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8 Essentials You Need In Your Going Out Bag

Updated: Apr 8

By: Hana Tilksew

Girl In Pink Outfit

On a night out, we typically bring our tiniest purses along with us. After all, no one wants to lug around a huge tote bag when they’re trying to have a good time. But even if you’re crunched for bag space, there are some items that you should always make sure to have on you.

Portable Charger

Nothing is worse than having your phone die on you while you’re out on the town. There go your chances of finding anyone you’ve been separated from or calling an Uber to take you home. But a lot of portable chargers are clunky and require a cord, which means they probably won’t fit in your going out bag. This Nano Portable Charger from Anker, however, is completely wireless and as compact as a pack of gum.

2. These Breath Mints

Ice Breakers Mints

Breath mints are especially a must if you’ll be going out right after eating. Gum is also an option to freshen your breath, but then you’ll have to find a place to throw the wrapper away, find a place to spit it out later, figure out how to take sips of a drink without swallowing the gum ... it’s a whole headache.

Mints are a lot more convenient, and it’s impossible to smack them, so you have a lesser chance of annoying everyone around you. Dental health is important, so make sure you opt for sugar free mints like these Ice Breakers.

3. These Wet Wipes

Wet Wipes

Maybe my obsession with wet wipes comes from my germaphobic tendencies, but come on, most public surfaces are just nasty. Nothing is worse than touching a door handle and realizing that your hand suddenly feels icky. This is where single packs of wet wipes come in handy — you can pull these out to quickly sanitize your skin or any surface.

Lipstick Rare Beauty

It doesn’t matter how beat your face is if you don’t have a killer lip to pull it all together. Whether it’s a kiss-proof tint or a sparkly gloss, a pronounced pout is the secret to looking hot all night. If you want a product that strikes the perfect balance between light and longwearing, try out the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oil ($20).

Band Aids

No matter how unnecessary you think it might be, you should always keep at least one band-aid on you. Even if the most dangerous thing that happens to you while you’re out is getting a papercut, you still don’t want to openly bleed everywhere. Not only is it unhygienic, but you also run the risk of permanently staining a good outfit.

6. These Bobby-pins

Red Wine Mini Dress Long Sleeve Ruffle

Whether you’re trying a risky hairstyle for the night or you just have naturally unruly hair, bobby-pins are a must-have. If you decide you want to get your hair out of your face halfway through the night, pinning it up will look a lot more chic than just throwing it into a scrunchie. A couple of bobby pins will also take up way less space in your bag than several scrunchies will.

Earring Backings

OK, hear me out on this one. No one thinks they need a spare earring back until they actually do. If you’re someone who likes to dance and have fun, chances are that your earring backs will loosen. When you feel your earrings start to slip, you can pop them back into place with these backups.

Fashion Tape

Let’s get real: we’ve all convinced ourselves that an outfit fits just right when we’re posing strategically in front of our mirror at home. Then, we go out and realize it’s slipping and sliding in all the wrong places. Double-sided tape will help you hold everything where you need it to be and prevent any unwanted peek-a-boos.

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