Like the majority of women, if you too, carry your entire world with you, you need to analyze if you’re just carrying around a bottomless pit of mess and papers, or a bag full of essentials.Like the majority of women, if you too, carry your entire world with you, you need to analyze if you’re just carrying around a bottomless pit of mess and papers, or a bag full of essentials.
As a working woman, you can’t afford to be unprepared or waste precious time diving through your stuff. So save yourself the trouble and go through this list of 17 essentials you must have in your handbag.
Women’s wallets are not just fashion accessories, they are also functional, helping keep a number of things organized. They come in a number of sizes and styles to suit varied needs and purposes. Most of all, wallets are used to carry things that you would not normally put into your handbag carelessly.
Here are a few things that you should always carry securely in your wallet:
Money-both bills and coins
Credit and debit cards
Emergency contact number
Rewards points cards or gift cards
Maintaining a work diary has many advantages. For starters, you get to write down your goals for the day or week and check them off a list, which is very satisfying mentally! You also get to review your day or week and know what chores have been left undone, helping you prioritize tasks for the coming days.
While many people would choose to leave their work diary at their desk, a good idea is to keep yours in your handbag at all times. This way, if you need to go out for lunch or coffee on weekdays, you can make impromptu plans by glancing through your work diary at any time.
Appointments and task lists can be saved on your phone, but a physical planner can be very helpful in the event electronics conk out. In addition to this, notepads are great for scribbling down important stuff when you’re in a hurry and for doodling in when you’re bored or on your lunch break. Jot down things you’re likely to forget in a notepad, and you’re sure to stay organized!
Keeping your professional and personal diaries separate also prevents task overlap. Buy slim diaries and planners and you won’t have to worry about increasing the weight of your handbag.
Pens and Pencils
Whether you want to sign receipts, write down phone numbers, or take notes in board meetings, keeping a couple of working pens and sharpened pencils in your handbag will save you the embarrassment of having to ask others to lend these staples to you.
Stay organized by carrying a pencil case in which you can house a ball pen, a fancy ink pen, colored pens, a pencil, a sharpener and an eraser. Note that inks have different properties, so depending on your requirement, opt for pens with water-resistant, fade-resistant, or permanent ink.
Charger or Power Bank
As much as you want to deny it, you do use your phone a lot during office hours. Even if you don’t, certain apps drain your phone battery considerably more than others. So if you’re just using your phone to play games in the lunch break, chances are that by the end of the day, your phone will be hanging by the thread at 10% or less!
Having a fully or reasonably charged phone at the end of your work day not only means you get to have some fun checking social media feeds on your way back home, but also means you can make emergency calls should you need to.
So don’t leave your charger at home; bring it to work in your handbag so you can charge your phone as needed. Alternatively, keep your power bank charged at all times and take it along with you instead of the charger.
Psst… Listening to music can motivate you and up your productivity levels! If your company allows employees to wear headphones while working, that’s just about all you need to create your own work environment, shutting off the chaos around you. Of course you also need a phone or music player loaded with music you love listening to!
Headphones also come in handy when you want to listen to voice messages or see videos without bothering your colleagues. If you like watching movies or TV shows while commuting, a pair of headphones should have a permanent place in your handbag.
As a woman, you must always be prepared with sanitary pads, tampons, or menstrual cups. You know well that periods can arrive even when they are least expected, and if disaster strikes, you don’t want to be left feeling helpless. Plus, it never hurts to be prepared for the worst!
You might want to buy a small pouch to carry your sanitary items in. This way, you can discreetly carry it into the restroom should the need arise.
Sanitizer and Handwash
Your office restroom is likely to have handwash that you can use. If it doesn’t, carry a travel-size bottle of handwash to keep germs away. Also carry a small bottle of sanitizer to use before and after lunch, and in-between if you have the habit of touching your face and rubbing your eyes too much. You might also want to use sanitizer after you get off from public transport.
There’s the option of carrying sanitizing wipes too! If you’re very particular, you can use disinfectant wipes to give your desk, keyboard and mouse a quick clean.
Tissues and Wet Wipes
Tissues and wet wipes can help you quickly clean up any spills on your desk. You can also use them to wipe your hands after a desk lunch, dab at sweat, or clean up smudged eyeliner and lipstick!
You might want to leave tissue packets in your desk drawer so you don’t have to carry them around every day. However, if you don’t have a drawer, you can carry travel-sized packs in your handbag.
Sitting in a dry environment like an air-conditioned office for long periods of time can dry out your skin. Moreover, if you wash your hands frequently, they might need moisturizer every few hours.
Keep your hands feeling soft and loved all day with a hand cream that isn’t strongly scented. Again, you don’t have to carry a big bottle of hand cream; buy a small pack or fill small empty containers from that big bottle you purchased at a discounted price!
Unless you’re wearing a super enriching lipstick, your lips are sure to become dry as the day wears on. The easiest way to prevent chapped lips is to not lick them the minute you feel them starting to get dry. As your saliva evaporates, it will further dry out the delicate skin on your lips!
To keep your lips supple and smooth all day long, carry a hydrating lip balm on you at all times. Go for natural balms and reapply as required. You might want to go for a tinted lip balm to add some color to your lips.
Picture this: Your boss calls you in for an urgent meeting as you’re snacking on some biscuits and you rush into his cabin as soon as you can. You did wipe your hands and the corners of your mouth, thinking you’ve got all the crumbs off. But guess what? You didn’t, and you’ve also got lipstick smudges from the snacking!
Save yourself the embarrassment by keeping a small mirror in your handbag so you can get all the crumbs, fix flyaways, wipe smudges, and more!
Makeup and Hairbrush
You might need to touch up your makeup and hair during the day for a client meeting or you might want to elevate your look for a party that’s right after work! Either way, it’s good to have basic makeup and a comb or hairbrush in your handbag to give yourself that confidence boost.
Do keep your cosmetic products, makeup brushes, hair products and brush in a separate pouch so they don’t mix up with other items.
Bandages can be used to keep cuts and bruises covered as you get through your day. Most importantly, they can be a savior in the event you get blisters on your feet from wearing heels all day.
Keep a couple of strip blisters and blister cushions handy so you can ease the discomfort as soon as it starts to hit you. To prevent blisters and keep your feet comfortable all day long, use blister prevention patches, gel pads, or gel toe spreaders! Further to this, wear arch supports with your high heels to reduce pressure on the balls of your feet.
You cannot allow yourself to step out of the house without having this amazing gadget in your work bag! Safety pins are just the thing you need to deal with wardrobe malfunctions like ripped seams. What’s more, safety pins can help you fix broken sandal straps or take the place of your broken zipper tab effortlessly.
Safety pins can help you hide bra straps too. And if you have a problem with static (who doesn’t?), attaching a safety pin to the lining of your dress or skirt will divert the electricity buildup!
It’s great if your office has medicines and medical supplies in stock all the time. But you never know if you might need anything in particular or while you’re commuting! So keep a pouch in your handbag that contains medicines you usually take or might need to, depending on your health condition. For example, if you know your lower back or legs tend to ache from prolonged sitting, you might want to carry a pain relief spray.
As a precautionary measure, carry at least one dose of different medications. For pain relief, carry Tylenol or Aspirin, and for throbbing pains, Ibuprofen. Also carry medications for stomach ache and indigestion relief, allergy relievers, cough drops, and contact lens solution, if you wear lenses.
Snacking on healthy foods in-between meals keeps you from overeating at your next meal. When at work, snacking can keep you from getting cranky and fuel you up to deliver your best! Don’t avoid snacking because you think you’ll put on weight; just remember to eat healthy foods.
Here are some ideas you’ll love:
- Granola bars
- String cheese
- Dark chocolate
- Fresh fruits
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Nut butters
- Veggies and hummus
- Roasted peas and beans
Protein shakes or smoothies
Phew! That’s quite a list.
Getting all of these items to fit in your handbag doesn’t mean you need to purchase just about any over-sized one. When buying handbags, it’s a must to consider your body type before you spend your money. Consider this: Tall and thin women should avoid bags with short straps and go for bags that are more wider than tall, petite women should steer clear of large bags with long straps, and curvy women should go for structured, medium-sized bags to balance their curves.
Do look for a unifying color or element when pairing bags with your clothes and shoes. If you don’t have the money or wardrobe space for a lot of bags, invest in a coupe of good neutral colored bags that can go with multiple outfits.
Lastly, keep this list in mind when you’re out purchasing handbags or packing one for work!