Magazine editors love to preach which mascara or lipstick women should pack in their purse, but honestly, that kind of advice never helped anyone. If you wear makeup, you know what cosmetics you need when you’re on the go.
So this is the anti-fashion magazine guide to the essentials of a well-packed purse — things that will keep you organised, fix a wardrobe malfunction, or save you from the pains of new shoes.
Keep scrolling for the 14 things that will prepare you for just about anything.
These are a lifesaver if you pop a button or a seam. Also, a small one can pinch-hit for a necklace clasp if yours suddenly breaks.
Not just for cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids will save your heels from painful new shoes. You can also use them to hide a nail with chipped polish.
There's no hack for a lost earring back. You either have a spare, or you don't.
Keep this on your keychain to back up important documents when you're travelling or giving a presentation out of the office.
Working through lunch shouldn't happen often, but when it does, it's good to have a filling snack in your purse.
Not only will this save you from going through the day with a coffee stain on your shirt, it may also help a friend or colleague (or boss!) who'll be forever grateful.
Every purse needs at least three of these: one for beauty supplies, one for first-aid and small necessities, and one for reciepts, business cards, and other loose paper.
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