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    14 Products That'll Save You From Awkward Public ~Emergencies~

    A portable charger, panties-on-the-go kit, and things to keep on hand.

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    1. A bottle of Poo-Pourri that will miraculously mask the unbearable stinkiness when "duty" calls. 🚽

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    To use, you simply shake, spritz 3-5 times into the toilet on top of the water, and let nature take its course!

    Promising review: “Not only does it form a barrier that keeps odors trapped, but it smells AWESOME! The main scent I picked out was citrus, followed closely by vanilla with subtle peppermint notes as well. It’s not messy, and the directions are very straightforward.” —Bethy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39+ for a 2oz. bottle, which has up to 100 uses and is small enough to carry in your backpack or purse (available in seven sizes and 21 scents).

    2. A sleek portable charger because nothing generates more fear and anxiety than seeing a phone at 1% battery.

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    Promising review: “I picked this one because it seemed like a good price for the mAh* capacity. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is lightweight and provides enough juice to keep my phone going. It's got a nice feel and the aluminum shell helps to dissipate heat while being recharged.” —R. Wanamaker

    *mAh = milliampere-hour. This measures the energy capacity of a battery; so the higher the mAh, the larger the energy capacity, the longer the battery life. This portable charger's capacity allows you to recharge your phone faster and multiple times!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three colors).

    3. A discreet panties-on-the-go kit for those unexpected period stains. *tells everyone that I sat on ketchup instead*

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    Comes with one seamless panty (available in three colors: black, white, and nude; and in two styles: bikini and thong), a hypoallergenic fresh wipe, sanitary wash bag, and an ultra-thin panty liner.

    Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE Pantyfresh! Being a woman who is constantly on the go, Pantyfresh has saved me on so many occasions: after the gym, at work, at my friend's house.... it even saved my friends a few times! Pantyfresh is such a cute, small packet of all things a woman needs, comfortable and worth it! Thanks so much!” —Christina Breza

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 or $30 for a pack of three (available in four sizes).

    4. A dainty nail clipper with a built-in file that'll prevent you from giving yourself a nasty scratch with the uneven, sharp nail that you just broke. Womp.

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    This nail clipper comes with a storage pouch, keychain, and a screwdriver! This 3-in-1 tool is handy in so many ways.

    Promising review: “Clipped my nails and instantly fell in love with them! First off, they look like if James Bond were to use nail clippers, he'd use these nail clippers. They are visually appealing, for sure. They don't cut, they slice." —Kevin

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49

    5. A foldable and lightweight windbreaker that is also water resistant. Tbh, I would much rather carry this than an umbrella!

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    Promising review: “I took it on a camping trip and it exceeded my expectations! The material is soft and it really did block out the wind. We got stuck in multiple surprise downpours and it kept me warm, dry, and comfortable. The jacket dried quickly when the rain stopped. Extremely light and rolls up into practically nothing—great for traveling, backpacking, and cute enough for daily wear. I like that the waist and the hood were able to be made tighter to keep the wind out. The pockets were big and convenient!” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in seven colors).

    6. A conversation starter deck in case you bump into an acquaintance from ten years ago on the street and have absolutely -nothing- to talk about.

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    Keep a card or two in your bag so you'll always have something to talk about.

    Promising review: “These cards are so simple, they're brilliant. Each time you pull a card, you get a question that sparks a new conversation. You will discover things about new friends and spark a deeper friendship with people you've known forever. The questions are thoughtful and not redundant.” —SmileCo

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    7. A handy deck of cards–sized first-aid kit that will prevent any small cuts from getting infected and provide immediate relief from unexpected stings. *knocks on wood*

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    Promising review: “This thing is fantastic. It's small enough to keep in my purse and contains the basics first-aid for your average day to day cuts, scrapes and stings. Definitely a nice thing to have on hand and it's hardly an inconvenience to keep it in a glove box or purse!” —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A compact mineral powder that will revitalize a midday dull complexion and prep you for the ~fun~ plans ahead.

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    Promising review: “I am prone to oily skin, so liquid foundations by themselves are a no-no for me unless I want to shine all day. This foundation powder is my go-to. It's lightweight, the color tone suits my skin nicely, and it gets rid of the shine. It gives a great finish and soaks up oils throughout the day when needed. It also doesn't irritate my skin at all. I’ve been using this product for years now and it’s essential to my makeup routine.” —axm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.32+ (available in eight shades).

    9. A powerful instant stain remover stick for those moments where you take a bite of a juicy burger and go "OH CRAP."

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    Promising review: "The Tide pen is my go-to for the occasional food and beverage stains I have. It has lessened the appearance of coffee stains from white blouses, brown sauce practically disappeared from jeans, and got the orange sauce stain out from a light colored blouse. I just dab so the chemical soaks a bit and rub back and forth...and the stain pretty much disappears. It's small size so it's convenient to put pretty much anywhere." —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $6.87 for a pack of three.

    10. A travel pack of facial tissues in case you catch the sniffles, need to wipe your lips, or unfortunately enter the toilet stall that ran out of tp.

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    Promising review: “They are so handy. We send them to school with the kids, put them in our purses, in the car, and take them to work!” —Mindy Miklya

    Get a pack of 12 10-tissue folding packs for $14.99, or a pack of 16 10-tissue compact packs for $7.20, both on Amazon.

    11. A pair of foldable flats to replace those beautiful (killer) heels that have been giving you blisters.

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    Promising review: “These shoes are great to pack in your purse for the end of the night when your toes are screaming inside the stilettos, just slip on these ballet style slippers, and your feet will thank you! They are also good for wearing inside the hotel room. They provide a little more structure than a sock, but have the same comfort level.” —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes 5-11 and in 45 colors/styles).

    12. A mouthwash packet to freshen up your breath before a business meeting or seeing someone special. (And so you can eat all the onions you want without a worry.)

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    Promising review: “I've had bad breath my entire life no matter what I do. This product has changed my life. It lasts 12 hours, PLUS, even lasts through meals. Incredible! This is a truly groundbreaking product.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8 for a 10 count (packaging varies).

    13. A pocket-size dry shampoo for the afternoons when you realize it's your third-day hair and need a little ~push~ to volumnize the plop.

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    Promising review: “AMAZING. When I use it, my hair feels as if I have just washed it. This dry shampoo does not make it feel gross and dirty like the other ones I have used in the past. Take it from someone who has tried lots of brands and with oily hair.” —hah1616

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    14. A pack of single-use antiperspirant wipes to rid you of your sweaty on-the-go problems. Don't ~sweat~ over your favorite silk blouse or dress shirt being stained from nagging armpit prints ever again.

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    Promising review: “I'm all about traveling as light as possible. Not only do these take up less space than a travel-size deodorant/antiperspirant stick, but they also seem to work just as well at keeping me from "pitting" through my dress shirts. Pretty amazing!” —Rick

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 for a 50 count (packaging varies).

    We'll never be as prepared as Mary Poppins, but we can try.

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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