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What Matt Walsh of Veep Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Matt Walsh of HBO’s Veep, which returns for its final season on Sunday, March 31, about the cheese balls, flannel shirt, and electric toothbrush he can’t live without.

UTZ Cheese Balls, 1000-Count Barrel

Cheese puffs or balls in a large, multi-gallon container bring me joy, because they imply bounty — cheese puffs for a month or so — plus, they’re a bargain. You can find these giant containers at dollar stores, but the more synthetic-looking and tasting, the better. You can keep a jug like this in the garage or above the laundry machine.

Little Debbie Nutty Buddy Wafer Bars

This is for when I’m craving a sweet snack. I tend to make these a binge item, but there is nothing better than one of these delicious peanut treats. I like mass-produced junk food once in a while, what can I say?

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control

This vibrating toothbrush was a revelation in my life. I find it makes your teeth cleaner and it feels like you have technology on your side, running around inside your mouth killing all those cavities. You can also take it on the road for weekend travel, no need to bring the charger — it’s good for several days. It’s a counterbalance to my junk-food fixation.

J.Crew Buffalo-Check Cotton-Flannel Shirt

I have several J.Crew flannels that have been in my wardrobe rotation for almost a decade. They hold up well, they’re not trying too hard, and they keep you super warm on a chilly day. What else do you want from a shirt?

Johnson & Johnson Oil-Free SPF 15 Facial Moisturizer

As a pale person of Irish descent, I have to be aware of sun protection at all times. This oil-free sunscreen lotion allows me to do multiple applications throughout the day and it doesn’t look like I have soap caked on my face like with some sunscreens. It’s also reasonably priced.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone

This is maybe the most important app I have. It’s a calendar app that allows me and my wife to sync up our lives, and its color-coded for her events, my events, and the kids’ events, and we can invite people to our calendar so they can add stuff to it. It’s amazingly simple — even I consider myself proficient at it — and there’s a lot of neat tricks I won’t get into. Highly recommend for simplifying calendar stress.

Justin Bent Rail Tan Fenix Straw Cowboy Hat

I have had this wide-brim hat for several years, and I wear it every day, and it gets beaten up but still holds up. I love it because it breathes nicely and provides a ton of sun protection with its enormous brim.

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