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By Lauren Phillips
September 14, 2018
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Slip this portable (and dynamic) clothes washer in with your extra pair of socks on your next trip and use it as a dirty-clothes holder, a safeguard against leaking toiletry bags, and a mobile laundry tool while you’re on the road; at home, use it to clean your delicates and other items you don’t want to stick in the machine without having to splash around in the sink. To buy: $30; amazon.com.
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Laundreez

Slip this portable (and dynamic) clothes washer in with your extra pair of socks on your next trip and use it as a dirty-clothes holder, a safeguard against leaking toiletry bags, and a mobile laundry tool while you’re on the road; at home, use it to clean your delicates and other items you don’t want to stick in the machine without having to splash around in the sink.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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One Handed Beer Opener

The name says it all: This aluminum opener allows you to open bottles with a simple squeeze, so multi-tasking or having just one free hand won’t keep you from enjoying a refreshing beverage.

To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.

 

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SoCal Curls

Show your hair a little love with this curling tie, which gives hair curling iron–worthy curls with practically no heat. Simply toss the band in the microwave for 30 seconds and tie it around your forehead. Wrap locks of hair around the band and allow them to sit until the band cools, then shake your hair out for heat-free curls.

To buy: $19; amazon.com.

 

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Aria

No matter where your seat is, you deserve a little luxury on long-haul flights, drives, and train rides. Aria travel kits have everything you need to treat yourself during your journey, including travel-sized items such as face and body moisturizer, all-natural deodorant, microfiber socks, and more—and it all comes in a pretty canvas case.

To buy: $79; ariakit.com.

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Sprout

Pencil stubs are effectively useless, but the environmentally minded Sprout has turned them into something useful by packing seeds into the bases of the pencils. Once the graphite pencil is used up, plant it in the dirt and watch herbs such as basil, flax, and thyme grow.

To buy: $15 for a pack of eight pencils; amazon.com.

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Athena Club

Get period essentials delivered straight to your door every month—at more affordable prices than you may find in stores, to boot—with an Athena Club tampon subscription. Select the type (premium and organic options are available) and quantity that works for you, then choose the frequency you’ll need them delivered; Athena Club will take care of the rest. Tampons are available in several sizes, are FDA compliant, and have BPA-free plastic applicators; prices start at $6.50 for 18 tampons, and subscriptions can be canceled at any time.