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By Lauren Phillips
May 09, 2019

Stow Compass Leather Accessories Case

This pocket-sized, zipper-close case comes in five charming colors and is perfect for holding rings, small bracelets, earrings, and other small effects that can easily get lost in larger bags. Pack it in gym bags to hold jewelry while you sweat or in a carry-on to keep items safe during a long-haul flight.

To buy: $110;

Patch Activated Charcoal Adhesive Strips

These natural bandages are made from organic bamboo, so covering small scratches, burns, and more feels a little less environmentally toxic. The activated charcoal gauze is purported to draw out impurities and infections—but it also makes for an eye-grabbing bandage.

To buy: $7;

Rough Linen Produce Bags

Avoid single-use plastic bags at the grocery store with this antimicrobial, biodegradable set of produce bags, which have flat bases (for sitting up straight on counters). Use them for grains, beans, produce, and more—just be sure to wash when necessary.

To buy: $40 for three bags;

LifeSaver Liberty

Equipped with an inline pump for filtering water, this water bottle can make river water safe to drink—and it can soothe any concerns regarding suspect water fountains, too.

To buy: $100;

Alfred x Sugarfina Iced Vanilla Latte Bears Coffee Bag

New from everyone’s favorite gourmet gummy source, these coffee-infused gummy bears have a solid dose of caffeine in every bag. The bag is resealable, so daily mini pick-me-ups always taste fresh, and cold brew flavors are also available.

To buy: $14;


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