Bags to Have and the Stuff to Put in Them

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One bag doesn’t fit every occasion. Sometimes you require only small purse or wallet for those few basic essentials and other times you find you need a mammoth tote so you can be prepared for every situation. Whether you’re bag of choice is small, medium or large, following are a few of my recent favorite purses and bags along with a selection of some go to essentials to tuck inside.

Fabulous Handmade Bags and Purses for Women on Etsy1. Small Waxed Canvas Cross Over Bag from Cloth & Ink / 2. Medium Cosmetic Zip Pouch from MinneBITES / 3. Large Blue Floral Kallia Hobo Purse from milloo / 4. Large Mint Green Organic Cotton Canvas Satchel from Handmade Therapy / 5. Leather Black Cat Bag from Pelle Volare

Natural and Handmade Beauty Essentials for Your Purse1. Pink Folded Leather Coin Purse from La Lisette / 2. Vegan Peach Mango Lip Balm from The Gnarly Whale / 3. Patchouli Rose Perfume Oil from Scent By The Sea / 4. Coconut Shimmer Salve from Good 4 You  / 5. Natural Ruby Lip Tint from Phoenix Botanicals

Stylish and Fun Handmade Handbags, and Backpacks and Purses for Women on Etsy

1. Burgundy Zig Zag Leather Saddle Bag with Tassels from LaLisette / 2. Multi-color Chevron Stripe Backpack from BagyBags / 3. Handmade Watermelon Leather Bag from LaLiseette / 4. Red Herring Waxed Canvas Backpack from Wooly Bison / 5. Large Yellow Handbag from Hashibags

Must Have Items For Every Woman's Purse1. Fresh Lemon Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E from Pegasus Soaps / 2. Coral & Mint Travel Tissue Holder from Marine Parents / 3. Travel Comb with Mirror from Estee Lauder / 4.Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera from Amazon / 5. Zen Green Tea & Mint Lotion Bar from The Pig and the Peacock

According to a recent survey on women’s favorite purse size, 22% of my readers said they preferred a small bag, 22% preferred a large bag and 22% said the size of bag they preferred to carry depended on the situation. 34% of readers chose a medium sized bag as their go to purse size.

As for must have essentials to keep inside, the majority of my readers had to have a lip gloss or lip balm and a lotion or cream at all times. Next up was mascara, a brush or comb and sunscreen. And a slim margin of readers always carried hand sanitizer, q-tips, lipstick, soap and perfume. What is your favorite bag size and what items do you always carry inside other than your wallet, ID and money?

The Cross Body Purse from MinneBITES

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Pink and Gray Handmade Cross Body Purse from MinneBITESFanny packs are convenient and useful, but even closing in on forty years of age, you won’t find me wearing one. Instead, during my vacation at Floyd Fest last week, I chose to instead sport the rather fabulous handmade cross body purse (pictured above) from MinneBITES.

The long strap of this well crafted, handmade purse fits securely across your chest so there’s no fear of losing it or having it snatched without a struggle. This makes it perfect for vacationing in unfamiliar areas, clubbing, the grocery store and even for stashing cash when selling at the farmer’s market or a craft fair. It’s small enough to not get in the way, but large enough to hold all of your essentials – cash, id, phone, lip balm – even a container of Altoids smalls – making it perfect for everyday use as well. I was able to easily stash my new Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera that I bought for my trip to Floyd Fest safely inside. Plus, with the option of switching to a smaller strap (sold separately,) you can easily make this purse into a wristlet when it suits your needs.

For the grocery store, I like to keep my coupons in the front zipper pouch. Although I’ve gotten so I keep them in there all of the time because otherwise I’ll forget them. (I always want to kick myself when I forget that $5 off a $50 purchase from our local Kroger.) And, because they are in separate compartment they don’t get in the way of other essentials I may need out of this purse on a daily basis.

Handmade Back to School Shark Shaped Pencil Holder by MinneBITES

Additionally, if you follow MinneBITES on Facebook, you’ll find there are perks to being a fan. Aside from receiving notice of coupon codes and new additions, Mary also offers new bags to lucky test subjects at half price! Whenever she creates a new bag style she’s considering for MinneBITES, Mary announces it on her facebook page then puts one of the new bags up for sale at half price in exchange for your feedback later on. This is how I came to own my cross body purse from MinneBITES. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on her facebook page, and I was quick to snatch it up through her shop on Etsy when she announced it’s availability.  In addition to being both functional and super, it’s very well made.

If this cross body bag isn’t quite your style, don’t fret. Mary sells a variety of cute and compact bags at MinneBITES including some pretty rockin’ pencil holders she creates for back to school in shapes like sharks (pictured above,) snails and ladybugs.

What’s your favorite everyday bag or purse to carry?