As a girl who commutes over an hour to work every day, I am forever carrying around a large bag that is filled until it’s so heavy it actually hurts to carry for long periods of time. That’s because I’m neurotic and I never know what I’m going to need throughout the day when I’m not close enough to home to grab it. Usually, I don’t need all of the stuff that I carry around, but when I do… I feel triumphant for having it.
About a year ago, Caitlin did a post on 15 things you should always have in your bag. She was totally right about everything! But there are some other things you need to have with you also, which I was reminded of when reading the Reddit thread that asked, “What is the one thing I should always carry on me that I most likely don’t?”
Granted, these 15 items combined with Caitlin’s 15 items are A LOT of stuff to put in a handbag. My tricks to making it easier: buy certain items in mini travel sizes if possible. Get yourself a cute, small cosmetics bag that you can stick inside your large handbag – fill it with little things that would otherwise get lost. Figure out exactly what you need on you and exactly what you can stash in your car. Lastly, buy bags with lots of pockets. It helps keep things organized.
So, here are 15 things you should carry with you at all times:
Phone ChargerMichaelPraetorius: keep an extra phone charger with wall plug in your car. I am about to buy a new phone charger just to have one that I will carry around and one that stays in my room. How many times have you been stuck with a dying phone? Do yourself a favor and keep one handy. Source: ShutterStock
Tide To-Go Stickonezanny1: I love the Tide stain removers that are sold for fitting into a backpack, purse or any kind of bag. Those things really work, and I should know because I am forever using them due to my clumsiness. YAASSS. Tide To-Go sticks are absolute life-savers. I spill stuff on myself all the time and I always curse myself when I don't have this on me. It's super easy to carry around and will make your day much better if you need it.
A SnackTrueEclecticism: a snack... seriously. goodverbs added:CLIF bars are great for that. They ARE great for that. A snack might be necessary everywhere you go, but if you're going to be out for a while and you don't know what's going to be going on, I would bring one. A CLIF bar or Luna bar is great because they will keep you full and they're tasty. Plus, they're easy to stow in your bag. This flavor is a personal favorite.
Flash Driverjoshi8: Wow nobody mentioned a flash drive. If you're a student, having a flash drive handy is a must. It makes saving things and using different computers so much easier. Source: ShutterStock
Identificationi_run_far: Identification, even if you are just running out for a minute. JackManOnFire[S]: This is actually one of my personal must haves. You never know when you might need it. SO true. This is actually really important for your safety. Plus, if you're driving without your license, you could get a ticket. Source: ShutterStock
A Water BottleAsiansensationz: Water bottle. Surprisingly, it's a good ice breaker. PoofyHairedIdiot: I'm going to need you to elaborate here. inoahlot4: It's for all the puns man: -walks up to woman, and conveniently pulls out water bottle- "So water y'all up to? I hope I'm not dampening your night. I just wanna make you wet." Horrible pun/pick-up line aside, you should carry a water bottle whenever possible, especially if you're going to be out for a long period of time. My favorite is Smart Water, because it has electrolytes in case you start to feel icky. Also, each bottle has a little picture of an animal inside!
Chapstickweeitsvi: Cherry Chapstick YES, CHAPSTICK, YES. I can't go anywhere without my chapstick or I feel like I'm going to freak out. Cherry is great, but my absolute favorite is Maybelline's Babylips. They keep your lips soft and you can buy ones that are tinted for a little color.
Clear Nail Polishcatwithoutthecream: Spare change, bobby pins, a lighter and if you're a lady who wears tights a lot then a clear nail varnish! These are all good things to keep around, especially the clear nail polish if you wearing tights. If you get a rip, you can stop it from running further by putting clear nail polish on the edges. It could be a lifesaver! You don't need anything expensive, just something cheap that you won't care about if it goes missing.
Dental FlossFermitTheKrog73: Dental floss. It's much less annoying to floss something out of your teeth in a minute, rather than spending an hour trying to nonchalantly pick it out of your teeth with your tongue. Very good point. Dental floss is super easy to carry around and might save you from a lot of awkward situations. Source: ShutterStock
Mini Flashlightmusic_reverie: A small LED flashlight. I can't possibly tell you how many times I have come across a situation where this was necessary. I have finally learned and I carry one all the time now. This is a great idea, but you actually probably don't even need to carry this around. My iPhone 5 has a flashlight accessible from the lock screen and if your phone doesn't have that, you can find and download a free app. You never know how much you need a flashlight until you really need one! Source: ShutterStock
Tissuesemmcatz:Tissues, for the unexpected sneezes and spills. Although it seems the only time I spill things is when I don't have a tissue handy. Tissues are great to have around for whenever an accident happens or you develop a runny nose. They're also great to have if a cutie asks if you have one. He he.
Pepper Spraybockyralboa: Pepper spray. Never know when you need to mace someone whose been following you for 4 blocks after work then catches up only to hurl racial slurs at you. Oh and legs so you can run afterwards. Having something to protect yourself with is great, but be careful with pepper spray. I once heard it was illegal in New York, but a search of the Internet says that might not be true. If you can't get your hands on pepper spray, carry around a small bottle of hair spray. If you spray it in someone's face, it will definitely hurt. Plus, then you have hair spray if you need it! Source: ShutterStock
Pepto Bismolcg91: Pepto bismal pills -_Odd_-This has saved me from so many unfortunate situations. Pepto is seriously a lifesaver. You could carry around the bottle, but I'm sure the pills would be much more convenient. Or you can carry Tums around. Either way, these will help a lot if you don't feel well.
Oil-Absorbing SheetsI'm adding this one, since I can't believe no one else has said it. Oil-absorbing sheets are tiny little life-savers that you should always have with you. If your face is looking a little slick, just wipe it with one of these babies. It takes the extra oil off without removing your makeup and leaves you looking fresh. I would be lost without them.
GlitterTaodyn: A pocket full of glitter. You will never come out on the losing end of a situation again EVER. If you get in an argument with someone and it looks like you're losing ground, GLITTER! marshmallowminx: I am so damn inspired right now. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Source: ShutterStock
Do you carry this stuff with you? What is your must-have? What do you think you don’t need? What did we forget? Tell us in the comments!