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    May 5, 2019

    29 Things To Keep In Your Purse So You're Always Prepared

    Tiny versions of life-changing things (like a migraine stick!) that you can take with you wherever we go.

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    1. Tiny tubes of anti-chafe and anti-blister balm to give your thighs and feet some relief on hot, sweaty days. Plus, it's made with hydrating ingredients that won't clog pores — and yup, that all sounds A+ to me.

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    Promising review (anti-chafe): "This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it's worth the price. I've worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I've even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!" —CollegeGirlBookSeller

    Promising review (anti-blister): "I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS. I was like, 'pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING.' Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!" —Jamie

    Get the anti-chafe and anti-blister balm from Amazon for $7.99 each.

    2. Oil blotting sheets if you're prone to oily skin but don't feel like washing your face four times a day. Take that (!!!), humidity!

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    The tiny, travel-friendly pack comes with 100 oil blotting sheets so you can touchup your makeup throughout the day as needed.

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get them on Amazon for $6.95.

    3. Travel-sized Poo-pouri — it's a toilet spray that stops the smell of number two — so you can poop in peace at work, for once.

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    Promising review: "I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the 'courtesy flush.' By the time you do that one, the problem is already 'out there.' With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven't met a scent I didn't like so far. What a great idea!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it in a variety of travel sizes from Amazon for $6.28+.

    4. A teensy eye contact kit complete with a case, tweezers, and an even teensier tube for solution — because all contact wearers know there are days when your eyes just aren't having it.

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    Promising review: "I love this product a lot. Super cute!! It’s very minimalistic and fits in my purse just fine. I have no worries about it opening in my bag because it snaps tightly, but isn’t hard to open at all. I would recommend this product to any contact wearer!!" —Krystal

    Get it from Amazon for $4.38 (available in two colors).

    5. Pant extenders you can toss in your bag when you know you'll be eating a big lunch. The amount of times I have unknowingly walked around my office at roughly 1 p.m. with my pants unbuttoned is far too many!

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    I am constantly and VERY subtly unbuttoning my jeans while I am at my desk because it can be uncomfortable sitting down in tight pants right after lunch! Ok?! I wish I had known about these years ago.

    Promising review: "Perfect extension if your pants are just slightly too tight to be comfortable in the belly area. Nice colors and nice options to match just about any type of pants, and they go on the button and look like they're a part of the pants." —AC13MTP

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (comes with 13 types for dress pants, khakis, and jeans).

    6. A versatile clip that'll keep your bag off of the floor and away from nasty germs. It can even be used on grocery carts, stall doors, tables, chairs, and soooo many other public places.

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    When you're done, just slip it back into your purse! Bada bing, bada boom.

    Promising review: "I have a very heavy, large purse that is a bottomless pit. One time I put my purse on the back of my chair at a cafe and the whole chair flipped over, that is how heavy my bag is. I was looking for something so that I could hook my purse on things so it wasn’t sitting on the floor and was more accessible. I love this little gadget. I have used it on everything from bathroom stalls to tables to grocery carts. This thing really grips. All of my girlfriends love it and have gotten it for themselves." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four colors).

    7. An 11-function stainless steel multi-tool you can store in your wallet or bag and whip out like a super spy in any emergency you face.

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    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I'll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! There's a screwdriver, four position wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary wrench, and a two-position wrench for my common tool needs. On top of that, there's a can opener, knife edge, ruler, bottle opener (very handy to have!), and a saw blade for any other random emergency, which I find very useful. The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use. " —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $4.81.

    8. A teeny migraine stick made with therapeutic essential oils that can relieve migraine pain and give you some dang peace during stressful weeks. Keep one in your bag so you're ready whenever a headache strikes.

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    BuzzFeeder Katy swears this stuff helps alleviate her discomfort:

    "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Read more in her full review on this migraine stick.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    9. A headphone case for keeping your earbuds from ending up in a big ol' knot, because you shouldn't waste your sanity on trying to pull them out of your purse, just to take your keys and everything else with you.

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    Promising review: "Perfect. Fits my earphones perfectly and now they don't get tangled. And this is such a quick way to get my earphones out and accessible. Just pop it open and unwind. Much easier than detangling them like i used to from a storage box." —Carisa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    10. An eAlarm+ — a small electronic alarm that emits a loud, continuous sound for up to 30 minutes so you can have some peace of mind when you walk home alone.

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    Promising review: "My boyfriend bought me this in the pink color after he realized he couldn’t drive me back from work at night due to his schedule change. I hang it on my belt loop making sure I’m able to pull it if anyone tries somethings it’s incredibly loud and I feel safe with it around. A good buy!" —ElizaCoffee

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20 (available in two colors).

    11. Caffeinated mints that'll work double time to give you minty breath and a midday pick-me-up that doesn't come with a harsh crash or the jitters.

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    Each mint contains 40 mg of caffeine (for reference: a cup of coffee has about 90 mg) so you can take them as you need, without having to worry about the jitters. If you feel like you need a bit more energy, just pop another in!

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing that most caffeine boost/coffee replacement products tend to be ineffective. 40mg of caffeine per mint sounded unbelievable. To my surprise, these mints did EXACTLY what they were supposed to. I use to work at Starbucks and am a huge coffee drinker, so I never really feel the caffeine energy boost anymore. However, with only ONE mint I immediately felt like I had energy again. Not only that, but they did not give me a headache or any kind of stomach cramp as some sugar-free/caffeine products can give. The spearmint flavor is VERY strong. It's like a super Altoid, but it's manageable for sure. I have yet to try the winter, but am confident it's just as good! These mints will get the job done. Much better then a 5-Hour Energy, etc." —Mariah

    Get a six-pack for $10.99 (available in five flavors, and single tins for $4.99).

    12. A cell phone clip that'll attach to shopping carts so you can have a potentially enjoyable time at the grocery store — *gasps,* yes, there is such a thing! Finally it's possible to read your recipes and lists hands-free. Amazing.

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    Its compact shape means you can toss it in your bag and go!

    Promising review: "I love this gadget! It makes my grocery shopping so much easier. I was having a hard time trying to steer the cart, hold the phone which has my list on it, and grab the groceries. Enter the shopping cart cell holder. Easy to use; easy to attach to the cart; easy to remove from the cart. Makes your life a little easier!" —vee3

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90 (available in two colors), or a larger option ideal for baby strollers for $15.95.

    13. A reliable portable charger small enough to fit in a purse, yet so powerful it can charge your phone up to five times (!!!) before it needs a recharge.

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    Promising review: "This is a great product, works as advertised and the value for price paid is unsurpassed. I use this to charge my iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, camera, and many more items. It has two charging ports with iSmart technology that senses when your device is charged and cuts off. When you hold the button down, you will get a flashlight that comes in handy. This is a real lifesaver!" —Reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in two colors).

    14. A pack of stainless steel straws with silicone tips (and a cleaning brush!) that'll make drinking out of them softer on your teeth. Reducing plastic is rad, and now you can do it on the go.

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    Promising review: "I've become more eco-conscious and have been set on removing/reducing the plastic from the life. But I prefer to drink from a straw and there were a lot of choices out there, so I decided on this one. I keep them in a pouch in my purse. There were eight in the pack, so I'm able to keep them at home, in my purse, at work, and in my car. My husband even got on board too. I love that they come with two cleaning brushes. They're very easy to clean." —DaintySnakehead

    Get a set of eight plus two cleaning brushes from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A 50-pack of individually wrapped antiperspirant wipes you can toss in your bag and whip out when you feel some sweat comin' on. Not only can they refresh your skin, but they can give you added protection to get you through the day.

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    Promising review: "I'm all about travelling as light as possible, but I wondered about the effectiveness of an antiperspirant 'wipe', especially since I'm pretty sure I could sweat right through a coating of drywall spackle. Not only do these take up less space than even a travel-size deodorant/antiperspirant stick, they seem to work just as well at keeping me from "pitting" through my dress shirts. Pretty amazing. I think these are a good deal given that they end up being about 40 cents per application. will be buying more when these run out" —Rick

    Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. And! Travel-friendly body wipes that'll get you to happy hour feelin' and smellin' fresh, even though you didn't get a chance to shower after the gym.

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    These lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes are made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng that will leave your skin feeling refreshed, clean, and not dry or sticky.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to workout over my lunch hour to break up the day, but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower. I just use one of these! The scent is not too overpowering, but it's strong enough so that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A double-sided, dressing aid tool with one side for assisting with buttoning, and the other for zipping up jackets. Keep this handy and you'll never again be stranded with an unzipped coat in the frigid cold.

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    One reviewer mentioned this gadget was perfect for buttoning up a wedding dress with tons of lil' buttons.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my mother who has arthritis and wears blouses with small buttons. She says it's the best ting since sliced bread! It works very efficiently to both button and unbutton, making her much less frustrated." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    18. A Fenty Beauty Invisimatte blotting powder to transform sweaty skin into a flawless matte in a ~matter~ of seconds. Plus, it's travel-friendly design slips into your purse for on-the-go touchups that'll make sure your face stays oil-free no matter what the day throws at you.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is the best powder I have ever tried! Having extremely oily skin sucks because after a few hours your face will look like it's melting. This powder makes it look like you freshly did your foundation, and there's no white cast while taking flash photos! —Melanieee22

    Get it from Sephora for $32 and the portable touchup brush for $24.

    19. A highly-rated, SPF 25-infused lip balm made with beeswax, green tea leaf extract, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter to provide intense, long-lasting hydration all day, every day.

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    Promising review: "This is genuinely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. I’ve had severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips have looked soooo much better. I used to have cracks, and the layer of skin would constantly peel away. I had light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling, but not anymore! This even kept my lips protected during a very cold winter in the Midwest. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. And I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

    Check out our full post on the Jack Black lip balm.

    Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in eight scents).

    20. A mini Sriracha bottle you can keep stashed in your bag or even on your keyring, because you should never have to suffer through a bland work lunch.

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    Note: Sriracha is not included, *but* you can a two-pack of Sriracha for $7.49.

    Promising review: "These are the best things since sliced bread. Both my sister and I love spicy food, but we either find no spice at a restaurant, or they have a good spicy sauce, but not the kind we want. These keychains are perfect since they can be refilled with anything that you want and they are ALWAYS with you. As simple as this is, it was my sister's favorite Christmas present. Highly recommend for that person that likes a little extra spice in their life." —Steven Santiago

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.23.

    21. A compact LED mirror that'll light up and expand for flawless touchups, and then fold down for storage. It has a 10X magnifying mirror, plus a regular one — and what I am trying to say here is, ya just can't go wrong with this!

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    Requires three AAA batteries that are *not* included, but you can grab a 36-pack for $9.99.

    Promising review: "It's awesome. Light weight and surprisingly bright. I was looking at another brand that was 2x as expensive and I was so happy I found this one. It's great not only for traveling but to have on hand when tweezing or your makeup on the go. Honestly, I would buy more in a heartbeat." —Kelly D.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    22. A spray hand sanitizer for DESTROYING germs wherever you are. Public transportation? Bathrooms with no soap? You're covered.

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    Promising review: "Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it's a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!" —Rebecca Rucker

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99+.

    23. A 1-ounce bottle of dry shampoo POWDER (!!) so you can ditch the shower on late mornings and walk out the door with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Hey, nobody has to know it's going on day three...or five.

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    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. Ibuprofen tablets in convenient packages perfect for smaller bags that don't have the space for an entire bottle. I mean, it's kind of the worst walking around with a bunch of pills rattling around your purse like a jingly cat collar.

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    Promising review: "These are so convenient and should be a must have for everyone. Keep a packet in your car, briefcase, favorite jacket, etc. and never be without this if the need arises. I've been on vacation or been out places and the feeling of having a some medication when you need it is almost as good as the feeling of relief after you take it. Highly recommended for absolutely everyone!" —loveamazon

    Get a set of 50 packets (two capsules per packet) from Amazon for $9.98.

    25. A Marc Jacobs Daisy roller perfume infused with notes of strawberry, violet leaves, and jasmine — all of which come together to form a fresh, floral scent you'll fall in love with at first sniff.

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    You can easily stash this rollerball in the tiniest of purses.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down my favorite fragrance ever. It has a really rich, powerful scent, but it's not heavy at all, and doesn't smell grandma-ish like some perfumes can. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't like it. I've had this rollerball for over a year and it still has a lot of life left!" —NoraNoosa

    Get it from Sephora for $27.

    26. A collapsible water bowl so your pet can tag along on all your adventures and stay hydrated 'n happy. We love a goob, hydrated floofer!

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    Once they're done, it collapses down into a super compact shape that'll fit nicely in your bag.

    Promising review: "I am quite impressed with these bowls. They allow us to travel light and keep track of bowls for food or water with our dogs. I also use them during training classes to wrangle my treats. They come in a set of two so you can even have two different kinds of treats and keep them separate. The quality and size are good for small to medium sized dogs or for a training class. They hold two cups of volume. Excellent for travel. Order them, you won't be sorry." —Tina

    Get a set of two for $5.79.

    27. Heel protectors that'll not only keep your best pumps from getting ruined, but prevent you from sinking into the grass or losing a shoe to those cursed street grates.

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    You just never know where the day can take you, and if for some reason it takes you to some wet grass, you'll be set.

    Promising review: "I needed these for a pair of heels I planned to wear to an outdoor wedding. I took a chance with a size small without measuring my heels. Despite being a touch too large for my heels, they only slipped off once while I was seated. I'm very satisfied with how these held up and protected my shoes! They were easy to apply and remove, and small enough to slip into your purse." —J. St Louis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    28. A phone light featuring three light intensity settings for taking your selfie game to the next level — which, as we all know, is important business and good lighting is selfie 101.

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    One must always be prepared for a great photo op!

    Promising review: "Right out of the box it was easy to use and I was taking amazing pictures with my iPhone like I never had before. Look at that cute dog! Aren't you dying to boop his snoot!? A lot of power in a tiny package; it's easy to slip into my purse or pocket and I take it with me everywhere my phone goes so I'm always ready to grab the perfect shot. Love it! Thank you!" —Allison C

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    29. And lastly, a mini first-aid kit that'll remedy any minor cut, scrape, or blister right on the spot so you don't have to ask a million people, "Hi, do you have a bandage?!"

    Amazon

    Kit comes with antiseptic and sting-relief wipes, antibiotic ointment, 16 different-size bandages, safety pins, and a razor blade.

    Promising review: "This is a nice compact first aid kit. It's about the size of an Altoid container. I have use it many times. Just a tip! If you're taking it through airport security to remove the razor blade before hand. The TSA won't take kindly to you trying to get the razor blade on the plane. There is a list on the back of the tin of its contents so I blacked out where it listed razor blade. I don't need the TSA messing up my organization trying to find a razor blade that isn't there." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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