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to ask what do you carry in your handbag

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ghostspirit Tue 29-Dec-15 14:41:13

i have never had a handbag and dont get why people carry them. i carry keys/phone/money/bank card in pockets. why do people need a handbag.

SaucyJack Tue 29-Dec-15 14:42:53

I don't wear clothes with pockets in for starters.

Bonkerz Tue 29-Dec-15 14:46:09

In my handbag is:

2x reusable fabric bags for shopping
A pen
Pack of tissues
Small deodorant
Small body spray

I use a handbag because it's easier to grab when heading out the door!

trinity0097 Tue 29-Dec-15 14:49:48

Essentials are card wallet and purse for money, mobile phone, lipsil and blood sugar testing kit, also whatever random stuff ends up there, so waitrose bag for life's just in case, pen, chocs from the Indian as I can never eat them so shove them in my bag for safe keeping etc....

PlaysWellWithOthers Tue 29-Dec-15 14:50:08

Everything that, if I were a man and was allowed by clothing companies to have pockets that held more than fluff, I would have in my pockets, so:

mini first aid kit
card wallet
sanitary towels and menstrual cup
nail clippers
pain killers
and, for reasons known only to my niece, a small doll.

I want bloody pockets. I am not a handbag kind of human.

chanie44 Tue 29-Dec-15 14:50:44

Travel card
Small diary
House keys
Car keys
Make up bag
Work ID card

Postitblue Tue 29-Dec-15 14:51:33

Purse which is too big for a pocket, house and car keys, makeup, work pass, Oyster card, little umbrella, gloves. My work clothes are generally skirt / dress and a top so no pockets.

This being said sometimes at the weekend if popping to the gym or shop I just take the minimal (keys bank card, id) and shove in a pocket.

AyeAmarok Tue 29-Dec-15 14:53:45

Large purse
Plastic bag
Hair clip/tie
Oyster card
Lip balm
Pain killers
Torch (that's credit card sized - it's cool)
Security pass
Spare pill

Think that's all that's in there at the moment!

ghostspirit Tue 29-Dec-15 15:00:02

ah yeah i forgot my oyster card.

but do people use everything thats in their bags?

PlaysWellWithOthers Tue 29-Dec-15 15:01:30

Apart from the doll, yes.

The mini first aid kit has come in handy so many times now that DH has stopped telling me I'm daft for having it.

thelaundryfairy Tue 29-Dec-15 15:05:05

Keys to house
Keys to work (on weekdays)
Work I.D. (on weekdays)
Wallet with I.D, credit card, store cards and cash
Bus pass
Small notepad/Post Its
Pack of tissues
Bottle of water
Sanitary towels and spare pair of pants when I have my period
Often phone charger or spare battery
Often a book
Often a strip of ibuprofen tablets
An umbrella if rain is forecast
Rolled up cloth bag for shopping
On workdays - lunch and snacks
Often on other days - apple

ElfOnTheBoozeShelf Tue 29-Dec-15 15:05:08

I don't wear clothes with pockets.

In my handbag right now (I switched bags yesterday):
Bus pass / train pass
Two lip balms
Three lipsticks
Hair stick
Fingerless gloves
MP3 player and headphones
Glare blocking glasses
Darker glare blocking glasses (VI - it's a sexy look)
This years diary
Next years diary
Pain killers
Packet of tissues
Mini pack of wet wipes
Hand sanitizer
Mini first aid kit

Actually writing that out, I'd need fucking big pockets.

Bexicles Tue 29-Dec-15 15:06:10

Purse, phone, keys, lipstick, concealer, mirror, perfume, anadin extras, small bag of Brazil nuts, chewing gum, hair grips, tissues. If I'm using a satchel bag my kindle fire.

soyvanillalatte Tue 29-Dec-15 15:07:43

I am the worst example of a handbag user. The handbag is basically a place to put all my shit rather than being a bag in which to put the occasional item I might use when going out.
I have just now:
lipstick and paw paw ointment
small diary
loose coins and hair clips
various bits of lego, sticks or pebbles that are thrust into my bag
about 20 usb sticks
hat and gloves
tampon, loose in the base of bag
pile of receipts (these get cleaned out)
business cards
appointment letters/cards
profession badge
plastic shopping bag

when I go out, ipad and phone and keys also placed in there

mincepieprivateeye Tue 29-Dec-15 15:09:08

Reading glasses
House keys
Note pad
Nail file
Migraine tablets
Partners wobbly pills
Hand cream
Poo bags-for dogs
Pack of tissue
I'd need very deep pockets for that lot fgrin

thelaundryfairy Tue 29-Dec-15 15:10:00

I use everything apart from the ibuprofen, but it´s good to have.
Umbrella isn´t needed sometimes but a disaster without it!

MamaLazarou Tue 29-Dec-15 15:10:39

Oyster card
House/office/bike lock keys
Bike lock
Bike pump
Lip balm
Powder compact
Retractable brush
Swisscard (a very compact, credit-card-sized Swiss army knife)
Spare hair bobbles

Yes, I do use all of them and no, they wouldn't all fit in my pockets!

LatriceRoyale Tue 29-Dec-15 15:11:00

Purse, hairbrush, keys and phone. I wouldn't fit that in pockets and can't see it being comfortable either.

thelaundryfairy Tue 29-Dec-15 15:11:07

oops, forgot sunglasses, spare hairbands, comb, and USB stick on workdays

TheCarpenter Tue 29-Dec-15 15:15:36

This is why I like 'men's' jeans.

Strong fabric with pockets. But then I'm a keys and money person. DD has a change bag though so things like wipes etc go in there.

TheOptimisticPessimist Tue 29-Dec-15 15:16:00

I simply don't have clothes with pockets I'd be happy keeping everything in (e.g. not all my coats have zips, some of my jeans only have small back pockets etc).

Regularly I have:
Phone x 2 (work and personal)
Purse (which is quite big)
Car keys
Makeup (powder and a lipstick or similar)
A pen
Small portable phone charger
Work Id badges (I can work across three offices during the week)
Pain killers and a couple of plasters
Nail file
Small bottle of water

Hand cream
ipad or a book
Small notebook

If I'm just running out of the house then I'll just grab my phone, purse and keys (can slot my phone into my purse).

I tend to use everything that's in there, not necessarily every day, but enough for me to be happy carrying it around just in case rather than risk being caught without.

Aphie Tue 29-Dec-15 15:16:47

Small diary
House keys
Car keys
Lip balm.
My purse is far too big for my pockets. Also when out with my dp I usually end up with his car keys and wallet added to the muddle. So he's glad I have it and in return he carries the heavy bags haha.

MamaLazarou Tue 29-Dec-15 15:26:36

You'd just have to keep taking bits out of your pocket and putting them back in again every time you change your clothes. It's far less hassle to have a handbag (or, in my case, a rucksack).

Also, how will you demonstrate to other women that you have enough money for a Hermés? grin

wonkylegs Tue 29-Dec-15 15:30:17

Purse, medication, keys, tissues, lip balm, lipstick, business cards, phone, pen, sketch pad.

Postitblue Tue 29-Dec-15 15:30:42

Loose tampon grin yes often find rogue 'mice' that have lost their wrappers. Think I may clean mine out later today now!

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