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By Lauren Phillips
November 02, 2018
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Minimize the stress of holiday travel (well, at least one aspect of it) with these pre-packed, TSA-friendly toiletry kits. Pre-selected kits of travel-sized shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and more sealed up in a clear, TSA-approved travel case are available for men, women, and children; you also have the option of customizing your own kit by ordering the brands and items you prefer.

To buy: From $15;


Consolidate your caffeine routine with this on-the-go (and organic!) coffee shot, which offers 100mg—the equivalent of one cup of coffee—of energy in one pocket-sized drink. The combo pack includes two of each of the three tasty flavors; 200mg shots are also available.

To buy: $12 for six coffee shots;


Pedal-pushers can carry their contributions to wine-and-cheese night or a fall foliage viewing hands-free with this dapper carrier, which comes complete with a built-in bottle opener.

To buy: $65;


Add this DIY-friendly tool to your tool box to hold nails still (and straight) while keeping fingers far from the strike zone. The nail starter works with a range of nail sizes, so large- and small-scale projects alike can enjoy the benefits of straight nails.

To buy: $9;


Caboodles—yes, the brand behind those iconic hard-sided pencil and cosmetic cases—gets grown-up with this Simone Biles–approved backpack, which has a padded tech pocket, yoga mat straps, water bottle pockets, and a beauty compartment that can take you to the gym, to work, and out on the town, all in one wipeable (for those inevitable coffee spills) package.

To buy: $99;


Finally stop turning to social media for movie, book, and restaurant recommendations with this focused app, which does recommendations and recommendations only: No more worrying about your friends and family with good taste finding your posted request for TV show recs among the dog and gender reveal videos. Likewise both shares others’ discoveries and allows you to keep track of your own, so you’ll never forget about that amazing brunch spot again.