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What Cheryl Strayed Can’t Live Without

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 Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, about the lip balm, backpack, and hiking boots she can’t live without.

So I was recently a guest star on Portlandia, and my episode hasn’t aired yet, but it was last fall in Portland when we filmed it, and they gave me this backpack as a gift for doing it (it’s made in Oregon and was filled with goodies made in Oregon, too). I get lots of bags and backpacks, as you can imagine, but this one is truly amazing. It’s not a wilderness backpack, but an urban one, and it opens from the top and has a laptop sleeve, but what’s truly great is that it has a zipper on the side. So there were all these times when I was in some airport and needed to grab something from the bottom of the backpack, and I just whipped it open from the side zipper. It’s functional but stylish. People would come up to me at the airport and ask about it. You always want people to kind of envy you.

This is a thing. Do you know about these? These are for people who are looking at screens in the modern age. And you can get them whether you need help with your eyes or not. You can just get them as regular glass or readers with magnification, but they’re glasses that protect your eyes from blue light from the computer. My kids don’t wear glasses, but I have them put those on when they’re looking at the computer for a long time. This whole idea is that blue light is damaging to our eyes for any number of reasons, and these block those harmful blue rays, which are bad at night because they throw off your circadian rhythms, but they’re really not good for you any time of the day, so why not protect yourself?

I can speak very well to this. I’m famous for wearing the wrong boots and learned the hard way that you need the right boots. The owners of this brand were fans of Wild, and they sent them to me, and I noticed two things about them. Right out of the box, they were the most comfortable boots I’ve ever owned. And whenever I’m somewhere and encounter any women wearing Ahnus, they will say, “Oh my god, aren’t they amazing?” There’s a cult of Ahnu. I highly recommend them because they’re designed for a woman’s feet, which not a lot of hiking boots are.

The only thing I’m addicted to is lip balm. I’m a connoisseur of lip balm, and Kiehl’s is truly the best. After many years of trying to find the best version, I have to say that nothing compares to Kiehl’s. If I were forced to let go of all things on this list, I would cry, but you couldn’t take my lip balm.