6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s mission, through its 19 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.
Pacsafe Citysafe Anti-Theft Mini Backpack
Stroll through familiar and foreign cities alike care-free with this anti-theft backpack, which is cute enough to fit in anywhere (without flagging the wearer as a tourist) and has slashguard panels, built-in RFID protection, smart zippers, and more to keep the possessions inside secure.
To buy: $120; amazon.com.
Tracksmith Dopp Kit
This leather and canvas dopp kit offers more versatile toiletry storage while on the move. The sturdy leather base allows the kit to stand up tall, so spilling everything across the counter isn’t a concern, and the mesh lining is quick-drying, so spills within the bag are no biggie. This kit can hold up to 10 ounces of supplies, and the roll top allows it to expand or shrink as needed (no more wasting duffle bag space with a half-full toiletry bag).
To buy: $98; tracksmith.com.
Plugable Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Folding Keyboard
Working (or just web-surfing) on-the-go just got easier with this Bluetooth keyboard, which folds up to fit nicely in a carry-on and makes it easier to respond to email or do a little writing on a phone or tablet, for those trips when a laptop is just too heavy.
To buy: $45; amazon.com.
Full Circle Scrub Queen Toilet Brush
Finally: a toilet brush that doesn’t need to be hidden away. This sleek bamboo and recycled aluminum brush has a good-looking ceramic container that helps to prevent mold and bacteria growth. The brush is replaceable, too, so getting a cleaner brush doesn’t mean throwing out the whole set.
To buy: $25; fullcirclehome.com.
UCO Beta LED Headlamp
Headlamps don’t need to weigh a ton—and they don’t need to cost a ton, either. This lightweight, affordable option runs on easy-to-replace AAA batteries and is great for backyard camp-outs, late-night dog walks, and other post-sunset adventures.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.
For personal budgeting made easy (or easier), turn to Clarity Money, a free personal finance app from Marcus by Goldman Sachs. The app—available from the App Store and Google Play—tracks spending, offers spending habit insights, and organizes subscriptions (with the option of canceling them through the app). It’ll even tell you your credit score, and while an account with Marcus by Goldman Sachs isn’t required, the app can help you set up and manage one, if you’d like.