34 Things You Should Keep In Your Bag So You’ll Be Prepared For Anything

34 Things You Should Keep In Your Bag So You’ll Be Prepared For Anything

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A pack of reusable shopping bags that’ll help you cut down on how many plastic bags you use. They’ll come in handy on the days you make an impromptu purchase of groceries or other items. And each one can hold up to 50 pounds and folds into a tiny square, so they won’t take up a lot of space in your bag.


A multipurpose metal hook that’ll keep you from touching shared surfaces like doors, elevator buttons, and PIN pads at the grocery store or ATM. It’s small enough to fit on your keyring or in your pocket, and it has a stylus tip, so you can even use them on devices with touchscreen.

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Each little detail is thoughtfully designed, from the large finger loop to the slightly curved tip — even the material itself is designed to keep your grabbers clean and free of microbes and bacteria. I was also really surprised by how ergonomic it is!

I was able to open even the heaviest doors with relative ease, and thanks to the touchscreen tips, I could flip between paying for groceries and answering texts in seconds. What about push doors, you may ask? NOT AN ISSUE! I just attached the silicone tips to the end and used them to gently prod doors open — no slip, no scratches. Push, pull, tap, grab — this lil’ guy does it all, and keeps your hands germ free in the process.” —Victoria Kuglin

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Touché Tool (#1 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99. Available in two colours.


A tube of Burt’s Bees lip balm that’ll restore hydration to your lips and leave behind a natural-looking matte finish. It’s made with a blend of natural ingredients, including their famous beeswax and a blend of fruit extracts to help soften, moisturize, and protect the skin.

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Reviewers love how hydrated their lips are, even hours after applying it.

Get it from Amazon Canada for $3.83+. Available in 13 flavours.


A set of stainless steel utensils that are both aesthetically pleasing and super functional. You can use them to eat your meals instead of the single-use plastic utensils, and they come with a little container, making them easy to carry around with you anywhere.

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.55+. Available in five colours.


A pack of mini containers that’ll hold two ounces of dressing, dips, or condiments, so you’ll always have hot sauce in your bag (swag!). They’re small enough to put in your lunch bag or backpack, and they have airtight lids, making them completely leakproof.


A small water bottle that is so cool, you’ll want to take it with you everywhere. It’s made of lightweight plastic and it’s slim enough to fit easily in your bag or backpack.

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $42.05+. Available in three sizes.


A reusable glass coffee cup that is both small and durable. It’s made with tempered glass and you can easily store it in your bag for future caffeine cravings.


A pack of Boscia blotting papers that’ll remove excess oil and sweat from your skin without messing up your makeup. The green tea will soothe and refresh your skin, so it’ll look and feel really good.

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Get a pack of 100 papers from Amazon Canada for $14.


A genius Tile Mate that uses Bluetooth technology to keep tabs on your devices. You can attach one to your wallet, camera, keys — really, anything you don’t want to lose — and use the phone app to track them.

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And if you lose your phone, just double-click on the Tile Mate to make it ring, even if it’s on silent. They’re also available as stickers, or in a slim, credit card shape.

“I am a forgetful person who loses all of my stuff all the freaking time, especially my wallet. That’s where this little device comes in handy. I just slide the Tile Slim into one of the credit card slots in my wallet and can now track where it is with the help of the free Tile app. If I can see that it’s in my home on the map, but can’t find it, I just ring the device and it sets off a symphony of noises that help me hunt it down.” —Alice Prendergast

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Tile Mate (#4 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99+. Also available in a pack of four.


A bottle of moisturizer that’s packed with SPF to give your thirsty skin the hydration it needs and protect it from harmful UV rays. It’s an oil-free formula that won’t clog your pores and it’s suitable for all skin types, especially for anyone looking for a lightweight, daily moisturizer.

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“I started using this moisturizer in my teens, when my skin would freak out at the drop of a hat. It smells great and absorbs right into the skin, so you’re never left with a greasy or tacky feeling on your face. Even though I sometimes change up my moisturizer, I inevitably come back to this one, and within a week, my skin always (ALWAYS) looks good enough that I feel confident going makeup free.

And don’t even get me started on the built-in SPF! I am the WORST at remembering to put sunscreen on, so having it in my moisturizer is a true blessing. If I could shout about this moisturizer from the rooftops, I would!” —Victoria Kuglin

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cream (#11 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.97.


A pack of gel pens with adorable cat faces on the lids. They have an ultra-fine tip and write like an absolute dream. Plus, the ink dries quickly, so it won’t smudge or bleed on your paper.


A natural deodorant spray that’ll keep you smelling fresh all day, everyday, especially if you’re super active. The blend of essential oils like lavender, peppermint, and bergamot have aromatherapeutic benefits that’ll deodorize, reenergize and soothe your skin.

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Reviewers love that it’s easy to apply, isn’t sticky, and has a light, refreshing scent.

Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.95. Available in two scents.


A small-but-mighty power bank charger that’ll charge your iPhone 6s to full capacity up to seven times before it dies. The sleek and compact design makes it easy to travel with and it has two USB ports, so you can charge a couple devices at once.


A pack of caffeinated chocolate bars that could wake the dead (aka anyone before coffee). Each two-bite bar is equal to one cup of coffee, making them a great snack to keep in your bag for a quick caffeine fix.


A silicone food storage bag that you’ll be able to use over and over again. It’s a great way to stash your favourite munchies in your bag, and it has an airtight seal, so it won’t leak.

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“I recently ran out of plastic sandwich bags which lead to a discussion between my husband and me if we even really needed them in the house at all. We decided we did NOT and chose to try out reusable Stasher silicone snack bags instead. They’ve been great! They’re super easy to clean, come in fun colors, and feature a really tight pinch-lock seal, so snacks stay fresh. We’re definitely going to buy the sandwich bags as well. Welcoooooome to a plastic-free 2020!” —Heather Braga

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Stasher silicone bags (#20 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99+. Available in two colours.


A compact mirror with an LED light that’ll make your on-the-go makeup application infinitely easier. The five-inch-wide mirror is ultra slim and incredibly lightweight. It’s also bright enough to use just about anywhere!

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.99. Available in three colours.


A tiny Caboodle case that’ll store and organize all your beauty essentials and induce a bit of ’90s nostalgia. There are five spacious compartments and a compact mirror inside. Plus, the lid stays snapped shut, making it the perfect makeup case to travel with.

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.56+. Available in three colours.


A pack of vegan chewing gum that you can enjoy, without consuming artificial sweeteners. It’ll freshen your breath in seconds, and it comes in a ton of flavours, which is a nice change from your basic peppermint. The pieces of gum aren’t individually packaged, but reviewers like that they come with a bundle of disposable paper to wrap your gum in before throwing it away.

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They’re also available as breath mints, if you don’t like chewing gum.

Get six packs from Amazon Canada for $24.99. Available in 11 flavours and in a variety pack.


A gentle face mist that’s filled with rosewater and herbal extracts to hydrate and refresh your skin. You can use it before or after you apply makeup to give your skin a much needed pick-me-up.

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“Once midafternoon hits, things get a little rough in the alertness department. But (usually) instead of downing another cup of coffee, I turn to this little babe and give myself a healthy succession of sprays at my desk. It’s cool and refreshing, aka the perfect wake-up call for my drooping eyes and fading brain cells. It also makes my skin look the slightest bit more dewy, and, very importantly, doesn’t irritate my skin.

But in all honesty, why would it? It has soothing ingredients like aloe vera, bladderwrack (yep, that’s a thing), gardenia, rose, and thyme. It almost sounds like one of those hyper-healthy smoothies I never drink. Afternoon aside, I use this to give my skin some pep literally any time of the day, and sometimes even to set my makeup if I’m just wearing concealer. It’s always mist o’clock somewhere! 💨” —Sarah Han

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Mario Badescu facial spray (#1 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.


A bullet journal that can be whatever you want it to be. The inside is lined with a dotted grid to help you organize the page, making it easy to use it as a sketchbook, diary, planner, notebook, or a million other things.

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Add a set of fun stencils to your cart that’ll help you design and organize each page.

Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.94+. Available in 16 colours.


A set of nail clippers and tweezers that’ll help you touch up your nails and brows while you’re on the go. Hangnails can be as painful as they are unexpected, so you’ll definitely want a couple tools around to help you deal with them.

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The set includes two nail clippers and two tweezers.

Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.99.


A bottle of EOS hand cream that’s made with aloe, cocoa butter, and oat extract to soften, protect, and moisturize dry hands. It absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy, so you don’t have to worry about transferring product every time you touch something.

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $2.80+. Available in three scents.


Or a tube of buttery hand cream that’ll save your hands from drying out like the Sahara desert. It’s super rich and a bit thicker than most hand creams, so it’s perfect for the colder, dryer seasons like fall and winter. Plus, it’s made with hemp seed oil, which will keep your hands hydrated all day.


A pack of travel-sized tissues that’ll take care of all your issues. They unfold into a full-sized tissue and have three thick layers, so they’re absorbent enough to handle any situation. Whether you’re battling a runny nose in the winter or seasonal allergies in spring, you’ll probably want to have a pack of these tucked in your bag.


A collapsible silicone straw that’ll replace all the single-use plastic straws you’d normally use. It’s a great alternative to metal straws, which can be hard on teeth and change temperature depending on whether you’re drinking a hot or cold beverage.

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The straw comes with a cleaning brushes, a carrying case, and a key chain, making them super travel friendly.

Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99+. Also available in sets of two.


A retractable lint roller that comes in a more travel-friendly size compared to regular lint rollers. It’ll fit easily into your bag, so you can keep your clothes fuzz free, even when you’re on the go.

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You can also get a pack of refills here.

Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.99.


A box of Ibuprofen pills that come in small packages of two, so you don’t have to deal with the headache of carrying an entire bottle around with you.


Or a portable pill box that’ll make it easier to carry your multiple medications with you. It’s incredibly durable and has six compartments, so you can store six different kinds of pills or organize them by day.


A pack of spiral hair ties that you can actually count on. The corded telephone design will keep your hair from being snagged or being tied too tightly, and they won’t snap while you try to tie your hair up like regular hair ties do.

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Plus, they’re suited for all hair types and are waterproof, sweat proof, and headache proof!

“Thanks to its spiral design, this hair tie doesn’t leave any bumps in your hair at all. None! I sleep with my hair in a wrapped into a bun and in the mornings I unravel and have the same straight hair I got ready for bed with. The Invisibobble is also made of plastic, so keeps your hair in place but somehow (magic? idk?) doesn’t ever snag. Basically, it’s a wonder product and I can’t believe I used regular hair ties for so long.” —Gyan Yankovich

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Invisibobble hair ring.

Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $10+. Also available in clear.


Or a small metal hair clip that’ll get your hair out of your face when you’re not in the mood to put your hair in a ponytail. It’ll work on any hair length and give you an effortless hairdo in seconds.


A bottle of citrus-scented toilet spray that’ll make using public bathrooms so much easier. Just a quick spritz is enough to trap odours in the toilet before they spread.

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Get it from Amazon Canada for $12.50+. Available in 13 scent and four sizes.


A travel-friendly Kindle that’ll let you carry your impressive library collection with you at all times. Even though you really like reading a print book, you’re willing to admit the benefits of a Kindle. It comes with extra storage and has a long-lasting battery, so you can read whatever you want with the touch of a button.

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You can create your optimal reading experience by adjusting the text size, font, and backlight.

“I got the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and it’s the best gift I’ve received in years. It’s so easy to read (you can change the font and the font size, plus there’s a dark mode for when you’re reading in low light), and I love that I can switch between books so easily. I also recommend this fabric cover for it — it’s a bit pricier than other Kindle covers, but the fabric is waterproof, and it’s got a magnet that’ll hold the cover open while you read. If you’re a bookworm like I am, this is life saver.” —Kat Angus

Check out BuzzFeed’s full review of the Kindle Paperwhite (#18 on the list).

Get it from Amazon Canada for $139.99+. Available in two sizes.


And finally, a Cableyoyo that’ll organize your headphone and charging cords into a neat and tidy roll. It’ll save you the stress of trying to detangle your cables, and makes it easier to manage your cables while you’re using them, too!

We stan a prepared queen!


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