Essential Handbag Items Every Woman Should Have

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There are certain essential handbag items every woman should have. The contents of a handbag may vary from person to person however there are essentials that every handbag needs to have. A woman’s handbag is known to have everything according to men. There’s a certain mystery that comes with a woman’s handbag, especially with men. Well, they’re not wrong. A woman’s handbag does have everything you need.

Other than house keys or car keys, here are essential handbag items all women should have;

Safety Pins

Safety pins and a mini sewing kit are a lifesaver and among the essential handbag items, you should have. We’ve all had some sort of wardrobe mishap at a certain point in time. Your blouse may lose a button, your bra strap may snap on you, your skirt seam might rip and so many other mishaps can occur. Safety pins come in handy during any type of wardrobe malfunction.


Protection from the sun is very necessary. The reason you should always have a mini bottle of sunscreen in your bag is that the effects of sunscreen wear out after every three hours. There are sunscreens that come in spray bottles, you can always carry these to protect yourself from the sun.

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Makeup bag

If you wear makeup, it’s essential to have a makeup bag with all the essential makeup that you might need for a touch-up. You should at least have mascara, eyeliner, lip balm, lipstick, and a compact mirror. Add any other products you may need throughout the day.

Nail File and Clipper

This is an essential item to have in your handbag. If you have long nails your nail may break and you may need a nail file to trim things down. A chipped nail can be quite painful and there’s no way you can control it. This is when a nail file may come in handy. A nail clipper is also as important because you never know when you may get a hangnail and you need to clip it off.


If you have open hair, always have a comb in hand, some bobby pins, and a spare hair tie just in case. It may get windy, you may lose your hair tie and you need extra bobby pins to secure it.

Pocket Tissues

You should always have pocket tissues in your handbag. They come in handy throughout the day. You may get an unexpected runny nose, a sneeze that comes with an unwanted friend. There are multiple ways pocket tissues come in hand. You may need to wipe a dirty seat.

Band Aids

Accidents happen and you may get a cut or a bruise that needs a simple band-aid. Band-aids also come in handy when you have a pinchy shoe that gives you a shoe bite.

Breath Mints

Always have some breath mints in your purse at all times. You may eat an egg salad or food that causes an after smell. You may have a drink at lunch and you want to get rid of the mild smell. When you don’t eat for some time, your mouth also tends to be smelly. Breath mints or gum will always come in handy


This is one of the obvious essential handbag items you should have. Always have a debit card or a credit card and some money tucked away in case of emergencies.


Having tampons or sanitary pads in your handbag is essential. Your periods might just come uninvited and you can also help someone who needs it.


A sanitizer will help get rid of any germs and bacteria you may have collected on the road or in public spaces.

Portable charger or Phonecase Charger

Smartphones have a way of running out of charge just when you need them. Therefore a phone case charger or a power bank should always be in your handbag.

Wireless Earbuds

You may need noise-canceling earbuds or to listen to some music. If you commute or you’re in a place where you need some sort of entertainment earbuds might come in handy.

Emergency Contact Info

Always have a card in your purse with all your emergency contacts in case of an accident or a medical emergency.

Hand Cream

Hands tend to dry up during the day because we’re constantly washing our hands after visiting the washroom, eating, or snacking. The hand cream in your handbag will help with the dryness. At times you may also get ashy feet that need a little moisturizing.


There are moments when the cramps take the best of us or you get a migraine. Having painkillers in your handbag will always come in handy.

Healthy Snack

Have a granola bar or a healthy snack of your choice to keep hunger at bay. This will prevent you from going HAM on that KFC later on.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes come in handy when you need to wipe something that just won’t go away with simple pocket tissues.


Use a refillable perfume bottle to carry in your handbag. This will keep you smelling fresh all day.


Having sunglasses in your bag during the hot season is essential. You need to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

Face Mask

While it may not be compulsory to wear a mask at all times anymore, it’s essential to have a face mask in your handbag at all times. You never really know what might happen.

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