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Aniki's picture

Is size important to you?

Most of us carry a purse. What size do you prefer? A small one that holds only the necessities? Medium, because you need more room? Large, so you can throw in a book? Extra-large because you carry your nice shoes for work? Or are you toting a shoulder suitcase?

Frankly, I've never understood women who carry SEVERAL bags. Looks like they're on their way to the airport for a week-long vacation! I'm a minimalist and prefer to carry a fairly small purse. Just enough to hold money, license, a credit/debit card, compact, lip balm , and cell phone. Oh, and a scrunchie in case I need to wear my hair up. When we travel, I carry a shoulder bag to accommodate more items AND to have room to throw in small purchases.

I found a list of the top 26 items women "need" in their purses. Some of them are quite surprising (IMO)!

  1. Feminine products
  2. Phone charger
  3. Hair ties
  4. Gum
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Perfume/lotion
  7. Loose change
  8. Painkillers
  9. A mirror
  10. Hairbrush/comb
  11. Pepper spray
  12. Lip balm
  13. Tide-to-go pen
  14. A granola bar (I carry a protein bar)
  15. Birth control pills/condoms
  16. Tweezers
  17. Eye drops
  18. Clean pair of underwear (what are you doing?!)
  19. Tissues
  20. Dental floss
  21. Nail polish
  22. A sewing kit
  23. A flask (now we're talking)!
  24. Old movie tickets (huh???)
  25. Batteries
  26. Corkscrew (this should be MUCH higner on the list!)

Some I find a little ridiculous. I bolded the ones I carry in my travel purse (surprisingly few). Which of these do you think are necessary?


ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

I carry a small backpack... LMAO

I keep in said backpack:

  • A change of gym clothes
  • My glock (Sometimes in my glovebox if somewhere that doesn't allow)
  • pens and pencils
  • A sketchbook
  • Sticky Notes
  • Wallet
  • Wt wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Keys
  • Spare Change
  • protein bar
  • water bottle
  • first aid kit
  • headphones
  • Small knife

TBH I'm probably WAY over-prepared for a few things. LMAO

StepUltimate's picture

I'm in Commiefornia so G19 has to stay home, plus my county is not CC-friendly. Jealous!

ProbablyAlreadyInsane's picture

LMAO! Commiefornia...

I'm grateful mine is! Plus my permit is good for 5 years!!!

zerostepdrama's picture

-small bag with lipsticks, mirror, hair ties, bobby pins
-another bag that has deodorant, body spray, wet wipes, meds, hand lotion, feminine products, nail file, pens and a few small mementos.
- then throughout my purse is gum, work badge, ear buds, deck of cards.

However on the weekends I usually switch over to a small wristlet or even a fanny pack depending on what I am doing. Then I usually just carry money/card, license, lip balm, phone, keys.

Blue Moon's picture

Depends what I'm doing. If I'm shopping or sightseeing, I'll carry a small purse that goes cross-body. It will only contain my wallet, glasses, powder compact, lipstick, some candy and tissues.

If I'm at work, I'll carry a bigger bag that can hold all of the above, plus my makeup bag, a book or magazine and maybe my lunch bag.

hereiam's picture

This takes me back to when I was younger and carried a humongous purse. I mean, how could I go out and about without a FULL can of hairspray? Without ALL of my makeup?


Aniki's picture

A full can of hairspray?!?! Shok

I have ALWAYS been a minimalist. My biggest "going out" purse was never bigger than a standard novel. And not the newer ones that are taller and screw up the bookshelf.

hereiam's picture

Hey, it was the '80s. Funny thing was, I never really used the hairspray, after the initial spraying. But, I had it with me, just in case!

Aniki's picture

Woman, I spent the latter half of the 80s in dance clubs! Then again, my hair was darn near waterproof before I went out... LOL

somethingwicked's picture

Because I also carried a huge can of Aqua Net Extra a giant purse that had other junk that was never going to be needed and never was to my recollection.

The 80's was  the Era Of BIG Hair.The bigger the better.Right?

..omg..and shoulder pads! 

We must have looked like effing Martians.


That big ,stiff hair sprayed to the max hair was dangerous.

AND flammable! 


Aniki's picture

Aqua Net was also great for getting out ink stains. Spray, spray, spray the Aqua Net until the ink ran right out of the fabric.

Wicked, I already had broad shoulders (classic hourglass) and didn't look TOO much like a linebacker in those shoulder pads. LOL

Aniki's picture

I had one dress and 2 jackets with shoulder pads (I really did NOT need pads!). A lot of my friends - every darn thing they wore had shoulder pads. Maybe it was to cushion the weight of the shoulder suitcases they were toting!

notsobad's picture

My curling iron was black from the pound of hairspray I sprayed on each section before I curled it, then backcombed it, then sprayed it again!

Areyou's picture

I carry a larger purse that goes in my trunk and in that large purse is a small purse that holds my credit card, lipstick, and phone. I walk around with the small purse but  pull out the larger purse for things like meetings and sitting at kid events. My larger purse has a notebook, pen, checkbook, novel, nail care mini set, powder, gum, miscellaneous cards like Costco card and library card, mirror.

Aniki's picture

I have a purse-within-a-purse! The outer one is kind of like a tote. The inner purse is the same color/fabric as the inside of the tote. That tote is what I carry when we travel. Smile

StepUltimate's picture

DH got me a high-end purse at my fav consignment store when he went with to drop off some donations. He was stoked ($40 vs. $300 new, we looked online) and so was I! It's big, and I'd been using a tiny purse before that just so I couldn't cram it full. Normal list of items, in no particular order:

  • Pacifica & Burts Bees lip shades
  • Sunglasses
  • Business cards
  • Wallet & checkbook
  • Ear plugs
  • USB cable
  • USB flash drive, 2 GB
  • Knife
  • Pepperspray
  • Coupons
  • Reminder notes to myself!

notsobad's picture

I carry a very small purse. It holds my wallet, but i use a RFID proctor to hold cc and debit cards, my cell phone, lip balm, cough candies, a pen, change. I have a little cloth case for a pantie liner and a couple of OB tampoons. When I throw my keys in it makes it bulge.

It's a Coach brand and I have a couple of the same sized purse in different colours. I hate a big purse, it just accumlates stuff that I never need. Even if I do need it I can never find anything in a big purse.

SD(29) carries a purse inside another purse! The little one holds the stuff she really needs and the big one has stuff she thinks she might need or someone else might need. BM carries a suitcase! She likes being the one you can turn to if you need anything. SD takes after her.

SD once said well what if you need a pill or a kleenex or a notepad or any of a hundred other litttle things. I said, I'll just ask you for it. LOL.

Aniki's picture

DH cannot believe the things I manage to fit in my tiny purse. However, I excel at efficiently "packing" my purse - no wasted space!

somethingwicked's picture

a few essentials:

Like pepper spray in case BioHo turns up at  the front door  or actually anywhere totally unannounced, unexpected and UNWELCOME.

Ear buds  for ipod /ipad are necessary to escape skid madness! Just plug in and tune out when nasty noisy skids are screaming ,fighting and just generally huge PITA's. Let Daddee deal.

Also required : a  portable wine chiller and big bottle of vino beverage of choice . Mine is anything red or white..even a blush is acceptable when liquid anesthesia is required STAT! Tequila and or vodka, too, are   appropriate  alternatives.

And ,yes ,I AM advocating both   drunk together . LOL


An extremely large purse  will definitely come in handy when you want to  just disappear  from any  situation when out in public with nasty skids who insist on drama and whiney "Daddeee" screaming.

I'm talking a purse big enough to hide a body.YOURS.

Just disappear into your cozy purse sanctuary.

Hop in  ,zip it securely closed ,plug in your music and start administering your liquid anesthesia of choice. 

Music 2

Hey! Dreaming is free and it doesn't hurt anybody.Right?



Aniki's picture

a purse big enough to hide a body.YOURS

You owe me coffee, Wicked!! I just spewed coffee aaaaaall across my desktop AND on my computer screen!

I think DH answering the door wearing the biscuit basket over his junk and nothing else is MUCH more effective than pepper spray (add my nekkid arse at the sink - I WAS wearing an apron!!).

Thankfully, the skids don't fight - in our house. As for disappearing, I do that all the time!! PigPen is on his way? Aniki sprints for the door and heads to the family summer place, hangs out at Dad's, or doesn't come home until after midnight (and is gone before anyone else awakes).

BTW, *I* do not need a chiller in my purse. I'm content to drink most white wines at room temp. Kiss 2