Tuesday, 8 March 2016

What's in my Bag!

I absolutely CANNOT stand clutter. However, I like to be prepared for everything and anything day to day life may throw at me. So, I've compiled a list for you of the basic, staple contents of my handbag, that get me through any mini crsis' the day throws at me:

1. Hand Sanitiser.

I must admit, I am a bit of a germaphobe. This is no doubt due to the fact that I am always ill. I catch every little cough, cold and bug that goes around, so I like to keep anti-bacterial sanitiser on me at all times for when I use public areas such as keyboards, lifts, shopping trolleys, door handles, and everything else inbetween. I love fruity scented ones, The Bodyshop do a fantastic selection, all very reasonably priced.

2. Lipbalm.

I never leave the house without it. Even if I just pop out of the house without a bag, I keep one handy in most jacket pockets. I get incredibly dry skin and lips, especially in the colder months of the year, so I use them often so fight the elements. I particularly  love the tinted ones by Nivea, as they add a bit of colour to your face like a lipstick but hydrate at the same time.

3. A Card Holder.

These are particularly handy if you don't like to carry a large purse around with you all the time as you can just use one to hold important things such as ID and bank cards. Or, like me, you could use one to hold all of your store loyalty cards so they don't fill up your main purse. Very handy to have, mine is a snakeskin affair from Alexander McQueen, and I love it so much that I recently bought my mum and boyfriend one too!

4. Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray

This product is absolutely AMAZING. It's an anaesthetic spray that you spray at the back of your throat to stop yourself coughing and prevent painful, sore throats. I had tried so many similar products over the years but this one is the BEST. It took me a while to get used to it, but its easy to use and a little goes a long way. It does exactly as it says on the box, and even better, when I was out and about one day with terrible wisdom tooth pain, in desperation I sprayed a couple of spritzes on the gum around the bad tooth and it numbed the pain until I got home and found some painkillers! It also works on mouth ulcers or sores from accidentally biting your cheeks! (I am so clumsy I know!) I love this so much, I have a small stash at home, and I have made my family members all invest in some. And if my previous points weren't enough to convince you how great it is, it comes in three different flavours: mint, blackcurrant and cherry!

5. Painkillers

Such an obvious one, but a simple pack of paracetamol can help out with so many problems, I never leave the house without some. (Occasionally I run out and forget to replace them, as shown in my previous point, but 99.9% of the time, I have them on my person!)

6. A Portable Phone Charger

My phone is like my pulse - I am never without it. Although this may not be the best thing in the world, it's how I am and so I make sure I always have some way to power it. I carry a normal wall plug in charger with me at all times, but I travel around a lot for work placement and between home and university, so when I am on trains for long periods of time, there aren't always plug sockets at my disposal. Portable phone chargers can be bought reasonably cheaply, and they come in so handy for long days when you can't just whip out your charger and plug it into a wall somewhere. I bought my boyfriend one for Christmas and he finds it especially handy on long days out, such as day trips to London.

7. Chewing Gum / Polos

Perfect if you've eaten something pungent or even if you want to freshen up a little. Not all public places allow chewing gum, such as work offices, so Polos are a close second. Particularly great to have if you've got an important meeting later on in the day and you haven't brushed your teeth since before you left for work that morning. Nothing worse than second hand coffee breath!

8. A Memory Stick

Now many of you may read that and think I am a little crazy, but I cannot even begin to remember the number of times I have been out and about and wished I had kept a memory stick in my bag! Whether its at a friends house and you want to share a file, or at university and someone has some work that would help you massively, but it's a day you've forgotten your external hardrive, a memory stick would be very convenient. So now I carry one in my handbag always.

9. Deodorant / Body Spray

Pretty self explanatory. Super convenient, quite often necessary, especially after long and /or hot days, where you've been super busy. So many main brands sell miniature travel size versions of their most popular products, so they won't take up much room, and can really help you out when you're in a bit of a sweaty situation.

10. Tampons and Sanitary Pads.

Self Explanatory. No matter how well you know your body, emergencies can happen. Not only is it good to be prepared for yourself, but you could save a friend who's had a stroke of bad luck or a forgetful day, and they don't take up much room at all.

11. Hair Bands

I am forever breaking hairbands as I have quite thick hair, so it's always great to keep emergency ones nearby. Also, I tend to go out with my hair down in the morning, if it's drying or if I want it to look nice, but then by the end of the day I get fed up with it around my neck so always want to tie it up out of the way.

12. Hair Pins.

See previous point.

13. A Pen

I am always needing a pen for some reason or another and never seem to have one, so I have taken to carrying one around in whatever bag I take out for the day. They don't take up any room at all really and a lot of handbags have designated pen sections (although depending on where I am going, I'll occasionally store a lipstick or eyeliner in there....)

14. Soup

This is definitely one of the weirder ones. I always carry a little sachet of just-ass-water soup with me. I find this is handy for myself particularly as I often find myself needing to take pills or medicine, but I don't always have the time to eat at regular meal times during the day, so having an emergency cup-a-soup on standby is perfect to whip up and line my stomach with before I take any medication.

15. Optional Extras

In the winter months, I always carry a spare set of gloves and a set of miniature hand warmers around with me to fight the cold. This winter saw the introduction of an emergency furry head warmer as it matched my gloves and I didn't want to separate the set....

I know some of these are certainly seen as unnecessary or plain weird, but this is what works for me! I'd love to hear what you guys think, and if there's any little life savers you always carry around with you.

-Holly xx

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