The Hazard of Handbags – Update

This is an update to my original post ‘The Hazard of Handbags’. If you haven’t already read that then you can do so by clicking here


Well, there has been little improvement in my shoulder since my last post and, out of interest, I decided to look into just what we should be carrying in our handbags on a daily basis. I have decided that the amount of stuff I pack into my handbag is excessive and that I should cut down a bit.

After some research I think that the FAB-U-LOUS Camilla Morton, author of ‘HOW TO WALK IN HIGH HEELS (The Girl’s Guide to Everything)’ and other books, has it about right. She suggests that you carry the following items in your handbag:


  • Mobile phone
  • Purse (preferably with some money in it)
  • Notebook
  • Pens/pencils
  • Lipstick
  • Lip-gloss
  • Perfume
  • Keys
  • Safety pins/sewing kit (great idea)
  • Compact (to powder your nose)
  • Address book
  • Diary
  • Business cards
  • Plasters
  • Spare pair of shoes if the size of your bag allows.
For those of us who use Filofaxes you can see that they actually save a bit of room in your bag as they cover the notebook, pens/pencils, address book and diary.


I must admit that I always carry  my business cards with me. You just never know when a business opportunity might come up. They’re also a quick and easy way of giving people your details should they require them.


I had to laugh when I read Camilla’s comment re the spare shoes. She says that under no circumstances whatsoever, should you carry your spare shoes in a plastic bag – particularly a supermarket bag. Ooops!




Obviously your evening bag is much smaller than your daytime bag and you only require:
  • Lipstick
  • Mobile
  • Keys
  • Comb
  • Tissues
  • Aspirin
  • Mints
So there you have it. It all sounds about right to me and the bag contents cover just about every eventuality so I’m off to do the great handbag re-pack. It will be interesting to see how much of a difference it makes to the weight of my bag.

3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I know what you mean. I took all the excess stuff out of my bag this morning and repacked it with only what it said on the list. It felt like there was nothing in it however, amazingly, I survived :-))

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