What’s in My Purse and Why?

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purseAs I wrote the title of this post, I was reminded of the “What’s in your wallet?” commercials. It made me laugh a little, but I’m getting sidetracked. Unfortunately that’s how my mind works most of the time.

Anyway, purses are amazing. They make it possible for us to carry around the essentials and can be a great fashion statement, too. At the same time, it’s possible to get carried away and have too much in your purse. We all know the person with the huge bag that has everything in it. In the interest of being honest, I have been that person. That just weighs it down and leaves you with a sore shoulder or back. Before something goes in my purse, I like to think about the likelihood I’ll actually need it. If I’m not going to use it, it doesn’t need to be taking up space and adding weight to my bag. So what’s in my bag and why?

What’s in My Purse?

General/Obvious stuff:

  • Of course there’s the usual, like my wallet, keys, and a couple of spare keys.purse
  • Altoids or other breath mints. This needs no explanation.
  • Small water bottle. I get a dry throat quickly if I’m not staying hydrated.
  • Sunglasses and case. I have difficulty driving without sunglasses.
  • Small flash light. You never know if you’re going to be stranded in the dark.
  • Ear buds and portable charger. Of course, these are for my phone, which goes in my bag before I leave the house.

Cosmetic and sanitary:


  • Travel size hairbrush. This is probably more a case of vanity than actual need, but you ladies will understand. Sometimes you need to redo your hair and you can’t do that without a brush.
  • Lip gloss and chapstick. Too long without and my lips get so dry they burn.
  • Safety pins, qtips, and floss picks. Safety pins because I’m clumsy or have a last minute wardrobe malfunction. Floss and qtips are for last minute cleanups.
  • Nail file and clippers. I can’t stand to have chipped or broken nails and like to have quick access to a way to fix it when it happens.
  • Feminine products. A small supply just in case.
  • Travel size hand lotion. I have horrible dry skin and need lotion often.
  • Homemade hand sanitizer. (Find it in this post.) I am extremely sensitive to fragrances and will get sick using the soap in public restrooms. I use this hand sanitizer instead.
  • Deodorant. This might seem like a waste of space, but if I don’t freshen up from time to time, no one wants to be near me.


  • Rescue Remedy spray. I use this to calm anxiety and it’s also good for headaches.
  • Peppermint oil. Also good for headaches.
  • Accupressure bracelets to relieve motion sickness and candied ginger, also for motion sickness. I can go months without having an episode of motion sickness. But every so often, it’ll hit me out of nowhere. If I’m not prepared, the consequences are not fun.
  • Cough drops. There are several triggers that can cause a coughing fit, so I always have a few of these in my bag.purse
  • Tylenol/ibuprofen. I actually try to avoid taking pain killers as I don’t like the effects. But sometimes it can’t be avoided.

This probably sounds like a lot, but each item has a purpose and a place. With a well organized bag, it doesn’t need to be huge. I have a small cross body bag with lots of pockets that actually holds everything on the list. And as you can probably see, some of the extra items are for health reasons.

What essentials are in your bag? Do you like a large bag or a small bag? Let me know in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “What’s in My Purse and Why?

  1. Love your lovely post ! As a woman , all the things in your bag are so essential and I must add that I have mints or cheering gum in my bag as well so I can refresh my breath at a go 👍👍👍👍

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