Earlier today, New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo declared that the MTA is in a state of emergency. Ha! As if we didn’t already know that. Between the infamous airless F train and the derailed A train, we’re risking it all every time we commute to work. So with nothing but a hellish subway summer on the horizon, we’ve gathered all of the things to have on you that will keep you calm and cool you off when the inevitable delays hit.
For when you’re stuck on the platform for 20 minutes, thanks to sick passengers at the two previous stops, the highest-rated mini-fan on Amazon. It’s 7.8 inches long (just an inch taller than an iPhone 6s), but it folds completely in half. If you prefer something with a misting option, we’d suggest Insten’s Portable Misting Fan that charges via USB and saved one writer from melting at Disney World.
A lightweight, easily foldable sweater for when you’re trapped underground in one of those cars with the souped-up AC.
This is sold out, but here is another v-neck cardigan.
An expert heavy-sweater recommended these 100 percent cotton Have a Hank bandannas for dabbing the occasional drip (or protecting you from touching the pole, if that’s your thing). We also might suggest going fancy with a monogram hankie.
Always have a book or something to read that’ll distract you from the endless inching toward the next stop. Maybe stealing something from Hillary Clinton’s reading list, like The Jersey Brothers, because a story about missing naval officers who found their way home from the Pacific won’t make the train seem so bad.
The only thing worse than getting stuck on the subway is getting stuck on the subway with a dead phone. New York’s gadget expert Jake Swearingen recommends the Xiaomi, which can store enough juice to completely recharge your phone three times.
Note: This exact charger is sold out, but here is another Xiaomi option.
A calming lavender oil that’s worked for stressed-out writers on deadline. If lavender’s not your thing, Tata Harper’s aromatic stress treatment, beloved by Strategist editors, smells like rich people and is like taking a Klonopin in scent form.
From an article in the Gothamist telling the story of the A train derailment two days ago: “One guy was very calm and in a big booming voice said, ‘Everything is under control,’” Duncan added. “That made me feel good, and then he goes, ‘God is in control,’ and I was like, OH GREAT.” Avoid the crazies altogether with Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo’s favorite earplugs that’ll let you hear any important announcements, but block out all the rest.
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