General News

24 Things To Keep On Hand That Are Worth Every Penny

24 Things To Keep On Hand That Are Worth Every Penny
We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication. 1. A hair finishing cream to help tame those annoying little…

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

A hair finishing cream to help tame those annoying little hairs that surround your face and fly around no matter the weather or how much you try to control them. It’s the size of a mascara stick so you can easily keep tucked in your bag’s side pocket.


Amazon

Made from natural plant extracts, the serum won’t leave your hair greasy.

Promising review: “No matter what I do or what expensive and high rated product I try, my flyaways are an annoying constant. This product has completely rid me of my daily top of head flyaway frizz! I wish I would have discovered this product years ago! It smooths my hair out and truly lasts all day. Be careful, as a tiny bit goes a long way!” —RHoffsommer

Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

2.

An incredibly gorgeous silicone straw so you can ditch the traditional plastic ones during your morning Starbucks run. You’ll get silicone carrying case that has a built-in keychain loop so you can take the little pack wherever you go.


Food52

They’re bendable, easily portable, and did I mention how pretty they are???

Promising review: “They don’t have a taste like so many other silicone straws! Love that they fold into a carrying case with their own cleaning tool! Will be gifting these for sure. Oh, and they won’t hurt your teeth like glass or metal straws.” —ginger

Get a pack of 10 from Food52 for $25.

3.

Coty Airspun oil-reducing and setting powder you can use on top of your makeup to soften the overall look of your skin and reduce shiny buildup. It’s great to keep in your pocket for that 3 p.m. afternoon oil that you can never avoid even when you’re just working at your desk.


amazon.com

It can also be used as a foundation to even out your skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this powder. I’ve used more expensive ones in the past, but this one takes the cake. It keeps my makeup on all day, even with my oily skin. I personally don’t use the ‘baking’ method, but even so it keeps my face in place all day, even when I get hot and sweaty. Other reviewers are right, it does have a slight baby powder smell, but it doesn’t bother my very much and once you’ve applied it to your face, the smell disappears. I recommend it to all of my friends!” —Brittany

Get it from Amazon for $4.49+ (available as a pack of two and in six shades).

4.

Traceless Invisibobble hair ties that’ll get rid of that annoying ponytail crease that always forms once your hair has been pulled back for a while. They won’t cause tangles or catch your hair, so no more painful pulling! And they’ll sit nice and pretty on your wrist so you’ll never be caught without one.


Amazon

Promising review: “It sounds like hyperbole to say that these hair ties changed my life, but it’s true. I sleep with my hair in a messy topknot using these elastics every night. In the morning, I just take my hair down, run a brush through it, and that’s it. My hair is done, and more voluminous than ever before. I do have pretty low-maintenance hair in general (long, naturally straight) but I never thought it could be THIS EASY.” —Rachel P.

Get three from Amazon for $7.18+ (available in three colors).

And click here for our full review of the traceless hair ties.

5.

A pack of MagicFiber microfiber cleaning cloths for glasses and electronic devices, because let’s be real – living without smudges is nearly impossible. You can keep one tucked inside your glasses case that you already carry everywhere, so boom, problem solved.


amazon.com

I keep a cloth in my bag, one at work, and one in my apartment! I hate having dust and dirt build up on screens, so they’re super useful to have on-hand.

Promising review: “I usually dislike microfiber cloths; I know they are supposedly great for cleaning your glasses and screens, but every single microfiber cloth I’ve ever used has left unbearable streak marks on every surface When I opened these cloths, I immediately used one to clean my glasses that I hadn’t been able to clean properly all day. I used one of these cloths, and nothing else, and my glasses came out streak free and beautiful! Love these. I was hesitant to spend so much on cloths I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like, but these blew me away! Most definitely will buy again.” —Stephanie Hollander

Get two from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in larger packs).

6.

Supergoop! Acai Fusion lip balm with SPF 30 to provide full coverage while out and about. You can keep it in your pocket at all times to avoid a dry, cracked pout.


Alexandra Napoli/BuzzFeed

Promising review: “Love this lip balm! I’ve been looking for a lip balm with sunscreen protection that doesn’t feel waxy, sticky, heavy, or taste bad and this fits the bill. I got the Acai one and the scent is so subtle and dissipates a few minutes after applying. This balm is hydrating and isn’t sticky, thankfully. The added antioxidant benefits from the Acai are an added bonus to keep lips looking soft and protected from free-radicals. You can’t go wrong with this. I’d choose this over the waxy feeling of Burt’s Bees any day. Well worth the extra few bucks for a great balm.” —TickTockAlice

Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

7.

Maybelline Instant Rewind Treatment Concealer with a sponge applicator tip that’ll treat dark circles and under-eye puffiness. If you’re feeling a bit tired midday, you can quickly brighten up your under-eye area with this! Just slip it into your little beauty pack that keeps your emergency tampon.


Kayla Suazo/BuzzFeed

Promising review: “This is the best under-eye concealer ever. I am 67 years old and have tried them all. It blends nicely with my foundation and has never caked. The sponge applicator is soft and makes application quick and easy. I will continue to use this product and hope, like many products I’ve used over the years, that it doesn’t get discontinued.” —Morty

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 18 shades).

Check out a BuzzFeeder’s full review on why she loves this concealer in “Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love” (#4).

8.

Nano 24-Hour Skin Protectant Spray to banish icky germs while on-the-go. The water-based solution forms a molecular bond on the surface of your skin that stays active for, yes, a full 24 hours after application. This is definitely something you want in your bag at all times.


Amazon

Promising review: “I really like this sanitizer! The spray bottle is a little bigger than I expected, but small enough to fit in your pocket and easier to use than any of the gel sanitizers I’ve used in the past. The spray applicator applies just the right amount of sanitizer to your hands. The feel is different than an alcohol-based sanitizer and you get full absorption. The smell is also very pleasing and not as strong as gel-based sanitizers.” —Todd S.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes and in larger packs).

9.

A 32-ounce hydration-tracking water bottle, because you’ve been struggling to drink water regularly for months now and the constant dehydration is causing headaches. I’d recommend keeping a bottle in your backpack and one on your bedside table to help you hit your daily goal.


amazon.com

Promising review: “This water bottle exceeded my expectations! I find that having a count down helps me get through water faster so I figured I would give this bottle a shot. I expected the plastic to be transparent so I was a bit confused when I took it out of the box and it wasn’t. The color is light enough that you can actually see the liquid in the bottle. The wrist strap attached is amazing quality! Very sturdy, as well as the bottle itself. The mouth piece is easy to sip from without much effort and also easy to clean. Highly recommend!” —Kristy

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 13 colors).

10.

A bottle of Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go toilet spray to mask any nasty odors so you can finally go to the bathroom comfortably at work, at your SO’s place, or even in your own home. Honestly keep this with you 24/7, trust me.


Amazon

Just spritz before you go, and voilà! No more stressful hangouts when you calculate in your mind how long you can stay before you’ve got to head home to use the bathroom.

Promising review: “A couple of sprays on the toilet water before you sit down and everything smells like fresh lemons when you are done. Very easy to use and so far has held up very well.” —Bruce B.

Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in various scents and seven sizes).

11.

A Migrastil roll-on stick that’ll disperse peppermint, spearmint and lavender onto your skin if you start to feel head pain as a result of a particularly stressful day. You can apply it directly to your temples and the back of your neck for some relief.


Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

Promising review: “I have noticed throughout my work day I will begin to get the dreaded afternoon headache. This migraine stick is my new go-to. The second I feel a headache coming on, I just roll this on and within seconds I feel it working. Within a minute or so I feel fine again. I noticed it gives a little boost of energy as well. I have also used it when I feel a full blown migraine coming on. All I can say is it really works. In addition to taking the pain away, it also provides a tingly sensation. Wherever you roll it on tingles after application. I am now a customer for life and love this product. I have also noticed that even if I use it often, it keeps working. You don’t grow a tolerance to it.” —Corinne Beck

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

And check out our review on thee Migrastil roll-on stick here!

12.

Pepto chewable tablets, because you never now when a sour stomach is gonna hit. Pop a couple of these and relief is just around the corner.


Amazon, Alexandra Napoli/BuzzFeed

I keep a pack in my bag for those ew-worthy moments when suddenly you feel kinda nauseous post-lunch or pre-dinner.

Promising review: “It’s Pepto! Like it or don’t. The taste is a bit nostalgic for me, reminding me of days when my Grandma gave me Necco wafers out of her purse, so while it’s somewhat plain and chalky, it’s not bad. My husband pops them in every now and then after meals and it quells down his symptoms fairly quickly, I always carry some in my bag. Way more convenient than the liquid.” —Katya

Get 48 from Amazon for $7.99.

13.

An all-natural, vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free stain remover that’ll rid you of any stain imaginable. It’ll be a godsend to have around in the house, especially during the holidays. At least one family member will drop the gravy on your rug, but you’ll have this spray ready for action.


amazon.com

It works on stains from grass, berries, blood, sweat, oil, tomato sauce, watermelon, red wine, mud, cosmetics, pet accidents, and more.

Promising review: “Holy smokes, this stuff is great! I’m always paranoid to try new detergents or stain treaters because my husband and baby both have super sensitive skin, but this is very gentle and hasn’t caused any issues. And it’s a boss at removing stains. Plus it’s natural, so I feel better about using it. I’ve been raving about it to all my friends! It got strawberry stains out of my daughter’s white onesie, too.” —Sizzle

Get a 25-ounce bottle from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in larger quantities and as a refillable pouch).

And click here for our full review of the Puracy Natural Stain Remover.

14.

Touch-up razors so you can safely remove unwanted peach fuzz + stray eyebrow and chin hairs. The blades are designed with built-in guards so they won’t cut your skin, plus you’ll receive an extra attachment for super precise eyebrow shaping. You can go ahead and nix stray hairs as you apply your makeup in the morning.


amazon.com

Promising review: “I bought these blades to try at home derma-planing. I was nervous at first, but it’s almost impossible to cut yourself with these and it took the peach fuzz right off my face. In fact, as I was staring at my face in a magnifying mirror and removing the fuzz, I noticed my nose hair was a little out of control. I even used one of these in my nose (that’s right) and it worked great! I will be keeping a few of these on-hand at all times.” —TKB

Get a set of three from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in a set of nine, too).

15.

A Fur-Zoff pet hair remover for carpet, couches, clothing, and bedding. It’ll sweep up hair instantly, so you can run it over the couch before guests come over this holiday season. And yes, your pooch always sheds, you’ve just grown used to it.


amazon.com

Promising review: “This thing is amazing. With multiple cats and two dogs who have no boundaries in the house (couches, chairs and beds are free game), and more than a few with black fur, our furniture and carpets were constantly covered. This thing works wonders! Easy to use, does the job right, and cheap. What a bang for your buck. The fur comes right off, it’s a miracle. I recently used it in our bedroom since we have light blue carpet. The vacuum wasn’t sucking up the fur and the carpet looked dingy and dirty. I got down and went to town on the carpet with this thing and the difference is like night and day. Seriously, if you have pets, this is a must.” —dameow687

Get it from Amazon for $9.61 (also available in packs).

16.

A drain clog remover so you won’t get caught dropping big bucks on a plumber when your SO decides to let a clump of hair wash down the drain. It’ll snake its way through to grab hair and grime with its textured edges. Every household should have one to avoid a huge bill.


amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: “You will not regret buying these. They work SO well. I had constant draining issues in my shower and so I figured I would search ‘hair drain’ on Amazon. Lo and behold, there I was searching for tools to clean out my drain. I did not expect these drain snakes to work so well! They are made out of sturdy plastic and I was able to use it both on my shower AND my sink drains before being too grossed out and needing to throw it away.” —Nhi

Get three from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two sizes).

17.

A handheld steamer to remove wrinkles within minutes so you never again show up to work looking like a mess. Trust me, you’ll be so thankful for this thing when you’re running late and don’t have the time to iron.


amazon.com

It’s gentle on fabric, won’t spit water all over the place, and heats up within 25 seconds.

Promising review: “I have never successfully ironed anything in my life! I have only attempted to iron something once so I constantly live in wrinkled clothes….or I did. Now with this amazing steamer I don’t have to worry about that anymore, and it’s so quick and easy to use! Fill with water, warm, and point at clothes that need some work done. It’s so quick too that I am able to use it quick before leaving for work. Plug it in, and it instantly begins to heat the water. And then it takes only moments to steam out the wrinkles. It also comes with a travel bag! So glad I bought this!! Now I will look way more put together!” —Sarah Smith

Get it from Amazon for $26.09.

Also, check out our review on the handheld steamer here.

18.

Bissell Stomp N’ Go stain lifting pads so you can treat your pet’s next indoor accident immediately (and effectively). It’s great for wine, blood, and coffee, plus it doesn’t require you using your hands!


amazon.com

The cleaning formula is released when you stomp, so there’s no added spray involved! Everything you need is on the pad already.

Promising review: “I never ever write reviews for anything, but I just had to write one for these. We have two dogs and one of them will get sick or have an accident in the house a few times a month. I’ve used all kinds of carpet cleaner as well as the SpotBot, but they never seemed to really get the stains out. I bought these on a whim because I was desperate to find something that might work and guess what? THEY WORKED! No joke, every stain I have put these on has come out of the carpet. I have told everyone I know about these and have heard great things from them as well. If you are on the fence, just give them a try!” —Angela Mimm

Get 20 pads from Amazon for $24.99+.

19.

A jar opener suitable for those with limited mobility and safe enough for kids. It can handle bottles and jars of various sizes, using its metal teeth to open the lid with little effort on your part. You’ll never hang to struggle with a stubborn jar again.


amazon.com

Promising review: “Bought this for my 85-year-old mother who has a bit of arthritis in her hands. She loves this jar opener. She commented on the ease of use and likes the fact that it can be used on smaller bottles. Made a daily task much easier for her.” —Christine

Get it from Amazon for $11.71.

20.

A pack of organic tampons so you’re covered if that time of the month occurs unexpectedly. It happens (unfortunately), so better keep a spare tampon in your bag than be caught empty-handed.


amazon.com

These are toxin- and bleach-free, made of 100% organic cotton, and are highly absorbent. Plus, they don’t have applicators, so you’ll minimize waste. In a pack of 36, you’ll receive 18 regular and 18 super.

Promising review: “I have used multiple organic tampon brands to no avail, but THESE are the ones to get. Not only do they come applicator-free with less waste, they protect for hours with zero leakage. When I first pulled them out of the package, I was surprised by the size of them since they’re itty-bitty. They are perfect and I feel powerful and confident as hell during my moon cycle.” —Ellie Metz

Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.99+ (available as a pack of 72).

21.

A multi-tool to slip into your wallet for all types of quick fixes. It packs 40 tools into one, including wrenches, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, can opener, pry bar, cord cutter, hex bit driver, and more. It’s the size of a credit card, so yes, you definitely have room for it.


Amazon

Promising review: “I keep this in my wallet and it’s come in handy a few times. It’s plenty sturdy, and to be honest it probably has too many features for me to even use all of them. It’s been great so far, though. Very compact and sits in my wallet just fine. It’s pretty useful and convenient at times. Pretty handy and far better than being empty handed when something unexpected comes up.” —Zachary

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

22.

Box cutters that’ll continuously come in handy with all the packages you open weekly. Keep one in your kitchen drawer and one in your desk drawer!


Amazon

Promising review: “Great quality box cutter! Heavy quality feel in your hand. The blades are sharp and perform well in only one swipe! There’s also safety in the retractability feature.” —Melissa Colucci

Get two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in larger packs).

23.

A basic home tool kit so you can handle small repairs without having to call your parents first. You never really know when something is going to go awry, so you might as well be always prepared!


Amazon

You’ll receive a tape measurer, a hammer, pliers, a bit driver, a bit connector, scissors, a utility snap-off knife, four screwdrivers, hex keys, and 20 screwdriver bits.

Promising review: “The tools are entirely serviceable. The best part is the variety of tools they throw into a very small case. I haven’t damaged any of them, but they don’t feel as durable as a high quality set of shop or automotive tools – but that wasn’t what I was looking for. It’s great to tighten the odd screw, install small items, or tap gizmos back into place rather than having to wait for building maintenance or IT to show up. A good deal!” —Geriatric Suthriner

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two colors).

24.

And! A 321-piece first aid kit, because bumps, bruises, cuts, and scraps are bound to happen just as regularly as something breaking inside your moment — if not more often. Having everything you need to treat a wound is incredibly important to save and prepared living!


Amazon

Altogether you’ll get adhesive bandage strips (knee, elbow, knuckle, butterfly, spot, triangular), abdominal trauma and eye pads, sterile gauze sponges and rolls, medical tape, alcohol wipes, povidone iodine wipes, antiseptic towelettes, alcohol-free wound cleansing wipes, cotton tip applicators, a CPR face mask, latex-free gloves, an instant cold compress, a medical face mask, metal scissors, metal tweezers, safety pins, a tourniquet, wooden splints and tongue depressors. Phew!

Promising review: “Wow, this is a very professional first aid kit! It has everything in it. I’m so glad I looked the choices over well. It will be a fine addition to safety on the road or within the home.” —a reader

Get it from Amazon for $22.88.

Looking for more? Check out our favorite places to buy the best bathing suits online, travel accessories for long flights, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!


BuzzFeed

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Read More