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.
This backpack includes service for four, a detachable blanket, and a zippered beverage sleeve. The insulated back pocket helps lunch stay cold. In two colors; free personalization available.
To buy: $125; myinitials-inc.com.
Fine print, you've met your match. This sleek gadget features a touch sensor LED and magnification power that can be adjusted from 3x to 6x. Rechargeable with included USB cable.
To buy: $49; store.moma.org.
Keep implements hygienically contained in this adorable sea creature. Place it next to a plate of finger foods or a cheese board for easy access.
To buy: $15; animicausa.com.
Leaving Spot or Fluffy with a sitter? Pack this BPA-free six-cup container, which comes with a carrying handle. Bowls for food and water attach at each end.
To buy: $7; chewy.com.
This UPF 50-plus wide-brimmed raffia hat blocks 97.5 percent of ultraviolet rays. The internal drawstring ensures it won’t fly away.
To buy: $52; wallaroohats.com.
Boost your Vitamin D intake—and track how much of this essential you’re consuming in food and supplements—with the dminder app, which helps you maximize Vitamin D absorption from the sun by alerting you to prime times to go out in the sun based on your location and elevation. The free app takes characteristics like your height and weight into account to calculate how much Vitamin D you need, and it has clever timers to help you get just the right amount without risking sunburn.