6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Quick summer getaways call for packing light, and nothing makes that easier than a well-equipped suitcase. This sleek model is small enough to fit into standard U.S. overhead compartments, wheels and all, and the clever organizers inside let you keep everything in place. The case itself is lightweight, with TSA-approved locks and wheels large enough to glide over bumpy terrain (think uneven city sidewalks and thick airport carpeting). It even comes equipped with a charging port, you can slip a portable charger inside and keep your phone charged on the go without being restricted to an outlet.
To buy: $299; andiamoluggage.com.
Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy
Upgrade your weekly (or daily, if you’re lucky) bath ritual with this comprehensive tray. The sides are adjustable and can fit even wide soaking tubs, and the tray itself (waterproof, of course) has a wine glass holder, a phone slot, silicone grips, a book/tablet holder, and a space for a cup or candle.
To buy: $42; amazon.com.
LuMee Duo Cell Phone Case
The classic light-up case gets an upgrade with a second side of LED lighting, so you can snap well-lit shots of your food, reading material, beloved pet, and more, in addition to grabbing the perfect selfie. The lighting is flicker-free and strong enough to nix red eyes and doubles as a highly effective flashlight, should you need it. Best of all, the case is strong enough to protect your phone during falls (because they happen to all of us).
To buy: $69; amazon.com.
Make the most of your farmer's market (or even homemade) bread with these silicone caps. They snap over the cut end of your bread and prevent moisture from escaping, keeping the crust crisp and the inside soft so you can fully enjoy every slice. Two sizes are available, one for smaller loaves and one for larger.
To buy: $15 for a set of two; uncommongoods.com.
Sphynx 3-in-1 Portable Razor
Take care of prickly spots you missed shaving while on the go with this clever pod. With the built-in water bottle, lotion bar, and two razors, you have everything you need for a quick touch-up wherever you are.
To buy: $15; thegrommet.com.
To get off the beaten path a bit on this summer’s family vacation, look to Hipcamp for campsite options beyond National Parks and your backyard. Similar to Airbnb, hosts can list campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, and more (including glamping options) for travelers to rent. As a camper, you can search by location or by venue, such as tent camping or RV sites, and find the perfect campsite in just minutes.