Special thanks to Balance® for sponsoring today’s post and for providing nutritious, wholesome snacks for busy moms.
Being a mom is a busy job. We’ve got chores around the house, errands to run, activities to chauffeur kids to, and ideally some time to workout and socialize to keep our minds and bodies healthy in the process. We end up spending a lot of time in our cars, toting all of our necessities in our handbag as we navigate our busy days. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are some items that I need more often than others and some that are critical to ward off minor catastrophes. Today I’m sharing my purse essentials list for other moms on the go, along with my tips for keeping them organized and easy to grab on your way out the door.
I think of my purse essentials in two categories: personal and business/financial. I divide items in my purse according to personal vs business so it’s easier for me to find what I’m looking for. For example, if I need to jot down a note, it makes sense to keep my mini notebook and pen near each other in my purse.
These are all the things that I usually don’t think about until I’m out and just about to walk in to meet someone. You know, that moment when you realize you have coffee breath and your hands are dry and chalky.
- Hand Lotion
- Hand Sanitizer
- Lip Balm
- Sanitizing wipes
- Nail Clippers and/or Nail File
- Bobby Pins, Hair Ties, Hair Clips
- Mints and/or Gum
- Stain Removal Wipes
- Pain Reliever
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Reusable Bag
- Balance Bars
I can’t tell you how many times these Balance bars have saved me from making some really poor food choices. When my errands run long and my cravings kick in, I’m usually tempted to hit a fast food drive through or pick up a candy bar in the checkout line. Balance bars are all under 200 calories, contain 5-7 grams of protein and 5-6 grams of fiber, and they come in super yummy flavors so they satisfy my cravings without leaving me feeling guilty afterwards. Yes, you can enjoy a decadent treat AND give your body nutrients it needs, even when you’re in a hurry. My favorite flavor is Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtle. It’s better than any candy bar I’ve ever had!
Being out and about a lot means I often have to manage my business and my household away from home. In addition, many of my errands involve making payments, taking notes, etc. so I keep several business/financial items with me at all times.
- Credit Card(s)
- Debit Card
- Auto Club Card
- Business Cards and Mommy Cards
- Mini Notebook
- Portable Phone Charger
- Flash Drive
How to Organize Purse Essentials
I literally spent years looking for the perfect purse. I wanted one that was big enough to fit all of my essentials without being too big. I needed it to have lots of pockets so I could easily organize my items. Plus, it had to be comfortable to carry, work with a variety of outfits, be durable and easy to keep clean, zip close so items wouldn’t fall out, etc. If you’ve ever set out to find your perfect purse, you know this was a fruitless journey. No purse had ALL of the features I wanted. We need different purses to work with different outfits, and our different needs on different days (e.g. heading to a conference I bring a large satchel but on a quick errand, I only need a wristlet.
So, how could I make sure I had all my essentials with me without moving items back and forth between multiple purses? By keeping them all in a portable organizer that easily fits in almost all of them. There are dozens of organizer pouches to choose from. I opted for one that is expandable so on longer outings I can throw in a water bottle and other items I don’t usually need.
Even chock-full, it fits nicely in my handbag.