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.


Bake and Take Food Storage Container


Some research suggests even BPA-free plastic containers may still have traces of harmful chemicals. We like this glass alternative, because the food-safe silicon exterior won't touch your food but keeps the glass from breaking enroute. The lid features side button tabs for spill-proof protection while transporting.

To buy: $20 a four-cup container, lifefactory.com.

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Hydaway Bottle


If you're always short on carry-on space, trade that bulky water bottle for this compact, collapsible one. The dishwasher-safe bottle expands to hold 21 ounces of liquid, and features a pop-up spout for sipping and a small carabiner for clipping to your bag.

To buy: $20, hydawaybottle.com.

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Barbarian Bar Tool


Like a Swiss army knife, this stainless steel all-in-one tool features five different devices, including a channel knife, zester, can lance, can tab lifter, and a bottle opener. Its flat design makes it a cinch to transport to the beach or to a campsite.

To buy: $18, barbariantools.com.

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Aukey Bluetooth Speaker


Unlike other portable Bluetooth speakers, you can mount this one to a bike or clip it to your backpack. With a 33-foot range and up to 30 hours of continuous power, you'll always have access to music while enjoying the outdoors.

To buy: $60, amazon.com.

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Gekks Liners


These breathable anti-microbial liners fit seamlessly inside your footwear to allow you to go sock-free for long periods of time—without any lingering stink.

To buy: $18, mygekks.com.

Photo by Philip Friedman, styled by Mai Tran



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