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Fall is in full swing with Halloween just days away. Dips in temperatures have us spending more time indoors. Even though I constantly encourage the boys to wash their hands, especially when sniffles hit, it seems like we can never avoid some of those common ailments. Add in air quality issues that lead to headaches for me, and I have a serious need to consider adjusting what I consider to be purse essentials.
Since I tend to carry more items in my purse during the winter, I decided to upgrade to a more heavy duty bag. While I love the small wallet style purses, you just can’t fit everything you might need in them. My allergist also has me toting around an inhaler and epi-pen everywhere I go. Let me tell you, those 2 “small” items can consume some serious purse real estate!
The problem with a larger purse is that things have a tendency to get lost. Ever watch someone with a large purse start looking for something simple like a pen, stick of gum, or some Advil they desperately need? Unless they planned ahead to keep it all neatly segregated, what often happens is a major dump of the bag.
Awesome Purse Essentials: What’s in MY Bag
This has at least a little cash, my driver’s license, AAA card (in case I need a tow), medical insurance card, and one or two major credit cards. I actually have a small wallet for travel and a larger one that holds the must have items plus library cards and store cards that I use all the time.
Just about 2 years ago, I joined the ranks of smartphone owners. My phone holds so much of my life in it that I am lost if I forget to bring it. I have a family calendar to access along with shopping lists or even searching for must have information on the run.
Epi-Pen and inhaler as well as extra allergy meds
These are non-negotiable and I’ve had to set aside really cute little clutches for an evening out because of it. For you, my average reader not suffering from an overactive immune system that leaves you even allergic to exercise, the list of medications you must have are probably much shorter.
I carry both a homemade blend of essential oils in a roller bottle and an Advil tablet vial. There are times when the essential oils help to calm things down enough while I wait for the Advil to kick in and do its thing. Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers.) During a recent conference, I had strong allergic responses to mold which netted me a nasty headache that had me searching for the Advil I had on hand. That tablet vial is the perfect size for my purse, too.
If I am traveling light, this is most likely just a tube of ChapStik Total Hydration which keeps the typical winter chapped lips at bay. The argan oil and avocado butter and rose hip oils help to instantly smooth and moisturize my lips. Hey, a gal wants to look good AND have her hubby give kisses! When going out all dolled up, I’ll add in some powder and lipstick as well.
Health Supplements & First Aid Supplies
Whether you like to carry some Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables or Centrum VitaMints with you, it never fails that I wish I had those kinds of products at the ready on busy days. Emergen-C offers some great immune support for your body.Centrum VitaMints are a new favorite for me as they taste great, need no water to take like traditional vitamins, and help me get those essential vitamins into my body.
Along with the supplements, there are a few first aid needs that I like to have on hand. Tweezers (for unexpected splinters), nail clippers & file (as your nails never consider your convenience when they decide to break) and some different bandages for when life happens. I also like to keep a small stash of tissues, especially during the cool months when colds and sneezing fits tend to occur more often.
Business Cards, Pens and Paper Pad
While I do store a lot of information on my smartphone, there are times when pen and paper is the BEST way to record something. I’ve often included a second small notebook that I can give to my youngest son so he is occupied during an unanticipated waits. The business cards are a new addition, but something I missed in the past when people asked how to find me online or contact me about something.
Awesome Purse Essentials: How To Stay Organized
Staying organized encompasses two areas for me.
First, I need to make sure I have all of my awesome purse essentials stocked. With the change of seasons, it was a great time for me to visit our local Walmart to grab a few of these purse essentials. There is nothing worse than realizing your forgot to restock your supplies when you simply must have something right them. FYI, if you want the nice small Advil tablet vial, you most likely will find it in the travel section.
Secondly, I do NOT want to be that woman who has to literally dump her entire purse’s contents in front of complete strangers digging for that must have now item. I had a few smaller bags intended for make-up that I’ve decided to repurpose for my big purse. If you don’t have any, just check out the beauty section of your local Walmart and see what catches your eye. A little cash outlay for these smaller bags is worth your sanity in the months ahead.
For now, I have two smaller bags inside of my purse. My health related items like the Advil Tablet Vial and Centrum VitaMints are in that one.
The other is my beauty & first aid bag including those all important bandages for kid’s injuries and my much appreciated tube of ChapStik Total Hydration.
Be sure to check out more ideas for purse essentials & supporting your college student at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. I’d love to hear your favorite!
What do you keep in your purse for the winter months?