For a woman carrying a handbag around with the kitchen sink in seems to be the norm. But do we really need to be carrying around all these things? Probably not.
The first problem we all face is which bag? So many bags! You find one…it’s too small. You find another…it’s too big. Luckily I have found the perfect bag! This is the first, most expensive, designer handbag I have EVER brought. But it is beautiful, so oh well! Shout out to Kurt Geiger for making fabulous bags! (See below.)
#1 – A makeup bag: makeup, lip balm
Essential for keeping all your little things together. In mine I keep my lip balms, mascara, blusher and brush. Just in case, you never know when you need to have a touch-up.
#2 – Compact mirror
The compact mirror, the trusty mirror! You never know when you need to check your makeup or reapply your lip balm, and to do that you need your mirror! I always put mine in my makeup bag.
#3 – Hair bobbles and clips
You never know when you’ll need a bobble or hair clips. I always keep them in my bag just in case the weather changes or I’m in a rush and need to put my hair up or out of my face.
#4 – Hair brush
Again, if I need to sort my hair out a hair brush is what I need to save the day. If it’s in my bag it’s a win-win situation.
#5 – Headphones
Don’t be the person who forgets their headphones, because there simply is nothing more annoying than getting on the bus in the morning and reaching into your handbag to find NO HEADPHONES.
If that happens then the whole day is ruined because now you must listen to Polly tell her friend Sally all about her emotional break up and you have to listen to the awful music playing out loud at the back of the bus by the teenager at the back of the bus with their hood up…. And that then results in you needing painkillers.
#6 – Notebook
Notebooks are essential, especially in my handbag. Being a Journalism student means that I could need to take notes at any time. Whether that be a lecture or interviewing someone for an article.
#7 – Diary
If I want my life to be anywhere near organised, I MUST have my diary. I need to have it with me because there’s always something going on. I always check my diary for deadlines or events happening in the area etc. It’s handy to keep in my handbag because then I can just use it when I’m out and about to jot things down. So, to keep organised….keep your diary in your bag.
#8 – Pen
If you have the previous items, you would need a pen…or in my case, several pens. You always need to have a pen in your bag because you never know when you might need one, or when someone might want to use a pen.
#9 – Tissues
Tissues are a must! You could have a cold, be upset, someone else could be upset or it could be hay fever season. These things could spring on you at any time so it’s good to keep these to hand.
#10 – Wipes
I love to keep these in my bag. These are ideal for when you’re rushing around working up a sweat, if you’ve been to the gym or it’s a hot day. They are a great way to freshen up! I only buy the small packets as they are easy and light to carry around.
They are also great if you spill something or get anything down yourself.
#11 – Feminine products
Now, being a woman this is a MUST. One of the most important things to carry in your bag, ever. We’ve all been caught out before, come on girls – admit it, it’s not nice at all. There simply is nothing worse when your time of the month appears out of nowhere, but then not having any products to hand. What a disaster. Don’t let that be you, ALWAYS carry a few products spare. Just in case!
#12 – Sanitiser and hand lotion
You never know when you might need hand sanitiser. You may touch a sticky door handle, sneeze into your hand or shake someone’s sweaty hand… you just never know! So be sure to always carry around a small bottle, to help fight those germs!
Hand cream is a MUST. Throughout the day, when I’m typing or writing my hands get really dried out. So keeping hand cream in my back is a saviour, it’s small so it fits perfectly into my bag and it smells divine.
#13 – Mints and medication
Now, no one wants to be that person with bad breath after they have just been for lunch. I love food, so it’s good to enjoy it. But check your breathe and have a mint, just to be on the safe side. You never know who you might be meeting with!
Medication, is important. Whether that being prescription or paracetamol. I made the mistake once of forgetting my vertigo medication, and I had a dizzy spell making me ill. I have never made the same mistake since.
#14 – Snack
Again with food…like I said before, I love food. So having a snack in your bag is ideal. If it stops you from going to McDonald’s then it’s great!
#15 – Spray
You know when you have those days where you just need to freshen yourself up, it’s hot or you’ve been rushing around. Just grab your bag, get your spray or perfume out and I guarantee it makes you feel one hundred times better.
#16 – Purse
Always carry your purse around with you and keep cash on you! You never know when you might need to get a taxi or a train or food in emergency!
#17 – Keys
I for one am a nightmare for forgetting my keys. So always keep them in your handbag, once you have locked your door put them back in your bag!
Moral of the story, always have these things in your bag. You never know when you might need them!