Oh, the going-out purse. We all know the going-out purse: the tiny bag that becomes a fifth limb on nights out, accompanying you from the bar to the party to the Uber. Seasons change, trends come and go, but the going-out purse will truly be forever. When packed to perfection with tried-and-true purse essentials, it’s your lifeline with everything you could possibly need throughout the night inside.
Since you’re likely not bringing your tote bag out with you at night, the key to fitting all the essentials inside your purse is to downsize them. Instead of bringing a compact mirror and powder, a powder that has a mirror built in; instead of bringing an entire pack of gum, take out two or three pieces and store them in a zipped area of your bag.
Personally, I feel like I’ve mastered packing the going-out purse. Call me the mom friend, call me the one who’s overly-prepared, but no matter what, if you need it, I’ve got it. And trust me: Someone’s always going to need something. From worst-case lifelines to the bare necessities, this is everything you should pack in your purse for a night out.
Compact is key when it comes to packing your going-out purse. A cardholder will hold all of the things your wallet does, but in a compact, space-saving way.
10+ colors available
Hand sanitizer is an absolute must-have when you leave the house. This one is a spray, which makes it easy to use on a night out. Plus, its spill-proof packaging will ensure you don't have any incidents.
It's a lipstick, it's a lip balm...it's both? This Charlotte Tilbury lipstick is the only lip-balm advertised as lipstick I've tried that actually does both. It's got the shine and tint of a normal lipstick but the extreme-hydration component of your favorite chapstick. Avoid packing two lip products by reaching for this instead.
8 colors available
One thing about me, I'm always bringing a snack in my purse during a GNO. There is always—I repeat, always—someone who needs a snack. Whether it's a granola bar or these breakfast biscuits, I like to opt for something that has multiple within the package so I can share with friends.
If you're prone to headaches, tummy aches, or have a nightly medication to take, a chic little pillbox is a must in your going-out purse. Perfect to hold TUMs, Advil, or anything else you need to prepare for worst-case scenarios, it's better to have them on you than to not.
Acqua di Gioia Travel Spray
Any roller-ball or travel spray perfume will do, but lately I've been loving Armani's Acqua di Gioia perfume. It's fresh, musky, and different if you're a floral or vanilla scent-girl. It's not too overpowering, yet will still have you getting compliments non-stop.
With this nifty MagSafe charger, you can ditch the cord in your bag completely. This charger sticks to the back of your phone with a magnet and gives your phone a charge when it needs it (and can charge it from your bag without any hassle).
Oil Blotting Powder
Another 2-in-1 item for you, this oil-blotting powder from Fenty Beauty is all the touch-up you'll need all night. Equipped with a mirror, it's ideal to reapply lipstick, blot your forehead, and keep you shine-free all night long.
These hair ties are easy to pop into your bag but still cute enough to rock if they accidentally (inevitably) end up on your wrist the rest of the night.
When you're going out for the night, odds are, you or someone else is going to have a blister somewhere on their foot from the new shoes they're taking out for a spin. You'll never regret having these handy.
Our favorite going-out purses
Sienna Rhinestone Bag
8 colors available
Millie Shoulder Bag
4 colors available
Mini Pillow Tabby
2 colors available