12 Handbag Essentials

Happy Sunday readers!  How have our weekends been?  I’m slowly starting to feel human again, although haven’t felt too fine today.  I truly believe I need to be in a hot country instead anywhere cold and wet, but weather issues aside, I decided this week to embrace the seasonal change and switch my main handbag.  You know what I mean, you change your bag for the AW shift or say if you wanted something to match with a particular outift.  I have been backing and forthing from handbag to handbag for as long as I can remember, (for me It’s like moving house in mini form each time) so this time it got me thinking about what you really needed to take with you.  On my latest bag shift I decided I would narrow down what my handbag essentials are, I’m not talking Mary Poppin’s style… I’m being serious my top 12, ‘I cannot live without’, must haves that go in my bag. 


First things first these are in no order, just as they’ve come to mind, however I guess number 1 is actually pretty important!

1.   Purse

First things first you do need your purse!  I’m already starting off on bad foot because I’ve not exactly said specifically how big your purse should be… hurrah loop hole!  I have quite a large purse… no, no not because of my masses of cash, but because of all my various loyalty cards!  I always believe investing in a good purse is top priority, they’re often used daily so getting something that’s well made and easy for you to navigate around.  

2.  Wipes/Tissues

Personally I go for the small packs of simple wipes and they come with me everywhere.  You could also opt for tissues as even if you haven’t got the sniffles – you never
know who might or when you might!  There is nothing worse then having a
sniffly nose and not being able to sort to it properly. 
You know when there is that annoying person on the train sniffing loudly or coughing?  Don’t become them! 


I have my sunnies in their case in my bag and find they are often needed even in winter.  I can’t stand getting blinded because I’ve forgotten my sunnies!  Perhaps you have reading glasses?  My actual glasses go in my handbag when I know I’m going to be working on a computer.   

4. Hand Sanatizer

You’re busting for the loo and have to use the toilet you hate….even worse they ran out of handwash…. blergh! These come in tiny bottles and don’t take up much space so I really recommend investing in some.  I do find these are great if you’re a animal lover like me, you can forget that you’ve just stroked your friends cat or you’ve petted your dog and now you’re off to eat your sandwich… see where I’m going with this…

5. Mini make up bag

Little bit of another cheeky loop hole one.  Technically the mini make up bag will have other items in, but it depends on person to person.  For me I have a tiny make up bag for day to day that is purely to freshen up. As far as I’m concerned I have done my main make up before I leave the house, then I might touch up so I will have in there; 

Boots No7 – Tinted Moisterizer – I try not overload my face with foundation regardless of how spotty I am, this still give my skin a good coverage and can help freshen me up

Boots No7 – Pressed Powered –  Visit me at about 3pm and I’m going to be shiny…. I will always need powder!

Bourjois Mini Mascara –  I like to quickly touch up then having one of the space saving mini mascara is all you could ask for. Boujois also do other items in mini sizes such as lip gloss.

Body Shop Lipstick or Carmex lip balm –  This can depend on what I’m wearing, maybe I want colour or maybe I don’t, but I always keep my lips moist. 

6. Keys

Always a good shout if you want to get back in your home or your car!  I suggest attaching some fun keyring so you can locate your keys when routing through your bag at the front door!

7. Umbrella

If you’re a UK reader you will be with me on this.  I love huge umbrellas but for the handbag that’s just not going to work.  I suggest trying to get a totes mini sized one that can expand,  with the small ones you do have to get a decent one as because it tres annoying when they turn inside out and don’t keep you dry!

8. Notepad & Pen

I always need to jot something down, whether it’s because I need to purchase something or that I must drop something off etc.  I swear by having mine in my bag. 

9. Medication

Whether you need regular medication or not, I believe you should have basic bits with you… mainly paracetamol.  Perhaps cough sweets, or kalms maybe? I keep mine in the inner back pocket.

10. Emergency Food

You may laugh but I honestly carry an emergency Babybel cheese in my handbag with me.  I don’t know if I will be starving and feel shakey, and that tends to level me out until I seek some grub! You don’t have to go for cheese but maybe something small and quick to consume. 

11. Phone 

Whether you take it everywhere or not – most people will have one whether it taps dances or whatever…. we don’t all live in the stone age, so this is essential. 

12. Lady items

Last but not least sanitary Towels or tampons… you never know when you might need them.  Best to be prepared.

Another bag from my collection!


There are my 12 key handbag items for anyone, you may or may not agree… but I believe you can survive with that 12 if you had to.  I admit sometimes I’ll need more and maybe take my iPad with me but I don’t always need it, so you will have items you’ll need on various occassions but not all the time. 

What can’t you live without?  Do you agree with my list? Questions, questions! 

On that note I need to organise my handbag for work tomorrow :o)



  1. November 18, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    My bag is crazy! I have at least 10 lipbalms/lipsticks in there, tissues, my Kindle when I remember, iPhone and headphones, business cards and card holder, pens and a make up bag. I'll often have a hat and gloves in there now it's getting cold too. Oh and condoms (despite the fact I don't use/need them, for some reason I always have a few in my purse)

  2. November 18, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    I cart the world in my handbag but don't need hardly any of it… it's all 'just incase' so decided to cut it back 🙂

  3. November 19, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Thank goodness for the oversized bag trend, its the only way I get away with carting around an outrageous amount of knick-knacks and still look stylish.


  4. November 19, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    I know what you mean! My last bag got so big and full of stuff it was sooo heavy the strap broke!

  5. November 20, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    This post makes me feel guilty about my own bag contents, its mainly full of chocolate wrappers …. 🙁 However there is alaways a book in there, never know when you may need to kill some time. 🙂

    Kim (The Only Observation)

  6. November 20, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Hi Kim, Thanks for the comment. A book is always a good idea! xx

  7. December 3, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    I just rolled on by to say thanks for the friendly welcome on IFB :)and I've decided to follow also, I think your style of writing is great.
    I cant agree more about moving bags feeling like moving house lol it's necessary sometimes but a little stressful, great post x

  8. February 4, 2014 / 8:17 am

    Love the poke holder! i am exploitation Feebly, and you are already in it as a result of I migrated all of my feeds from Google Reader. it's formally changed to the Feebly Cloud, therefore i am sensible to travel.handbag holder As for foundation piecing, I prefer using a freezer paper method because I can reuse the foundations as many as ten times.You are so creative and genius! These are so cute! It was great shopping with you a bit. I'm glad you were able to make it down.

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