A Pet Travel Backpack—and More Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

A shower-proof speaker, a trunk organizer, and a down coat cleaner.

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The holidays are here, Mariah Carey is dominating the radio once again, and you’re bracing for the winter festivities. These clever items will help keep your head on straight when things start to get hectic. Shop a detergent for your down coats to keep them clean and fluffy all winter long, a lipstick eraser so you can easily remove that festive red lip, and a compact hand mixer that comes with everything you need to bake any and every cookie on the list.

Down Coat Cleaner

Down Cleaner


Puffer season has taken hold of the nation, but what happens when your puffer coat isn’t looking so puffy anymore? Gear Aid’s Revivex Down Cleaner is a detergent that’s specifically made for down gear. The water-based, specialty-formulated cleaner restores loft and preserves natural oils, making it safe to use on all down gear. The cleaning product is also fragrance-free, with no perfumes, softeners, or optical brighteners that could damage your down coats. Because of its concentrated formula, one pouch will clean up to 10 jackets or five sleeping bags, so you can keep your family’s puffer coats in their full fluffy state for many winters to come.

Price at time of publish: $11

Showerproof Speaker

Shower speaker


Love belting out your favorite songs in the shower? These Bluetooth speakers from Urban Outfitters will make your personal concerts all the more spectacular. In an adorable daisy shape, these speakers are Bluetooth-enabled, splash-proof (for all your accompanying dance moves), rechargeable with a lithium-ion battery, and come with a suction cup on the back so you can just stick, sing, and shower all morning long.

Price at time of publish: $30

Lipstick Eraser

Superstay eraser


With all of the red lips this holiday season, it’s important to have a backup plan for when that lipstick gets...a little outside the lines. Maybelline’s got our backs with the SuperStay Eraser Lip Color Remover. A clear balm in convenient bullet packaging, just swipe it over your lip color, rub your lips together, and wipe away. On top of removing transfer-proof lip color without rubbing or scrubbing, it leaves lips nourished and soft so you can start prepping for that New Year's kiss.

Price at time of publish: $8

Hand Mixer

Breville Mixer


Not all of us are blessed to own our own KitchenAid mixer—or to have the space to store one in our home. The Handy Scrape Mixer from Breville is a great alternative, and way more small-space friendly. With a detachable storage compartment that houses all the attachments and swivel cord, this mixer is compact, comes with quiet scraper beaters, has nine speed settings, Beater IQ technology that automatically recalibrates to the ideal speed, and comes with two whisks, beaters, and dough hooks, so you can take on any baking project just like the pros.

Price at time of publish: $150

Trunk Organizer

trunk organizer


Keeping your car clean is one thing, keeping it organized is another. Thankfully, this Car Trunk Organizer by Drive Auto exists—it's a collapsible and resizable organizer that comes with multiple compartments to hold groceries, work clothes, kids' toys, and more. The organizer has a waterproof lining to protect your car’s upholstery from any spills, stiff base plates in every panel so there’s no chance of collapsing in, and it can be easily installed with secure tie-down straps that keep it, and whatever you store in it, anchored in place.

Price at time of publish: $17

Pet Backpack

Mobile Dog Gear


We love our pets, and we want to take them with us everywhere, but they can require a lot of gear. Mobile Dog Gear’s Ultimate Week Away Backpack is the ideal solution! It's a travel-sized backpack specifically designed to pack and organize your pup’s stuff. It meets airline carry-on requirements, has a bone-shaped luggage ID, comes with two 5-cup lined food carriers for food and treats, collapsible silicone dog bowls that zip down with a built-in placemat, and a built-in waste bag dispenser. Plus, the bag is tear-resistant and fully lined for easy cleanup. With it, you'll be ready to take on the world without having to leave your best friend behind.

Price at time of publish: $90

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