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    21 Things That'll Come In Handy When You Least Expect It

    If you're a "just in case" kinda person.

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    1. A handheld vacuum that'll suck up small messes like crumbs and cat hairs. Since it’s battery powered, you can store it in your office or car for quick cleanups.

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    Reviewers love it for camping to easily vacuum up crumbs/sand from the tent floor. Don't forget to pick up some AA batteries.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.95. Also available in blue!

    2. A LifeStraw that'll make pretty much any water drinkable. It's a lifesaver in an emergency situation or just useful if you don't trust the water from your tap.

    person using the lifestraw to drink water out of a stream outdoors
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.50.

    3. A ring light clip that'll brighten your day, whether you like to snap selfies or are always in meetings. The brightness and hue are adjustable, so you can find the best combination to highlight your perfect face.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.99.

    4. This tiny scraper that'll remove pet fur from any surface. The rubber ends really grab onto the hairs, so your favourite leggings will be safe at last.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.

    5. A collapsible colander that'll fit right over your sink. It'll catch food scraps, help you wash veggies, and just make cooking and cleaning so much easier.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99. Available in four colours.

    6. A 3-in-1 portable fan that can also be used as a power bank and a flashlight. Reviewers love using it for travel and say that while it might look small, it's powerful. The battery can power the fan for up to 21 hours!

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $20.99. Available in four colours.

    7. A pack of keychain Sriracha bottles that'll add a little ~spice~ to your life. It comes with a nine-ounce bottle and two keychain squeeze tubes, so you'll always be covered for flavour.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    8. This book holder that’ll keep your pages open, so you can keep your other hand free. Reviewers love that it keeps their hands and fingers from cramping.

    person using the book holder with one hand to open a book
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99+. Available in five sizes.

    9. A little multitool doohickey that'll solve all your random little problems — it works as a box cutter, bottle opener, wrench, ruler, and flat head screw driver. It's small enough to clip onto your keychain and bring with you, wherever you might need it.

    person using the wrench part of the tool to unscrew a screw
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $5.88.

    10. A pack of motion-activated lights that are incredibly versatile — they’ll do anything from helping you find what you’re looking for to saving you from tripping down the stairs.

    the motion light in various areas including staircase, closet, and wall
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    Get a pack of six from Amazon Canada for $31.99.

    11. A bag hook (that doubles as a bangle!) that’s designed to hook onto practically any surface, flat or not. That means you no longer have to put you purse down on icky public bathroom floors.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.90. Available in seven colours.

    12. A pack of cable concealers if you’re so over tripping on that one lamp cord all the time. You can even paint over them to match your wall colour — out of sight, out of mind!

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    Reviewers love how easy it is to set up, since you just stick it to the wall.

    Get a pack of eight plus connectors for $27.99 (originally $29.99). Available in two colours and two sizes.

    13. This dry erase desk pad that can be used to jot down important reminders (or you could just doodle on it — I won’t tell).

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    It has a hidden storage compartment for your dry-erase markers, so you won’t have to go searching for them all over the place.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $46.79.

    14. This collapsible trunk bin that's great for storing all the random junk in your car — and you can even use it to bring in groceries in a single trip.

    person holding child sitting on trunk with the trunk organizer
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    It comes with an insulated cooler that you can take out, which is perfect for storing meats, drinks, or frozen food. And when you don't need it, just fold it up and tuck it away.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $46.99.

    15. A travel bottle of Poo-Pourri that'll help you cover the scent when you've gotta go #2. The essential oil blend will also help get rid of other nasty scents around your house like the garbage bin.

    bottle of poo-pourri that says before you go toilet spray ship happens coconut freesia and citrus
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.50.

    16. A purse light that'll help you find anything in a jiffy. It'll conveniently clip onto a pocket and illuminate the inside of your bag, no matter how full it is.

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    Reviewers say it's also useful for finding stuff under the couch or to help see your lock when getting into your house at night.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.

    17. These toaster bags that'll help you make a grilled-cheese sandwich without having to wash a single plate. They can also help you crisp up things you couldn't normally with a toaster, like fries or pizza.

    foods in the bags like sandwiches, fries, and a slice of people
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    They're reusable and come in three different sizes. They'll also keep your toaster crumb-free!

    Get a pack of ten from Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    18. A pack of laundry wipes that'll clean up all the lint and detergent building up in your machines. Reviewers say it's a must-have for pet owners whose furry friends' hair always gets caught in the filters.

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    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon Canada for $7.79.

    19. A TubShroom that'll catch all the hair that would otherwise be blocking up your drain. You might be shocked at how much gunk this thing catches (and thankful you don't have to bust out the drain cleaner).

    person holding the tubshroom with hair around it
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99. Available in six colours.

    20. An earphone splitter that'll let you and your bestie listen to your favourite jams at the same time. Reviewers also love the splitter to run speakers from their computers.

    phone with the earphone splitter connected to a pair of headphones and a pair of earphones
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.99+. Available in two colours.

    21. And lastly, a Tile tracker if you're always losing your keys — you can just use the app to make the tracker ring loudly, wherever in the house it is. Reviewers even love using it to track their adventurous pets.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99. Available in four different packs.

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