My ready-for-anything handbag

Like my ready-for-anything work draw, my handbag reflects that I like to be prepared for pretty much anything that may happen to me while I’m on the move. Saying this, I’m also conscious of causing unnecessary back pain and so I go through the contents regularly and evaluate an item’s usefulness or replace an item with a lighter alternative if I come across it.

Here are the contents of my handbag:

Top row, from left

  1. Estee Lauder Grey Pouch (more about this below).
  2. Glomesh key wallet (I love the feel of the Glomesh and the colour means that I can see it easily in my handbag).
  3. Reading glasses.
  4. My wallet, chosen specifically for its colour (so it’d stand out in my handbag) and light weight leather.
  5. A muesli bar of some sort because I get ‘hangry’. I do. I get so hangry. Many times a muesli bar has saved me from making bad shopping mistakes or has carried me over between social appointments.
  6. Samsung headphones.
  7. Sunglasses (cheap enough that I don’t worry about them not having a hard case for protection).
  8. Some sort of sweet in case I (or someone with me) has a dry throat or starts feeling thirsty.
  9. Samsung phone charger (you just never know when you may have a busy day on your phone and need a top up).
  10. Coloured lipgloss.
  11. Clear lipgloss.
  12. Small pocket mirror! My friend bought this for me in Japan and I just love the print plus it’s really light.
  13. Small tube of hand cream. My hands often do get dry but this can also be used as an emergency means of smoothing away flyaway hairs.
  14. Compact Tangle Teezer (an excellent hairbrush).
  15. Envirosax reusable shopping bag. I love these, they are waterproof polyester bags that roll up so small, come in great designs and carry up to 22kg! Great for those impromptu shopping trips.
  16. Packet of tissues.
  17. A pen.
  18. A small sticky notes pad.
  19. And of course my phone, but it was busy taking the photo above.

What’s inside the Estee Lauder Pouch?


This is my first aid kit and my on the go medicine cabinet.

Top row, from left:

  1. Bandaids
  2. Bandaid friction block stick (I bought this in America years ago, I use it more in summer than winter)
  3. Refresher towelette
  4. Small tictacs
  5. Small dental floss
  6. Two Systane Lubricating Eye Drop Vials
  7. Thread unpicker (a strange inclusion, I know, but I use it often)
  8. Panty liner
  9. Tampon
  10. Hairbands
  11. Bobby pin
  12. And various tablets for different ailments

What do you keep on your person while on the move? Let me know in the comments below!