Welcome to Day 5 of the 20 Days of Me series… What’s in my purse?
Apparently this was a challenge going around on the internet back in 2010. I’m only a decade late to the party! But better late than never, right?
My current purse is an Overland Equipment Donner Bag. I bought it to use on one of our big trips and I love it so much that I have been using it ever since. I found a listing for it on REI. It’s no longer made and the reviews are from 6-10 years ago so that’s probably about how long I’ve had it. I would guess 6-8 years. It’s hard to tell in the photos but it measures 10x7x4 inches.
I don’t love carrying a purse and back in the days before kids, I would just put my money in my pocket. Since kids, I have become a daily purse carrier (though I still don’t always love it!). I like the cross-body bag because it leaves my hands free. I like this particular bag because it holds what I need – wallet, camera, magic black bag, and water bottle. Perfect for travel and perfect for every day.
It has been quite awhile since I last cleaned out my purse so it should be pretty interesting to see what’s hiding inside.
*Empty hand sanitizer bottle – I’m pretty sure it was full when I put it in there. Which means it completely evaporated because now the bottle is empty and I never used any of it.
*Hair tie – Because I have long hair and I hate it when my hair is down in my face. It’s always a good idea to keep a spare hair tie on hand.
*Broken pen – No idea why I have pieces of a broken pen here. Maybe it broke when there was no trash can around so I stashed it here then forgot about it.
*Stashed cash – I like to have cash tucked inside for any emergencies that might pop up.
*Water bottle – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I love having a bottle of water always on hand.
*Pens and pencils – Keeping them in the side pocket keeps them from getting lost in the bottom of the main compartment.
*Chopsticks – I may have a small take-out sushi problem…
*Plastic utensils – What can I say – I like to be prepared and I don’t like to be hungry.
Let’s take a closer look…
*Membership cards – my wallet is already overfull so this pocket becomes overflow parking
*Expired coupons – This pocket is a one-way paper trap. I put coupons in so I’ll have them when I go shopping but then never take them out again if they don’t get used.
*Gift cards and more emergency stash cash
*MP3 player – an essential item in my daily routine
*Coffee sleeves – an attempt to reduce, reuse, recycle by using them more than once
*Notes and lists – the one-way paper trail strikes again!
Let’s sort it out and take a closer look…
*Hair tie – you can never have enough spare hair ties on hand…
*Magic Bag – It’s small but mighty! This bag holds bandaids, tylenol, chapstick, itch creme, nail clippers, tweezers, etc. Everything you need for small emergencies.
*Wallet – I’m very picky about my wallet. I found this one at Tractor Supply Co in California. It’s getting pretty beat up but I’ll keep it as long as I can.
*Notes and receipts – the whole purse is a one-way paper trail!
*Peanut M&Ms – my emergency snack stash. Perfect for when you’re hungry and need something to get by until you can get real food. I found this cute little plastic bottle in a Florida grocery store. It keeps the candy from getting crushed and it’s refillable.
*Inhaler – for breathing!
*Nail clippers – not sure why they weren’t in the black bag…
*Toothbrush and toothpaste – because I forgot to brush my teeth before my last dentist appointment. They gave me this one and I stuck it in my purse after using it.
*Pen and paperclips
*Gift cards – I love this plastic case for keeping all my gift cards together (and out of my over-stuffed wallet). The high school band sells gift cards as a fundraiser so I usually have a few around to use.
*Almonds – another emergency snack
*Checkbook – My dad bought the cover for me as a birthday gift. I love it!
*Cash – see above, the multiple references to having cash on hand for emergencies
*Foot brace – I’ve been having plantar fasciitis troubles since starting teaching. I like to keep this handy in case I’m have a painful foot day.
*Glasses case – a backup, just in case I need to put my glasses or sunglasses away. I’ve never actually used it. It’s collapsible though so it doesn’t take up much room.
*Playing cards – for emergency entertainment needs
*Flashlight – for power outages? Long walks in the dark?
*Hair pick – just in case I decide to actually comb my hair for a change
*Cleaning cloth – for glasses and cell phone screens
*(Camera) – not carried on a daily basis but fits inside nicely when traveling. Sometimes Vacation Mouse gets tucked in here too.
Did you notice any recurring themes in what you found in my purse? As I was typing this up, I noticed that I keep cash stashed in multiple places in the same bag. And in general, I just like to Be Prepared! I clearly have squirrel tendencies. Do you remember the “What type of squirrel are you” quiz from my squirrel post? I’m a chipmunk: “Chipmunks are notorious for stockpiling food for the winter and you follow a similar style of planning and preparedness.” My purse is my stockpile.
Here’s a recent picture of me with my trusty bag in action.
A Fun Discovery
I always research what I’m writing even when it’s about me. I found this interesting article about a kids’ book called, “What’s In Your Purse?” The article shows the design process for making this lift-the-flap collection of 5 different purses in one book. Click here to read it.
All 20 Days of Me
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