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I rarely carry a diaper bag anymore, as my youngest baby is 3 and a half years old. That being said, I still have a decent amount of kid and mom must have purse essentials to tackle the day. I know it sounds like a lot, but really it isn’t once you get it all in there.
Here’s a list of over 10 must have purse essentials.
Lip gloss. So this really isn’t for the kids, but wearing lip gloss is an excellent ditch effort to attempt to look presentable. It gives the illusion you put some thought into your appearance (even when you didn’t!). Bonus is that it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your bag.
Compact Mirror. Not just for lip gloss application, but just to make sure you don’t have your child’s ice cream on your face. Because it happens.
Something to drink. I almost always carry water with me, and it’s something I replace almost every day. Having water on you makes a difference whether you need to rinse a scrape or someone is thirsty.
A smart phone. I’m still trying to figure out what I did before I had one. Oh yeah, I printed out directions and taped them to my dashboard to get places. From maps, to keeping kids distract or even having access to pharmacy information, banking and insurance, a smart phone is a must have. Keep this in an accessible pocket by itself – nothing is more frustrating then digging through your purse to find your phone when it’s ringing.
A portable charger. I have several charging bricks, they are one of my biggest must have purse essentials. They’ve been a life saver on more than one occasion. The trick is remembering to keep them charged.
Pain reliever. I’m prone to migraines, and I’ve learned the hard way to always have something on hand to take the edge off a bad headache. I’m also trying to get in the habit of carrying Benadryl with me, just in case.
A snack bar. I throw Fiber One bars in my purse for ME. Let’s face it, mom is always the last one to eat and more often than not, we’ve run out the door and I’m the one who has missed breakfast. Fiber One Lemon Bars and Fiber One Oats & Chocolate Bars now 25% less sugar and are free of artificial flavors and colors. Not only are the a yummy boost for me when I am hungry, I don’t feel guilty if my kids grab a bite or two. I buy these delicious snack options in bulk at Costco, and in the cooler months, I even keep a few stashed in my car just in case.
Sunglasses. It’s not only to protect your eyes, but it’s sort of like the lipgloss, you just look more put together when you’re standing around with a bunch of other moms, hiding your tired eyes behind your shades.
Baby Wipes. Baby wipes are an answer to some sort of prayer. They clean up all sorts of messes on kids and in cars alike. They are a great makeup remover for mom, plus did you know they take scuff marks off patent leather shoes?
Keys. This may seem obvious, but I’m going to add that you should put them on a caribiner or use a safety pin and clip them to the inside of your purse. It helps them from getting lost and keeps you from digging for them too.
Pens. I keep a ink pen and two sharpies in my bag. I use my sharpies ALL THE TIME. (BTW pick up that big multipack of them at Costco when you’re grabbing your FiberOne bars)
A small notebook. Of course you can use your phone for copying information, writing down reminders or funny things your kids say, but writing it down makes it stick. You never know when you’re going to have to write something down for someone too.
If you really like to be prepared for ALL things, here are some other “necessities” you might want to carry in your purse: Emergency whistle, LED flashlight, Bic lighter, Swiss army knife or multi-tool (just remember it’s in there for air travel!)