Sara Klimek

How many times have you opened your purse to try to find something, but realized that it was so packed with trash that you couldn’t find your way through?  Purses come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors.  If you don’t want to carry around a heavy, backpack-like bag, you can opt for a small wallet.  If you need something larger, there are a plethora of options out there.  No matter the size of the bag, you should always consider important items to always carry with you.  Here are eleven of the most important things to have in your purse.


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1) Spare medication

This includes both ibuprofen and prescription meds (if need-be).  If you are in a rush, you may forget to grab your morning medication off your sink.  Carrying them around with you means that they will always be there.

2) A physical copy of important phone numbers

Phones are great for keeping your contacts, but what happens if your phone dies or goes missing?  Include contacts of your insurance, your parents, friends, the authorities, and anyone else you may need to call in case of an emergency.

3) Travel deodorant

I can’t tell you how often I leave the house without putting on deodorant on.  If you have a busy day ahead of you, you can’t worry about running around without it.

4) A portable charger and cord

Phone batteries aren’t always reliable.  Portable chargers allow you to carry a battery around with you and save yourself the hassle.

5) A bag tag

Leave a tag with your address and phone number in case you lose your purse on an outing.

6) Spare cash

Several businesses in my hometown are cash-only.  To avoid paying ATM withdraw fees, I put $20 in my purse to use whenever I needed to.  In order to make sure the cash didn’t get mixed up with the rest of my wallet, I placed it in its own pocket.

7) Chapstick/Lipstick

This is an essential to avoid dry and cracked lips!

8) A spare house key 

A few weeks ago, my parents used my car to go out for dinner.  I was very dismayed when I arrived home and realized that my only house key was on my car’s lanyard.  If I had only left a spare key in my purse, I would have gotten into my house much easier!

9) Headphones

Whether you’re at the gym, riding on the subway, or just need to get into your work ‘zone,’ you know how important headphones are.  If you aren’t picky about what kind of headphones you wear, you can pick a pair up for a few dollars at the corner store.

10) Student ID

Chick-Fil-A, Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, JCrew, and Subway are some examples of companies that offer discounts for students.  It doesn’t hurt to ask!

11) Band-Aids and Neosporin

Blisters and cuts ruin anyone’s day.  Band-aids are also helpful when a friend needs one!


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Sara is a managing editor at bSmart and student at the University of Vermont. She plans on going to law school upon graduation.

Comments (1)

  1. sana kanvinde

Wonderful article! I can relate very well to some of the tips and the importance of carrying these items


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