5 Things I Don’t Keep in My Handbag that I Should

PURSE NECESSITIES

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

5 Things You Should Always Carry in Your Handbag- JustNatonya

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.

Ladies, These Are the Top 5 Items You Should Carry in Your Handbag

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5 Things You Should Start Carrying in Your Handbag

Band-aids

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.

Pads/Tampons

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!

Floss Threaders/Picks

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.

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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?

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. First off, I love the Sex and the City reference! Yas girl! Also the 3 in 1 spray is something I definitely need to invest in.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I’m glad you knew exactly what I was talking about in regards to Sex and The City 🙂 YASS! Rosewater never fails me 🙂

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  2. Chocoviv says:

    Love that tote bag!

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  3. monika says:

    I change my bags too often, that’s why I usually only have my phone and payment cards with me: D Regards:**

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Yea I change my bags a lot too! lol!

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  4. Let me just start with, my mom may have had the same mentality as yours because her purse was ALWAYS heavy. It doesn’t matter what purse she was carrying, sometimes the things she pulled out of there had me wondering, “How did that fit in there?” or “How did you know to bring that?” Lol.
    Sis, your blog is completely inspirational. I love how you take common blog ideas and twist them slightly to something that is refreshing. BTW, super cute MK purse! And I totally remember that Sex and the City episode!! Oh what being nice can get you LOL. These are great suggestions to keep in every girl’s handbag. I always think that I should grab a hair tie before I leave the house but then end up getting so distracted in the “getting ready” process that I forget. I think that’s my number one.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Lately, I’ve been adding hair ties to my wrist and my bag because they are just so helpful lol!

      I’m so happy you find my blog inspiring sis, make my heart smile. Every time I feel like I’m not doing enough or producing interesting content, I take it back to my life and start writing posts to what I’m going through. Seems to really help others a lot and that makes me feel good, even if it’s a handbag essentials suggestions. lol! I appreciate your love and support sis!! You are my sister. Seriously! ❤

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  5. ellieslondon says:

    I have hand sanitizer like all of the time for sure but what i do sometimes lack is wipes! Sometimes they come in really useful especially at places where you need to eat with your hands and it gets a bit messy! Living in London my umbrella should be permanently in my bag too which unfortunately it is not! X

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    1. justnatonya says:

      O I think hand wiped are a great necessity, thanks for sharing that tip!!

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  6. Soph Hearts says:

    I’m so nosy and love finding out what people carry in their handbags- or not as the case may be! Your Mum is totally right that its better to have it and not need it. I definitely don’t carry around safety pins or floss but I probably should!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So happy I gave you a couple of ideas to add to your handbag Soph!👏🏾

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  7. Jaya Avendel says:

    Love these tips! And I love your purse to!

    Safety pins are something I never even have in the house but am always needing; it is amazing how grateful you will be to have them when a zip or button breaks. Pins and pads are also things I carry. The only other thing I sometimes need and do not have in my bag are scissors!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Scissors! What a great idea!!! Thanks for the handy suggestion 🙂

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  8. Weird Louise says:

    These are all great suggestions of things you should carry in your purse. My mom was persistent with me when I first started carrying a purse, and a lot of things I do carry are because of her. Floss picks and tampons/pads are a most for me, but I can see safety pins and band-aids coming in handy. So, I’ll have to add that to my bag soon.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Yea just keeping these items makes the biggest difference and it’s nice to feel prepared. Thanks for commenting Angela!!

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  9. Great post! Love the quote from your Mum, I totally agree. I started carrying plasters in my bag these last few years – SO handy when you’re prone to blisters on your feet. Also, I’d never heard of rose spray but I’m definitely off to research and potentially buy some now! Thanks for sharing 💛

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    1. justnatonya says:

      YES! Rosewater is so helpful because it benefits the hair, skin and body 🙂 Plus, I like it for the calming properties to sensitive skin.

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  10. Sahara says:

    I always forget my necessities in my bag, lip balm, a spare pin, I usually toss my wallet in and then rush out the door. Your mom is so right, it’s better to have something and then not need it than not have it at all! YES HAND SANITIZER – the number 1 necessity that I actually keep forgetting to ever toss in my bag. Yes to keeping pads/tampons on at all times, my cycle randomly came early one month and thankfully my sister happened to have one with her!

    Floss!! That’s definitely something I need to be carrying around, never know when something will get stuck in your teeth.

    Definitely going to be adding a few of these things in my bag if I manage to prepare said bag at least an hour before to not forget anything!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Sahara I am so happy this post is giving you a great reminder to add your necessities! Floss is an excellent thing to have in public, I think that’ll be my number one recommendation 🙂

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  11. Miranda says:

    All of these are good items to keep in your purse; the band-aids one especially. There are so many random scenarios where a band-aid comes in need, particularly when traveling.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Great point, band-aids definitely come in handy during traveling experiences 🙂

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thank you so much, it was a birthday gift from my mom!!

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  12. I love using rosewater as a toner but I never though of keeping it in my handbag! That’s a great idea. I’m never without a cloth for cleaning my glasses, lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm, and hand cream:)

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Lip balm is a must-have especially for the winter weather!

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  13. I always carry loads of tissue packs too! You never know when you will need them!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Tissues! I always forget about tissues, yes these are a must-have. Thanks for the friendly reminder Amie ❤

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  14. My necessities are;
    1) Battery Pack & charging cable for my phone
    2) Noise reducing earphones (I got decent ones for listening to music through my phone that also double up to just cancel noise when I’m overwhelmed)
    3) Prescription Sunglasses
    4) Mini pack of wet wipes for my hands (sanitising gel doesn’t get rid of the sticky feeling)
    5) Purse with emergency contact card

    Things I should carry but forget;
    1) Sanitary towels (I forget to replace them after using them/giving them to others caught out)
    2) Spare hair tie
    3) Pens (Like with sanitary towels I leave them for others to use and forget to refill)
    4) Mini sunscreen (I’m often out all day and end up with burned shoulders)

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Mini sunscreen is a great idea especially for those super sunny days! Thanks for the tip!!

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  15. OMG I have non of these in my bag! I mean, it is a cross body and it is so small so not much space but still…

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    1. justnatonya says:

      In my small cross body bag, I include floss because I always need it. lol!

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  16. Joy says:

    I actually do not carry any of these 5 times and maybe, I should start to :p these are obviously necessities, especially pads/tampons

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I carry pads/tampons even when I’m not on my period. Glad to give you some purse essentials inspo. Thanks for reading Joy!

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  17. justthegameoflife says:

    Good list! Yes always need the tampons/pads. I always forget the umbrella though. I sometimes bring a change of clothes with me in my car and a towel as well. You never know when you might need them. Also instead of hand sanitizer I bring wipes with me. Sometimes you never know when you need to clean something off as well. Just more uses than hand sanitizer for me. :]

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I like the idea of wipes to clean items, that is a fantastic idea! What if you need to use a public computer? Having wipes would certainly help out a ton. I think a change of clothes in the car is so smart especially if you’re gone all day and your friends want you to meet for a movie. It’ll be nice to change into something comfortable without driving all the way back home. Great tips! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  18. You have a great list here. Bandaids are key, as well as kleenex and motrin for headaches. I hate being out and feeling my nose run only to find I have no kleenex. 🙂

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Kleenex is an excellent add-on along with motrin because headaches really slow you down from having a productive day. Thanks for the awesome tip!

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  19. theamalog says:

    Love this post!!! Always wanted to know other peoples ultimate handbag must-haves just in case i’m missing something in my handbag that I will need in the future. Safety pins needs to be added on my bag from now. Love your photos and ofcourse your content has always been consistent and informative.

    Amalog – http://amalog.co

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thank you so much!! I like reading what others carry too, I always discovers something new lol! If I had to recommend top three items, it would be safety pins, floss and hand sanitizer. Thanks for always showing support on my blog, means alot to me ❤

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