While many men question why women need to carry so much with them at all times, the rest of us know the power of the purse. Having everything you need for work, a night out, or a long commute home all in one place can make your day more convenient and less busy, freeing up time to spend on the things that really matter. So, what does every busy woman need in her bag? We’ve rounded up the must-have accessories that you can’t live without:
Portable phone battery: Other than seeing a shark suddenly appear in the water where you’re swimming, there are few things more frightening than getting the 10 percent battery notification on your phone. Between marathon texting, calls, and app use, our phones have a tendency to lose battery or shut down completely long before we’re done using them. Fortunately, an external battery pack can help keep your phone fully charged all day, meaning you’ll be able to schedule that meeting in the morning and still have enough battery to hire a car home from dinner later that night.
Multi-purpose makeup palette: Wearing your “going out” makeup to work might not go over so well at the office. Fortunately, companies like Too Faced, Urban Decay, and Tarte all have purse-sized multipurpose palettes that can help you transform your look without lugging around your entire makeup case.
Bluetooth headphones: Wires are a nuisance, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo your favorite entertainment entirely. Adding a pair of Bluetooth headphones to your purse will not only allow you to listen to your music, watch shows, or tune into podcasts without a wire tethering you to your purse, they’re also great for those times at work when you want to listen to something without anyone being the wiser.
Foldable flats: Heels can make your calves look great, but they’re not doing a thing for the comfort or health of your feet. Sticking a pair of foldable flats, like Rothy’s or Fast Flats, into your bag can help you look great at the office or on your after-work date and be comfortable in a pair of low-to-the-ground shoes just moments later.
Personal alarm: Personal safety is a serious concern for many women, and with good reason. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry a dangerous weapon to protect yourself. A high-decibel personal alarm can help you alert others when you’re in danger and ward off any would-be attackers.
The well-lived life of a career woman often means busy days and even busier nights. Instead of rushing home after a long day at the office only to head right back out again, a well-prepared purse can mean less time spent in transit, and more time spent enjoying yourself.