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10 accessories to help you keep track of your life

Never lose your keys again—for real this time.


Christine Burkson


No matter how early you wake up, somehow, you’re always running late because it took 10 minutes to find a pair of socks, 20 minutes to locate your keys, and another 15 to turn back around for your phone. Sound familiar?

You might never get it entirely together, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. There are plenty of gadgets and accessories that can help you track, locate, and remember your valuable items.

Except for those missing socks. No one seems to be helping in that department.

1) Tile


This small, Bluetooth-enabled tracking device keeps tabs on your keys, wallet, phone, pet, boyfriend—you name it! Attach it to the item you want to keep track of, and it will send an alert to your phone with the last known location on a map. You can also use Tile to find your phone, even if it’s on silent.

Price: $24.99

2) MYNT smart tracker and remote


A gadget that keeps track of your stuff is nice, but a gadget that prevents forgetting important items before you even leave is next-level. The super-thin MYNT device connects to your phone to keep track of items. It alerts you when the two are separated at a certain distance, remembers your parking space, acts as a remote for music or presentations and even helps you take selfies.

Price: $29.99

3) RFID-blocking iPhone case and wallet


If you’re more worried about losing your identity than material items, this is for you. Keep your phone and wallet together in one slim case with intelligent slots that securely hold onto your credit cards and block any RFID data theft. Plus, leather if you’re feeling fancy.

Price: $29.99

4) Pulsepak portable charger


If you’re chronically losing charger cables, or just forget to give your phone some extra juice before heading out, keep a portable one on your keychain. (Probably after you put a tracking device on your keys.)

Price: $10.99

5) Keychain pill holder


If you switch bags often and forget to carry your birth control, allergy pills, or other medicine, keep a few spare in a keychain holder. Then set alarms on your phone to help you remember to actually take them.

Price: $25.00

6) Magnetic bobby pin holder


Let’s be real: You’re probably going to lose bobby pins no matter what. There is no device that will help you here. However, this magnetic dish can at least help you to minimize your losses

Price: $13.49

7) Trakdot luggage tracker


Unfortunately, once you hand over checked bags to the airline, they’re out of your control. But this handy device keeps you connected to your belongings by using GSM technology—which costs extra, but reviewers say is more effective than its alternate Bluetooth capabilities. You’ll know whether your stuff has arrived before you even get to baggage claim. It also tracks the bag’s history, in case it doesn’t arrive with you.

Price: $67.49

8) Pawscout pet finder


This device acts as a tracker, but it also has a digital component that serves the greater animal-loving community. The tag is connected to an app, which asks you to fill out a digital profile of your dog. In the event your dog goes missing, you can send out a digital lost flyer to users in the area, and they can help you locate your pet beyond the device’s 250-foot radius. You can also set an alert when your pet’s in the backyard or elsewhere out of sight in case he wanders too far.

Price: $29.99

9) Guardian Angel kid tracker


Hey, it happens sometimes. Worry less about your kids wandering off with this GPS tracking device. You can customize an alarm so that both devices will alert should the child leave a set distance.

Price: $54.99

10) Remote control tether


Maybe you don’t want to rely on some fancy-schmancy gadget to keep track of your crap. For items that don’t need to leave a certain area, like remote controls, attach it to a tether and tell your cord-cutting friends to shove it.

Price: $12.95

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