By: Irine Le
As much as I hate to admit it, I do have an unnecessary habit of simply buying things I don’t need, especially when my bank account cannot entirely handle it. A lot of times, this is the result of popping into Target to buy a necessity like body wash—next thing you know, I’m leaving with two candles, a notebook, nail polish, and other things I don’t really need. But what are some things that are universally convenient and helpful to the Gen-Z student or worker trying to get through the day? These are some products I’ve found that help me immensely in school, at work, and in my personal life.
HydroFlask (or any other sturdy, reusable water bottle)
Yes, we all remember the social media rage of HydroFlasks a few years back, but I swear by this one. Besides overspending, one of my worst habits is definitely not drinking enough water. Between running back and forth between classes and hanging out with friends, I often forget the importance of staying hydrated, which leads to dehydration kicking in and wondering why I’m even more tired. Water bottles are convenient to carry around, especially if you’re spending long periods of time outside. Reusable water bottles are a great way to be sustainable, and brands like Swell and Nalgene have great options.
After a year of Zoom classes and meetings, a nice pair of headphones can come in handy at any time. Whether it’s a pair of headphones with a microphone for virtual conversations, or noise-canceling ones for listening to your favorite songs and podcasts, headphones are something most Gen Zers own.
Keurig (or any other portable, compact coffee maker)
As much as I would love to treat myself to an iced oat milk vanilla latte every morning, my bank account simply can’t handle that. Having a compact coffee maker, using my favorite coffee creamer, and adding some oat milk to my coffee every morning is almost good enough, and it’s definitely more cost-effective. Keurig has a one-pod mini coffee maker, but French presses or regular coffee makers are also great options to get your caffeine fix. I love having a French press and being able to buy coffee beans from local cafes, since it makes me feel like I can bring a little taste of those places to my own kitchen.
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