What’s in your bag?

Essentials to carry around in your purse.
Image by: Kailun Zhang
Essentials to carry around in your purse.

The contents of someone’s purse can say a lot about a person. In that case, I’d be considered a hot mess. 

Amongst the crumbled receipts, gum wrappers and expired gift cards, lies what I like to call my PEK: my performance enhancing kit. And as I stare at the contents poured out on my desk, I can confidently say that each play a significant role in my day-to-day life. 


Let’s be real, days can be stressful and that can take a toll on the underarm area. A quick application of your personal deodorant on the way to class, or slyly in your cubicle, can save you from awkward body odour, leaving you feeling fresh for the rest of the day. Life is full of unexpected moments, but body odour shouldn’t be one of them.


A staple piece to the kit is snacks. I always carry around either a crunchy granola bar or roasted almonds to cure any case of hunger. For those of you who’re constantly on-the-go, an emergency snack is a purse must-have. 


Another purse essential is Advil. You never know when a headache is going to arrive, so it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. I carry around a travel-sized bottle that’s affordable and pocket-sized to take anywhere.  


Headphones can be a lifesaver and I never leave the house without them. Sometimes I wear them when they aren’t even plugged into anything. After a long day of work or school, it’s nice to put in headphones, whether you’re listening to music or not, and zone out the rest of the world. 

iPad mini

Of course there are the other essentials like my cell phone, wallet, gum and makeup, but my most beloved staple in the PEK is the iPad mini. The anonymity of an iPad in place of a paperback or hardcover spares me embarrassment with subway strangers. Why embarrassment? My iPad is filled with romance novels, and ending a long hard day with a steamy book really takes the edge off things. 

So if I were you, I would visit a nearby Shopper’s Drug Mart, stock up on some essentials and create your own PEK. Be creative and think smart.


Bags, deodorant, Essentials, headphones, iPad, snacks

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