14 Items Everyone Should Have in Their Bag


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For most of us, predicting what we might need in our bag every day is impossible. With early coffee dates and quick lunch meetings to post-work plans and beyond, the day can take us in many different directions. Since life can be so unpredictable, there are a few things that we think will help prepare you for all surprises that come up. From an unexpected meeting to a bad hair day, we've got you covered with some items that can help.

We've gathered a few purse essentials that are helpful to have in your handbag. These items are great investments for anyone on the go, from cosmetics to mints. Keep reading to find out what you should always have with you, and shop our favorite everyday bags.

Save-the-Day Concealer

This product can remove dark circles in a matter of seconds by instantly illuminating skin with its light-diffusing mineral powder. 

Nourishing Hand Cream

No matter where you live, the dry winter months are sure to take a toll on your skin. Having a moisturizer on hand will give your skin a constant glow. Avoid dry, cracked skin with our favorite cream.

Hydrating Lip Balm

A personal favorite for any occasion, all-natural Fresh products are perfect for protecting your skin and lips. Keep those lips soft with Fresh's Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25).

Oil-Control Blotting Sheets

Perfect for on-the-go days when there's no time to touch up your makeup. Say goodbye to an oily forehead with Boscia Blotting Linens ($10).

After-Coffee Mints

These super-strong mints are perfect for any emergency.

Signature Lipstick

This Dior option comes in many colors and has amazing reviews, making it the perfect go-to lipstick.

Your Go-To Perfume

Described as an "easy and polished with notes of floral peony and tuberose," this scent will accent any look.


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Because it's always wise to be prepared. 

Sleek Compact Mirror

Extra Hair Tie

Even if you don't need it, at least be the friend who always has a spare hair tie. Made with silk, this option causes less damage than standard hair ties. 

Stylish Sunglasses

Great for driving or running around the city, these Le Specs glasses add an interesting twist to a classic look. 

Nail File

Handful of Hair Pins

Powder Compact

Freshen up your face with a long-lasting sheer powder. We love this powder by Bobbi Brown. 

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Michelle Scanga
Managing Editor
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