For a lot of us, winter can be a pretty brutal time of year. The cold air and snowy weather can impact not only our hair and skin, but it can also interrupt our day-to-day lives. Whether the crummy weather makes you sick or the ice and snow get your socks wet, there are plenty of inconveniences that come with the coldest season of the year. Luckily, there are some little things you can keep in your purse that will make life go a little smoother this winter! By keeping some winter essentials in your bag, you’ll be prepared for anything! From dryer sheets for static hair to hot tea and lozenges for a sore throat, these things in your purse are a must! Check out this list of 10 things every girl should keep in her purse this winter!
1. Dryer Sheets
We all know how damaging winter weather can be on our hair. Not only does it dry it out, but the lack of moisture in the air also makes hair full of static. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to taming those fly-away strands! When you run a dryer sheet over your hair, it releases small amounts of fabric softener which in turn reduces the amount of static cling. Keeping a few of these in your purse can save you from a whole lot of hair mess over the winter! And if you opt for a scented pack of dryer sheets, your hair will be left smelling nice and fresh after running one of these purse-staples over your tresses! Win-win!
2. Hand Lotion
Dry skin is inevitable during the winter. It’s important to always keep your skin moisturized during the colder months to prevent any cracking, or even bleeding, skin. Our hands tend to be where we experience the most dryness. Keeping a bottle of hand lotion in your purse is not only smart, but it’s simply a must! Choose a super thick and nourishing hand lotion that will not only treat already dry skin but also help prevent future dryness. There are plenty of travel-size options out there that will fit nicely in your purse without taking up too much space. Keeping this thing in your purse during the winter just makes sense!
Like our hair and skin, lips have a tendency to dry out in the colder months. While most of us probably always keep at least one type of chapstick on hand, it’s a good idea to carry one with you in your purse so it’s there whenever you need it. Go for a formula that not only nourishes chapped lips but that prevents future chapping. It’s also smart to choose one that lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep reapplying it throughout the day. There are tons of options out there and sometimes it takes trying out a few different kinds before you land on one that works for you. When you find one that does the trick, be sure to keep at least one stick in your purse all winter long!
4. Portable Phone Battery Charger
With cold weather and snow comes more dangerous conditions. From slipping on the ice to veering off the road in a snowstorm, there are a variety of winter hazards that can put us in danger or, at the very least, in a tight spot. Often times we need to make phone calls to towing companies, family members, and even emergency assistance when we find ourselves in these positions and nothing makes this already stressful situation more stressful than when your phone battery is on low or dead. By keeping a portable phone battery charger in your purse, you can save yourself a lot of trouble. The best part? The designs of these chargers are usually really compact and easy to store in a purse or handbag. Choose a charger that does not require an outlet or car jack to be able to charge in case you don’t have an outlet available or your car dies. Just be sure to charge the battery charger before you leave each day so it’s ready to use when you need it!
5. Gloves Or Mittens
Sometimes mornings can be hectic and you wind up heading out the door not fully prepared for the cold weather. Keeping a pair of gloves or mittens in your purse can really do you some good! Whether you’re stopping to fill your car with gas or have to scrape ice off of your car after a long day at work, you’ll be glad you have a warm pair of gloves to put on. Pick a pair that is both heavy-duty, as well as ones that can fold up nicely for easy purse-storing. It’s also a good idea to go for a pair of gloves that have text-friendly fingertips! That way you can use your phone without having to remove them. How handy!
Winter is coming and that means so are colds, coughs, and runny noses. Ugh! This may be an obvious purse must-have, but keeping tissues in your bag can save you from a lot of sniffling and nose to sleeve wiping. The beauty of most tissue packages is that they are super lightweight and easy to stock up on. You can also find brands that offer tissues that contain moisturizers like lotion, aloe vera, and vitamin E. These are designed to help keep dry or sensitive skin healthy and soft, especially in winter. Next time you have a runny nose, don’t rely on the hopes that there’s a tissue box nearby. Instead, keep a travel-size tissue pack in your purse and be prepared for any sickness cold weather throws your way!
As we all know, cold weather means weaker immune systems. This can result in a much higher chance of getting sick. Keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse can save from carrying around harmful germs that can lead sickness. Not only is it great for cleaning your own hands, but you can also use it to sanitize things like shopping basket handles, door handles, and much more! The best part? There are tons of cute purse-friendly hand sanitizer bottles that come with key chains and hooks attached for easy storing!
8. Tea Bags
One of the best things about cold weather is the hot drinks! From hot chocolate to vanilla lattes and everything in between, nothing warms the soul like a hot beverage. That’s why keeping a few bags of your favorite tea in your purse during the winter is a must! Not only does hot tea keep you warm, but there are also tons of teas out there that are both good for your immune system and can soothe a sore throat. Opt for a tea-like green that can fight off bacteria, preventing you from getting sick. There are also green teas that have lemon or honey in them, both of which are good for sore throats! Just be sure to carry a few since you’ll quickly realize how convenient it is having these little purse-essentials on hand!
9. Spare Socks
We all know how dreadful that moment is when you’re very carefully walking through the snow, but somehow, snow still gets in your boots. Your socks get wet, your toes get cold, and your day is quickly ruined. Keeping a spare pair of warm socks in your purse is a great and quick way to get yourself out of that rut! Rather than waiting until you’re home to change socks, keeping a pair in your bag to change into immediately will allow you to carry on with your day. Since your feet will likely be extra cold from getting wet, choose a pair that are super warm and cover most of your calf. Before you know it, getting snow in your boots will no longer put a damper on your day!
10. Throat Lozenges
Whether you have a cold or your throat is dry simply due to the dry winter air, it’s important to give your throat some relief. Throat lozenges are a great option when it comes to looking for a quick solution. Luckily, there are tons of flavors out there that aren’t cherry. Look for lozenges that contain soothing ingredients like honey. No matter what you need these for, keeping a few in your purse during the winter is a must!