One of the best parts of carrying a purse is that you can be prepared for any emergency, no matter where you are, whether it’s a snack to give you energy while waiting at the DMV or a moment of freshening up before having lunch with your hubby or a potential date. Of course, even the roomiest purses can’t hold everything you might need while out and about. If you have to pare down your purse contents to the bare essentials, make sure you have all these items.
1. Lip Gloss
It’s the easiest way to freshen up your look in just a few seconds. As you go about your day, eating and drinking and talking, the coat you put on in the morning could fade almost completely by noon. Toss on a new layer after each meal or if your lips feel dry, and you’ll look put together all day long.
You can’t always predict what you’ll be eating for each meal, and it’d be a shame to have to skip out on a delicious garlic pasta just because you’re worried about your breath. Keeping mints in your purse not only keeps you smelling fresh all day; offering them to others can also be a great ice breaker when meeting new people.
You don’t need to haul around a huge bottle of lotion, of course, but you never know when you’re going to need to moisturize throughout the day. Dry hands are perpetually uncomfortable, so make sure you always have a travel-size container of Shea butter lotion handy.
4. Brush/Hair Product
A gust of wind between the parking lot and your office can wreak havoc on your carefully styled hair, so make sure you have at least the bare essentials to whip your locks back into place: a mini hair brush and whatever hair product you use to tame frizz or hold unruly strands in place. No need to let the weather dictate what you look like the rest of the day.
Most of the time, your mascara should stay on and you won’t need to freshen it up too much throughout your day, but there’s nothing worse than having to wash your face and remove all your makeup because you watched a sappy YouTube video and your mascara ran. Keeping a small container in your purse at all times ensures you’ll be ready for any amount of tears.