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Key things every woman should have in her handbag

Written by Nigel Simpkins

Most women carry a handbag with them more often than not but what you keep inside can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. Every woman is different, of course, but what are the key essentials you should always have inside? Here are just a few of the things every woman should take out and about with her.

Makeup Essentials

For women who wear makeup on a daily basis, keeping a few makeup essentials in your handbag is always a good idea. No matter how long-lasting a lipstick or powder promises to be, we’ve all found ourselves away from home wanting to freshen up our makeup and wishing we’d brought it with us. Whether you’re about to give an important presentation at work or out on a first date, having your makeup essentials to hand will help you feel more confident. If you’ve just invested in a new handbag, be sure to transfer everything over from your old one so you’re not caught without your lip balm or concealer!


Mints are another handbag must-have. If you’ve got an important meeting with a new client right after lunch or you’re seeing your partner for drinks after work, the last thing you want is to be self-conscious about your breath. Bad breath can have several causes but the main ones are lifestyle factors such as what you eat and drink, whether or not you smoke and how often your brush your teeth.

In terms of foods, garlic and onions are the main culprits for breath that’s less than fresh but it isn’t always possible to avoid these ingredients and if you enjoy their flavours, you may not want to! Too much coffee can also cause bad breath as it’s high in sulphur and caffeine, which can dry out your mouth. Rather than deny yourself that much-needed caffeine boost or tasty lunch, keeping a supply of mints in your bag will make sure you feel minty fresh and confident no matter what your day holds.

Hand Sanitiser

In the wake of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, hygiene has become even more important than ever before and people are increasingly aware of the steps they need to take to keep themselves and others safe. Coronavirus isn’t the only thing that good hand hygiene can protect you from either, it can also keep you safe during flu season and help you avoid other common viruses such as Norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting bug) too.

Hand-washing is the ideal way to prevent the spread of germs but it isn’t always practical or even possible, especially if you’re busy and on the go. Making sure that you have some good-quality hand sanitiser in your bag will help you to keep your hands clean when you can’t access hot running water and soap and is perfect for when you’re travelling and need a quick spritz of sanitiser to keep you safe.