Bobby pins, hair ties, charger, peppermints along with travel perfume, a good book, wallet and keys fill a woman’s handbag on the regular. Purses are like mini luggage suitable to carry all your personal necessities for on-the-go activity. Modern day women on the rise are working towards becoming their own boss, which means we are constantly busy outside the house and need our homely essentials to continue our productive day. Whether your day is spent having brunch with the girls, driving to a job interview or running errands, your handbag is a key component to staying freshly prepared and getting ish done!
“Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” -My Mom
While it’s cool to embrace the unknown, it’s also smart to stay prepared. My mom has always been persistent and firm in reminding me to take things I’m not sure if I’ll use or need away from home. For example, on cloudy days, she tells me to bring my umbrella because you never know if it’ll rain. Going with the concept, moms knows best, I always take my umbrella on cloudy days and yes, several times I needed it. #ThanksMom
Depending on the scenario, have you ever been stuck in public thinking, “WOW! I just touched something gross, I wished I had my hand sanitizer!” or, “Crap, my curls fallen flat 😦 I need a hair tie to put my hair in a messy bun or ponytail.” You just never know what dilemmas you’ll run into, so why not keep some handy dandy items nearby.
My main purse items besides the obvious things like a wallet and keys include: sunnies, lotion, lip liner, hand sanitizer, pen and hair ties or bobby pins. After a couple of situations, I recently discovered some other goodies to make my handbag even more helpful. Here are five items I realize I should start carrying in my purse.
5 Things You Should Start Carrying in Your Handbag
Ever get a papercut out in public? That stingy feeling sucks right? All you need is a band-aid and problem solved. Too often times, I scrape my hand on things and it causes a scratch that leaves me feeling uncomfortable. Keeping band-aids in my handbag might not be all the ingredients for a first-aid kit but certainly provides some type of protection from those annoying papercuts.
Ah yes the dreaded menstrual cycle catches every woman off guard when she isn’t properly prepared, so what better way to avoid the bloody mishap than keeping pads or tampons in your purse? Even if I don’t use the pad for that time of month, I still want to carry one. You just never know if your bestie may need one too!
Remember the Sex and The City episode when Carrie and Samantha wanted to eat at the hottest restaurant in New York but it had a long waitlist? One night, Carrie saw the hostess in the bathroom and she needed a tampon. Going by woman code, Carrie gave her one even though the hostess had been declining Carrie and Samantha’s petition to eat at the restaurant. Feeling so gracious for Carrie’s generosity, minutes later the hostess finally open the gateway to a table for Carrie and Samantha. Kindness pays off right? Good thing she was prepared!
Safety Pins for Wardrobe Malfunction
We must avoid nip slips and accidental ripped pants at all costs right? What would you do if you arrive at an interview and realized a button felled off your silk blouse? Too often the zipper of my jeans randomly falls or a button is suddenly missing from my dress shirt. Then I’m left with the thought, “O wow, wished I had a safety pin”, so now I’m adding these must-haves to my bag. Safety pins help tuck away all the naughty bits to avoid unintentional exposure. I would even pack like 3-5 pins all different sizes to be fully covered. See what I did there? Fully covered? lol!
How often do you get food stuck in between your teeth after eating a delicious meal? Sometimes the tooth pick doesn’t cut it, you need a tool to get food from all around the gum line. If you don’t feel comfortable flossing in a public bathroom, invest in floss threaders, they’re great for quickly removing food between your teeth. Floss threaders are a convenient 2-in-1 tool with a piece of floss attached to a handle and a pick at the end. While it’s not traditional flossing, it certainly gets the job done.
3-in-1 Hair/Face/Body Mist
Need a refresher for the hair, face and body so you don’t look messy while running errands? Invest in an all-in-one spray that eliminates the need for perfume, hairspray and a face mist. May I recommend rosewater? The properties in rosewater add moisture back to the hair and skin. Plus, it’s a great refreshing spray that doesn’t disturb makeup and it’s subtle soft scent will blend well with your lingering perfume. I really like adding Bulgarian rosewater to my hygiene routine because it never breaks me out and it’s ultra calming for sensitive skin and/or acne.
As this list could go on and on with other helpful essentials such as your phone charger, mouthwash instead of gum or an emery board for snagged fingernails, I wanted to focus my top five essentials that provided me the most benefits while out in public. Do you carry the same things as me? I’m curious to learn more about the necessary things you carry in your purse, share your thoughts below.
Did you discover anything new on my list to add to your purse? What are some must-haves you recommend for handbags while out on the go?