Thursday, September 24, 2009

Be Prepared

While I admire the cute little clutches and handbags that are on the market, I will never be someone who carries one on a regular basis. I can't help it: I need a big bag because I just like to bring too much stuff with me everywhere I go. This propensity dates back to all the way to when I was a little girl, and I refused to leave the house without bringing all of my dolls and stuffed animals and several clothing changes and accessories for them, and myself. This intersected unfortunately with my weird-hat-wearing phase, and I earned myself the family nickname of "Bag Lady".
Only now, instead of carrying around little doll outfits, I actually carry around stuff that's useful. And ever since I posted about the mini-sized toiletries I have hunted out, I have gotten lots of requests to list the must-haves that are always in my bag. So without further ado, here are the top 40 products that I always bring with me- courtesy of the Bag Lady.

Click on the links to see the brands I prefer, and where I buy them.

1. Digital Camera
2. Cell Phone
3. Notebook
4. iPod
5. City Map
(Though, an iPhone can replace all of the above).
6. Sunglasses
7. Eyeglasses
8. Tide To Go pen
9. Hand-Sanitizing Wipes
10. Hankies
11. New York Times Crossword Puzzle
12. Keys
13. Pens
14. Hard Candies/ Mints
15. Atomizer of Perfume
16. Hair Elastics/Bobby Pins
17. Lip Gloss/ Make-Up Bag
18. Tissues
19. Dice and Playing Cards (to pass time while waiting anywhere).
20. Tampons
21. Lotion
22. Umbrella
23. Sewing Kit
24. Eye Drops
25. A Good Book
26. A Bottle of Water
27. Postage Stamps
28. Wallet
29. First Aid Kit:
30. Painkillers- Tylenol and Ibuprofen
31. Pepto-Bismol
32. Sudafed
33. Benadryl
34. Band-Aids
35. Sunscreen Wipes

36. A Small Swiss Army Knife (just remember to take it out before you try to board a plane)
37. Luna or Clif Snack Bar and Emergen-C packets
38. Matches
39. Dental Floss
Soap Leaves

P.S. For those who are curious, my bag is this one from Kate Spade. Right now, take 30% off anything on their site (through Oct. 4) using the promo code FallFF09. Enjoy!


Gecko said...

Looks to me like you need a new purse with tons of zippers, compartments. I'll be looking.

Lily said...

Don't worry- there are plenty of pockets in my current bag. I totally staged this photo to reveal my purse's cutest contents- the things that fall out of my bag in real life are far more embarrassing, like tampons. And the occasional old sandwich.