Everything New Yorkers need for their daily commute
Anyone can look up how to get from point A to B on the subway with Google Maps. Finding the best route, though, takes a little more street savvy (or subway savvy, as the case may be). To plan the absolute quickest commute, download Exit Strategy NYC, the app that tells you what train car, exit door and station entrance to use for the fastest trip.
Exit Strategy NYC, $3.99 on itunes.com
Nobody wants to be that guy holding up the line for the turnstile because he can’t find his Metro Card. Keep it handy in this pliable plastic case so you don’t have to dig through your wallet.
Muji Soft Metro Card Case, $6.48 on amazon.com
Crowded trains and buses just don’t have enough room for everyone to bring a work bag and a duffel full of gym clothes. Instead, lug your junk around in this lightweight, sporty backpack that can take you from a workout to the office.
Sweaty Betty All Sport Backpack, $115 on sweatybetty.com
The subways, sidewalks and taxicabs of NYC can be surprisingly stinky, and most of the time, you don’t really want to think about what it is you’re smelling. Carry a petite perfume rollerball in your favorite scent and take a deep inhale when your olfactory senses get overwhelmed.
Clean Reserve Rain Rollerball, $25 on sephora.com
Tune out the snoring guy in the corner, music streaming from your neighbor’s earbuds, the “IT’S SHOWTIME!” people and all the other sonic disruptions with these noise-cancelling headphones.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, $329 on amazon.com
Just because New York City hasn’t banned plastic bags (yet) doesn’t mean that you need to contribute to the pollution problem. Shell out 10 bucks for one of these nearly indestructible bags that can hold up to 50 pounds. We like the funky hot dog pattern as an homage to the city’s street carts, but they also come in more subdued hues.
Standard Baggu, $10 on baggu.com
This sturdy stainless steel bottle is magic: It won’t leak inside your bag, keeps beverages cold for 50 hours and doesn’t weigh a ton.
Klean Kanteen Classic Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $17.62 on amazon.com
Between inconsiderate passengers, indecipherable announcements and insane delays, the New York subway system can be extremely frustrating on a daily basis. Remind yourself to remain calm by popping one of these orange-elderflower homeopathic lozenges.
Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles, $10.46 on amazon.com
Unlike airplanes, subway trains don’t have power outlets. Keep your phone from dying by carrying one of these lightweight power banks in your bag.
Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger, $29.99 on walmart.com
Even on a mild spring day, the body heat of your fellow passengers can make it feel oppressively warm. Spritz on this hydrating mist for a moment of relief.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7 on amazon.com
When temperatures pass 85 degrees, New Yorkers will do anything and everything to cool off. That includes toting around this miniature handheld fan, which gives off a shockingly powerful breeze.
VersionTech Mini Handheld Fan, $14.99 on amazon.com
This hydrating salve comes in a thin circular tin, so it’s easy to fit in any size bag. Smear it on chapped lips, painful hangnails, dry skin and more—it’s surprisingly useful.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $7.11 on amazon.com