Friend: Hey, do you have a band-aid... a pen... a tampon... or something to eat by any chance in your purse?
A woman’s ‘bagwati’ is a friend one calls upon in times of need. It has all the essentials (keeping makeup aside from the list at the moment) one can possibly need in a day. But let’s be honest, neither can all women use Hermoine Granger’s extension charm on their purse nor can we afford to carry heavy sac-like bags everywhere we go.
While magazine editors love to recommend best skincare and makeup to carry in a bag, we know that there are a lot of other important things for a woman to carry in her bag, especially if she has to travel for work.
First things first, you can’t buy anything, honey, if you haven’t got any money, especially from the places that don’t accept cards or Paytm, or have bad internet. Always carry some cash on you, at least enough to get you home in a moment of trouble.
You can keep everything else in your bag but your cards and cash need a separate space. A small wallet perhaps that you can carry along on lunches as you leave your big tote at the workplace. Also, it makes easier to manage the money. If you wish to try something sleeker and smarter than a wallet, you can always go for POPxo’s Colorful Cacti Passport Cover.
In this weather, you need to tie your hair or they’ll be all sweaty and frizzy by the time you reach your workplace. A scrunchie or a clutcher is a must-have in your bag to keep your hair in place every single day. The cuter, the better!
Always be prepared… at least for a cut or shoe bite caused by your tight heels in summers. You never know when a band-aid will come to your rescue. It’s something basic but a good habit to be prepared for random papercuts and so on.
Yeah, again, you never know when your pretty dress or shirt-blouse decides to ditch you for the day. It’s always a good idea to carry a pack of safety pins along.
A small pack of tissues can be useful for a lot of things. After a spill, during unexpected cold, when you want to clean a seat or in case a dear one ends up feeling emotional. It’s always a good habit have a travel pack of tissues in your bag.
Oh yeah, those days… some months they come early, some months they come late and even when you have noted your dates, have your period tracker updated, Aunt Flo calls when she wants to. So, emergency tampons or pads are always advisable.
I know our phone has the memo but nothing beats paper and pen in the state of emergency. For a task you need to remember, in case you need a reminder for your meds or create a to-do list for your tomorrow’s tasks that’s in front of your eyes, stuck on your laptop or desk board as your work, post-its are the best! Please try the stickies of different sizes, they are fun and colourful.
Always carry your identity cards along, you never know when you might be checked or need them for work. In meetings, you often end up sharing your business cards, so I’m certain that you would not want to forget those.
You probably lead a busy lifestyle. A headache, stomachache, fever or back pain can hit you anywhere, anytime. You must always have a small packet of basic meds with you. It’s better that you keep the medicines that suit you rather than taking a different one from a colleague.
Once while travelling, while my house was still a few kilometres away, I started feeling dizzy because I had to skip my lunch for work and I suffer from low BP. Since opening my lunch box in the metro wasn’t an option, my protein Bar helped me big time. To have a snack that’s easy-to-consume in a rush and is packed with nutrients, always helps.
In a tech-savvy world, you can’t function without your phone and your phone can’t function without its charger. You never know when you end up watching an extra video or making an extra project on your phone and the battery runs out. So don’t skip your charger.
Hygiene first! In case you need to wipe the sweat off your face or clean your makeup, wet wipes are the best but if you just want to use something to clean your hands before you eat or after you’ve used washroom, keep a sanitizer.
The more you moisturise, the better and glossier they’ll be. A lot of things can take a toll on your lips - the weather, your makeup and so on. Keep a nourishing lip balm with you for whenever you feel like your lips are dry or chapped.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… You must drink water every hour of the day that you’re awake. It’s good for your health and body. Always carry a small bottle for emergencies like if your throat feeling scratchy or you have to take your meds.
Smell fruity and fresh, always! That’s the motto I like to keep but not all perfumes survive the entire day. For the times you decide to go out after work or for a meeting, do keep a travel-friendly bottle of your favourite perfume!
It feels nice to feel the freshness of mint all day long. Plus, when you know your mouth is minty fresh while talking for hours, even when you’ve eaten all that you could, that confidence boost is amazing!
Protect your eyes as much as you can, especially in summer, as the sun is too bright for your eyes to adjust immediately. Also, if you have already had an issue with your eyes in the past, it is recommended that you always wear sunglasses when you go in the sun.
Safety first. If you walk a lot while travelling for example from metro to your home or even if you travel by car, it’s safe to keep pepper spray. It’s easy to carry and easy to use in emergencies. Plus, if you know you’re carrying a safety kit along, you already feel safer.
And in case you’re looking for a new bag to carry it all, please go ahead and buy POPxo’s Gratitude Tote Bag.
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