How to pack your everyday purse

Most of us carry an EDC bag, or ‘everyday carry’ bag (for those not acquainted with the acronym). It’s the bag we carry most. But how do we pack an EDC bag properly? Well, I’m here to help.

The world of Everyday Carry has it’s roots in being prepared, and wanting to have items with you during your day that will cover your basic needs, and anything within reason that might pop up.

In serious EDC circles, folks might pack things like a medical kit in case of injury, or a compass if they find themselves off-grid with a need to navigate to safety. Whilst on the other hand, your everyday urban commuter might pack an extra jacket in case they’re caught in an unexpected downpour. We all pack and prepare for different things at different levels.

And it’s worth noting, EDC is a very slippery slope, you can really end up knee-deep in a bunch of useless crap if you’re not careful – I’ve been there. My EDC has evolved throughout the years and if you’re interested, you can read more about that journey here – but right now we’re going to get in to how to handle your EDC bag, in my case: it’s a backpack.

Layout – Where do I put X?

The best way to pick a layout is simply by thinking about when, and how often you’ll need to use the thing. Ideally you don’t want to be reaching in to depths of the Mariana Trench each time you want a pen – the pen you use 35 times a day to jot down notes. Bulky stuff like drink bottles and laptops can prove difficult, luckily most bags these days offer a dedicated spot for a laptop, and if you carry a water bottle each day I’d definitely recommend external bottle pockets.

This is purely my experiences, but I can’t even look at a roll top or top loading bags for EDC – function comes before fashion for my packing.

How to pack your everyday purse

A rule of thumb is simply pack by need, quick access stuff up top and less likely to be needed stuff down below. Rain jacket? Probably stuff that in the bottom. Transit pass and earphones? Nice and high.

Pouches – get some

No bag comes with perfect organisation, despite how awesome it might seem – there will always be something you can do better. I take my organisation to a pretty insane level by most standards, which include custom made organisation panels, and a lot more pouches – I like pouches. Basically, anything your bag can’t organise properly, a pouch almost definitely can.

No dedicated admin compartment for pens, multi tools etc? Pouch.

No space for your power bank? Portable HDD? Pouch.

I was lucky enough to get in on the BOgear EDC Pouch before BOgear ceased production operations, it completely changed my carry game and is one of the best bag related decisions I’ve ever made.

How to pack your everyday purse

I even picked up some pouches from IKEA, for $3.99 – perfect for snacks and toiletries.

How to pack your everyday purse

Don’t overpack

This one’s easy, just don’t fill your bag up! You need the ability to stuff a couple things in there on an ad hoc basis, whether it be a cheeky 6-pack on the way home or that sneaky piece of cake left over from Sandra’s birthday that’s been sitting in the work fridge.

How to pack your everyday purse

I find myself unpacking my bag somewhat often, looking at things I haven’t used and things I can switch out. If I haven’t used something in a while, I’ll usually ditch it. I charge batteries, make sure things work and pack everything back in – sometimes changing the organisation to make everything easier to access.

Packing an EDC bag is not a one-time deal, you really do need to take a look every now and then and make sure you’re not carrying stuff that just doesn’t make sense anymore. Carrying a sweater in winter makes sense, carrying one in the blistering summer heat really doesn’t – don’t forget to evaluate your packing.

Obviously there are different courses for different horses, but really, why not make your carry efficient? Lay out your gear properly, organise your small stuff, don’t overpack and evaluate your carry regularly – simple.

*And hey, if you’ve got any insights of your own, we’d love to hear them in the comments!

How to pack your everyday purse

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How to Organize an Everyday Bag Without Pockets

The first step is to empty your bag – that’s right, take all of it right out.

Take this opportunity to also clean the inside of your bag properly and remove any debris you may have there.

Of the messy pile of products you took out, start putting them into piles: electronics (that includes cables, phone chargers, earphones), care products (such as moisturizers, makeup products, gum), all types of cards (ID and credit cards), medication (if applicable) and any rubbish you might have collected in there.

Throw away anything you don’t need anymore (yes those old receipts, expired cards, promotional flyers, wrappers).

Now, have a look at your pile of products and decide which ones are absolutely necessary.

For instance, you may do with only one lipstick, not five of them; the same goes for other products in your care pile. Discard or remove any items that you rarely use from your purse.

Now you need to start packing them back in. The first step is to include absolutely necessary items (such as home and car keys, wallet, and hand sanitizer).

You can store creams and other beauty products in standing makeup case or smaller containers. This will save space in your bag, along with significantly reducing the weight of your purse.

Place all your cards and ID documents together for easier location and handling. Keep all the documents you often use in one place, and consider storing all the loyalty cards you rarely use in a less accessible place.

Try as much as possible to keep your items segmented inside your purse. Keep electronics together, personal items together, and important documents together. Even without pockets to separate them, you’d still be able to make them look neat and organized this way!

How to pack your everyday purse

How to Organize an Evening Bag Without Pockets

Evening bags are, suffice to say, smaller in size and smaller in space than your regular bag. Therefore it’s wise that you keep only absolute essentials in your evening bag.

Here is a quick checklist to ensure that you only carry around the important stuff for your evening outing.

  • Firstly, make sure you take your ID and debit/credit cards, as they are critical. Double-check that you always have them before leaving the house.
  • Consider adding some cash, for emergencies.
  • Don’t forget your keys! Consider ridding your keys of bulky keychains for the evening.
  • Your phone is important! Make sure you’ve got that thing charged, because power banks can’t exactly fit in your purse.
  • A lipstick and a powder compact are usually all you need for a night out!

In case you’ve got more room:

  • A small tissue pack, because you never know.
  • A small pack of mints might also come in handy – for that after-meal talk at a small table, fresh breath is essential.
  • A thin comb might come in handy, to fix up your hairstyle.
  • Lastly, pop in a couple of painkillers for emergencies.

Due to the limited space, there isn’t really much to be done in terms of maneuvering your things around. The best tip is to keep everything in place and not just toss them into your evening bag. Fold up that receipt, tuck that card in, and keep your items only absolutely essential!

How to pack your everyday purse

Best options for Pocketless Bag Organization

While having only necessary items is an important part of being organized, they still sometimes get messed around your bag. Messes are unavoidable, especially in a hurry, but we shouldn’t let that deter us from using our favorite bags.

In this situation, here are a few extra tips on how to keep your pocketless bag organized:

Pouches

Another way is to use pouches to keep your pocketless purse organized.

You can use pouches to keep other products separate. For instance, you can opt for a medication-only pouch to store all your pills.

Another use would be to go for an emergency pouch, which includes safety pins, tampons, bandages, tissues, and hand sanitizer.

Haircare products such as a small brush, hair elastics can also be included in your bag, along with a snacks pouch – for a quick bite.

How to pack your everyday purse

Bag Organizers

The best option for pocketless purses is a good bag organizer.

We previously mentioned that some bags, such as the Neverfull, come without any pockets. This situation can be easily fixed with a bag organizer. This is inserted in your bag, creating different compartments.

Using a bag organizer allows you to store different types of items (such as makeup, pills, wallet, documents, and chargers) in different sections, so they do not get mixed up.

How to pack your everyday purse

On the lookout for more organization tips? Check out our guide: Packing Tips For Any Vacation.

How to pack your everyday purse

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How to Organize an Everyday Bag Without Pockets

The first step is to empty your bag – that’s right, take all of it right out.

Take this opportunity to also clean the inside of your bag properly and remove any debris you may have there.

Of the messy pile of products you took out, start putting them into piles: electronics (that includes cables, phone chargers, earphones), care products (such as moisturizers, makeup products, gum), all types of cards (ID and credit cards), medication (if applicable) and any rubbish you might have collected in there.

Throw away anything you don’t need anymore (yes those old receipts, expired cards, promotional flyers, wrappers).

Now, have a look at your pile of products and decide which ones are absolutely necessary.

For instance, you may do with only one lipstick, not five of them; the same goes for other products in your care pile. Discard or remove any items that you rarely use from your purse.

Now you need to start packing them back in. The first step is to include absolutely necessary items (such as home and car keys, wallet, and hand sanitizer).

You can store creams and other beauty products in standing makeup case or smaller containers. This will save space in your bag, along with significantly reducing the weight of your purse.

Place all your cards and ID documents together for easier location and handling. Keep all the documents you often use in one place, and consider storing all the loyalty cards you rarely use in a less accessible place.

Try as much as possible to keep your items segmented inside your purse. Keep electronics together, personal items together, and important documents together. Even without pockets to separate them, you’d still be able to make them look neat and organized this way!

How to pack your everyday purse

How to Organize an Evening Bag Without Pockets

Evening bags are, suffice to say, smaller in size and smaller in space than your regular bag. Therefore it’s wise that you keep only absolute essentials in your evening bag.

Here is a quick checklist to ensure that you only carry around the important stuff for your evening outing.

  • Firstly, make sure you take your ID and debit/credit cards, as they are critical. Double-check that you always have them before leaving the house.
  • Consider adding some cash, for emergencies.
  • Don’t forget your keys! Consider ridding your keys of bulky keychains for the evening.
  • Your phone is important! Make sure you’ve got that thing charged, because power banks can’t exactly fit in your purse.
  • A lipstick and a powder compact are usually all you need for a night out!

In case you’ve got more room:

  • A small tissue pack, because you never know.
  • A small pack of mints might also come in handy – for that after-meal talk at a small table, fresh breath is essential.
  • A thin comb might come in handy, to fix up your hairstyle.
  • Lastly, pop in a couple of painkillers for emergencies.

Due to the limited space, there isn’t really much to be done in terms of maneuvering your things around. The best tip is to keep everything in place and not just toss them into your evening bag. Fold up that receipt, tuck that card in, and keep your items only absolutely essential!

How to pack your everyday purse

Best options for Pocketless Bag Organization

While having only necessary items is an important part of being organized, they still sometimes get messed around your bag. Messes are unavoidable, especially in a hurry, but we shouldn’t let that deter us from using our favorite bags.

In this situation, here are a few extra tips on how to keep your pocketless bag organized:

Pouches

Another way is to use pouches to keep your pocketless purse organized.

You can use pouches to keep other products separate. For instance, you can opt for a medication-only pouch to store all your pills.

Another use would be to go for an emergency pouch, which includes safety pins, tampons, bandages, tissues, and hand sanitizer.

Haircare products such as a small brush, hair elastics can also be included in your bag, along with a snacks pouch – for a quick bite.

How to pack your everyday purse

Bag Organizers

The best option for pocketless purses is a good bag organizer.

We previously mentioned that some bags, such as the Neverfull, come without any pockets. This situation can be easily fixed with a bag organizer. This is inserted in your bag, creating different compartments.

Using a bag organizer allows you to store different types of items (such as makeup, pills, wallet, documents, and chargers) in different sections, so they do not get mixed up.

How to pack your everyday purse

On the lookout for more organization tips? Check out our guide: Packing Tips For Any Vacation.

We’ve made things a little simpler for everyone with the ultimate workday packing guide.

How to pack your everyday purse

How to pack your everyday purse

Do you love your purse? Totes. And it carries everything you need, everywhere you go — from your job, to the gym, to happy hour, to your post-work Tinder date, and, depending on how said dates goes, the occasional frantic Morning After. Stock your purse right before running out the door and you’ll be ready for whatever life throws at you. Relax: We’re about to make that really, really easy.

How to pack your everyday purse

You got to the gym in the middle of the workday? Success! You just checked off a workout without getting up early or sacrificing your night. In order to make it happen, prep is key: First, find a gym bag that looks professional — carrying around a bulky duffle won’t fly. Next, fill it with your gym gear (deodorant, water bottle, workout clothes, a chia seed bar or something to fuel you), and slip out in sleek sneakers (choose nice ones and you’ll save room while still looking professional-ish). Finally, add the post-workout necessities, such as shower sandals, Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water (an award-winning product that clears away makeup and sweat but leaves skin instantly hydrated), dry shampoo (in case you don’t have time to wash your hair), travel-size perfume, a brush, and a makeup kit with all the essentials.

How to pack your everyday purse

You deserve to take advantage of that $3-drafts-and-wings-until-7 deal. Don’t let an obnoxiously bulky work bag get in your way! A sleek purse easily transitions from the office to the bar. Pack a slim clutch that can serve as a makeup bag now and your going-out bag if you decide to downsize for nighttime. Add-ons that just might make you tonight’s hero: a flask for pre-gaming and a wine opener in case of emergencies.

How to pack your everyday purse

Doing double-duty as a working woman and Master’s student is no easy task. Make your life simpler with a roomy bag that fits all your stylish school supplies: a cool notebook, an iPad in a cute case, headphones, nice pens, and lip balm (sitting through a lecture with chapped lips is no fun at all). Don’t forget a snack, lest you get hangry mid-midterm.

How to pack your everyday purse

We all know it’s the cheaper, healthier option, but few of us can get it together in time to brown-bag it. Enter a chic lunch box, cute silverware, a pretty water bottle, and colorful cotton sandwich wraps (much better for the environment than plain old baggies). Suddenly, lunch feels all fancy, even if you’re just eating a PB&J. Don’t forget hand sanitizer for before and afterward.

How to pack your everyday purse

If you like to get your fitness in by walking to work (which, props), you’ll want a luxe, lightweight backpack to avoid a whole messed-up back situation. Don’t forget a slim wallet (because, again, lightweight!), a small MP3 player, earbuds, sunglasses, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Oil blotters and heels will help you make a Clark-Kent-to-Superman-like transformation once you get to the office. There: workout done, fresh look achieved.

How to pack your everyday purse

If you’re frequently burning the midnight oil at the office, you’ll need purse-stuffers that keep you comfortable and focused. Fill your bag with supplies that make work a little bit luxe, like a gold Apple laptop, a portable phone charger, a sleek leather notepad, a pretty business card case, a nice pen, and a coffee mug for that fourth pick-me-up. But don’t forget the important extras, like face towelettes (we dig Simple’s new Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes, which leave skin instantly hydrated) and comfy flats (who wants to teeter home in stilettos at 11 p.m.?). In case you hit a second wind and go out after working super late, always have a bold red lipstick, mascara, and mints on hand.

How to pack your everyday purse

Women who pump on-the-go or at the office should opt for a multifunctional diaper bag, like Pacapod, to tote all their necessities. In addition to a breast pump, don’t forget hand sanitizer, a pacifier, a small blanket, a changing pad, plastic bags, diapers, wipes, and a burp cloth. Other smart tagalongs: baby-safe sunscreen and some toys to keep your little love busy.

How to pack your everyday purse

Can’t find anything in your bag? (Isn’t that all of us?) For the girl whose purse somehow always tops even airline’s carryon allowances, here’s the secret: Opt for a small, structured, cross-body bag that only fits the necessities. Poof: Now there’s no way you can overload it. Deserving of precious cargo space: a leather card case (much slimmer than a wallet), a small compact mirror, a lip pencil, a keychain, and fold-up sunglasses.

How to pack your everyday purse

When it comes to new babies there can be a lot of unfamiliar territories: learning how to properly swaddle, keeping track of how many wet diapers baby has had, and what do you REALLY need to pack in your diaper bag?! It can feel like you need to pack half your house before leaving with baby, but we’re here to help give you some experienced guidance on this topic. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Freshly Picked who happen to make one of the most stylish and convenient diaper bags on the market! Head to the bottom of the post to learn how you can enter for a chance to win a Freshly Picked Diaper Bag of your own and $200 to Munchkin.com to fill it!

Packing Your Diaper Bag

First things first, what do you really need to pack in your bag?

Diapering Essentials

How to pack your everyday purse

Diapers

The obvious one here is diapers. But, how many diapers? A good rule of thumb is to have enough for 1-2 days that will cover a few hours outings. Depending on baby’s age, on average you’ll be changing baby’s diaper roughly every two hours, so having around 10-12 is a good amount. Of course, if you’re going to be gone for a long day, pack more!

Wipes

As for wipes, stick with one full package. The Designer Diaper Changer includes a convenient wipes case that holds a small amount that can slide into the internal pocket. This is great for when you want to just grab the whole changing pad and have all your supplies handy. However, we recommend having a larger pack at the ready–experienced moms know that baby wipes are helpful for much more than just baby tushies.

Diaper Changing Pad

Most diaper bags come with their own changing pad, so if you want to stick with just using the one included that’s okay! If you want something that can easily be removed from your bag and taken with mom or dad for changes we recommend this diaper changer. It folds closed nice and slim but has plenty of internal pockets to hold diapers and wipes all in one place. There’s even an external pocket where you can keep personal belongings if you don’t feel like carrying the whole bag with you.

Diaper Disposal Bags

Diaper changes are well, messy most the time and quite frankly don’t have a great reputation around odors. We cannot recommend these little bags enough! They come in a convenient roll, just pull one out, drop in the dirty diaper, tie it off–Voila! No more diaper odors. These also come in handy for things like when baby has a blowout. I’m sure we all wish we could just throw out every outfit that falls victim to one of these incidents, but since most of us can’t, use one of these convenient bags to toss the soiled outfit into until you can get home to wash it. This brings us to our next item…

Alternate Outfit

Another outfit is always a must for your bag. From excessive spit up, spills and blowouts (like we mentioned above) you never know when baby might need a change of clothes. Choose something easy like a bodysuit and make sure to rotate the outfit as baby grows and season’s change.

Formula & Breastfeeding

How to pack your everyday purse

Formula Supplies

If you’re formula feeding you don’t want to have to carry around a whole can with you. Pre-fill a formula dispenser (like the one shown above) that has three compartments to hold pre-measured powder. Depending on how long you’ll be out of the house, have at least two empty bottles on hand and enough water for two feedings, too!

Breastfeeding

Typically if you’re breastfeeding you don’t need any additional supplies, with the exception of breast pads. However, sometimes you need a boost for your milk supply! That’s where Milkmakers lactation cookies and bars are ideal to have on hand. One to two servings a day can help increase your milk supply, and they’re super delicious.

Feeding & Snack Supplies

How to pack your everyday purse

Beverages

Having water on hand is a must starting at around 6 months of age. Always have your tot’s favorite sippy cup packed and ready with water. A favorite of ours is the Miracle 360 Cup–it will never leak! Keep this handy in one of the front pockets of your bag for quick access. Don’t forget about yourself too, Mom! Keep water handy in your favorite reusable canister.

Mealtime

This will vary slightly depending on the age of your child and if you make your own baby food. There are a lot of handy utensils on the market now that can help with feeding on the go. For instance, the Go Bowl folds down flat for easy storage and then pops open for use or the Squeeze Spoon holds pureed baby food in the back portion of the handle allowing you to squeeze food directly onto the spoon. If you’re bringing along your own baby food, a small cooler might be necessary for you, too. It’s best to keep all your feeding supplies together so you aren’t digging through your bag with a hungry baby! Choose one pouch to hold everything or our personal favorite is to keep it in a Tupperware container or Ziploc bag.

Snacks

Kids are always hungry . . . there’s no getting around needing an arsenal of snacks with you. Similar to what we mentioned in Mealtime, keep all your snacks in a Ziploc or the same pocket for quick access. Keeping with easy, package snacks in something like a Snack Catcher, that allows little hands to reach in and snacks not to spill out. Another snack item we love is a Fresh Food Feeder, for kids learning to self-feed you can place a soft piece of fruit in the mesh portion and baby can safely eat without a choking hazard.

All the Rest

What’s left?! Only a few things need to be added to your bag at this point. For baby, make sure to have a favorite toy or two like a teether in your bag, pacifiers (if you use these), pacifier wipes, and a swaddle/thinner blanket (these are multi-purpose and useful for laying baby down, spit up or using as a stroller cover!). Depending on the season and weather, it’s a good idea to have travel-size versions of sunscreen and bug spray.

Personal Items

Your keys, wallet, and other personal effects should be kept close, we love the front zipper pouch for these items. Some people prefer a separate bag, but why add more bulk?!

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Are there any other essentials you like to keep in your bag that we left out? Tell us in the comments below.

Melissa has been writing for 10 years about a little bit of everything. For work, she manages all things content at Munchkin, but her real boss in life are her two red-headed daughters ages 6 months and 4 years.

For a happier commute.

By Billy Cadden | Published Jul 03, 2020 12:47 AM

How to pack your everyday purse

Packing a perfectly appointed workbag is walking on a razor’s edge. You need to be prepared but unencumbered. You need items that function. You need items that are convenient. You need stuff but you don’t want mass.

Your keys can’t do anything for you when you spill lunch on your new white shirt. Your wallet and phone can’t protect you from surprise showers. When you leave your house, make sure you have everything you’ll need for the day. Make the journey to work less miserable with these things to carry, organize, and optimize your day.

How to pack your everyday purse

As a home base of sorts. Amazon

The original rugged twill briefcase by Filson is American-made, water- and wear-resistant, and comes with a storm flap closure to keep your belongings dry and safe. The bag meets airplane size regulations and has a 46-inch adjustable leather strap. It fits a 15-inch laptop, and the interior is subdivided to make smaller items easy to get to. It’s pricey, but it’s worth it.

How to pack your everyday purse

Never miss a thought. Amazon

A good idea comes in a flash and exits without saying goodbye or leaving a note. Always carry around a notepad to take notes during meetings, jot down ingenious ideas on the bus, or just doodle when the subway is halted between stations.

How to pack your everyday purse

Toss the pencil and embrace smooth permanence. Amazon

The Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen is out of this world—and, in fact, can be taken out of this world. Write at any angle, in zero gravity, and at extreme temperatures. This pen is brass with a chrome finish and even exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art for its classic design. The ink cartridges are hermetically sealed, pressured with nitrogen gas, and made out of the same material used to make armor-piercing ammunition. Sign me up.

How to pack your everyday purse

Never forget your storage device at home. Amazon

The USB 3.0 flash drive by Samsung comes with 128 GB of flash storage and can easily fit on your keychain. It is x-ray proof, waterproof, and shockproof. Your files are safe.

How to pack your everyday purse

Always bring one with you. Amazon

If you are stuck in the rain, let the force be with you. Not the force of the wind that is, but the force of this Star Wars lightsaber umbrella. The 32-inch umbrella is built with a double canopy and acrylic frame, which makes it extra sturdy and virtually rust-proof. The 14mm fiberglass shaft has a button on the bottom handle to switch on and off the light. Batteries not included (3 AAA needed).

How to pack your everyday purse

For those that work in audio, give your ears a rest before and after work. Amazon

Get a good book and phase out the sounds around you. If you’ve never read a Murakami book, you are in for a treat.

How to pack your everyday purse

This is for those people that want multiple books with them. Amazon

If you don’t want to carry around a library, get an e-reader. I, admittedly, arrived pretty late to the Kindle game, but I’ve been using my roommates Kindle Oasis and I am now sold. Read classics that are in the public domain for free, or hit up your daily newspaper or that best seller you’ve been hearing about for months. The Kindle Oasis has 23 LEDs, an adaptive front light, and a battery that will last weeks on a single charge. Nothing beats the feeling of flipping through the pages of a real book, but this comes pretty close.

How to pack your everyday purse

Whether you are heading to or returning from work, give your eyes and brain a rest. Amazon

Fill your cranium with the sweet harmonic tones of The Beach Boys or the insane control of Laura Marling’s voice. Carry around a large pair of headphones, and make sure you carry some quality earbuds in your bag. The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones have a built-in microphone; and pump out a crisp, deep, and clear sound. They are sweat- and water-resistant, which make them great for gym use.

How to pack your everyday purse

If you often grab groceries on your way home from work, grab an eco-friendly LA Pop Design expandable bag to cut down on the plastic. These fruit and veggie totes are made of a lightweight, durable nylon polyester that can be tossed in the washing machine. When squished into a ball, they only occupy 2-3 inches of space. You’ll barely notice they are there.

How to pack your everyday purse

Who said spaghetti with tomato sauce at work was a good idea? No one. Amazon

No one can slurp up an entire bowl of pasta without the noodle whipping around as it is sucked into your mouth splattering your shirt with that red goodness. Have a way to get stains out so you aren’t that office slob. Bring a Tide to Go pen. (And even if you’re not prone to spills, there’s nothing like being the office hero with a stain-removing pen.)

How to pack your everyday purse

For people who forgot to juice up the night before. Amazon

The Anker PowerCore+ mini comes with a travel pouch and a micro USB cable. The PowerIQ will charge your device at its fastest possible speed and will add up to 14 hours of talk time. Whether you drain your battery watching downloaded Netflix shows on the way to work or listening to music to lift your spirits, a portable charging bank is a must-have. Your less-than-prepared traveling companions will thank you, too.

How to pack your everyday purse

Billy Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.

Are you trying to put together an everyday carry bag or edc backpack for survival, but not sure what to put in there?

It can be tough to decide what essential items you need in your everyday carry bag or backpack. After all, your life might depend on it.

But, you don’t want to pack your everyday carry bag (edc bag) so full of items that it gets uncomfortable to carry. That’s why it’s important to carry only what’s essential in your edc bags plus maybe a few extra items.

Basically, you want your everyday carry bag contents to serve as your first line of defense should you get into a dangerous situation.

Now, there are all sorts of dangerous situations you can get into, so that’s why it’s important to pick items are versatile.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 items you should definitely pack in your Every Day Carry Bag.

Table of Contents

1. Basic Survival Kit

Every good everyday carry bag always contains a basic survival kit. Think of your basic survival kit like your first aid kit. Except instead of healing your wounds, this kit serves to protect you from the elements.

Here are the items you’ll want to include in this kit:

  • A small source of fire (A BIC lighter or survival lighter will do just fine. Just make sure it has fuel).
  • A Ferro Rod or Magnesium Fire Starter for when you need a waterproof fire starter.
  • A water filter
  • A small emergency space blanket
  • A water bottle
  • A good knife.
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A compass
  • A whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Paracord
  • Free survival gear

2. Basic First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is really something everyone should have around at all times, survivalist or not.

Now, it’s difficult to pack a first-aid kit that will prepare you for every type of injury. Even so, a few supplies can really go a long way and should easily fit in your EDC bag.

These everyday carry bag supplies include:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Medical tape
  • Pain relievers like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Burn cream

Of course, depending on your own medical needs, you may need to pack some extra items in your first aid kit. For example, an Epi-pen if you’re allergic to bees or have a food allergy. Or, you may need to sunscreen if you burn incredibly easily.

3. Cell Phone/Communication Device

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, it’s important to be able to call for help.

Of course, cell phone reception only goes so far and cell phone batteries only stay charged for so long.

Many survivalists are also against the idea of carrying a cell phone with their everyday carry items because they somehow think it’s “cheating.”

But, if you really want to feel like it’s man vs. nature, you don’t need to have your cell phone turned on at all times.

You should also consider carrying a rechargeable battery pack in your EDC bag in case your other one runs out of juice.

4. Energy Bars

While you may not think you’ll need extra snacks along the way, energy bars can come in handy when you’re in a pinch.

You never know where you’ll end up where food supplies might be short.

Make sure the bars you pack in your edc bag have a high dose of protein to keep you full.

5. Weapon

Often times, people are so concerned about protecting themselves from the elements that they forget about protecting themselves from mankind.

It’s always good to have a weapon handy for quick access in case someone tries to attack you.

Your weapon of choice should be one that’s easy to carry and most importantly, one you’re comfortable using. Pepper spray can be a great option, or perhaps an everyday carry knife (even a credit card knife would be useful).

Everyday Carry Bag Contents: Wrap Up

We hope this list makes packing your everyday carry backpack or edc bag easier.

If you have questions about where to find any of these items or how to select the right ones, please drop us a comment below.

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From sudden spills to bathroom blunders, you never know what’s going to come your way at work. Hopefully, you’ve got the right bag with more than enough room for anything and everything you might need at a moment’s notice. If you’re looking to fill the space in that beautiful purse of yours, consider adding these 15 items so you can handle any situation at work like a #boss.

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1. Pottymints

If you work in an office with a multi-person bathroom, then these are a must-have (though they’re great for individual bathrooms, too). Pottymints are little tablets that you can drop in the toilet to help eliminate any odor that may result from, well, going to the bathroom. So for those days when Taco Tuesday just doesn’t sit well with your stomach, a Pottymint is a must-have.

2. Pen

It might sound obvious, but you never know when you’re going to need to write something down. Plus, if your boss ever asks for a pen, you’ll be able to lend it to her ASAP, which could help you stand out among the crowd. Even better, pens can be used for so many things, including opening a package and holding your hair in a bun.

3. Floss

That salad you plan to eat for lunch sounds delicious, but getting spinach stuck in your teeth right before that pitch meeting does not. Don’t let that little speck distract from what you have to say at work. Hopefully, your coworkers will be honest with you and let you know that there’s something in your teeth. And when they do, be prepared with dental floss.

4. A Dryer Sheet

Dryer sheets can do so much more than soften your laundry. Keep one in your work bag in case you ever need to remove deodorant marks or pet hair from a dark colored shirt, wipe down your computer or phone screen, repel insects, tame static or just make your bag smell wonderful. Trust us, you’ll be happy you have one with you at the office.

5. Tissues

We’ve all been there: You go to the bathroom only to find that there’s no toilet paper left. Tissues to the rescue! They’re also important for when your allergies act up, you spill something on your outfit or you need to fix your makeup before a big meeting.

6. Hand Sanitizer

Like tissues, hand sanitizer can be a lifesaver when the bathroom’s out of soap. Plus, between your commutes to work and the very public, very germ-coated office water cooler, it’s smart to carry hand sanitizer at all times to help reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold. Your immune system will thank you.

7. Portable Charger

Whether you use your cell phone for work calls or just need to tackle a few personal things at the office, your battery can die pretty quickly. Don’t risk your phone going dark on you when you need it most — carry a portable charger. If you don’t have one that can be plugged into your computer or an outlet, keep a car charger in your vehicle so you can juice up during that lunch run.

8. Business Cards

While you probably don’t need to hand a coworker a business card at work, you never know whom you might meet on your commute or during a client meeting. You might even want one for happy hour with your work wife in case you cross paths with your future mentor or boss at the bar. (It could happen!) Having a stack of business cards in your purse is a no-brainer.

9. Cash

If you work in an office with other people, chances are you’re going to need cash at some point or another. Maybe it’s to pay someone back for grabbing you a coffee or to chip in for a retirement gift for your boss. With all of the amazing credit card rewards out there these days, it’s so easy to want to swipe for everything to rack up those miles. Unfortunately, you can’t swipe for those Girl Scout cookies that your coworker is selling. Even if it’s just $20, you’re better off having a little cash on hand than none at all.

10. Breath Mints Or Mint Gum

We love our morning lattes, but the coffee breath that comes with them? Not so much. Breath mints or mint gum are a must for freshening up before that meeting. Plus, mint-flavored candies can help relieve gas and indigestion when lunch just doesn’t go your way.

11. Sewing Kit

One of the worst things that can happen at work? You lose a button on your blouse, find a hole in your skirt or break a zipper on your pants. A sewing kit is a must for fixing each of these situations. Grab a travel-sized kit that can fit in your work bag, but makes sure it comes with a needle and thread, buttons and safety pins. Bonus if it has fashion tape, too!

12. Lip Balm

Another seemingly obvious one, lip balm is great for those moments when your lips are chapped. However, lip balm can be used for so many other things. Rub some on your hands if you’re out of lotion, tame unruly eyebrows or flyaway hairs with it, apply a little to a zipper if it gets stuck or prevent blisters from those new pumps by putting a little lip balm on your ankles.

13. Lotion

Dry skin is never fun. Whether it’s on your hands, arms or legs, moisturized skin will always look and feel more professional. Keep lotion in your work bag and apply it before shaking someone’s hand (make sure it dries first, though) or use it to freshen up when it seems like your deodorant just isn’t working as well as it should. But be careful with the fragrance — no one wants the entire office to smell like passionfruit and banana flower.

14. Nail File Or Clippers

A good, old-fashioned nail file or pair of nail clippers can come in handy when you accidentally break a nail or need to smooth a rough edge. A quick touch-up can also help your fingers look more professional when shaking hands with someone at the office. Even better, both can be used to cut a loose string from a shirt or skirt. Whatever you use a nail file or clippers for, just be sure to do it in the bathroom so you don’t bother your coworkers with the sound.

15. Stain Removal Wipes

Spilling a little coffee on a white blouse is the worst. But with a stain remover wipe, you’ll look squeaky clean before that morning meeting. Keep a few in your work bag at all times so you never have to worry about one little spot ruining your entire day.

While these items are our must-haves, carry whatever you need to put your best foot forward every day. Just be sure to arm yourself with a work bag that can carry it all and you’ll feel confident no matter what the situation.