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    38 Ways You Can Be Prepared For Just About Any Problem, Big Or Small

    Because you never know what's going to happen.

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    1. Bust a surprise blemish with these pimple patches with over 3,000 reviews that'll literally suck all the gunk right out. Bonus: They help heal and prevent future blemishes, too!

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    Read a full review of these satisfying little babies here.

    Get a pack of 24 patches in varying sizes on Amazon Canada for $7.50+ (available in five pack options).

    2. Keep your pet hydrated with this magical water purifier pod for pets that absorbs impurities and eliminates odours from any water source. Use it when you're out and about and your fur baby is thirsty as heck. One pod is all you need to remove lead, arsenic, chloride, and fluoride from your pet's water dish for up to six months!

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    The design is brilliant, too. Just pop the pod into its protective shell, and then attach that to the bottom of your pet's bowl with powerful suction cups. You won't have to worry about it getting lost or accidentally swallowed by your pet.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $37.52.

    3. Be prepared for any outdoor adventure with this multi-use emergency radio. Not only does it provide up to six hours of radio playtime, but it also doubles as a portable charger for all your USB-powered devices.

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    Powered by hand crank, solar power, micro USB charger, or AAA batteries, it has a built-in SOS alarm for emergencies, a reading lamp, and a flashlight.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.90.

    4. Keep track of all your belongings with these Tile Mates, no matter how hectic your schedule gets. These handy tracking nuggets can be attached to your phone, passport holder, or wallet. Plus, they're compatible with all Alexa devices!

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    Using the free app, you can make the Tile ring and find your lost item. And if you've lost your phone, double click on the Tile mate to make it ring (even if it's on silent!). There's also a "community find" feature which allows you to enlist the help of other Tile users in finding your lost stuff. They're also available as stickers, or in a slim, credit card shape that's perfect for your wallet.

    Get a four-pack on Amazon Canada for $59.99.

    5. Stay dry with this windproof travel umbrella that'll withstand whatever Mother Nature flings your way. With its Teflon coating and nine-rib construction, it's strong AND lightweight.

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    It has an automatic open/close function for one-handed opening, and weighs less than one pound, so it's great to just pop in your bag and take with you — you know, just in case.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.95+ (available in two colours).

    6. Fix a loose hinge or a broken nose piece with this repair kit that's filled with all the tiny bits and bobs you'll need to fix your glasses. It's hard not to see the value of this kit!

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    With 12 different kinds of screws, plus replacement washers, nuts, and nose pads, you'll have everything you need to save you a trip to the optometrist. The kit is perfect for a household with multiple prescription lens wearers.

    Get the kit on Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    7. Handle small emergencies with this über-handy 19-in-one multi-tool that will prevent you from ever feeling screwed when you're unprepared. It even includes a bottle opener, so you're all set.

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    This multi-tasking portable tool is corrosion-resistant and durable. It can open bottles, fix a loose screw, cut open boxes, tighten a bike handle, and more! The only limit to its uses is your imagination.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.99 (available in 18-in-one, and in two colours).

    8. Catch some much-needed zzz's with this Casper nap pillow that's great when you can't help but doze off. The outer layer is silky-soft for guaranteed comfort, while the inner layer is springy and dense to help keep your head cushioned (no matter where you're sleeping).

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    It also comes with its own pillowcase and travel bag, to make it a great travel or commuting buddy.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $45.

    9. Use this iPhone adapter dongle to connect to the AUX cord when you're riding shotgun, or to plug in your headphones if you haven't gone wireless yet.

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    It's compatible with any device running iOS 11 or higher. The only downside is that it doesn't work for phone calls — but who actually uses their phone to call people anymore, anyway???

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.49 (also available in a pack of two).

    10. Filter up to 1,000 litres of contaminated water with this award-winning personal water filter. It removes 99.9999% of all water-borne bacteria and parasites without the use of any chemicals, requires no batteries, has no moving parts.

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    It weighs two ounces and has a high flow rate, so you drink directly from the source. This might be one of the coolest things you'll ever own.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.99.

    11. Solve the hairiest problem with this hand-held pet hair remover. In just a few seconds, you'll be able to remove hair and dander from any surface, and with a handy dust receptacle, you never have to worry about any sneeze-inducing bits escaping.

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    With no sticky strips, you can reuse this roller over and over (and over) again, no matter how many times your cat sheds on your favourite sweater.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.95.

    12. Perform an emergency mend on the spot with this travel-sized sewing kit. Snags and rips (not to mention lost buttons) can happen anywhere, so what better item to have on hand?

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    This kit has pretty much every thread colour you'll ever need, and it's all neatly organized in a handy carrying case!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    13. Grow your own veggies with this survival seed pack. It contains over 15,000 non-GMO heirloom vegetable seeds and a handy growing guide. Plus, it's great if you're seriously looking into farm-to-table gardening.

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    These seeds have a high germination rate, and reviewers love how hardy and healthy they are. They'll also keep for approximately 20 years in the bag, so you don't have to plant them all at once.

    Get a pack of 32 packets on Amazon Canada for $19.95.

    14. Protect your favourite footwear from the elements with these all-natural leather cleaning wipes. They'll make quick work of mud, grime, dust, and (#BLESS) salt stains on virtually all shoes — even delicate suede.

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    And because they're all natural, they won't irritate your skin. If you're the proactive type, you can also get the Shoe Rescue wax that'll help you waterproof and protect your shoes before snowy weather hits.

    Get a pack on Amazon Canada for $8.99 (also available in a pack of individually-wrapped wipes).

    15. Nip headaches and migraines in the bud with this migraine-relieving headband. It uses cold therapy to also help reduce swelling, inflammation, fevers, stress, and sinusitis. Whew! That's a lot — all wrapped up in a soft, fleecy little cap that can be slipped over the head. It perfectly contours to the head, too.

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    Three removable gel inserts are made of a non-toxic, medical-grade liquid that can be popped in the fridge or freezer to chill them down.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.99.

    16. Revolutionize the on-the-go meal experience with this mini personal portable oven. Just plug this baby into an outlet — it'll slowly and evenly heat up your food without any annoying frozen centres or overcooked edges.

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    Unlike a traditional microwave, it knows when your meal is finished cooking, and then keeps it at a steady, warm temperature until you're ready to mow down. Reviewers say it's a game-changer for people in construction or transportation jobs, where access to a microwave is basically non-existent, and love that it's finally given them access to hot, home-cooked meals on the go.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $86.85+ (available in three colours).

    17. Keep your sanity (and your outfit) intact with this double-sided lingerie tape. Whether it's a loose strap (annoying), or a plunging neckline (potentially disastrous), a roll of this non-irritating adhesive will go a very long way.

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    It's transparent and won't leave any residue on the skin or on clothing, so use liberally and often!

    Get a dispenser and three rolls on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    18. Use this mini multi-purpose knife for hiking, camping, or even for an emergency rescue. It locks securely into place upon opening, and can fit in the palm of your hand.

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    You can even attach a rope or string to it and wear it around your neck when camping. No more looking through all your stuff just to open a bag of firewood! And the stainless steel blade will never get rusty, either.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.99.

    19. Solve beauty mishaps on the go with this LED compact mirror that'll help you easily apply lipstick or pop a pesky pimple. It simulates natural daylight, making makeup application, touch-ups, and precision tweezing a breeze. Plus, it has two-sided magnification so you'll never miss a single detail.

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    The LED light also has an incredibly impressive battery life of up to 20,000 hours. It won't burn out or diminish, so throw it into your bag or purse and keep on being fabulous!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $26.99 (available in three colours).

    20. Snake a clogged drain with this flexible drain millipede. The 4,000 micro-hooks will snag any gunk before it causes unfortunate plumbing problems. And with an extendable length of up to 18 inches, it'll wind around any bends and curves with ease.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $9.95+ (available in two colours).

    21. Illuminate your favourite book or your campsite cooking station with this flexible USB-powered light. It even has a dimming function, so you'll always get the precise amount of light you need.

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    Because it draws minimal amounts of power, it's great for power outages, too! Plus, it's compatible with any USB port (like this one), and the flexible gooseneck makes it a great task light.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.95.

    22. Snip annoying hangnails, file a snagged nail edge, or even trim rogue hairs on the go with this travel-sized manicure and grooming set. With 12 different tools, you'll be able to address virtually any personal grooming problem. Plus, it's super lightweight and easily tucks into any bag!

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    Reviewers can't get enough of this kit! They love the unexpected value, and say the tools are sturdy and sharp.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    23. Stay toasty with this Honeywell TurboForce Power Air Circulator. It's a great supplementary heat source when the temperature drops WAY below zero, or as solution to frozen pipes.

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    It's also great for circulating cooler air in the summer. With three speeds, a carrying handle, wall-mounting capability, AND its no-tool assembly, you'll be a big fan of this product.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.99.

    24. Keep your luggage neat and tidy with these waterproof packing pouches. The three main ones have handy mesh tops that'll allow you to see exactly what's inside. Finding what you're looking for has never been easier.

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    There are few things more frustrating than tossing all your shit around in your bag, only to learn that your fave top was right on top to begin with. This set comes with special bags for laundry and underwear (so someone doesn't accidentally see your *ahem* dirty laundry), and a multipurpose flat zippered bag.

    Get the set on Amazon Canada for $24.88 (available in three colours).

    25. Make long-haul flights a bit more bearable with this portable leg rest. Just clip it onto the meal tray of the seat back in front of you, and prop your feet up.

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    Ever since I purchased this handy hammock, I've used it on every single flight. It rolls up really neat and teeny when not in use, and genuinely makes a huge difference during longer flights. Plus, it's great for anyone who finds their legs and feet swell a bit after too much time in the sky, and makes napping a lot more comfortable.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    26. Keep your files in order with this desktop organizer. You'll be able to find your documents quick as a flash. Plus, it'll look lovely perched on your desk!

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99 (also available in gold).

    27. Power up your devices quickly and easily with this universally compatible dual USB/USB-C charger. You'll never have to worry about running out of battery when your flight is delayed several hours and all the outlets are being monopolized by other stranded passengers.

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    Not only is it lightweight, but it has two ports, which means you can charge multiple devices at once (or share with your friends). If you have no USB-C devices and are looking for a double USB port charger instead, here's one with over 1,200 positive reviews.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    28. Prevent freezing cold hands with these hand warmers. Slip these long-lasting, odourless packets into mittens, boots, coat pockets, or anywhere else you need a dose of heat.

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    They might be small, but each easy-to-use packet lasts for up to ten hours. Just remove the outer package, and shake them to activate! The only downside is that they're a single-use item, but some reviewers say they've been able to preserve and reuse them by packing them into resealable zippered bags.

    Get 20 pairs on Amazon Canada for $14.66.

    29. Round up your personal care products quickly and easily with this waterproof makeup bag. It's also has two separate pockets for delicate things like perfume bottles or sharp cuticle scissors, AND it'll save you from having to dump out your entire kit on the bathroom counter just to find a single Q-tip.

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    And if that wasn't enough, it's incredibly easy to clean: just rinse with water! No more worrying about products exploding everywhere (which they basically always?? do??? somehow????).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99+ (available in four colours).

    30. Dress a wound, remove a splinter, or even slice through a seat belt with this first aid kit. This waterproof pack is light, durable, and reviewers love that it comes with 100 basic life-saving items that'll make all the difference in an emergency.

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    Unlike traditional kits in plastic boxes, this one is made of tough polyester, so it won't crack or break. And each item is clearly labelled for easy access when you need it.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $47.99.

    31. Track your bill payments and get your budget in order with this planner. The snap-in budget dashboard allows you to see your spending on one side and savings on the other so you're always in control of your finances.

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    It includes a 12-month financial planning calendar, plus a bunch of fun stickers, and dedicated pages for goal tracking.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $35.87.

    32. Find your passport, lip balm, credit card, or snacks in a flash with this super handy handbag organizer. Gone are the days of rummaging through that thick, rumpled layer of purse debris consisting of discarded receipts, open lip balm tubes, and rogue bobby pins.

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    The material is lightweight, which is great if you're the kind of person who basically carries around the equivalent of a portable pharmacy (like me). And don't limit yourself to using this just in a handbag! It's also great for keeping toiletries in their assigned places, storing important documents and knick-knacks, or even a quick change of clothes.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99+ (available in four sizes, and four colours).

    33. Give that elastic on your wrist a chic update with this grooved cuff bracelet that doubles as a hair tie holder. Not only will it keep your elastics from vanishing mysteriously, but you'll be prepared for any hair mishaps (and avoid those annoying wrist creases).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.22.

    34. Never lose a sock again with this handy little sock organizer. Just slip the dirty socks into the SockDock, throw it in the wash, and revel in your newfound organization.

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    The handy foot-shaped hanger means storage of your new best friend is super easy. Each order comes with two organizers: one for dirty socks, and one for clean socks.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99 (available in two colours).

    35. Keep your greenery happy and healthy (even when you forget to water them) with these nutrient-dense fertilizer spikes. They can even help revive those on the verge of death, and save you from unnecessary plant funerals.

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    One package has enough spikes to keep a plant fed for two months.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.42.

    36. Remove makeup quickly and easily with these green tea and aloe face wipes, because sometimes a ten-step skincare routine before bed is just too much. They're super gentle on skin, and made of biodegradable bamboo, too!

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    Oh, and they're 100% vegan, too!

    Get a pack of 20 wipes on Amazon Canada for $32.99.

    37. Cushion the blow of annoying blisters with these Band-Aid hydro seal adhesive bandages so you can keep wandering and exploring, without destroying your poor feet.

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    These all-purpose bandages are waterproof, too, and can be used anywhere on the body. They seal in the body's natural healing properties while keeping germs and bacteria out, and can be worn for up to seven days. Stick it on and watch it work!

    Get a pack of ten on Amazon Canada for $11.36.

    38. And finally, protect your sweaters, socks, blankets, and scarves from pilling with this USB-powered fabric shaver. A quick once-over with this handy tool will make them all look like new!

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    You can plug it into any power bank, laptop, or USB charging cube, and because it's not rechargeable, you never have to worry about it dying unexpectedly. It's incredibly lightweight, too, making it a great piece of travel-friendly tech! It does have built-in snag protection, but be sure you're using it on a flat surface just in case.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.98.

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