18 items every woman needs in her purse

Check the list. Do you have all of these in your purse?

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  • As a woman, I over prepare for everything....and every time I try minimizing the contents in my purse, I regret it. Along with phones, credit cards and keys, here's a quick checklist to make sure you have everything you'll need tucked in your purse:

  • 1. Portable phone charger

  • Having your phone run out of juice when you need it the most is beyond frustrating. A small, lipstick-sized mobile charger means this will never happen to you.

  • To buy: $12.99 at amazon.com

  • 2. Cash

  • In the chance of an emergency (or that really cool farmer's market that doesn't take cards), always have some cash on hand.

  • 3. Lotion

  • I scoured the internet for a lotion my friends rave about. It's non-greasy, penetrates your skin with moisture, a little bit goes a long way and leaves your skin feeling satin-soft.

  • To buy: $12 at amazon.com

  • 4. Hand sanitizer

  • I'm a bit of a germophobe and always have a mini hand sanitizer wherever I go. I buy in bulk with a variety of scents.

  • To buy: $18.49 for a pack of 10 at amazon.com

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  • 5. Small mirror

  • Touching up your lipstick or getting something out of your eye is so much easier with a mirror.

  • To buy: $9.95 at amazon.com

  • 6. Healthy snack

  • Snacking keeps you from getting overly hungry and overeating at your next meal. This package comes with up to 30 different, natural and healthy snacks to make your afternoons way more exciting.

  • To buy: $37 at amazon.com

  • 7. Breath mints

  • For an instant breath of fresh air (and to erase all traces of a pungent lunch), stash some mints in your bag.

  • 8. Tissues

  • Clean up spills or your kids' noses with tissues. Kleenex makes convenient, travel-sized packages that fit perfectly into any purse.

  • To buy: $9.99 for 16-pack at amazon.com

  • 9. Planner

  • Find success by keeping your planner (and a pen) in your purse for scheduling, jotting down thoughts and grocery lists. One with a calendar can also remind you to set and achieve goals throughout the year.

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  • To buy: $14.99 at amazon.com.

  • 10. Earring backs

  • If you wear earrings, this is a must. I've lost multiple earrings just because the back fell off when I was out. You can buy a pack of generic backs that fit any hook or post, and you'll never lose an earring again.

  • To buy: $2.99 at amazon.com

  • 11. Nail file

  • A broken or chipped nail bothers me to no end, so I bought a nail file a while back made of crystal glass. It came with a case, never wears out and is gentle enough to use on baby's nails - it's been a lifesaver.

  • To buy: $7.91 at amazon.com.

  • 12. Hair ties and bobby pins

  • Just about every woman has a plethora of these laying around until they actually need them. Don't be stuck without them when you're out and about. Toss a couple hair bands and bobby pins in your purse for emergencies.

  • 13. Chapstick

  • Always have an extra stick of chapstick in your purse to keep your lips moist and kissable. Cracked lips hurt and isn't very attractive.

  • 14. Water bottle

  • Tired of bulky bottles that take over your purse? Find a slim, flat bottle that slides into your bag like a book.

  • To buy: $24 at amazon.com

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  • 15. Extra tampons

  • Never go anywhere without precautionary period protection. Toss a couple in a cosmetic pouch in your purse. Remember, it's good to have more than one in case your girlfriend needs one too.

  • 16. Cosmetic pouch

  • Little bags keep you organized. They are perfect for storing a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, eye drops, a little makeup for a midday touch up or pens, pencils and tampons.

  • To buy: $7.99 at amazon.com

  • 17. Pill canister

  • A small canister with your choice of pain-killer will help ease the surprise headache or inconvenient cramps.

  • To buy: $8.49 at amazon.com

  • 18. Sunglasses and case

  • Avoid future wrinkles by always wearing sunglasses when it's bright outside - toss a pair into your bag and keep them scratch free with this case.

  • To buy: $9.99 at amazon.com

  • Buy a kit

  • If you don't want to buy all of these odds and ends individually, buy a small kit complete with band aids, hairspray, double-sided tape, safety pin, floss, stain remover, a mending kit and 11 other things.

  • To buy: $34.99 at amazon.com.

  • Print off your checklist

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  • Extra tip! Don't forget to pack the items that fit your lifestyle

  • The music buff or self-educator

  • Always have headphones for your audiobooks, music and podcasts.

  • To buy: $10.99 at amazon.com

  • For the adventurer

  • Never lose your car during all of your travels with a car charger that acts as a GPS - locate your car by using your phone.

  • To buy: $27.55 at amazon.com

  • For the classy gal

  • Instantly dress up with a spare pair of earrings and lipstick.

  • To buy earrings: $24.95 at amazon.com

  • To buy lip cream: $4.49 at amazon.com

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  • For the mom

  • On-the-go entertainment for the kids will save you a headache. Grab a fun game like this one to keep them happy and preoccupied.

  • To buy: $7.43 at amazon.com

  • For the sporty type

  • Travel deodorant and a headband will keep you fresh during and after a workout.

  • To buy travel-sized deodorant: $5.33 for two-pack at amazon.com

  • To buy headband: $8.98 at amazon.com


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Kristina Tieken is a staff writer for FamilyShare, public relations specialist with a love for the fine arts, food and exercise. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her husband and family.

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