My handbag is literally my best friend. It goes with me everywhere and holds some of my most prized possessions. You’d be amazed at the ton of stuff you’ll find in my bag. ATM receipts, grocery bills, lip balm, hair pins…you just name it. I can’t imagine how devastated I’d be if I ever lost my bag.
Anyways back to my post, I was cleaning out my bag a while ago and it got me thinking about the essentials every woman should have in her bag. So I decided to make a list. If you don’t already have these things in your own bag, feel free to grab them as you read on.
1). HAND SANITIZERS.
Hand sanitizer is such a must! And the reasons are quite obvious. Germs are everywhere. From grabbing a shopping cart that’s probably never been cleaned to sneezing into your hands or even counting money from the ATM, we are constantly in contact with germs. Hand sanitizers help protect you and prevent the spreading of these germs to people around you.
2). MINTS OR BREATH FRESHENERS.
Bad breath can be such a turn off. Whether you’re fasting, napping or you just had a strong flavoured food like fish, we all stand the risk of bad breath at some point in our day. Save yourself any embarrassment and keep mints in your bag at all times.
3.) HAIR ACCESSORIES.
I always keep hair bands and bobby pins in my bag especially when I’m wearing my hair long. They come in very handy when I feel too hot and need to get my hair out of the way.
4). COMPACT MIRROR.
You should always carry a compact mirror in your bag. They are useful for touching up your makeup, checking if your hair needs adjustment or if there’s food stuck between your teeth. You no longer have to wait for anyone to help you check.
5). LIP GLOSS OR LIP BALM.
Dry chapped lips are never cute. Keep your lip balms close at all times and your lips would love you for it.
6). SANITARY PAD OR TAMPONS.
Can I please get an Amen to that? Nothing can be more embarrassing than getting stained in public. It’s like the most uncomfortable thing in the world! Play safe by having a standby pad or tampon in your bag. Even if you never use it, you could run into a lady in need of one. She’ll definitely thank you for it.
7). SMALL PACK OF TISSUE.
Paloma to the rescue! A woman with hygiene is always attractive. It’s very important to maintain your cleanliness and appearance as a lady and tissue is something to help you with that. From spilling a drink, cleaning a dusty chair, to wiping your fingers or dealing with sniffs, you just can’t have too much tissue.
8). BAND AIDS.
Breaking in new shoes is hard, but we’ve gotta do it anyway. If you’re wearing new shoes and you have a long day ahead, grab a couple of band aids and put in your bag. I learnt this one the hard way. It cost me a painful blister and an unsightly limp. Better safe than sorry.
9). HAND CREAM OR LOTION.
Especially during the cold months, hand creams come in handy for dealing with dry palms and ashy knees and feet. They can also be used in freshening up after bathroom use.
10). ROLL-ON PERFUME.
No matter how much perfume you spray before leaving in the morning, by noon I bet you won’t be feeling all so fresh anymore. Keep a small roll-on perfume in your bag to maintain your unique scent all day long.
11). SAFETY PINS/ MINI SEWING KIT.
In those embarrassing moments when the button of your blouse chooses to pop, a mini sewing kit can save your life literally. Sewing needles, thread, safety pins, tiny scissors in a small case and your mini kit is ready. No need to worry about wardrobe malfunctions anymore.
If you’re a music lover, then you can’t go without this one. Whether you’re stuck on a long bus ride or desperately trying to avoid a conversation with a really boring person, your headphones would always come in handy.
13). NOTEPAD AND PEN.
You’ll need them for taking down important notes, address or reminders. Even if you’re tech savvy and would rather use your phone, it will still be useful for whenever your battery dies!
14). HAIR COMBS.
Small hair combs and brushes are necessary to make sure that your hair is always neat and tidy. Those with frizzy hair would totally understand the need.
15). SMALL MAKEUP PURSE
If you wear makeup regularly, you should carry a mini-makeup purse in your handbag. It should contain the basics like eyeliner, mascara, powder, oil blotting sheets and lipsticks.
Now that you’ve made it to the end of this long list, maybe you can tell me what some of your bag essentials are. Sound off in the comments!