6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple's mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


B+Sweet Teens Hair-Tie Bracelet


A better look than a scrunchie on your wrist, these plastic cuffs, available in three metallic finishes, always keep your elastic close at hand when the summer heat leaves you desperate for a topknot.

To buy: $20 for three, mariashireen.com.

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Mouth Guard


Serious sun protection, minus the chalkiness. This lip screen is a clear, water-resistant gloss that you can wear alone or over any lip color to shield the thin skin from the sun.

To buy: $22, supergoop.com.

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Makes Scents


Want a new perfume, but don't know where to start? This kit contains 20 individually wrapped, single-use scented wipes in a cute case so you can try them before you buy a bottle. Great for travel, they range from floral to sexy, fruity to clean.

To buy: $24, sephora.com.

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Insulated Hot & Cold Bento Box


Forget the thermos and the cooler. Send your child to camp with this compact, BPA-free kit. A snap-in insulated container keeps soup warm for up to four hours and pops out when a sandwich is preferred. In three colors.

To buy: $39.50, omielife.com.

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Smart Suitcase


Eliminate airport annoyances with this hard-case spinner. Not only does it weigh itself but it also has an accompanying iOS app that calculates the wait time of TSA lines and locates your luggage if it doesn't arrive at the baggage claim. In seven colors and two finishes.

To buy: From $295, raden.com.

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EasilyDo Mail


Checking (and sorting!) your email just got simpler. This free app allows you to organize more than one inbox at once, easily unsubscribe from newsletters, and conduct searches by contact or keyword. It even provides updates on travel delays and notifies you of last-minute package shipment details.

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