If you carry a purse or bag every day, do you find that you always have the little things you need? Or is your bag full of random, non-useful things that actually make finding the useful items near impossible?
It’s hard to overhaul your entire organizational life, but it’s easy to overhaul your purse! A few essentials, a few nice to haves, and a purge of all the random scraps of paper and suddenly your purse is an easy to navigate helpful companion, rather than a fashionable abyss of heavy clutter. We’ve collected 33 useful gadgets from Amazon that would make great additions to your daily bag.
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Caffeinated Mints are a Thing and I Finally Feel Like the Universe Understands Me
Maybe I’m the last to know, but I just discovered Caffeinated Mints. Yes, that’s right, breath mints that also provide a caffeine kick. I know, right!? Each sugar free mint is packed with 40 mg of caffeine and a B vitamin boost to help you through that afternoon slump. Two mints provide as much caffeine as an 8 oz cup of coffee. Obviously you need these in your daily purse or bag.
These Microfiber Glasses Cleaners Effectively Get All the Smudges Off Your Glasses With No Scratches
Whether you wear eyeglasses, reading glasses, or just sunglasses, you likely have experienced the problem of dirty glasses and nothing better than the hem of your shirt to clean them with. While a t-shirt might work in a pinch, it’s also a great way to scratch your expensive lenses. These Microfiber Glasses Cleaners polish up your lenses beautifully. You’re an adult now, it’s time to stop cleaning your glasses with your shirt.
This Nylon Mesh Pouch Set Can Help You Find All Your Things in Your Purse
It turns out, throwing everything into a bag isn’t the best way to keep stuff. Instead, pick up a set of Nylon Mesh Pouches and get thyself organized! One pouch for any cosmetics you carry. One for pens and a notebook. One for receipts. One for your Advil and other medications/first aid items. You will be able to see what each pouch contains, and shuffling through a couple of pouches instead of a thousand individual items will make finding your ringing phone so much easier.
Migrastil Migraine Stick Belongs in the Daily Bag of Any Migraine Sufferer
Roll the Migrastil Migraine Stick on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck when you first begin to feel an oncoming migraine, and prepare to be amazed at how well it works. If you’ve tried everything with little success, it’s time to give Migrastil a whirl. The reviews on Amazon are full of former skeptics who tried it out of desperation and now swear by the stuff.
An Emergency Personal Alarm is, Unfortunately, Something All Women Should Probably Carry
It’s certainly not nice to think about, but we live in a dangerous world and sometimes find ourselves isolated in parking garages, side streets, and walking trails. Any would-be attacker is looking for an easy mark. A woman with a blaring alarm is definitely someone they will run away from! An Emergency Personal Alarm is also a good option for the elderly, or anyone who may find themselves in a situation where they need to call for help and attention.
Shed Some Light in Your Bag With This Purse Light
I’m the first to admit that my purse is a gaping, black abyss. A ringing phone is impossible to find. Car keys? Forget about it. We fish around by feel in the darkness and hope to happen upon that one thing we need. There is a better way! This Purse Light clips onto the inside of your bag, where it waits in darkness until it senses the motion of your searching hands and then it switches on, illuminating the way to whatever it is you’re looking for.
Keep Your Outfit Looking Its Best All Day With This Retractable Lint Roller
The traditional lint roller just got a serious upgrade, making this Retractable Lint Roller a must have for your daily bag. Like lint rollers of yesterday, this one is made up of peel away adhesive sheets which effectively remove all lint, hair, and whatnot from your clothes. The innovative part of this compact roller is that it twists into a neat little case, keeping the sticky parts safely tucked away until you need it.
What Sets the Apera Fit Zippered Bag Apart is its Sanitized-Infused Antimicrobial Fabric
Sure, you can put anything you want into these handy Zippered Organization Bags, but they really shine when it comes to your gym gear. Work out, shower, and change and then store your sweaty gear in one of these bags to keep the rest of your stuff grody-free. You can even store your wet swimsuit to keep the rest of your stuff dry. If working out is part of your daily routine, this pouch should be in your daily bag.
Everyone Should Have a Multitool Like This Classic Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife
Why carry several separate handy objects, when you can carry one compact one? This Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife has a knife, a nail file with a screwdriver tip, scissors, tweezers, and a toothpick. Once you have one, you’ll find yourself using it all the time. Tired of clawing your way into your Amazon boxes? Always having a knife in your pocket would put an end to that. And random loose threads and tags could be removed with actual scissors instead of your teeth.
Always Look Put Together With Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
I definitely don’t always have lipstick on when I’m out and about. I’m just not that put together all the time. But I do always have Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in my purse. A quick swipe and I look much more polished. The color is subtle, which is good because 90% of the time I’m applying it by feel with no mirror, and it’s moisturizing.
EO Hand Sanitizer Spray Smells Good, Kills Germs, and Won’t Dry Out Your Hands
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that everything we touch while out in the world is gross. This is because all the other people who are touching all the same things are seriously lacking when it comes to personal hygiene, and they all have the flu. This set of 6 little bottles of EO hand sanitizer lets you not only keep one in your daily bag, but also one in your car, your partner’s car, your stroller, your kid’s backpack, and still have a spare.
Anti Blister Balm Will Keep Your Feet Happy, Even in Brand New Shoes
I learned a long time ago that my feet and I don’t agree on footwear. I love straps and sandals and heels. If my feet had their way it would be ghastly mall walking shoes all the way. Luckily, my feet aren’t in charge and I found the wonderful world of Anti Blister Balm. A swipe of this before putting on those shoes and my feet are none the wiser. Instead of tugging and tearing, shoes just slide over my feet. Keep some on hand in your daily bag because you never know when your shoe is going to start to rub.
Keep These Bamboo Oil Absorbing Tissues Handy and You’ll Always Look Fresh
Face it. We sweat. We sometimes skip a shower. And we definitely don’t always get a chance to create and maintain a perfectly matte complexion. These oil absorbing papers are a perfect short cut. Especially useful on those hot summer days, you simply dab one of these on any shiny spots and you’re instantly de-shined! Some things look nice when they’re shiny. Your face isn’t one of those things.
Folding Tote Bags Are Endlessly Useful to Have on Hand
Since I started keeping a set of these Folding Tote Bags in my car, and one in my purse, I find I’m always reaching for one. They’re terrific grocery bags, and having one in my purse means that I can just say no to a plastic bag for all the unexpected shopping I may do – whether it be a quick pharmacy run or an impromptu cute t-shirt purchase.
Keep Portable Dental Floss on Hand to Keep Embarrassing Situations at Bay
Ever have that devastatingly embarrassing realization that you’ve been talking to people for HOURS and you have a big bit of something between your teeth? Or, how about the problem of checking your teeth in the restaurant bathroom, finding something in there, and then not having any way to extract it? This is why I always keep some Portable Dental Floss in every purse and bag I own.
A Business Card Holder is For More Than Just Business Cards
As we go through life, more than anything, we collect store loyalty program cards. Every supermarket, pharmacy, and big box retailer. Plus the pet store, the electronics store, and all the sandwich shops that offer that eleventh sandwich for free. That adds up to a ton of cards cluttering up your wallet. Instead, keep your wallet streamlined and put all those random cards into a Business Card Holder. You do not need to see your Staples card or the fact that you just need two more subs before your free one every time you go to pay for something.
Carry the Anker PowerCore+ With You and Never Have a Flat Battery Again
If you don’t already have a portable phone charger, it’s really time to get one. There is no reason anyone should have to suffer a dead phone battery these days. This compact charger won’t clog up or weigh down your daily bag, and can provide you with an 80-100% charge when you need it. While it’s great to never have a dead battery anymore, we’re all out of a terrific excuse to be incommunicado now.
A Couple of Ponytail Holders is a Must For Your Daily Purse
You just never know when you’ll be desperate to put your hair up. Or when the opportunity will arise to be a true hero – when you can offer a hair tie to a friend in need. These Ponytail Holders look great, won’t pull or tear at your hair, and are washable, so they’re still good even after months of living in the bottom of your purse.
This Collapsible Sports Water Bottle Practically Disappears When Not in Use
The problem with carrying a big bulky water bottle is that it’s big and bulky. One would think this problem has no solution – either go thirsty, or carry a big bulky bottle. But there is a solution! This Collapsible Sports Water Bottle stands rigid and functional when full, but then rolls up to a tiny bundle when empty. It’s also leakproof, and freezer and dishwasher safe!
This Travel Sized Poo-Pourri Spray Can Take the Embarrassment Out of That Sometimes Impossible to Avoid Situation
You may be a habitual home pooper, but sometimes things just cannot be helped. Situations arise and you have to go at the office, at your friend’s house… Keeping this tiny bottle of Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray in your daily bag might just save you from an otherwise embarrassing situation. Over 11,000 Amazon reviewers agree that a spritz in the bowl before you go totally works.
Keep a Colgate Wisp Disposable Toothbrush in Your Bag and Always Feel Fresh
Don’t let the fear of lingering flavors or bad breath keep you from eating that chili or onion slathered bratwurst for lunch. All you need to do is keep these Colgate Wisp Disposable Toothbrushes in your purse or gym bag. The toothbrush has a built-in bead of toothpaste that dissolves when you brush, leaving your mouth clean and fresh. Gum and mints can only get you so far.
Keep a Travel First Aid Kit in Your Bag Because You Never Know
I recently witnessed an elderly man fall down in a parking lot. He was bleeding and needed first aid. Luckily, we were right by my car where I keep a well stocked first aid kit. That situation reminded me that you really never know when you might need some first aid supplies. This handy First Aid Kit is perfect for your daily bag. With a variety of bandages and antiseptic wipes and ointments, it should keep your covered for most first aid situations that you’re likely to encounter.
The Fisher Space Pen is Virtually Indestructible
For a pen that you’re going to carry in your daily bag, you want something that will work when you need it. The Fisher Space Pen is not your average pen. Made entirely of brass and steel, this pen is going to last years living in the bottom of your purse. And with its write at any angle and in any weather functionality, it is guaranteed to work when and where you need it.
This Travel Umbrella with Waterproof Case is the Perfect Just-In-Case Umbrella
Sure, if you’re going out on a stormy day, you probably want to bring a large umbrella with you. But sometimes you find yourself in the rain unexpectedly. That’s why you should keep this Travel Umbrella with Waterproof Case in your daily bag or car. It doesn’t take up much room when not in use, and it tucks away into a waterproof case once you’re done, so you don’t have a sopping umbrella in your purse!
A Spare Set of Bluetooth Headphones is a Great Addition to Your Daily Bag
You may have your favorite headphones that you always use when you work out, but sometimes you forget them or their battery is flat. Or, you might find yourself in some public place and can’t stand hearing the inane chatter of the high school kids seated next to you for one more second! A spare set of these good looking Bluetooth Headphones won’t take up much space in your purse, and they are definitely handy to have.
Keep Your Headphones Tangle Free With This Cord Organizer
Yes, a set of earbuds is incredibly handy to have in your bag, but not when they are always a tangled mess. This Cord Organizer ensures that your headphones are always tangle free and ready to use. And that they stay out of the way and compact when living in your purse. If you’re going to carry earbuds with you, do yourself a favor and use a cord organizer.
The Credit Card Light Bulb is the Coolest Thing That Fits in a Credit Card Slot
I can’t get over how cool this thing is. The Credit Card Light Bulb is about the size of a credit card and yet it’s a light. It fits into your wallet, waiting until the day you need a little extra light. Simply fold up the light bulb, and the LED light illuminates. Fold it back down and the light goes out. The future is now. (At about a dollar apiece, this has stocking stuffer written all over it!)
The Flip Note Takes Up Almost No Room in Your Bag
It’s easy to see how having a pen and paper in your purse would be incredibly handy. But notebooks are bulky and purse living is hard on them. Soon the cover and pages are bent and torn and the whole thing is a mess. Instead, get the super compact Flip Note. The metal case protects the notebook, and the included pen fits in securely, and works as a little latch to keep the case closed tightly.
Keep a Pack of Body Wipes on Hand and You Will Always be Fresh and Clean
Sweat happens. Sometimes we expect to be able to run home to take a shower, but things have run late and there is no time anymore. Or maybe you just worked out and then you have a meet cute on the street and you think you might be falling in love but OMG you smell bad! Unpredictable situations arise where not smelling bad would be ideal. So keep a pack of these Hygiene Wipes for When You Can’t Shower in your purse, and you’ll always be prepared.
At Around $7 L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder Leads the Pack of Drug Store Cosmetics
You might have a favorite foundation or powder that you use every day. That’s great! But keeping an inexpensive powder in your purse for emergency touch-ups is a great alternative to buying duplicates of all your more expensive makeup. With 28 different skin matching shades, L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder probably has a match for you. The compact includes a mirror and applicator sponge so it’s easy to use no matter where you are.
This Nail Clipper Set Will Withstand the Rigors of Living in Your Bag
A nail clipper is a great addition to your daily bag or gym bag. A jagged nail while you’re out and about is annoying at best, and at worst leads to you biting, tearing, or otherwise destroying your nail because you can’t wait until you get home to rid yourself of the nuisance. This Nail Clipper Set is built of sturdy stuff, ensuring that years at the bottom of your purse won’t bend or break them.
This Nylon Braided Lightning Cable Will Outlast Standard Charging Cords
Is anything more frustrating than a charging cable that stops working? From the annoying dinging of your phone as the charge randomly works/stops working to the surprise of finding your plugged-in phone still not charged, cheap cables are the worst! For a cord that is going to live in your purse, you need something sturdier. These Nylon Braided Lightning Cables are extra durable and strong.
Anti-Chafe Balm is a Must Have for Every Gym Bag
Body Glide is the original Anti-Chafe Balm and still arguably the best. Apply it like deodorant to any area of your body, and no amount of sweat will cause you to chafe. Long distance runners swear by this stuff. It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any trace of a residue on your clothes. If heat and humidity cause you to develop a rash or chafing, definitely give this product a try!