I’ve had them all … big purses and small ones, purses with shoulder straps, crossovers, tote bags, and cute little clutches. I’ve tried the minimalist approach and, more often, the everything but the kitchen sink approach.
Most recently, I’ve been carrying a smaller bag, but before I knew it, it looked more like a football than a purse. Clearly, I needed a plan and a commitment to stay organized when it comes to my purse.
What about you? Could you use some help? Are there some purse essentials?
13 Purse Essentials
1. A Compact Mirror
Whether it’s for reapplying lipstick or getting the salad out of your teeth, this is a necessity.
2. Travel Size Hand Sanitizer
I try not to overthink this, but germs are everywhere. This will also stop the itch from an insect bite, at least temporarily.
3. Pocket Sized Tissues
I always have tissues, but sometimes I just grab two or three from the box and stuff them in my purse. A couple days later they’re at the bottom, looking like they’ve seen better days. A pocket sized package is much nicer.
4. Your I.D.
If you’re driving, you don’t want to get pulled over without it. You may need to produce your I.D. even when you use a credit card and you don’t want to know what happens if you try to board a plane these days without it.
It’s a good idea to have some cash even in our digital age, at least some one’s, five’s, ten’s and a few quarters for vending machines.
6. 1 or 2 Credit/Debit Cards
Find one credit card with the benefits you want and stick with it. You many need to carry a debit card, as well. My husband and I prefer one that accumulates airline miles on all our purchases. We use it for most transactions and keep the balance paid off.
7. Smart Phone and Charger.
What did we do without our cell phones? Most of us can’t even remember a phone number without it and there are plenty of safety reasons.
8. A Small Cosmetic Bag
Small is the operative word. Seriously, a comb or travel brush, lipstick or gloss, hand cream and that compact mirror should suffice. Unless you’re traveling, do you really need to re-apply make-up? Throw in a hair tie, small emery board and clippers (they can double as scissors in a pinch and won’t get confiscated at the airport), if you like. Keeping them all together in mini-bag will save digging in the bottom of your purse and trying to find your lip gloss among the gum wrappers and loose pennies.
9. Gum or Mints
The onions you opted for on that burger won’t endear you to anyone else you meet.
Besides looking cool in those Ray-Bans, there are more important reasons for wearing sunglasses.
According to WebMD, “Too much UV light can cause cataracts. It can also destroy the retina, the lining at the back of your eyes that helps you see clearly.”
Look for glasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays and make sure they fit well. Buy glasses for the kids, while you’re at it.
Buy a pretty Key Finder Hook or carabiner and clip them to the inside of your purse and you’ll never have to take everything out to find them. Get in the habit of putting them back in your purse the minute you walk in the house.
12. Pen & Small Notebook
One pen, not a handful and a couple of broken crayons. Add a little pizzazz with a Moleskine Notebook.
13. Medications & Pain Relievers
As a migraine sufferer, I’ve learned to carry my medication with me everywhere. Benadryl and over-the-counter pain relievers are good to have, too.
There you have it … 13 Purse Essentials! Tie on a pretty scarf and you’re ready to go.
Keep it to the essentials and your back will thank you. Now to find the right purse … (sigh).
What would you add to my list? What would you leave out? Share your thoughts.
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