In the spirit of all the packing I have done in the past few week for my upcoming move, I’d like to discuss something I have recently become very proficient at..the tiny purse. Often of the cross body variety, used for a night out on the town, the tiny purse can be a functional method for carrying all your crap, if you know how to pack it. It’s like a super small game of Tetris or a one way puzzle.
My friends will tell you that I can be a bit of a hoarder and probably carry around way too much stuff on a day to day basis. I’d like to say it’s so I’m prepared for literally anything that could happen. Acid reflux? I have pills for those in my purse. Asthma attack. Inhaler on my person. Break a nail? I’ve got a nail file. Hungry? I probably have a snack or at least three clementines in my bag. Need to fix something? Hold on, I have a roll of duct tape somewhere in here. Stuck on the side of the road in the cold. I totally have an extra space blanket. Fire? Wait, wait, I have a fire extinguisher! It’s Mary Poppins bad. Anything and everything could come out of my purse at any given time.
Needless to say, downsizing to something that won’t hold a staple gun and a whole package of Oreos, gives me anxiety. What happens if I need an alcohol wipe, or a hair brush, or an extra pair of socks? Probably nothing. Nothing, will happen to me if I find myself somewhere without nail glue or a box cutter. Because on any given day I don’t use half of the things I’m carrying around with me in the event of an apocalyptic situation (unless of course that day happens to be the Apocalypse, then I’m screwed.)
So I’m mastering the art of the tiny purse. Whittling down to the bare necessities and forcing myself not to carry around anything with extra room to fit a bunch of junk. Here’s are the essentials.
In the days of big screens and phone-tablet hybrids, this is the first thing I check in determining how tiny of a purse I should use. It needs to be able to fit my large phone and for the sake of being able to use it in the future, there should be some extra space for when I upgrade next year.
So crucial. In the warmer months, but especially in the colder months, I never leave the house without chapstick. Nothing is worse than chapped lips and having to borrow a friend’s and awkwardly dab it on with a finger. We have all talked about the Jack Black lip care line at one point here but it really is the best lip balm, and for my purposes, nice and compact.
Travel Size Hand Cream
In the winter my skin, but hands especially, gets so dry. And going out at night, not wanting to carry around gloves or any extra outerwear, having lotion to slap on is important to me. No one likes the feeling of cracked and chapped hands. L’Occitane makes a tiny travel version of their Shea Butter Hand Cream (which is divine like most of their products). If you don’t want to spring for the expensive stuff, the tiny hotel sized bottles of lotion would work just fine in a tiny purse.
No night out is complete without mints or gum or breath freshener of sorts. Whether it’s because you are trying to make a good impression on the girl you have been hitting on all night or just did a shot of something gross and want the taste out of your mouth, I recommend always caring some kind of minty fix. I prefer the regular Altoids to the Altoids Small (the regular ones are stronger) but the container they come in is way too big for the tiny purse. Plus for one night out I don’t need all 50 of those little mints. So, I recycled an Altoids Small container and just throw 10 regular sized Altoids into it. Everyone wins.
A slim wallet that will only hold a credit card, driver’s license and a few other cards (insurance, extra credit card, Starbucks gold care, etc) and maybe some cash, is important to making the tiny purse work. Change is unnecessary and a waste of your precious space. You also don’t need pictures of your kids, gift cards to Amazon or any of those frequent buyer cards. Fossil makes some great slim wallets that can be found in the men’s wallet section. Chic, compact and will last a lifetime. If you don’t want to upgrade your wallet, just tuck a debit card, your license and a twenty into that little purse and call it a night.
There is a whole myriad of other little tiny things I have packed into a small purse. Sephora will give you a sample size of your favorite cologne or perfume. You can buy teeny tiny nail files. Save your airplane sized snacks. Oh, and those little Mini Emergency Kits were the greatest idea for overly prepared freaks like myself. If I’m carrying a slightly larger bag around I’ll just throw one of these into it to give myself piece of mind that I could indeed survive World War III. I probably won’t use any of it but if it starts raining fire or locus you are gonna want me on you Apocalypse team. Just saying’.