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post #21 of 43
In my purse I have my wallet, my keys, my phone (when I'm out of the house), ds's epi-pen, ds/dp's inhaler, dp's wallet (if he's with me), dp's phone (again, if he's with me), a pen, a couple scrap papers, a little pack of tissues..... I think that's it. I try to travel light but the boys tend to pack more stuff in as the day goes on
post #22 of 43
I have:

wallet
keys
first aid kit
hairthings
pocket mirror
several lip glosses
mini tape measure
pepper spray
tampons
notebook/pen
mini hand sanitizer
coffee corset
gum, apparently
altoids
mini floss from the dentist
post #23 of 43
I used to carry an 'emergency 20' basically 20 bucks stashed in the zip pocket of my bag.
post #24 of 43
I have a big bag with:
Swiss army knife
wallet
phone
bandaids
ipod shuffle
lip balm
sunglass case
sunscreen
claritin
benadryl
pen/pencil
crayons

I like this bag because it has two sidepockets that can hold small SIGG bottles. When I am going out without ds, I downsize to a small zipper Guatamalan bag that holds my license, debit card, lip gloss, phone, and keys.
post #25 of 43
Wallet
Make-up bag
Comb
Cell Phone
Keys
Sunglasses, when not in use
post #26 of 43
The thing that I have found to be essential that hasn't been specifically mentioned here is band-aids. They have come in handy so many times and take up little to no space.

Also, sunblock in the summer is essential.
post #27 of 43
I don't carry a purse; in my jeans pockets are my keys, wallet, a comb, a tissue, loose change, pocket knife, hair scrunchies, & cell phone. I do have a freebie "diaper" bag (med. size zippered tote with shiny foil insulation on inside) containing: sunscreen, 2 sport sippies of water, 2 baggies of goldfish crackers, assorted dried fruit leather/granola bars, ziplock full of wipes; ziplock with a dress & 1-2 prs of underpants (fits both kids), tampax & panty liners, bandaids, & several dollar bills; several crayons & sheets of paper, spare ziplock for soiled stuff, purse pack of kleenx, & a bottle of hand sanitizer. My kids are 3 & 4 years old.
post #28 of 43
I travel light;

-wallet
-lip balm
-hankie
-water

If I'm driving I take my cell.
post #29 of 43
Mine:

wallet
work keys
nail file and clippers
makeup: powder, chapstick, lipstick
coupons
5 million post-its with little notes on them
sunglasses
spare car keys
bandaids
toothpicks
cell phone
post #30 of 43
I use a tiny purse that attaches to my ergo.

atm card and ID etc
checkbook
cell phone
pen
gum
keys
small notepad w/ shopping list
edited to add: lip balm
post #31 of 43
Checkbook
health insurance cards
nursing license
cosmetology license
change/cash
lip gloss
receipts
pen
drivers license


Just a side note...I'd be careful carrying pills in unmarked bottles. If you were in an accident or something and unable to speak, the ambulance folks wouldn't have a clue if it was motrin or a medication for diabetes. And its always a good idea to keep a list of the medications you are on or allergic to in with your license.
post #32 of 43
wow!!!! you guys carry a purse?

i guess the mama's who dont carry one wont post on this thread.

but since the age of 2 i gave up my purse to carry just a wallet.

otherwise my purse would be full of rocks and sticks, and leaves and twigs and 'treasures'.

i was tired of carrying a heavy purse.

and so i stopped.

dd is 8 and i STILL dont carry one.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. CARRY. A. PURSE. ... i always find a surprise in there. but if dd has to carry it herself she wont pick them up.
post #33 of 43
On my keychain: Keys, a whistle, a small knife (handy for opening packages) and a round disk with 4 slotted screw sizes on it. I had a mini flashlight on it too, but it broke.

sunglasses, kleenex, pen and a 3x5 pad of paper. My wallet just has money, id and debit card in it.

Zippered pouch #1: lip balm, lotion, my lipstick/gloss of the day, and dental floss. I am a hero when I can whip out the dental floss after we have eaten out of the house.

Zippered pouch #2: bandaids, nail clippers, hand sanitzier, cortisone cream, neosporin, allergy eye drops, a few individually wrapped tucks pads, and a needle, tweezers and small book of matches (I had a child for a while who couldn't leave the house without getting a splinter).

a pillbox with aleve, cold remedies, benadryl, Zantac and immodium.

Seems like a lot, but if all fits in a medium size purse and has made me a Good Samaritan more times than I can count.
post #34 of 43
Wow, so many of you mamas are so prepared with a medicine and first aid kit in your purse!

Quote:
And usually lots and lots of receipts and pieces of paper with grocery lists scribbled on them
This is what fills my purses. I feel like I am just carrying around a garbage bag sometimes. Might be $10,000 worth of receipts in there. lol
The only other things I carry are sunglasses, bank card, keys....
and the most essential items; hot wheels. It's okay if I forget my sunglasses, but NOT OKAY if I don't have cars (for my toddler). I usually have crayons, too. And a pen for my older ds.
oh yeah, and a sposie or two with a baggie of wipes. We use cloth at home tho. I had a huge embarrassment in a grocery store when my older son was a toddler and decided to use sposies for away from home after that.

Surely I am not the only one with cars in my purse???
post #35 of 43
Quote:
On my keychain: Keys, a whistle, a small knife (handy for opening packages) and a round disk with 4 slotted screw sizes on it. I had a mini flashlight on it too, but it broke.
I picked up THE COOLEST thing a few years ago at an auto parts store. It is 2 small, key shaped screwdrivers, a flat and a phillips, and I cannot tell you how many times these have come in handy. So much so that I went back and bought more sets to give everyone with holiday gifts a couple years ago. And I also have folding scissors on my keychain, which are handy dandy.
post #36 of 43
A book! Normally short stories/essay collections
Asthma inhaler [I rarely get attacks, but you never know]
Lavender, vanilla baby calming spray
Deodorant {natural stuff, never works long enough darn it!}
Small wooden toys
Typewriter change purse with some cash, debit card
Cell phone
post #37 of 43
I have a purse/diaper bag, so keep that in mind.
In there right now:
wallet
keys
phone
cloth shopping bag that mooshes up really small and folds into itself
cloth diaper
small wet bag
a few towel tabs (look like mints but add water and swells into towel/wipe)
spare pants for DD
a sposie for in case we go through the extra CD
box of raisins
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
wow!!!! you guys carry a purse?

i guess the mama's who dont carry one wont post on this thread.

but since the age of 2 i gave up my purse to carry just a wallet.

otherwise my purse would be full of rocks and sticks, and leaves and twigs and 'treasures'.

i was tired of carrying a heavy purse.

and so i stopped.

dd is 8 and i STILL dont carry one.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. CARRY. A. PURSE. ... i always find a surprise in there. but if dd has to carry it herself she wont pick them up.
I don't carry a purse. I have a newborn so I am back to lugging around a diaper bag, and it kills me to do so. I had gotten so used to grabbing just my wallet, keys, (cell if I could find it) and then 3yo DD, and going! (Caveat: We keep a medical kit in the car, as well as a change of clothes.) If I need to carry anything that would go in a purse, I chuck it into a cloth shopping bag or a hiking pack if one is handy. I really am not a purse-carrying person, despite my love for purse browsing; probably explains why I could never find one I really liked.
post #39 of 43
My wallet
Sunglasses,
Two different lipsticks
Magnifying mirror (small)
Tweezers
Pens
Hairbrush and comb
Copy of restraining order
Book
A roll of cherry life savers.

I think thats it. All small change gets removed at the end of the day and added to the change jar for a rainy day treat.
post #40 of 43
On the rare occasion I'm using one it has:
wallet
lip balm
iPod

Sometime also:
shopping lists and other assorted notes and bits of paper
water bottle
Odwalla bar
Pen
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