One of the things I’m slightly obsessive about is keeping a stash of things in my handbag at all times. I call it my essentials kit. It’s not that I’m the most organized person in the world, but I’ve learned the hard way that getting caught without my essentials means disaster.
I keep all the items stocked in a small pouch that goes in my handbag, backpack, or computer bag depending on what I’m carrying.
Handbag Essentials Kit
Not only does this tiny essentials kit allow me to feel like I can manage any situation from a bloody nose to a headache, but I stress less knowing I don’t have to worry about finding what I need whether I’m running errands or traveling across the country.
Must-haves essentials for your handbag (or diaper bag, or work bag)
Medication: Extra medication for anyone who takes it daily. This allows me to head out the door and not worry if we don’t make it back in time for a dosage.
Vitamins: I take vitamins daily (to keep my vitamin levels in check) so I keep an extra set in my essentials kit in case I need them.
Small first aid kit: You can get these separately or collect them from around your house, or you can purchase an inexpensive kit for about $5 that includes: bandages, gloves, ice pack, tweezers, cough drops, and more.
Lotion: A small container of lotion for dry skin in winter or sunscreen in summer.
Small pack of tissues: For allergies, runny noses, or wiping faces.
Allergy meds: We have some seasonal allergy sufferers in the house and occasionally I have a reaction to something I ate, so I keep Benadryl and nasal spray in my bag.
Makeup: A little powder, oil absorbing cloths, and lip shimmer.
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What are your essentials for keeping stress at bay when you’re on the go?
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