29 Incredibly Useful Things To Keep In Your Bag
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asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the thing that they ~always~ carry with them. Here are are helpful results:
A tube of 100% natural
Burt's Bees lip balm; with a huge variety of flavors, you'll want to keep a different one in every bag.
"I have tubes in my car, purse, in a drawer at work, and in my husband's car!" —
Get a four-pack from Amazon for
dual-port external battery to keep your phone (and the phone of your bestie) fully charged for any situation.
"Portable or wired, but ALWAYS have one! Just in case of emergencies." —
"A portable battery, because my commute to school is really long and I would also die if my phone died." —
This has two USB ports to charge two devices at a time, and it holds enough juice to charge THREE iPhone 8s — so it's OK if they forget to charge *this* bb all the time too.
Get it from Amazon for
A couple of
ponytail holders to get your hair off your face ASAP — especially when the mercury is pushing 100°.
It's also a great way to meet a new best friend.
"I absolutely have to have my hair ties." —
"I always have at least four ponytail holders." —
These ribbon-style ones are great for keeping your hair crease-free!
Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for
A book or a lightweight
Kindle Paperwhite for anyone who wishes they could carry *thousands* of books with them at all times. This one is waterproof too, in case you get caught in a sudden downpour.
"I feel naked all day without a book. Even if I will have no time to read. And when I don't have one, I will continue mentally to convince myself I need to buy one. Yes, I do know that it is crazy." —
Get a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for
$129.99 (available in four colors).
Stylish earbuds that don't take up a ton of room, but provide excellent sound quality.
"Even if I'm pretty sure I won't need them, I bring them just in case. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." —
Get these elegant wooden ones from Amazon for
$25.49 (available in five colors).
Swiss army knife for any situation; it's a classic for a reason.
"The tiny scissors, the emergency toothpick, the itsy-bitsy nail file. Everyone needs a Swiss Army Knife." —Katyna Singleton, Facebook
Get it from Amazon for
keychain bottle of Sriracha so you can always have hot sauce in your bag. Swag.
Get a two-pack of mini Sriracha keychains (one 1.7-ounce and one 1-ounce) from Amazon for
compact tampons that stow away neatly for those emergency situations.
"Someone always needs one somewhere." —
Get an 120-pack of compact tampons (in three sizes) from Amazon for
A handy dandy
Tide to-go stick so you don't have to sit around the office all day with tomato sauce on your shirt. Again.
"It really comes in handy and it allows you to come to the rescue for others who have stained clothes." —
Get a three-pack from Amazon for
A pretty in pink
manicure set to touch up your jagged nails, fix a hangnail, or even remove unwanted hanging threads from your garments.
"I'm always breaking my nails at work, and since I work in personal care, if I have sharp nails they could scratch my clients. Carrying a file's been a lifesaver for both me AND my coworkers." —
"Rough edges, breaks, and hangnails make me go ballistic if I can't fix them right away." —
Get this set from Amazon for
"If I cry and there's mascara under my eyes? Concealer. Makeup fading? Concealer. After-gym sweat all over your face? CONCEALER!" —
Get it from Sephora for
$30 (available in 30 shades)
A soft pocket-sized set of
Moleskin notebooks for jotting down information or inspiration when the mood strikes.
"You never know! You might need to scribble down an address or a phone number if your phone is dead." —
"Any kind of inspiration can happen anytime." —
"I always always ALWAYS have pens (at least three in different colors) and an extra piece of paper or mini notebook or index card. Never know who you're going to run into or when inspiration for something will strike! It has saved my butt so many times. I keep extra pens and paper in every purse I have, even if I'm not using it at the moment." —
Get a set of three Moleskin pocket notebooks from Amazon for
A tube of
pawpaw ointment with papaya extract to help heal scrapes, rashes, rough skin, and more.
"It's in all in one wondrous ointment. It helps with chapped lips, burns, cuts, rough skin, and rashes! I carry a tube with me at all times. I also have a jar of it for home use." —
Get a tube from Amazon for
water bottle you can fill whenever you want; when it's empty it folds down neatly for lightweight and compact storage.
"I have low blood pressure so getting dehydrated can hit me hard. Being without water can make me feel like absolute shit in just a couple of hours, especially in the Texas heat. I carry my reusable cup everywhere and refill it as often as I can." —
Get this collapsible one from Amazon for
$21.95 (available in 29 colors).
A teensy compact
first aid kit chock full of necessities like bandaids, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, and more!
"I always have first aid supplies. Years of medical training has taught me. And first aid includes snacks for low blood sugar as I'm diabetic." —
This compact kit has over 110 items, including bandages, moleskin, safety pins, gauze, tweezers, antiseptic towelettes, and more.
Get this kit from Amazon for
small deodorant stick, because you never know when you'll need a little deo for your B.O.
"Can't tell you how many times a quick reapplication in a bathroom has saved my life." —
Get a six-pack of .5-ounce Dove deodorant sticks from Amazon for
Pepto-Bismol tablets to solve any mysterious tummy problems before they turn into disasters.
"My friends always make fun of me for my mom purse, but it has saved us in a number of occasions. Something I always have in the bag is a travel-size bottle of Pepto Bismol. It has come in handy many-a-times; for myself, friends, family, coworkers, drunk girls in bar bathrooms, etc." —
"I have a touchy stomach so I keep it with me at all times. Plus you can help your friends out if they're feeling ill too!" —
Get a pack of 30 Pepto Bismol chewable tablets from Amazon for
sunscreen set to protect your skin and soothe it after sun exposure. You're supposed to reapply every two hours, you know.
"Always carry it, so I don't forget to reapply or have an excuse for not reapplying. If I can not carry the regular bottle, I carry a small travel sized bottle." —
Get this care pack, which includes one travel-size sunscreen, a soothing lotion, and a sunscreen lip balm, from Amazon for
"It's handy when you decide to put up your hair but can't deal with the bumps." —
Get it from Amazon for
$7 (you might get any color).
lippie that'll save you when you forget to bring your shade of the day with you.
"Always a nude lipstick that goes with all looks just in case I forgot to throw some on at home." —
Get Maybelline hydtrating lipstick from Amazon for
$5.64 (available in 40 shades).
A container of
Evian facial spray so you can stay hydrated and refreshed on even the longest travel hauls.
"Lifesaver when you are dehydrated and/or need refreshing." —
Get a pair of two bottles from Amazon for
set of playing cards to encourage spontaneous fun in doctors' waiting rooms, airports, and wherever you have some extra time on your hands.
—Makenzie Self, Facebook.
Get two mini decks of cards from Amazon for
Get a pack of two refillable rollerball bottles from Amazon for
$4.72 (available in six colors).
A neat travel container full of pretty
bobby pins for touchups or hairstyle changes throughout the day.
—Kelly Robinson, Facebook
Get a to-go pack of bobby pins from Amazon for
$12 (available in 12 colors).
A couple of
lactase pills so you don't have to miss out on the ice cream run.
"You never know when you may come across a cheesy opportunity." —
Get a container of 120 capsules from Amazon for
Now just to cast an undetectable extension charm on that purse of yours.
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