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Everything a Girl Needs to be Prepared

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by Serena (subscribe)
Just a girl spreading the word about all the fun (and probably nerdy) things to do!
Published April 6th 2013
Preparation; it now fits within a sandwich bag
Have you ever run out of the house only to realise you're short changed for the bus or that you have a blister but no band aids?

We are women, we are prepared, and half of us carry massive purses because the fashion industry decided not to give us worthy pockets!

So what are some of the simple things you need that can fit easily inside your bag?

1. Band aids, you never know when you'll need one. Simply put perhaps 3 in your wallet and you're all set. If you're more catastrophe prone like I am, you may want to simply buy a small box of 10 and dump it in the bottom of your bag.
Note, you may want to seal it in a plastic bag as the boxes are pretty flimsy and you'll end up with band aids everywhere.
Taken by: Svetlana Miljkovic

2. A spare bus/train ticket. When it comes to transport, although I suggest keeping a few coins tucked away in a bag pocket here and there, I'm sure many ladies don't appreciate jingling when they walk, so just buy a Travel 10 or a Myki or whatever they're called where you are and keep it in your wallet for travel emergencies.

3. A pack of tissues. Tissues are versatile and are just so handy to have. So pick up a travel pack and put it in your purse right now because they're good for any moment, and you will sorely miss them if you don't have them.

4. Now I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but ALWAYS having a liner, pad or tampon in your bag is a must really. You don't need to carry a whole bunch but just one or two for emergencies.

5. Bobbypins and hair-ties, yet another simple small thing that can fit in your wallet just for the moment you need to get that pesky fringe out of your face, or your own hair-tie snaps. They're small and easily replaced so you don't have to worry if they fall out and you lose them, but they'll make a big difference on a particularly windy day.

6. A pen. Once again not hard but it's always so much simpler if you need to sign something or jot something down if you have a pen on hand and not need to scrounge around for one.
Bic pens by Kadellar

7. If you're a very hungry go getter, or simply a forgetful nelly who forgets about lunch you should bring a small snack. That is, if your bag is big enough, and you can make sure it doesn't break, leak, attract bugs or grow infestations in your bag. So please remember to take it out if you don't eat it! Something simple would be crackers in a small box just to ward off the hunger pains until you get home.

8. This may be for a more niche group but in this technological day and age you might want to bring a small, cheap USB with you as well. This one really depends on your situation, if you're a uni kid having a second backup of your work can be handy especially when assignments come around, or if you're a high-powered business woman you may want to take your work home with you rather than send twenty emails with attachments to yourself.

9. Another item that I'm sure all of us have had since we were little is lip balm. Always good to have, doesn't take up a lot of space, just slip it in a pocket and you're good to go.
From Wikipedia Commons

Ok, so if you think about it, that's 9 items and if you put them all together they could fit inside an ordinary sandwich bag. This isn't going to take up a lot of space in your purse, but it will really help you be ready for whatever comes your way.
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Why? To make sure you're never missing something you need
When: Any time
Where: Everywhere
Cost: Most likely <$20 for any items you don't already have
Your Comment
Great list! I like to be prepared too, and there are a couple more things that I have stashed in my handbag - Panadol (you never know when you will need them), a comb and a nail file (buy a spare one to keep in your bag - they are cheap!), foldable shopping bag (many stores do not provide them free anymore), hand cream, spare paper/notepad for notes/lists, liquid handwash for eating out, an apple or some almonds and a water bottle. You might even fit in a small foldup umbrella (they are flat and tiny nowdays!)
by rhyl (score: 0|7) 2502 days ago
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