Do you tend to carry the same things in your bag, whether you’re heading to the office or to the playground? I know this isn’t really a thrilling topic for a blog post, but I was noticing recently as I shoveled the contents from a milk-stained “casual” purse to my fancier “work” clutch that no matter where I’m going, I drag the same inventory along with me. Here’s my can’t-leave-home-without-it list:
Eclipse Spearmint gum. My favorite gum. A must-have for clearing out coffee breath.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Mauvy Night”. This lip color stays put without drying my lips, and it goes on super fast—it’s easy to re-apply at my desk or in the rearview mirror while I bark at the children to stop hitting each other or whatever.
Covergirl Clean pressed powder in “Creamy Natural”. A great drugstore compact that deals with shine without adding a visible layer of crud to your face.
Travel packs of tissues. Between my sinus issues and the likelihood of having to swab up after the kids, I never, ever, ever leave the house without tissues.
Ibuprofen. Because duuuuude. I always need it.
Goody “Ouchless” hair ties. Every purse I own has at least three or four loose hair ties floating around in its innards. Apparently I have a phobia about enduring an Emergency Ponytail Situation while I’m out and about.
My point-and-shoot camera. I have a little Canon PowerShot that’s the perfect size for carrying in my purse. I don’t take it every single day, but when we go somewhere with the kids I tend to bring it along.
A bunch of moist towelettes. (God, what a gross term: moist towelette.) I scavenge these from restaurants and keep them handy for nose-swabbings and other Unpleasant Tasks.
Some random toy. For tossing at whoever’s acting the most feral, as a distraction.
My iPhone. The most versatile thing I own: it’s a phone (duh), a means of playing videos for the kids, a camera, a video camera, a portable web-surfing/email-reading/Twittering device, a navigation system, a weather forecaster, a calculator, a calendar, etc, etc, etc.
How about you? What’s in YOUR purse?