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    32 Things For Anyone Who's Always On The Go

    Everything you need while away from the comforts of home.

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    1. A pair of foldable noise-cancelling headphones for listening to your favorite podcast or music during a long bus/plane/car/balloon/etc. ride.


    Get them from Bose for $179.95.

    2. A mini humidifier to provide just the right amount of moisture anywhere.

    It comes with a USB cord, so you can plug it into a car (it'll fit in the cup holder), laptop, or battery pack. It holds up to 180 milliliters of water, which is enough to run for approximately five to six hours. After four hours of running continuously, it automatically shuts off. Oh, and the top lights up!

    Promising review: "Nice and portable humidifier! It's cute and small but can produce a good amount of mist. Great for office use and easy to carry when traveling." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in green and yellow).

    3. A bamboo lap desk so you can tackle an assignment on the go. The holes allow for proper ventilation so the laptop doesn't overheat.

    Promising review: "It provides a really stable surface for my laptop, and the small area to the right is great for pens, keys, etc. It is light and packs easily. It also keeps things from slipping off the surface on a plane or train." β€”Cynthia

    Get it from The Grommet for $45+ (available for laptops sizes 13" to 17") or from Amazon for $52 (15") or $60 (17").

    4. A palm-sized emergency kit that has everything you'll need in a pinch.

    This 17-piece kit includes an adhesive bandage, safety pin, earring backs, deodorant towelette, nail polish-remover pad, stain-remover pad, clear elastics, lip balm, emery board, tampon, hair spray, clear nail polish, dental floss, mending kit, breath freshener, double-sided tape, and pain reliever. The lip balm has over 100 uses, the breath freshener contains 120 drops, the hair spray has 75 sprays, and the clear polish can mend 200 nails.

    Promising review: "With this handy little kit you'll always be prepared. When you've used up what comes in it, you can add your own choices. There's even a little extra room for some add-ons if you wish, even with the items that are included inside already. I only wish the opening were a little larger, but no real complaints. Great little take-along!" β€”JJinks

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    5. A vest with deep pockets for stashing a bunch of essentials. You won't even need a bag!

    The vest is made from a thick cotton blend. It has a zipper closure with buttons, removable hood, and drawstring waist. The hood and hem also have drawstrings.

    Promising review: "The green vest I bought has been great for airport travel (among other things) because of the big pockets. When I go grocery shopping, I stash my reusable grocery bags in the giant pockets so I don't forget them in the car. I layer it with a long, light jacket on cooler fall days β€” super pleased with the look and versatility." β€”Jeanne M. Link

    Get it from Amazon for $37.89+ (available in seven colors and sizes M–XXL).

    6. A compact umbrella and cute waterproof case to protect you from a sudden rain shower.

    This umbrella measures only 6.5 inches long when folded! It also blocks UV rays, so you can use it as a parasol.

    Promising review: "I purchased this one for vacation because of the size and the travel case. What was different about this umbrella is that it easily fits in my bag. I was so surprised with not only the strength of the umbrella when opened, but also how easy it was to get back into the travel case. One other callout for this mini umbrella is how well it protected me in the rain. I was amazed at how large the coverage was for such a little umbrella." β€”Mavin

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

    7. A tiny Bluetooth earbud so you can take calls hands-free and look inconspicuous while doing it. (Well, it would look like you're talking to yourself.)

    Of course, you can also use this to listen to music or podcasts, but just bear in mind that it is ONE earbud. The battery lasts for 4.5 hours on full volume. It can connect to devices from up to 33 feet away and with two devices at the same time, so you can easily switch between them. Each earbud comes with a magnetic USB charger, three eartips of different sizes, and a carrying case.

    Promising review: "It's perfect for my everyday commute. I spend time talking to friends and family on the way to work at times. When I'm on break at work, this little earbud allows me to enjoy media on my phone and still be aware of my surroundings. The sound output on this device is amazing β€” deep, rich bass, and nice treble and mid." β€”Jonathan Tilley

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    8. A makeup bag that can lie flat so you're able to see everything at once (no digging or dumping required) and can be taken to go with the pull of a string.

    It comes with a zippered storage pocket, elastic brush holders, and a convenient handle on top. Did I mention that it's machine-washable?

    Promising review: "I LOVE IT! Just got back from a three-week vacation and used this handy bag for keeping my cosmetics all in one place. I had to share the bathroom several times, and it was so handy to carry this bag in there, open it, and all I needed was there. When I was done, it was quick to close it up and put back into my case. I now have it stored with my travel bag, so I won't forget it." β€”J I Means

    Get it from Amazon for $28.19 (available in 15 colors).

    9. A waterproof notebook for jotting things down in the rain. It won't fall apart, even if you accidentally drop it in a puddle.

    These work best with pencils or a ballpoint pen. They're also completely recyclable. You can now journal in the bath if you so wish.

    Promising review: "Love these. I keep a log of all my outdoor activities, and these little memo pads stay right in my backpack or on the kayak ready for me to record all the details. The waterproof coating really works. I rolled my kayak last year, and everything went into the water. But the pages of my notebook didn't wash out or tear out at all. Exactly what I needed." β€”S. J.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.77 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

    10. A pack of cleansing facial wipes to keep in your gym bag β€” they'll remove ALL your makeup (even waterproof mascara), and you won't need to rinse after.

    These wipes don't contain artificial perfume, dyes, or harsh chemicals. They have been dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, so you can use them even if you wear contact lenses.

    Promising review: "While I use these at home frequently, I consider them essential for travel. This works as a thorough but gentle face wash in the morning or at the end of the day. I use it to remove even eye makeup before I pass out from a busy day." β€”Dr Jocey

    Get two 25-packs from Amazon for $6.57.

    11. A durable, reusable silicone food bag so you can take a healthy snack to go. / Via

    Each one is plastic-free and seals up to keep food fresh. They can go from the pantry into the freezer, microwave, or dishwasher without worry.

    Get it from The Grommet (available in two colors) or Amazon (available in 15 colors) for $11.99.

    12. An organizer that'll help your bag reach a level of neatness beyond your wildest imagination. Just move it when you decide to switch bags.

    Promising review: "My purse serves not only as a place for my keys and wallet, but also as my personal pharmacy, mini office, and essential makeup caddy. I have single-use eye drop tubes, sinus spray, loose blister packs of Benadryl capsules, dental floss sticks, three prescription bottles, a mini stapler, white-out tape, safety pins and a mini sewing repair kit, Post-It notes, cents-off coupons, travel-sized mouthwash, EOS lip balm, tube concealer, tweezers, nail file, credit card-sized magnifier, stamps, sunglasses, bobby pins, cotton swabs, and a travel-sized hand lotion in mine. They all peacefully and conveniently coexist in this organizer. Amazing!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 18 colors and three sizes).

    13. A travel-size dry shampoo for touching up third-day hair wherever and whenever you need. / Via

    It's formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

    Promising review: "This dry shampoo is amazing! I've tried many different kinds ranging from very inexpensive drugstore ones to higher-end salon ones, and this one is the first that actually absorbs oil, doesn't show against my dark roots, and smells amazing to boot. I usually use it on third-day hair, and it really does make a difference by adding body and soaking up excess oils from the scalp. It is a little pricey, but well worth it in my opinion and comparable in price to any other salon-quality product." β€”Jennifer Dujan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    14. A grid organizer to keep all your cords, gadgets, and other essentials in their proper places.

    The back of this organizer doubles as a mouse pad.

    Promising review: "This thing is like an organization genie. I have so many electronics and every single one has a cord to go with it. Before, my bag looked like a mess, but now everything is well organized and easy to get to when needed. I suspect that the longevity of my products will increase now that they aren't getting stuck beneath tablets and accidentally getting caught between other devices." β€”dee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.60 (available in three colors).

    15. A pack of body wipes so you can freshen up even when there's no access to a shower.

    These wipes are non-toxic, plant-based, biodegradable, and compostable. They're infused with aloe vera, green tea, and essential oils.

    Promising review: "These wipes are awesome! As a yogi and dance teacher, I sweat all the time. I usually work out in the late morning/early afternoon and hate showering afterward just to go and get sweaty again once I get to work. Using these saves me so much time, and I feel refreshed after using them. My skin is sensitive, and they don't irritate my skin, either!" β€”Alex

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $15.

    16. A pair of foldable sunglasses that'll fit into the smallest of purses or pockets.

    Promising review: "These are great, smart, and good quality. Would have been perfect with a small pouch, but can't grumble for the money!" β€”Bazz7

    Get them from Uniqlo for $14.90 (available in two colors).

    17. An anti-theft backpack perfect for travelers and commuters. I dare you to find the zipper β€” or even a visible pocket.

    The fabric is water-repellent, anti-scratch, and lined with a layer of bubble foam to prevent shock. There are two luminous lines on the exterior that reflect light, a hole located to the side for inserting your headphone cable, 10 organization pockets, a built-in laptop sleeve (fits up to 15"), and a pass-through slot in the back that allows it to slide over luggage handles for easy transport.

    Promising review: "This bag is legit AWESOME. It fits literally anything you want. I love that it has no outside pockets, and the zippers can be zipped and hidden all the way down behind a flap on the right or left side. On top of that, it has two hidden compartments on the side that touches your back for easy access to your passport in line at the airport but is still safe and secure with no digging necessary. It's got holes in the zipper metal to slide a lock through, too. This is all you need for international traveling to protect against pickpockets, and I travel a lot." β€”susan k

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    18. A pack of instant stain-remover wipes to clean up spills and spots while you're out and about.

    Promising review: "These have turned out to be a real lifesaver for myself and others. They have helped get out everything from coffee and tea to marinara sauce, and I have always been very happy with the results. I will be sure to keep these on hand in my purse, desk, and car." β€”M. Carenza

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $6.

    19. An insulated French press travel mug so you can brew and go. It's great for steeping loose-leaf tea, as well.,

    Each mug holds 8.5 ounces and comes with a built-in strainer, plunger, and cap. It's also dishwasher-safe!

    Get a set of two from Food52 for $39 (available in three colors) or one from Amazon for $21.50.

    20. A collapsible water bottle that'll fit in your pocket when it's empty.

    These water bottles are made from silicone and are freezable. Each one comes with a metal carabiner and a retainer band. A portion of all profits is donated to dolphin rescue and protection organizations.

    Promising review: "My husband and I are using these at the gym. Because we go straight from work to the gym, we don't have a lot of space to carry around a lot of stuff with us. These are super convenient because they fold up so small and save us from buying overpriced and environmentally unfriendly bottled water at the gym." β€”L. Davis

    Get a pair from Amazon for $14.97.

    21. A leak-proof bento box for packing lunches that won't spill in your bag.

    Each one comes with a set of flatware, so you don't have to worry about forgetting them. They're also microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe!

    Promising review: "I have to pack both lunch and dinner for my work, so this helps me divide my meals easily while allowing me plenty of space for a perfectly portioned meal. The material is sturdy, and the built-in section on top comes in handy for storing the flatware, so that I never forget to bring it." β€”LindseyLev

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95 (available in two colors).

    22. A packable raincoat to keep you dry when the weather gets misty. It folds up neatly into a small carrying case.

    Promising review: "I really like this jacket. It is longer than I expected, which I am so happy about! It's very comfortable. It isn't warm, so it is perfect for summer rain! It folds up into itself and creates a little square with a handle for easy carrying and storage. It's big enough that I could put it over warm clothes in the cooler months. It has a zipper on the collar so you can tuck away the hood if you would like, and it has plenty of space to store your phone and other accessories in a waterproof zip-up pocket!" β€”Kyle Richens and Clarissa Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors and sizes S-XXL).

    23. A purse light so you can avoid digging into the black hole that is your handbag. When you're catching a bus, train, or plane, every minute counts!

    It has a proximity sensor, so it'll only turn on when you need it. Once activated, the light remains on for 10 seconds before turning off automatically.

    Promising review: "This was a gift, and my friend loves it. When it is not in her bag, she uses it as a night light by her bed. One gentle touch and it illuminates for her, making late-night trips to the bathroom safer while leaving her bedroom dark while she sleeps." β€”FL Runner

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    24. A spill-proof insulated travel mug you won't feel nervous about carrying in your bag or on a crowded subway/bus.

    This stainless-steel travel mug keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, depending on the size (for example, the 20 oz. size ensures drinks stay hot up to 7 hours and cold up to 18 hours). It opens with the click of a button, so you only need one hand to take a sip. The lid is top rack–dishwasher safe, but the body should be hand-washed. It's 100% BPA-free.

    Promising review: "I love this cup. I fill it with hot coffee, and it stays hot for approximately six hours. It has rolled around on the floorboard of my car and never spilled. It even got put in my tote bag upside down and didn't spill. It is sleek-looking and easy to use. I just push the button in with my index finger while I hold it and drink. I think the flow of liquid is the right amount because enough flows out without dripping on my face. I do not have a dishwasher and clean it out by hand. It is easy to clean. I am very happy with my purchase." β€”Southern Fried Jersey Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $13.07+ (available in three sizes and 17 colors).

    25. A water-repellent pocket blanket that's a serious multi-tasker. You can use it as a picnic blanket or beach throw, on a hike or a flight (to keep warm), or even as a makeshift rain poncho.

    It's 3x2x1 inches when folded and 44x28 inches when unfolded.

    Promising review: "Its design is ingenious, and there is this stitched pattern which clearly shows you how to fold it back to fit in the pocket. I'm primarily using this for travel. It stays in my purse at all times. So far I have used it as a blanket on the airplane (surprisingly warm despite being thin) β€” it was dark enough to cover my face and block light for sleep as well. I also have used it as an emergency raincoat." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. A compact power bank for when your phone inevitably runs out of juice (and there's no outlet in sight).

    It's smaller and more lightweight than most external batteries but is no less efficient.

    Promising review: "It's the size of a credit card and only a hair heavier than my iPhone 6, making it extremely portable without being bulky and heavy. There's a power button you press, which shows how much power is left via four blue LEDs. You can only charge one device with this power bank, but I'm always impressed by how quickly this charges my iPhone 6 (from 10% to near full takes approximately 1 hour). So far, I've been able to charge my phone about four times from near empty to full before having to charge the power bank. So if you want a reliable power bank that charges your phone in no time and frees you from being attached to a wall outlet, GET THIS!" β€”Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    27. A pack of alcohol-free sanitizing wipes to keep little hands clean (and yours, too). They're gentle enough to use on babies and sensitive skin but can kill 99.99% of germs.

    These wipes have a plant-based formula that's free of alcohol, triclosan, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances, and dyes. They are pediatrician- and dermatologist-tested.

    Promising review: "I am so pleased with these natural, alcohol-free wipes. They have a very pleasant, mild, and somewhat citrus scent. I actually use them for myself. I am a flight attendant, so every week I stay in hotels for two nights. I use them to wipe down certain items in my room (alarm clock, toilet seat and handle, light switches, etc.). I also use them on the plane before I eat and/or after handling garbage, and mostly after using the airplane lavatory. Eek! These are handy to carry in my bag and purse. I will continue to purchase! Excellent quality!" β€”2yorkiemama

    Get four 20-packs from Amazon for $7.56.

    28. A stainless-steel wallet comb so you can get in a little last-minute grooming.

    These combs come in different styles β€” some can also act as bottle openers and some have built-in mirrors.

    Promising review: "Are you like me in that you hit the snooze button so often that when you're halfway to work you realize you forgot to comb your hair? If so, this little comb will prove an invaluable tool. It fits very well in my wallet and has saved me from looking like a disheveled mess on more than one occasion. This thing is solid yet lightweight and worth the price, even if you need to use it just once. Buy one β€” you won't regret it!" β€”Mike R.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in eight colors).

    29. A set of toilet paper to go, because public bathrooms are notorious for being out of TP (which can leave you in a bit of sticky situation...literally).

    Each individually packaged roll contains 75 two-ply sheets. The plastic packaging opens up into a pull-out dispenser.

    Promising review: "These went with us on a trip to Egypt, where it is not uncommon to find facilities without adequate toilet paper on hand. The TP is soft and strong. The rolls are very compact, and there is no hole in the center of the rolls, so you make the most of space. The plastic containers are heavy-duty enough that you could continue to use them with your own TP after they run out. Now that we are home, we keep one in every car for emergencies. These used to be easy to find, but not so much anymore. Worth the money." β€”Ray Graham

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.10.

    30. A multi-tool that does just about everything AND fits in your wallet.

    This credit-card-sized tool has 12 functions: bottle opener, flat screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, micro screwdriver, phone kickstand, letter opener, door latch slip, hex wrenches, ruler, headphone wrap, straightedge, and orange peeler. It's TSA-compliant and made of stainless steel.

    Promising review: "I initially purchased it on a whim but have come to rely on it for all sorts of random tasks. I've used it to repair glasses, tighten screws, open letters and packages, nick bananas, and peel oranges. That's just getting started. I always have it with me and have more than gotten my money's worth. You never know when you'll find yourself in a pinch and need a basic tool." β€”Andrew Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

    31. A wrinkle-removing spray to quickly straighten out shirts/pants that get crumpled on the way to work β€” it will save you from looking disheveled at an important meeting.

    It also acts as a fabric freshener, removes odors, and reduces static cling. The 2 oz. size meets TSA carry-on requirements.

    Promising review: "Works on a wide variety of fabrics! No watermarks and better yet, no wrinkles. Throw the bottle in your purse or briefcase in case you get all wrinkly on a super-packed subway system or even sitting too long waiting for an important meeting. LIGHTLY spray the area, and repeatedly smooth it under a hand dryer in the restroom. You'll look like you just came from the dry cleaner. I bought several bottles; one to keep at my desk, one for my briefcase, and one for home/travel." β€”Debra Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    32. A pack of protein meal bars for those busy days when you don't have enough time for a full breakfast or lunch. Bonus: They actually taste pretty good!,

    Promising review: "This has become my favorite morning snack! I love the taste, it's filling, and just sweet enough without making it feel like you are eating candy for breakfast. I got hooked on these about a year ago when I stopped at the gas station near my work. The only thing is they charge $1.99 PER bar! I looked all over my town for these and couldn't find a place that had these specific ones, so it finally dawned on me to go on Amazon. Now my I'm saving half the cost, and I don't have to stop at the gas station anymore!" β€”Kelso

    Get three six-packs from Amazon for $15.58.

    Always be prepared!


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