It’s in my personality to over-prepare for practically everything in my life, so it’s no surprise that this conscientious trait carries over to what I keep in my purse on a regular basis. Somehow, I managed to shorten my list to 10 items that every woman should keep in her purse.

One: Lipstick

Whether bold or subtle, every girl needs her go-to shade of lipstick. Lipstick can transform your entire look (and mood), so I always keep my favorite tube with me.
Whether bold or subtle, every girl needs her go-to shade of lipstick. Lipstick can transform your entire look (and mood), so I always keep my favorite tube with me. Above is my favorite lipstick, Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Pink Peony.

Two: Chap Stick

Not to be confused with its counterpart, chap stick is a must have in everyone's purse. With winter quickly approaching, you will need to have chap stick handy to avoid dry lips. My favorite is Burt's Bees Pink Grapefruit
Not to be confused with its counterpart, chap stick is a must have in everyone’s purse. With winter quickly approaching, you will need to have chap stick handy to avoid dry lips. My favorite is Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit.

Three: Powder

My face tends to get shiny throughout the day, so I always have my pressed powder ready. Benefit's Hello Flawless! Custom Powder Coverup works wonders for me.
My face tends to get shiny throughout the day, so I always have my pressed powder ready. Benefit’s Hello Flawless! Custom Powder Coverup works wonders for me.

Four: Wisps

Far better than mints, Wisps are mini-toothbrushes made my Colgate. Use these when you don't have enough time to go back home after dinner and are headed to the library for a long night.
Far better than mints, Wisps are mini-toothbrushes made by Colgate. Use these when you don’t have enough time to go back home after dinner and are headed to the library for a long night.

Five: Sunglasses

Summertime or not, these should be in your bag at all times. Ray-Ban's Aviator Classic is a staple pair of shades that will instantly make your outfit chic.
Summertime or not, these should be in your bag at all times. Ray-Ban’s Aviator Classic is a staple pair of shades that will instantly make your outfit chic.

Six: Band-aids

You never know when your new favorite pair of shoes are going to cause a blister! I keep a few Band-Aids handy just in case a fashion emergency were to occur.
You never know when your new favorite pair of shoes are going to cause a blister! I keep a few Band-Aids handy just in case a fashion emergency were to occur.

Seven: Hand Sanitizer

I use my hand sanitizer religiously whether it be after a trip to the grocery store, gas station, or just to and from campus. Bath and Body Works has a variety of scents, including my favorite: Island Margarita.
I use my hand sanitizer religiously whether it be after a trip to the grocery store, gas station, or just to and from campus. Bath and Body Works has a variety of scents, including my favorite: Island Margarita.

Eight: Advil

Maybe you had a rough night or maybe you pulled an all-nighter. Either way, you will be thanking yourself if you keep a stash of Advil in your purse.
Maybe you had a rough night or maybe you pulled an all-nighter. Either way, you will be thanking yourself if you keep a stash of Advil in your purse.

Nine: Hair Ties

Most girls keep their hair ties on their wrist, but what if a friend needs an extra? These hair ties from Anthropologie are the cutest.
Most girls keep their hair ties on their wrist, but what if a friend needs an extra? These hair ties from Anthropologie are the cutest.

Ten: Nail File

You spent a lot of time (and sometimes money) on your nails. If one breaks, you'll be so happy  you kept a nail file in your bag.
You spend a lot of time (and sometimes money) on your nails. If one breaks, you’ll be so happy you kept a nail file in your bag.
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