Tips What To Carry In Your Purse

By on November 24, 2012
Tips What To Carry In Your Purse

It’s possible to have the right essentials in your purse without becoming a bag lady, weighed down with all sorts of unnecessary stuff. The exact things to carry in your purse are as personal as you are. Here’s how to find the right balance.

1.Decide what kind of purse you need and buy or make it. Many smaller pockets will make things easier to find and help control the jumble and mess.
2.Consider what you need to carry in your purse every day. What items do you use (or find you need) frequently? Make a list of the items, or just gather them up in one place.
3.Consider where you are taking the purse. Specifically, what do you need to have to go there and do whatever you have planned?
4.Think through your hygiene and beauty routines.
Evaluate how much makeup you use each day. If you wear makeup every day or go out a lot, you may want to put a makeup bag in your purse, and make sure you have a small mirror with you. Otherwise, see if you can keep it to the basics.
Tissues and a hairbrush are always useful even if you don’t wear cosmetics.
Would you use a toothbrush, toothpaste, or dental floss more often if you had them at hand all the time?
Don’t forget the hand sanitizer and a sanitary napkin or tampon. Many purses have a zippered inside pocket where you can carry personal items discreetly.
If you buy a store bought purse with out multiple compartments, it is very helpful to buy a small pencil bag or makeup bag to keep all your beauty products in inside your purse. This way your smaller items such as lip glosses do not leak in your purse or roll around to where you can not find them. Having this smaller bag creates more organization and creates easier access.
5.Packed for travel. Review any medication you take, and add that to your purse, as necessary. Your local drugstore will have plenty of options for carrying your selection of medicines.
If you are prone to headaches or cramps, you may want to keep a small container of pain reliever in your purse.
If you wear contacts, keep your case and eye drops in your purse. Consider taking your glasses as well, in case your contacts fall out at a time when you can’t put them back in, or if you can’t find the fallen contact.
Carry any medications that you or your family will need in case of emergencies, such as asthma inhalers or injections to control allergic reactions.
Your purse may not be the right place for a complete first aid kit, but you may still want to carry a few small basics, such as a couple of band-aids and some tweezers.
6.Consider tucking in a few comfort or entertainment items. Would you like a small, packaged snack or a hand-held fan for hot summer days? A paperback novel? A notebook and pen? A miniature craft kit or drawing kit? Go easy on items like these, and choose only the ones that are most important to you.
7.Be sure to include a wallet containing money and an ID. In addition, make sure the purse contains keys for your house and car (though keys are always safer when kept in a trouser or coat pocket). The same goes with money–if you’re going to carry money in your purse, don’t carry too much in case it gets stolen.
8.Miniaturize and consolidate. If you like to read, could your books travel electronically in your phone or PDA without adding weight? Could you carry a multiple-use object, such as a four-way pen or multi-tool? Can you carry just a few basic colors of makeup in one or two compacts and leave the rest at home?
9.Personalize and adapt. Place everything you want in your purse, carry it for a while, and then re-evaluate its contents. Are you using everything you carry, or at least everything but the emergency supplies? Have you found yourself somewhere without something you needed?
Mints.It’s good having a pack of mints after you ate some garlic snacks or anything that smells.Also,it’s appreciated to offer some to your co-workers/friends.Make sure it doesn’t spill every ware.



If you have too many items to fit neatly in your purse, take everything out and decide what you can live without.
Clean your purse regularly. Throw out any old receipts and trash. Evaluate everything you carry and make sure it is serving its purpose. If it doesn’t earn its keep, don’t lug it around.
Make a point to use up your change, otherwise it will all sink to the bottom of your purse weighing you down.
Alternate the cosmetics in your makeup bag or stick to a few basics. Otherwise, you’ll end up toting around ten different kinds of lip gloss.
Keep zippered bags inside your purse to keep smaller items together.
Other items you can include are: mace, a Swiss army knife or multi-tool, a book (if your purse is large enough), an mp3 player, a mirror, tweezers, a business card holder, a notebook, a pen, a small flashlight, pads or tampons, hand lotion, a transit pass, an address book, a planner or calendar, a PDA.
For special events, you may want to keep nail polish in your purse to patch up runs in your pantyhose. Or, you could scrunch up a pair of tights or stockings into a ball and keep them in your purse in case the ones you wear run.
If you keep electronic items in your purse, you may want to get protective cases for them. It’s also a good idea to “lock” mp3 players and cell phones, so you don’t waste power or end up calling your best friends by accident.


Don’t put unwrapped food in your purse because it will get dirty. Wrapped foods like energy bars are OK.
When traveling on airplanes do NOT bring liquids or gels (unless it’s in a quart sized plastic bag).
If you decide to carry mace or a knife, know the laws about these items and get yourself trained in their use.

Things You’ll Need


  • Wallet
  • ID/ or license
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Money (with some extra cash tucked away discreetly)
  • Emergency list of numbers (emergency contacts, insurance information, AAA)
  • Coin purse
  • Keys/extra spare keys (house and car)
  • Bottle opener/Swiss Army knife
  • Cell Phone

Beauty/Mini cosmetic bag

  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Necklace
  • Rings
  • Lip Gloss/Balm
  • Lip Stick (if you’re a girly girl)
  • Chapstick
  • Blush
  • Eye shadow
  • Eye liner
  • Mascara
  • Nail Clippers
  • Perfume/Eau-de-Cologne
  • Blotting Sheets
  • Concealer
  • Lotion
  • Hair Tie
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail-file/paper emery-board
  • Bobby-Pins
  • Safety pins
  • Tide pen( just in case)


  • Pads/Tampons
  • wax (if have braces)
  • Ibuprofen/pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Sugar-free/non-sugar sweeter (pellets)
  • Condom/Birth Control
  • Tissues/Handkerchief
  • Hand Sanitizer/Travel-soap/Moist Towelettes
  • Band-aids
  • Sunscreen
  • Floss/Paper-wrapped toothpicks
  • Cotton stabs
  • Compact Mirror
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush
  • Contact Case/Contact solution
  • Travel-sized toothbrush and paste
  • Travel-sized mouthwash
  • Travel-sized body spray
  • Wipes


  • Sunglasses (in a smart/safe carry case)
  • Scarf (if you have room)
  • Gloves or Mittens (in the winter)
  • Small triple-folding umbrella (in the rainy season)
  • Snack
  • Sugar-free/non-sugar sweetener (pellets)
  • Water bottle
  • 2-3 extra plastic bags/a cloth shopping bag
  • Gift cards (only if shopping that day)
  • Your visiting cards
  • Mini Notepad
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Mints/Gum
  • Book/Kindle
  • iPod/MP3
  • Map
  • Camera
  • Pepper spray or pocket knife
  • 20 Questions (game)
  • Mini sewing kit (thread, needles, small scissors)
  • Mini Office kit (if used)- paper-clips, rubber-bands, mini stapler
  • Mini emergency kit
  • Camera case
  • Cell Phone case
  • Make Up Bag
  • Double-sided tape
  • Headphones
  • Eye Mask
  • Pocket Agenda
  • Mini Highlighters
  • Pads/Tampons holder
  • sandals/flip flops (in summer)
  • Tablet/iPad
  • Stick notes/note cards

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