

    "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." โ€”anoukvanderz

    Get a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $129.99.

    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." โ€”Katyna Singleton, Facebook

    Get it from Amazon for $13.55.

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

    "Someone always needs one somewhere." โ€”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 $15.36.

    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." โ€”allisonn4524eac7e

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $6.27.

    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." โ€”ashtonk454e0fa8f

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

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.46.

    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." โ€”nataliescott511

    "Any kind of inspiration can happen anytime." โ€”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." โ€”brittneeg3

    Get a set of three Moleskine pocket notebooks from Amazon for $9.95.

    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." โ€”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 $4.75.

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

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

    Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick hugs your lips ALL๐Ÿ‘ DAY ๐Ÿ‘LONG๐Ÿ‘.

    Get a tube from Amazon for $6.64.

    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." โ€”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 $23.95 (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." โ€”gennsixx07

    Promising review: "A great little waterproof container with supplies for minor cuts, scrapes, burns and stings, small enough for day trips. Fits easily into a waist pack with much room to spare." โ€”Paul Donald Roy

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

    Get this super compact kit from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. A set of two miniature decks of playing cards so you can have a good time on airplanes, trains etc. You're the queen of travel fun.

    โ€”Makenzie Self, Facebook.

    These decks are great for your bag because they are compact, made of quality materials, and come in a set of two so you can play all types of games!

    Get two mini decks of cards from Amazon for $7.99.

    18. A small deodorant stick, because you will thank yourself for this later!

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

    19. 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!" โ€”hadhinahfawwazahn

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

    Get a two-pack of Dr. Bronner's lavender hand sanitizer from Amazon for $12.39.

    20. 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." โ€”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!" โ€”chloestarwater

    Get 30 tablets of chewable Pepto Bismol from Amazon for $7.68.

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


    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    22. A travel-friendly sunscreen set, 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." โ€”etokki

    This kit includes one travel-size sunscreen, a soothing lotion, and a sunscreen lip balm!

    Get this from Amazon for $19.98.

    23. 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." โ€”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 $7.40.

    24. 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." โ€”carolyns414050a26

    Get a pair of two bottles from Amazon for $15.

    25. A pack of six refillable rollerball bottles so you can have your favorite scents with you on the go.


    These rollerball bottles come with a cute array of colored caps so you can keep track of which bottle has what in it!

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

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

    โ€”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 $11.69.

    27. A couple 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." โ€”livk4068be02e

    Get a container of 120 capsules from Amazon for $11.97.

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

    โ€”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 $9.95.

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

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

    Get this pack of nine from Amazon for $11.89.

    30. 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." โ€”Sarah Kimmel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    Now you're prepared for anything!

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