15 things every woman should keep in her work bag

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There are so many important things that women keep in their work bags to make daily life easier, and the commute to and from work more bearable.

We’ve already looked at the most important things every guy should keep in his work bag, but what about the ladies?

We asked the women around the office to share the most important things in their work bag.

From a comfy pair of good-quality headphones, to chewing gum and mints, here’s what they had to say.

Tissue packs

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I commute on the train and in the cold Melbourne weather a runny nose is inevitable and I HATE people who sniff on the train – its disgusting.
- Teri

Lots of them!
- Nina

Make-up remover wipes

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Perhaps the most versatile thing one can keep on them. Long days, delayed flights, a quick refresh - these bad boys always have you covered.
- Tegan

They’re so useful!
- Erin


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One for the hands, one for the face.
- Nina

It is a necessity for my bag with all these cold winter days. My colleague can vouch for this too!
- Tia

Portable phone battery charger


I'm a fan of the Belkin Mixit Power Rockstar.
- Rae

My phone dies every ten minutes it would seem.
- Emily

Noise-cancelling headphones

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Bose QuietComfort 25's are my jam for surviving public transport or flights.
- Rae

They keep me company on the train commute (and block out loud-chewers!)
- Stephanie

In case I want to watch a show or listen to music in a café, or on a random walk.
- Mel

I don’t go anywhere not listening to a podcast and I can hear messages/emails/calls without the whole train carriage knowing.
- Alexandra

Nothing upsets me more than wanting to watch the latest Punkee Bachelor recap on the commute to work and not having headphones.
- Genevieve

Old school hard-cover diary

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I track down the Upward Commercial style day-to-a-page every year - it has 15 minute schedule increments which is super handy for keeping track of what is scheduled on Gizmodo, and there's plenty of room to write in meeting details, too.
- Rae

I too love the old school hard diary – Kikki K all the way for me.
- Teri

A good book

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I take one everywhere I go. Including parties and weddings. You never know when you might need one!
- Tegan

Re-usable coffee cup


Mine’s from ecoffee cups in a cute print. I’m trying to stay away from disposables as much as possible these days.
- Stephanie

Nail file


I have a complex when it comes comes to snagged, dirty nails. I can't stand it!
- Emily

Lint roller


I hate furry clothes!
- Emily


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I hate glare.
- Alexandra

In a case -- although I always seem to scratch them anyway.
- Sarah

Even when it's cloudy because I don’t want crow’s feet.
- Mel

Chewing gum/mints

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Always paranoid I might have bad breath.
- Sarah

Business cards

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This is probably specific to my line of work, but you never know when you'll run into a good contact!
- Sarah

A mini bag of makeup for touch-ups throughout the day

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My friends used to tease me, they said “Rena’s makeup bag is her survival kit, that’s all she needs for the day”.
- Rena

One that has everything in it.
- Nina

My beauty kit also includes a little mirror, tissues, lip balm, hand moisturiser and hair ties so I’m never caught without.
- Stephanie

Mine's got a mirror, two dark eyebrow shades and tweezers and I can’t tell you how handy those three things have been at various times in my life (related to brows or not!)
- Genevieve

A pen

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I’m a writer with a fidgeting problem, so I am lost without pens.
- Genevieve

It might go without saying, but I'm mentioning it anyway!
- Kate

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