I have said it before and I will say it again- I LOVE purses. Not only are they a must have accessory to me that complete my outfit, but they hold me, my kids and my life together when I am out of the house. I would love to think I could be one of those ladies who grabs a cute clutch or wristlet and heads out the door. However, being a Mama of three, I always need to grab a large tote unless I am on a solo outing or date night. If I am being honest though, I still find myself gravitating towards larger bags because I like feeling prepared for any situation when I am out. I try my best not to weigh my purses down with unnecessary stuff because it gets uncomfortable to hold a lot of weight for extended periods of time. Over the years, I have come up with a few go to items that I try to make sure I always have on hand and have proven to be a lifesaver more than once. I have also found an amazing purse organizer which is perfect when carrying around a tote bag. You can find these items at a lot of different stores and in so many options. However, I linked some of my tried and true finds below to help you save some time!
This brush is the perfect size to throw in your purse. It also has a small mirror which comes in handy when you are trying to fix yourself up on the go. I love the three different colors it comes in and the price!
This pocket sized notebook and pen are one of my all time favorite Amazon finds. The metal case keeps the paper from getting ripped when it is thrown into your purse, but it is still slim and light weight. You can also buy refills for the paper once you have run out. This is perfect when I need to jot down a quick note or when I want to keep my kids busy doodling when I am in the middle of something!
3. Hand Wipes
My three kiddos can turn pretty much anything into a sticky mess. Having a small pack of hand wipes are always an essential for us. Hand wipes can be found pretty much anywhere- target, dollar store, pharmacies, etc. I tend to lean towards this brand that I find for super cheap on Amazon. They work well and are also antibacterial.
I always try to stay hydrated throughout the day. One way I am able to achieve that is by always carrying a refillable water bottle in my purse. I am a big fan of the Yeti brand ones which can be found through their stores online or at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store or website. They come in so many pretty colors and are well worth the splurge!
Snacks are another thing I always make sure I have on hand because they keep my kids and I from getting hangry. It also helps me to make healthier choices when I am on the go. I love these reusable ziplock bags. They have a leakproof design which is essential when throwing something in my purse. They will also save money from having to replace them every time and are better for the environment.
This Michael Kors wallet from Macy’s is so cute! I love a wallet that includes a strap on it for your wrist. It comes in handy when I want to run into a store quickly and not lug around a big bag. Plus, it is under $60 and comes in two different colors.
I always carry around Tylenol in case of a headache emergency. I don’t like to carry around the bottles that it comes in because they take up a lot of space. These pill containers come in a pack of two and are under $2.00!
This first aid kit is a perfect size to throw into your bag and go. I have also found that I can squeeze in a small ointment, too. I like to be prepared for any bumps or bruises that we might encounter on a day out.
I definitely do not carry around all of my makeup when I am out and about. However, I do like to carry a small makeup bag with me and fill it with some of the essentials. My go to items are usually a feminine product, travel size nail file/pack of tissues/deodorant, an elastic hair tie, a small sanitizer and a lip balm. I love this cute and perfect size bag that can be found on Amazon.
This purse organizer is an Amazon favorite. It comes in a soft felt material and multiple colors and sizes. It has been such an important addition to my tote bags and makes it much easier for me to find what I need quickly.