7 Absolute Must-Haves from a Convenience Store ...

Whenever I run into a convenience store, whether it be CVS, Duane Reade, or a local corner store, there are just certain things that I feel the need to grab. I end up walking through the store grabbing everything except what I really went in for. Whether it is the snack aisle or the card aisle, I always get distracted and deviate from my actual list. There are just those certain must haves from a convenience store that you cannot forget!

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If you’re worried about bad breath when entering school or a meeting, popping in a piece of gum definitely helps. Even though I can never decide on which gum because there is such a variety, I always walk out with at least one pack. I usually like the minty flavors, ranging from peppermint, spearmint, or cinnamon, but of course there are the delicious fruity flavors. As time progresses so do the flavors! Companies are getting so creative. Now there’s watermelon, apple, and even other melon flavors. No matter what flavor you choose, gum is a part of the must haves from a convenience store.

2. Hand Sanitizer

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I am so crazy when it comes to hygiene. Usually when checking out at the register, a convenience store will have perfectly sized sanitizers to throw into your bag. At work or at school, think of all of the things you touch that others have already touched: door handles, computer keyboards, pens and pencils, and the list just goes on and on. Germs spread so easily especially in a work or school environment so you could never go wrong with having hand sanitizer on your desk. It’s a must buy whenever I go to the store.

3. Extra Cards for That Unexpected Party

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You never know when you’ll be invited to a birthday party or when you’ll get a surprise gift. Having extra birthday cards, thank-you cards, condolence cards, and so on and so forth, are always good and come in handy. Even though it takes forever for me to choose the perfect cards, since I read through all of the cards available, I know it’s worth it since I’ll always have the perfect card ready to go. Trust me, I’ve had to use emergency cards before so stack up!

4. Snacks

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I can never pass the snack aisle without getting something. I stroll down the snack aisle and just want anything and everything. Convenience stores have the best snacks to fulfill your late night cravings to your quick grabs for work and school. They have a whole bunch of snacks starting with pretzels to candy and chocolates to mixed nuts and ending with a range of frozen produce. No matter what the occasion be, snack aisles in convenient stores will handle your needs.

5. Cold Beverages

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Convenience stores provide you with such an assortment of cold beverages. If you’re coming from the gym, snatch a Gatorade, from lunch, purchase a water bottle, from the park, buy a Snapple, from work, score some beers, or if you just need a caffeine kick get a bottled frap. If I need a quick fix to quench my thirst or just need to buy a case of water for the upcoming week, I know that stopping at a convenient store will carry out those needs.

6. Magazines

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Now that you have your snacks and beverages, it's time to get on line to check out, and what’s better than grabbing your favorite gossip magazine from the side line? Whatever your preference be, US Weekly or People, everyone needs their dosage of celebrity gossip. No matter what my trip to CVS may be for I always walk out with at least 1 pack of gum and of course, magazines. I love filling myself in on what's happening in the celeb world.

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Advil is always good to keep at home and on you. You never know when you’re going to get a striking headache or a slight fever. Let’s be real, Advil along with a bagel and an iced coffee is a great hangover cure. Whenever I have family and friends over, everybody always has some sort of nook and cranny that Advil seems to fix; or when I feel an oncoming soreness from a workout, I know that taking Advil will prevent the severe pains. Everyone can use a bottle of Advil in his or her medicine cabinet or bag.

Next time you run to the convenience store, you’ll take notice of all the must haves. Along with your "Have To Get" list, don’t forget that pack of gum for your next business meeting or the snacks for the next get together you host for your friends at your place. There are always the essentials that you should have on you and the essentials to keep at home. Next trip to the convenience store, which must-haves are you going to grab?

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