28 Things For Anyone Who Thrives On Being Over-Prepared

28 Things For Anyone Who Thrives On Being Over-Prepared

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A spray hand sanitizer for DESTROYING germs wherever you are. Public transportation? Bathrooms with no soap? You’re covered.


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Promising review: “Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it’s a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!” —Rebecca Rucker

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99+.

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A 1-ounce bottle of dry shampoo POWDER (!!) that’ll let ya ditch the shower on late mornings and walk out the door with hair that *looks* like it just got a fresh wash. Keep it in your purse for any midday touchups. Easy peasy.


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Promising review: “It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don’t wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I’ve been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way.” —Rachel G.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A pack of deodorant wipes you can whip out after the gym for a quick body refresher — and then head straight to happy hour.


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Promising review: “They are great when there’s no time for a shower after going to the gym or after a long bike ride. Of course, it’s not the same as taking a shower, but using the wipes will make you feels a bit fresher until you can get to the real thing. I highly recommend.” —Margo

Get a pack of 10 individually wrapped sheets from Amazon for $11.99.

And check out our picks for the best natural deodorant on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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And! A 50-pack of individually wrapped antiperspirant wipes you can toss in your bag and whip out when you feel some sweat comin’ on. Not only can they refresh your skin, but they can give you added protection to get you through the day.


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Promising review: “I’m all about travelling as light as possible, but I wondered about the effectiveness of an antiperspirant ‘wipe’, especially since I’m pretty sure I could sweat right through a coating of drywall spackle. Not only do these take up less space than even a travel-size deodorant/antiperspirant stick, they seem to work just as well at keeping me from “pitting” through my dress shirts. Pretty amazing. I think these are a good deal given that they end up being about 40 cents per application. will be buying more when these run out” —Rick

Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

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A wrinkle release spray for the “oh crap, I am running so late” mornings when there’s no time to lug out the iron or steamer. It’s even available in a travel-friendly size, because wrinkles have no place in your wardrobe vacation.


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Promising review: “As a college student with a full course load, I’m in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle-free without having to waste time ironing them. It’s also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes.” —Seth

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94, and a two-pack of the travel bottles (3 ounces) for $8.45.

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A set of colorful bento boxes so it’s super easy to meal prep, pack your lunch, and finally save some dang money…which are three things we could all use more of. A week of lunches doesn’t seem so daunting now!


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Promising review: “These were exactly what I wanted, and I have been very pleased with them. In fact, they surpassed my expectations. Ample room and compartments for perfect work and school lunches. Very easy to pack. Very easy to clean. And they stack nicely on my storage shelf. You get enough with one order to pretty much handle an entire family’s needs. I would definitely recommend them.” —C. J. Balthrop

Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.87.

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And! A pre-filled grocery list to keep track of what you need throughout the week so when you hit up the store, you’re not aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles with no game plan. That = bad.


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Promising review: “This is a wonderful grocery list. It has multiple sections pre-written and it even has some blanks in each section so that you can add any items that aren’t already on the list. You can even put the list on the fridge because there are magnets on the back. Very handy. :)” —Lydia

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

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Heel repair caps to toss in your bag and whip out in case of a stiletto emergency. Just snap onto any of your black pumps that are looking worn out.


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Promising review: “I have so many heels that I’ve worn down to the nail. I walk a lot around the hospital where I work and I guess I just wear them down fast. These heel covers have saved my shoes! I read a few reviews about them falling off but I don’t see how they would. I put a drop of super glue in there anyway, just in case. I am going to buy more for my other heels.” —Tina B.

Get two pairs from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in taupe).

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A magnetic dry-erase board perfect for whatever weekly reminders you need to leave yourself before heading out the door. DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP THE DRY CLEANING.


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Promising review: “I love this whiteboard. I bought it so that I can make an organizational board for my fridge. I used Sharpie markers to divide up the board and to make the headers. I love the dry erase markers and that they have magnets on the back of them; that way I can hang them above the board. The eraser is great, too, since it has a magnet and can be placed on the fridge as well. The board erases pretty well, but you will need to use some Windex on it occasionally to clean it up.” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

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A mini, travel-friendly sewing kit to keep in your bigger bags or car in the event of a fashion emergency! Be prepared to handle snacks, rips, loose buttons, and more with this in arm’s reach.


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Kit includes: scissors, measuring tape, seam ripper, 30 needles, thimble, two premium threaders, 10 pins, six shirt buttons, and 14 colors of thread.

Promising review: “A very nice kit for the price. I travel for a living and I needed a small kit for emergencies. My only requirements were decent thread, small scissors that work, a few needles and a zip up case. This fit the bill and more. The thread seems to be a better quality than you generally get in this type of kit. The scissors actually cut thread. What a concept right?!” —soundaround

Get it from Amazon $11.97.

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A teeny migraine stick made with therapeutic essential oils that can relieve migraine pain and give you some dang peace during stressful weeks. Keep one in your bag so you’re ready whenever a headache strikes.


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BuzzFeed writer Katy swears this stuff helps alleviate her discomfort:

“The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I’ve taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need.” —Katy Herman

Read more in her full review on this migraine stick!

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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A Tide To Go stick that’ll have you prepared for whatever coffee, lunch, or wine spill comes your way throughout the day.


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Promising review: “These were a lifesaver. I was walking to the bus and decided it was a great decision to drink coffee while walking. Like a scene from an infomercial, I spilled coffee all over my white shirt. Luckily I had one of these in my bag (I put one in each of my most-used purses in anticipation of my clumsiness). I went into a store bathroom and quickly scrubbed the Tide To Go on my shirt. All of the coffee blobs went away and once the awkward wet splotches dried up, my shirt was perfectly white again. You’ve got yourself a big fan, Tide.” —Nad

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99.

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Oil-blotting wipes to swipe away that shiny 3 p.m. forehead without disturbing your makeup. Keep a pack at your desk, toss a pack in your purse, and live the oily skin–free life you deserve.


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Promising review: “Where have these been my whole life? I live in humid FL and have very oily skin. Halfway through the day I look like an oil slick. I love these charcoal tissues, they feel great on skin and gently absorb oil. It does not ruin or pickup my makeup at all when I dab them on my face, they leave no trace of oil and I am good for another four hours or so. I can’t live without these now!” —Ashley Bouchard

Get a pack of 200 from Amazon for $6.95.

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Caffeinated mints that’ll work double time to give you fresh, minty breath and a boost of energy that doesn’t come with the crash or jitters. Midday slump, be gone!


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Each mint contains 40 mg of caffeine (for reference: a cup of coffee has about 90 mg) so you can take them as you need, without having to worry about the jitters. If you feel like you need a bit more energy, just pop another in!

Promising review: “I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing that most caffeine boost/coffee replacement products tend to be ineffective. 40mg of caffeine per mint sounded unbelievable. To my surprise, these mints did EXACTLY what they were supposed to. I use to work at Starbucks and am a huge coffee drinker, so I never really feel the caffeine energy boost anymore. However, with only ONE mint I immediately felt like I had energy again. Not only that, but they did not give me a headache or any kind of stomach cramp as some sugar-free/caffeine products can give. The spearmint flavor is VERY strong. It’s like a super Altoid, but it’s manageable for sure. I have yet to try the winter, but am confident it’s just as good! These mints will get the job done. Much better then a 5-Hour Energy, etc.” —Mariah

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors).

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A box packed with 40 pretty cards ideal for a variety of occasions so you always have a quick backup when you forget a birthday…or dare I say your anniversary.


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This cute set comes with get well, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, new baby, congratulations, wedding, friendship, and encouragement cards — plus five styles of envelopes.

Promising review: “Call me old school, but I enjoy giving people cards for different occasions. I wanted something that I could have on hand so I wouldn’t have to rush to the store each time I needed a card. This product is AMAZING! The cards are the same size you’d buy at a store (5×7) and the quality is superb! The cards are made of a thick card stock and the design and colors are beautiful. There is a nice mix of different cards for different occasions. As well, the envelopes are also made out of sturdy/quality paper. I am SO impressed with this product and will be buying ordering from them again!” —Mika Karikari

Get it from Amazon for $25.96.

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A compact LED mirror that’ll light up and expand for flawless touchups, and then fold down for storage. It has a 10X magnifying mirror, plus a regular one — and what I am trying to say here is, ya just can’t go wrong with this!


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Requires three AAA batteries that are *not* included, but you can grab a 36-pack for $9.99.

Promising review: “It’s awesome. Light weight and surprisingly bright. I was looking at another brand that was 2x as expensive and I was so happy I found this one. It’s great not only for traveling but to have on hand when tweezing or your makeup on the go. Honestly, I would buy more in a heartbeat.” —Kelly D.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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Tiny tubes (aka purse-friendly!) of anti-chafe and anti-blister balm to give your thighs and feet some relief on hot, sweaty days. Plus, it’s made with hydrating ingredients that won’t clog pores — and yup, that all sounds A+ to me.


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Promising review (anti-chafe): “This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously ladies. It lasts forever, and it’s worth the price. I’ve worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I’ve even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!” —CollegeGirlBookSeller

Promising review (anti-blister): “I thought this stuff was a bunch of BS. I was like, ‘pssh what a waste of $8 ON AMAZON FOR THIS LITTLE THING.’ Well, I put it on today on spots where my flats rub off the skin. My feet survived an entire day, INTACT! Highly recommend. This product made wearing shoes that rub on your ankles/backs of your feet doable!!!!” —Jamie

Get the anti-chafe and anti-blister balm from Amazon for $7.99 each.

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A pack of stainless steel straws with silicone tips (and a cleaning brush!) that’ll make drinking out of them softer on your teeth. Reducing plastic is rad, and now you can do it on the go.


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Promising review: “I’ve become more eco-conscious and have been set on removing/reducing the plastic from the life. But I prefer to drink from a straw and there were a lot of choices out there, so I decided on this one. I keep them in a pouch in my purse. There were eight in the pack, so I’m able to keep them at home, in my purse, at work, and in my car. My husband even got on board too. I love that they come with two cleaning brushes. They’re very easy to clean.” —DaintySnakehead

Get a set of eight plus two cleaning brushes from Amazon for $6.99.

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A mini Sriracha bottle to keep stashed in your bag or even on your keyring, because you should never have to suffer through a bland work lunch.


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Note: Sriracha is not included, *but* you can a two-pack of Sriracha for $7.68.

Promising review: “These are the best things since sliced bread. Both my sister and I love spicy food, but we either find no spice at a restaurant, or they have a good spicy sauce, but not the kind we want. These keychains are perfect since they can be refilled with anything that you want and they are ALWAYS with you. As simple as this is, it was my sister’s favorite Christmas present. Highly recommend for that person that likes a little extra spice in their life.” —Steven Santiago

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.23.

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A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be somewhat tolerable now.


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Promising review: “Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through.” —catherine

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in black).

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A teensy eye contact kit complete with a case, tweezers, and an even teensier tube for solution, because all contact wearers know there are days when your eyes just aren’t having it.


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Promising review: “I love this product a lot. Super cute!! It’s very minimalistic and fits in my purse just fine. I have no worries about it opening in my bag because it snaps tightly, but isn’t hard to open at all. I would recommend this product to any contact wearer!!” —Krystal

Get it from Amazon for $4.38 (available in two colors).

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A felt purse organizer to make it extra easy to transport your belongings from one purse to another so your wallet, glasses, hair tie collection, hand sanitizer, and other essentials never get left behind.


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Promising review: “Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can’t go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it.” —A. E.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

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An 11-function stainless steel multi-tool you can store in your wallet or bag and whip out like a super spy in any emergency you face.


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Promising review: “I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I’ll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! There’s a screwdriver, four position wrench, butterfly wrench, direction ancillary wrench, and a two-position wrench for my common tool needs. On top of that, there’s a can opener, knife edge, ruler, bottle opener (very handy to have!), and a saw blade for any other random emergency, which I find very useful. The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn’t want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won’t break with average use. ” —Johann Christine Alcaraz

Get it from Amazon for $4.81.

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An ink and stain remover ready to take on the leaky pen stain that just ruined your shirt…ruined until now that is.


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Promising review: “Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs.” —Michelle hammer

Get it from Amazon for $10.85.

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A reliable portable charger small enough to fit in a purse, yet so powerful it can charge your phone up to five times (!!!) before it needs a recharge. Stranded without a phone? You? Never.


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Promising review: “This is a great product, works as advertised and the value for price paid is unsurpassed. I use this to charge my iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, camera, and many more items. It has two charging ports with iSmart technology that senses when your device is charged and cuts off. When you hold the button down, you will get a flashlight that comes in handy. This is a real lifesaver!” —Reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in two colors).

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Ibuprofen tablets in convenient packages perfect for smaller bags that don’t have the space for an entire bottle. I mean, it’s kind of the worst walking around with a bunch of pills rattling around your purse like a jingly cat collar.


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Promising review: “These are so convenient and should be a must have for everyone. Keep a packet in your car, briefcase, favorite jacket, etc. and never be without this if the need arises. I’ve been on vacation or been out places and the feeling of having a some medication when you need it is almost as good as the feeling of relief after you take it. Highly recommended for absolutely everyone!” —loveamazon

Get a set of 50 packets (two capsules per packet) from Amazon for $10.99.

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A suuuuuuuper duper small spatula made to get into the nooks and crannies of your best beauty products and remove every last drop so when you run out last minute (it always happens on the busiest days!!!), you’re still ~covered~.


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Promising review: “Fantastic product. I’m able to get every drop out of my very expensive face cream. It works on bottles, jars, etc. I only wish I would have bought this product years ago. Oh, the money I could have saved. Just clean with soap and water after use and store in an upright position (rubber end up) and I think you will get your money’s worth out it. Already bought more as gifts.” —HMSK

Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

*And! Get a 10-pack of tiny jars ($6.99) for any leftover makeup you scraped out of the original bottle.

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Travel-sized Poo-pouri — it’s a toilet spray that stops the smell of number two so you can poop in peace at work, for once.


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Promising review: “I have these sprays in every bathroom in my home. I also keep one at work, although I had to start hiding it in the bathroom because apparently other people love it as much as I do and decided to take it home with them. I highly recommend. So much more effective than the ‘courtesy flush.’ By the time you do that one, the problem is already ‘out there.’ With Poo-Pourri, it never has a chance. I haven’t met a scent I didn’t like so far. What a great idea!” —Kindle Customer

Get it in a variety of travel sizes from Amazon for $5.49+.

Here’s to the over-prepared life.


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