My best friend is like the Mary Poppins of this generation. If anything unexpected happens, she merely reaches into her purse and magically pulls out the perfect solution – have a hangnail, the perfect tool appears – her niece gets a paper cut, she’ll pull out a band aid (a pink one for that matter) – need to suddenly build a fire, out comes wooden matches. It’s unbelievable!
I, on the other hand, can’t find my ringing cell phone much less something to write with. So, after years of frustration, I decided to research what I actually SHOULD be keeping in my purse and it turns out that women actually like to divulge what they have in the deep caverns of their handbag!
I started by going online to a slew of women’s blogs about the subject, and then started asking friends. Women who carry well-stocked handbags are proud of their preparedness. Here are some things I learned that might be useful to keep in our purses, from the women who keep them:
Allergy medicine. Allergic reactions – almost always come on unexpectedly and when you are not at home. I have used the Benadryl in my purse on multiple occasions, not only for myself, but for my children also.
Swiss army knife (or other multipurpose tool). Several women pulled out a pink multipurpose tool. The multitude of tools packed onto this gadget includes tweezers, knife, bottle opener, and more.
Spare car key and house key. Locking your keys in the house or car is a huge inconvenience, and can be expensive if you have to hire a locksmith (and I’ve had to!) Chances are, that even if you lock your keys in the car, you’ll still have your purse on your shoulder.
Pen and paper. You never know when you’ll need to write something down (think directions, address, phone number, insurance information)
Emergency snacks. Stranded? Hungry? Having food in your purse will protect your finances and health by keeping you from hitting a drive-thru.
Tissues. Nose bleeds, runny noses, crying child, liquid spills, oily skin – tissues come in handy all the time.
To do list. You’re constantly thinking, and usually remember things you need to do while you’re away from home. Sound familiar? Keep your to-do list with you, so you can add items to it when you think of them.
Safety pins. Buttons fall off, zippers break, seams come apart, hems fall down. Having a spare safety pin in your purse can save you from a wardrobe malfunction when you need it the most!
Pressed Powder. No need to carry all make-up, a neutral-colored pressed powder or blotting paper will get you through the day.
Lip & Cheek Stain. A great combo for quick make-up fix.
Wet Tissues. Great if you have kids.
Coin purse. Handy for the bus, your work I.D, USB drive and the house keys. I’m always digging for change in the bottom of my purse.
Cloth Shopping Bag. Find one small one and you’ll keep it there.
Trust me, there’s more – it was really fun to see what women carry in there. And, as a side note, every man that I mentioned this to, had the same confused expression on their face – that mixed with an expression of fear – fear to even think about reaching in there.
My mom had to have her handbag by her side at all times. It was funny until now that I’m older I find myself doing the same thing. I better get organized!
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