Micro purses have some competition this season. While the mini accessory has been having its moment for quite some time now, jumbo totes have weaseled way into the limelight, which is a treat for practicality’s sake. Jumbo totes and oversized bags were everywhere on the fall and winter 2022 runways, and all evidence is pointing to that they’re here to stay—which means we have a whole lot more room to carry everyday essentials with us every time we leave the house.
You may be familiar with Saint Laurent’s highly popular icare maxi shopping bag that every it girl seems to have been spotted with as of late, or Bottega Veneta’s large Jodie bag that you can’t log on to Instagram without seeing. Gone are the days of totes being reserved for the office or travel; now, they’re the chicest choice to swap your crossbody out for.
If you’re going to carry a bag this large, you might as well fill it with the necessities. There’s a way to pack these bags so that you stay organized and ensure you have your must have items with you wherever you go. From mindfulness tools to your favorite rollerball perfume, keep scrolling for 18 items to keep in your tote to make sure you have everything you need every time you leave the house.
Keep a small weekly and monthly planner handy so you can check in on your schedule when you're on the go. This one allows you to easily plan appointments, tasks, to-do lists, and more. Plus, it offers helpful tips and inspirational quotes along the way.
You should keep hand sanitizer on you at all times, but especially during flu season. Unlike traditional hand sanitizers, Touchland developed a skin-first formula which moisturizes hands while still killing 99.9% of germs. Plus, their packaging ensures you don't risk it spilling all over your bag.
Lots of handwashing can leave your hands feeling tight and dry. Enter: a rich hand cream. Nécessaire’s hand cream is fast-absorbing and leaves your skin feeling nourished and moisturized. It also protects against environmental stressors and protects skin on contact.
One of the worst things you can do for your skin is to sleep with your makeup on. Keeping makeup wipes in your bag at all times ensures you can cleanse your skin anywhere, even after a long night out. Lancer’s wipes are also packaged individually so you can keep just a few with you at a time.
A cute cosmetics case is essential for holding your compact, lip balm, and rollerball perfume so you don't have to go digging around on the bottom of your bag to find it. This cosmetics case will keep everything organized, but isn't so big that you have to sacrifice space for it.
Life is unpredictable, and you don’t want to be caught in a pinch if you end up sleeping out or just want to feel refreshed after a long day of work or after a workout. You don't need a pair of panties until you do—and then, you'll thank yourself for keeping one on-hand.