No matter your mode of transportation, we can probably all agree that commuting to work is one big pain in the you-know-what. Whether you're a brisk, five-minute walk to an express-service subway or a half-hour car ride away from your destination, making the trek each day (no matter how long or far) is a task in and of itself. But, the little things we do each morning — like chatting on the phone with Grandma or making a pit stop for your morning coffee — help make the journey a little bit easier.
Additionally, preparing for our trip with a few handy commuter essentials — be it an umbrella for April's rain showers or headphones to drown out noisy chatter — is absolutely key. Let's face it: Traffic jams happen, trains get delayed, and the weather is just plain unpredictable some days. So, we compiled a list of 15 must-have items — for bikers, subway riders, walkers, drivers, and so forth. Because, it's always better to have what you need when you need it.