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.

1

Compact Tripod

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Weighing just two pounds, this aluminum stand extends to 61 inches to support a smartphone or small camera and features a removable telescoping column and Bluetooth remote for snapping selfies.

To buy: $175; amazon.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
2

Space-Saving Packing Cubes

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Organize your suitcase with these durable nylon pouches. Sharing a bag? The sets come in seven colors so you can quickly tell whose is whose.

To buy: $50 for five; mumidesign.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
3

Artful Earplugs

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These reusable polyurethane beauties will add a bit of flair to your rest routine. And the neon colors ensure they won't get lost at the bottom of your bag.

To buy: $17; store.moma.org.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook


4

Travel Toothpaste Adapter

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Hotels rarely provide toothpaste, so take yours to go. This set includes a handy adapter that connects your full-size tube with a travel-size one for easy filling.

To buy: $7; containerstore.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
5

Two-in-One Toiletry Bag

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Streamline essentials with this case, which holds cosmetics in the zippered top compartment and jewelry in the softly lined lower one.

To buy: $40; containerstore.com.

Photo by Jeff Westbrook
6

Google Photo Books

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The brand's latest feature enables users to design a hard- or soft-cover book in minutes. Search your photos by people or places and the app will automatically curate the best-quality images to include. 

To buy: $10; photos.google.com.

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