Must-Have Items for Your Bag

What’s rolling around in the bottom of your purse? Lip gloss, spare change, old receipts, napkins, straws, or other kinds of “I might need this later” items? Want to minimize clutter but make sure you are ready for any last-minute needs? Check out this guide to must-have items for your bag.

Lip Balm

Dry lips? You never know when some wind, cold, or harsh heaters might chap your lips and cause you all kinds of discomfort. It’s best to keep a lip balm in your bag to avoid “lizard lips” at all costs. Need a suggestion? Burt’s Bees is always a great option!


Allergies? Hormone-induced emotions? Either one is no issue when you’ve got a convenient to-go pack of Kleenex in your bag!

Sanitizing Spray or Wipes

You never know when you’ll want a snack or accidentally touch something sticky without a place to wash your hands properly. Having sanitizer in your purse will help kill those germs immediately.

Hair Ties

Don’t be caught in the wind without something to hold your hair back. Whether it’s a scrunchie or an entire card of elastics, hair ties are a must-have for any purse or backpack. It’s much more photo-friendly than constantly wearing one on your wrist.


Wish you could rock out to your favorite tunes at any time? There’s an easy fix: Keep earbuds in your bag. They’re also good for students and professional-development gurus because you can listen to an e-book or podcast anywhere, anytime.

Feminine Supplies

Does this one need an explanation? The best space-friendly options are panty liners and compact tampons.

Tide Stick

Say goodbye to haphazard coffee, ink, or other stains by keeping a to-go Tide Stick with you at all times.


Dry skin is not your friend. Keep it at bay with a travel-sized bottle of lotion. Avoid spillage by placing it in a separate pocket or pouch within your bag.


Is there anything worse than leaving the house and realizing that you’ve forgotten deodorant? Be prepared by keeping a travel-sized deodorant in your bag. Just make sure not to leave it in a hot car for too long, or it could get messy.

Tylenol or Aspirin

Save yourself from sudden cramps or headaches with over-the-counter pain relievers. When you carry these in your bag, you can keep the party going instead of going home.

So, are you ready to ditch your purse mysteries and replace them with these essentials? Did we miss any? Tell us your must-have bag items in the comments below!

  1. Keys
    extra Masks
    Spray cologne/perfume
    Compact powder/mirror
    Extra prescription meds.
    Cough drops
    Pen/small notebook

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