5 Things You Should Always Carry With You

By on February 15, 2013

Completely You: Oral Care

By Nancy Kalish for Completely You

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Oops, did that garlic-laden lunch leave you with bad breath? Did your sweaty run for the train smear your mascara? A beauty or fashion emergency can happen anytime, anywhere. But you can maintain your calm, poise and appearance if you’re prepared. Our advice: Don’t leave home without the following items tucked into your makeup bag.

1. Deodorant Mark Remover
We recommend: Deodorant Removing Sponge, $5

You just noticed a white deodorant smudge on your dress, and you know that trying to rub or wash it away will only make it worse. To the rescue: this deodorant removing sponge from Hollywood Fashion Secrets. Just rub the pink foam square over the spot and watch it disappear — no water necessary. It also works on makeup powder and picks up stray pet hairs on clothing.

2. Toothpaste & Toothbrush
We recommend: Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste
, $1

Your lunch leaves you with bad breath and food in your teeth. What do you do?
Pull out your travel-size tube of toothpaste and a small toothbrush. Try Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, the only brand accepted by the American Dental Association in six categories (cavities, gingivitis, plaque, whitening, sensitivity and bad breath). [Note: Crest is the sponsor of Completely You.] And just in case you get spinach stuck in your teeth, bring along a few floss picks too.

3. Makeup Remover
We recommend:
Beauty Fixation Makeup Remover Swabs, $5

You got sweaty and your makeup smeared. Remove raccoon eye mascara marks and other migrating makeup with these swabs. Make sure to keep a few in your bag — they’re perfect for quick touchups, and much more precise than wipes or cotton balls.

4. Moist Towelettes
We recommend:
Crystal Body Deodorant Towelettes, $8

Sometimes … and there’s no nice way to say this … you just smell bad! So keep some individually wrapped deodorant towelettes on hand. Unscented and made with all-natural mineral salts, they eliminate odor-causing bacteria and keep you smelling fresh all day long. Great for trips as well.

5. Stain Remover
We recommend: Tide to Go, $4

Got Bolognese sauce on your blouse during lunch? A quick swipe with an individually wrapped stain remover wipe will instantly remove most stains from both washable and dry cleanable fabrics — although it’s always a good idea to test a hidden area on silk first. Plus, they also work on carpets and car interiors.

Bonus items: tissues, adhesive bandage, a tampon, double-sided tape for fixing fallen hems and clear nail polish to stop pantyhose runs.

Did we leave something off? Tell us what else you’d add to the list in the comments section below!

Nancy Kalish is a certified health coach, and an editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has covered health, nutrition and oral health for Prevention, Health, SELF, Real Simple, The New York Times, Completely You and more.

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5 Things You Should Always Carry With You