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4 Useful Things to Keep in Your Bag

A well-organized bag can make for a well-organized day. Ensure you have the items you need on hand every day by stocking your bag with these essentials. With the right items in your bag, you can tackle whatever the day brings. Add these four useful items to your bag before you leave the house.

1. On-the-Go Essentials

Stock your bag with those essentials that you rely on during your day. You might not think twice at home when you reach for a tissue or reapply your lip balm. However, you certainly notice when you run out of it when you're away from home. Fill your tote with these must-have items so that they're always on hand.

Pack a small zippered pouch to keep these essentials organized and accessible. First, fill this pouch with a small package of tissues and your favorite lip balm. A travel-sized lotion or hand cream keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is a convenient option when you don't have access to soap and water, helping your rid your hand of unwanted germs any time, any place. A white-out laundry pen is ready to use in a pinch when you need to erase a stain from your clothes. Finally, a small package of disinfecting wipes proves especially versatile. Use these to wipe down shopping cart handles and other germy surfaces. With these items stored conveniently in your pouch, your bag will instantly become more useful.

2. Makeup Touch-up

A busy day on the go just might do a number on your hair and makeup. By keeping your favorite cosmetic and hair products in your bag, you can give yourself a touch-up no matter where you are. If dirt and oil leave your skin looking less than fresh at the end of the day, invest in a pack of blotting papers. These papers, which come in compact packages ideal for your bag, absorb oil from your skin. A compact with pressed powder is another option when you're looking to minimize that midday oily complexion. Your favorite lipstick should also be stored in your bag so that you can touch it up throughout the day.

Your hair might also require a refresh, so stock your bag with some hair care essentials. First, a travel-sized hairbrush fits compactly in your bag, allowing you to smooth and detangle your tresses on the go. Add a few hair ties so that you can pull your hair up and out of your face whenever necessary. A travel-sized bottle of finishing spray adds that final touch to your look.

3. Organizational Tools

The right items stocked in your bag can make keeping track of your busy life a little bit easier. Don't forget to store important organizational tools in your bag as well. If you use a paper planner instead of or in addition to an electronic calendar, remember to pack your planner for the busy day ahead. With your planner on hand, you'll be able to keep track of appointments and to-dos, while scheduling other events for upcoming weeks and months. Keep a pen attached to your planner so that you're always ready to add to your calendar and make that satisfying checkmark when a task is complete. Likewise, a small notebook can be a helpful accessory for keeping track of your thoughts or creating a to-do list throughout the day. Use this notebook to jot down reminders, write out a shopping list or organize your day. These organizational tools make life simpler when you're on the go, so they are a must for your bag.

4. Midday Refreshers

Pack your bag with a few midday refreshers that will keep you going throughout the afternoon. Store a couple of healthy, easy-to-eat snacks in your bag so that you don't hit the vending machine or drive-thru when your hunger strikes. A protein bar, pack of peanuts or dried fruit can help satisfy that late-afternoon snacking. A tin of mints or a pack of gum are other smart additions to your bag.

Give your favorite bag a makeover with these tips. With the addition of these items, a better organized day awaits you. Consider adding an organizer to your bag that allows you to separate items for easy access. This way, you'll spend less time digging through your bag and more time being productive.

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