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My Handbag Essentials

I was quite reluctant to write the whole what’s in my bag blog because I wasn’t sure if anyone actually cared. I’m not famous and I’m not any kind of influencer, so why would anyone be bothered? But actually, I’ve seen a fair few “What’s in my bag” posts across the blogging community so I thought I should jump on the bandwagon and get involved. Personally I quite enjoy reading other people’s handbag posts, so I guess it should occur to me that maybe others will be the same. To be honest, I think I’m just a bit nosy!

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Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this post. All items were purchased with my own money, and all views are my own.

The Bag

I adore my Cath Kidston bag. It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the last three years. I get some money from my Grandparents at Christmas every year, and for the last couple of years I’ve invested in one of these beauties. I used to be terrible with handbags – I’d own a worrying amount of them and I’d change them far too often. I would think I found the perfect bag, so I’d buy it, often paying a little more than what I thought was reasonable, and then 2 weeks later would find what actually was the perfect bag, and the whole cycle would start again. I’d wanted a Cath Kidston bag for a long time, but they were way more than what I’d normally pay for a handbag. The year I bought my first one I made a pact with myself that if I bought it I was not allowed to buy another one until the same time next year. So far, so good.

Photo of my handbag and it's contents - left to right: Cath Kidston pouch with cats on, lip balm, pocket mirror, chewing gum, hair ties, pills, sanitary towel, hair brush, sunglasses, car keys, purse, reusable carrier bag, house keys, hand sanitiser, umbrella.


Yes, I’m 27 and I have a Powerpuff Girls purse. My husband bought it for me for Christmas one year and it’s one of my favourite things. If I had a reason to own 3 purses, I’d totally have the other two as well. I love this purse because it’s big, it has enough room for my infinite amount of loyalty cards, and a separate zip pouch for coins. It’s usually packed with receipts and repeat prescriptions – perhaps one of the downsides of owning a larger purse. If you’d like one of your own, you can find them on Amazon.


I keep my house and my car keys separate mainly because of my fear of losing them. Losing both my car keys and my house keys would be too much of a ballache. But as you can see, with the amount of key rings on both sets, losing them would be fairly unlikely…

Hand Sanitiser

If you’re a regular reader, you probably would have saw this coming. My bag contains a lot of hand sanitiser. I generally use Cuticura Total Advanced Defence because it’s antiviral (a must for germaphobes) and because it’s generally the cheapest around. It’s generally between £1-£2 depending on where you get it, but you can also get it in bulk on Amazon for just under £9 for a pack of 6, which works out around £1.49 a bottle.


I used to be crap with remembering to bring a carrier bag if I was going shopping. But in the spirit of saving the turtles and all that, I invested in a foldaway shopper that I can keep in my handbag. I found Kevin the Carrot in Aldi at Christmas one year and he’s still going strong, even if my best friend repeatedly tells me how creepy he is!


I’ve been caught out on multiple occasions by forgetting to take an umbrella with me, so I gave in and bought one that now takes up permanent residence in my bag. I tend to have the worst luck with umbrellas breaking on me so I don’t tend to spend much on them, but places like Primark – where I got this one – have a really good selection of cute and pretty designs. This one was only £4!

Phone Pouch

I like to keep my phone in a separate pouch just to ease my worry of scratching it or having it fall out and I lose it. This little pouch was a steal in the Cath Kidston sale one year at Christmas. It’s also home to my all important medications as well – namely my OCD medication, my pill and my IBS tablets. Phone and drugs in one convenient place.

Lip Balm

An essential for all handbags. I’m currently using Maybelline Baby Lips in Melon Mania – it’s a nice, subtle colour and it smells so good!


I have regular makeup fails so a compact mirror has recently become an addition to my bag. This one was a freebie with my Friction Free Shaving subscription box.


Firstly, every handbag needs a good supply of painkillers. I keep a supply of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in case of any emergencies. Secondly, in case of major emergencies – namely IBS related ones – some Imodium.


I like to watch a little Netflix on my lunch break, and they’re also handy to have in case of an anxiety attack and I need to listen to or watch something to calm me down.


I have 2 pairs – one prescription and one non-prescription. My eyes are really light sensitive so I always make sure I’ve got them with me. While I wear contacts most of the time these days it’s just easier to keep both pairs close to hand since I usually end up forgetting one or the other.


For the sole reason that my hair is stupidly thin, meaning literally any tiny amount of wind or humidity instantly destroys any style it has.

Sanitary Towel

Because let’s face it, periods happen, guys.

Mints & Chewing Gum

I mentioned these being a main part of my anxiety survival kit, so they take up regular residence in my handbag. Extra strong mints to help with any panic related nausea, and chewing gum to help the bloating.

What sort of stuff comes under your handbag essentials? Let me know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “My Handbag Essentials”

  1. I’ve never really read or watched anything on this topic before, but this really was interesting! I always keep a little bottle of water with me, along with some pain killers and my anxiety meds. Aside from a little powder compact and lipstick, we seem to share a lot of similarities with the rest haha! This was a great read, thanks for sharing with us, and do check out my blog as well! Have a wonderful day/night!

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    1. Thank you for reading/commenting! Definitely sounds similar to mine! Water is definitely something I need to start carrying with me – I’m so bad at drinking when I go out! Thank you for taking the time to read, I’ll be sure to have a gander at your blog!

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      1. Oh, there are some really cute compact bottles that you should totally check out! Thank you! Try your best to stay hydrated this summer!!

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  2. Earphones, sunglasses, mints (for sensory overload and anxiety when I’m out.
    I also always have handcream and tissues (my nose runs all year round – at the moment I’m dry sneezing but I don’t want to take allergy meds cuz it’s not a bad year for my hayfever) and multiple lip balms.

    I need to pick up a travel size sunscreen and chuck that in too.

    I also always have two battery packs for my phone and cables, and of course my purse. Oh and sanitary towels bc periods happen and I don’t remember to only put them in once a month.

    Oh I always have a couple of pens too.

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    1. You’ve just reminded me I need to get some hand cream for mine too! My hands are always so dry they often get worse when I’m out and about. Thank you for reading and commenting 😊 x

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  3. I love seeing what other people carry in their handbags too. It looks like we keep a lot of the same things – gum, headphones, brush, keys (mine are also separated), a shopping bag (mines a strawberry) and medications (I’m also an I’VE sufferer and I have asthma too). Your bag is very pretty! I’ve never looked at Cath Kidston before, but I’ll make sure I do when my current bag dies. lol. Great post.

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    1. Thank you so much 😊 I like reading these sorts of posts too! I’m also glad it’s not just me who keeps their keys seperate! Her stuff is gorgeous, it’s a bit pricey though so I only tend to buy bags when they’re in the sale! Xx


    1. I tend to be a bit forgetful with my brolly in that once it’s out I forget to put it back in for a few weeks which doesn’t always end well! Thanks for reading 🙂 x


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