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6 Personal Care Essentials Everyone Needs

Life gets busy, and no one wants to be caught in a moment where we feel unprepared to face the day. Save yourself the last minute panic and scramble by keeping these six personal care essentials stocked in your home at all times. It's a simple way to make sure you (and your family) never miss a beat.


With little ones around, you'll probably find yourself in a lot of sticky situations. When soap and water aren't an option, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes are perfect in a pinch. Bonus: Wipes are also handy for cleaning off tables, shopping cart handles, and toys that fall on the floor. Pack extras for your diaper bag, purse, and car.


Whether you're headed to the beach or just out to the yard, you'll need to shield yourself from the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays in an SPF 30 or higher. Lotions generally offer the best coverage for face and body, provided you apply enough (a good rule of thumb is about a teaspoon per body part or area). If your kids resist being slathered in cream, try a stick formula for faces and a spray for body.


Even if you don't work out regularly, it's likely that you still use a deodorant or antiperspirant everyday. Know the difference between the two: deodorants work to reduce odor by eliminating bacteria, while antiperspirants reduce wetness by blocking sweat glands. Determine which one is best for you and keep an extra on hand for your gym or travel bag.


Everything from pollutants to too much screen time can cause dry eyes, redness, and irritation, so it's always a good idea to have lubricating eye drops on hand. They're made to mimic natural tears and provide quick relief by keeping eyes moist and comfortable. If you're an allergy sufferer, consult your doctor about an antihistamine formula to relieve itching, redness, and swelling. Got contact lenses? Go for rewetting drops.


Having a pack of disposable razors in stock means never getting caught with unsightly stubble. Since men's and women's razors are designed to meet different needs, you'll want to purchase separately for you and your spouse—you'll get a smoother shave with less irritation and fewer nicks and cuts.


Most dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months or sooner if it starts to look worn. Toss your toothbrush if you've been sick too, as germs can linger. The best kind of brushes to stock up on? Go for soft bristles, which are gentler on teeth and gums, and compact heads, which can be used by kids and adults alike.