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{CLOSED} Birthday Giveaway: Lo & Sons

Last week, I mentioned that August is Capitol Hill Style’s birthday month.  Born from the boredom of a four-week recess and a desire to guide the cadre of 22-year-old ladies who come to D.C. each year seeking their fortune, this blog has now been dishing up fashion and career advice for five years. (Boy, I feel old.)  To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a weekly giveaway for some of Capitol Hill Style’s most loved products starting with a Lo & Sons bag.

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From Left, the OMG and OG, the Brookline Laptop Tote, the Claremont Camera Bag and the Catalina Beach Bag

Last year, when Lo & Sons contacted me about reviewing their handbags, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  From the moment I opened the box, a love affair began.  The bags are durable, chic and cavernous (in the best possible way).  They hold laptops, workout clothes, legal-size files and any workday essentials you might need.

I use mine as a carry-on, a gym bag and a work bag.  Miss M carries her OMG with her everywhere and is always surprised how many people stop to ask her who makes it.  And even out in sleepy Montana, my Mother is constantly asked where other teachers can buy a “magic bag” like hers.

The winner of this giveaway will receive the Lo & Sons bag of her choice in the color of her choice.  Choose a beach bag, a camera bag or a work tote, the choice is yours.

To enter, leave a comment answering the question: What is the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag?

Don’t forget to sign in using your real e-mail address so we can contact you if you win.  And please, PLEASE, please comment only once and do not reply to other people’s comments.  Duplicate comments and replies throw off the count and will be deleted.

And if you’re not willing to take your chances with the whims of cruel fate, Derek at Lo & Sons was kind enough to offer a 15-percent-off discount code that can be used on their website to purchase the bag of your choice.  The code is CAPITOLHILLSTYLESUMMER and will work through the end of August.

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  1. Heather says:

    I have a Lilly Pulitzer Koozie in everyone of my everyday bags! You never know when you need a Koozie!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  2. Cally says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my every day bag is a wine bottle opener. I mean, you never know…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  3. Anna Louisa says:

    A plastic bag full of pills…it probably looks worrisome, but I’ve found it’s the only way I remember to take my vitamins every day!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  4. Sarah R. says:

    I have a Bags on Board container of dog poop bags in my purse all the time. I never want to be that person that leaves my dog’s special delivery on a DC sidewalk.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  5. Liz says:

    I always carry a little can of almonds with me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  6. Rebecca W. says:

    I don’t really have anything *strange* in my bag, per se, but I do keep up to five notebooks on me at all times. Is that strange?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  7. N says:

    I keep a pretty big variety of foreign currency in my wallet, which lives in my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  8. Sofie says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag is probably syringes. It doesn’t look good, but I need them to inject my insulin, appearances be damned!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  9. Jamie says:

    Random house stuff- spare screws, etc.- I’m doing a lot of house work and keep finding random things sitting around that somehow end up in my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  10. Andrea Milby says:

    I carry a plastic mouth barrier should I need to perform CPR. It even has its own pouch. Mouth to mouth with a stranger, yuck. I am a nurse so that should make it less weird. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  11. Katie* says:

    Right now the strangest thing in my purse is a tortilla in a plastic bag! My partner packs my lunch, and today includes a build-your-own burrito (the fixings are in the fridge, tortilla still in my bag). Thanks for the giveaways!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  12. Megan says:

    Pearls! Never know when you need to step up your look on a moments notice

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  13. Aunt_Pete says:

    My purse contents are pretty conventional! I’d probably have to agree with Anna Louisa though that I carry a full pharmacy. Currently have 5 different OTC meds in there…just in case!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  14. Christine says:

    An old school diaper pin – the kind with the duck head at the top.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  15. Chelle {Everyday Polish} says:

    A bottle/packet of Zicam, Airborne, Emergen-C or something similar. I totally believe in their abilities to stave off a cold but you have to take it at the first sign of symptoms so I like to be prepared in case the sniffles hit!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  16. Steph D says:

    Not that strange – but I carry the mini jambox with me everywhere while traveling to always have music in my hotel room.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  17. EK says:

    I have recently started carrying a small container of Play-Doh with me to be used as a stress reliever/focus enhancer. Works incredibly well, just have to remember not to check your nails after!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  18. Victoria says:

    Consistently, probably contact solution/a spare contact lens. I drive to work and I’m blind as a bat without my lenses, and I’m always paranoid something will happen and I will get stranded.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  19. Rebeccah says:

    Clear nail polish. I threw it in last winter in case my tights snagged and never took it out. Also lots of toothpicks, the boyfriend is always asking for one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  20. Megan says:

    I have a small bag of muesli in there that I got after listening to a talk about Bob’s Red Mill. I was going to remove it, but then figured, hey, I’m going to have no time for breakfast some day . . . .

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  21. Jennifer P says:

    I usually keep my bag down to the bare minimum, but always carry a tape measure, because you just never know when you need to measure something!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  22. Cecilia says:

    A plastic container of sea creature-themed rubber stamps that I use to recognize students who are working on task. The sea lion is very popular with my tenth graders.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  23. Caryn says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse everyday is nearly a full-blown pharmacy min-bag with tylenol, band-aids, sudafed, you name it. All these items come in handy more than you would think!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  24. Alex says:

    A ring of gold keys. I’ve had them for three years for work but to this day I only know what two of them do!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  25. Aditi says:

    The strangest thing that I have in my bag right now are all of my beverage containers. I have a mason jar with a green juice, a coffee mug with hot coffee and then a tumbler with water.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  26. Catherine says:

    The strangest thing I have in my purse is a small disposable razor (and I don’t use it to shave my legs!). When my sweater or cardigan starts to develop pills, I just bust out the razor and remove the extra fuzz. Strange but very helpful.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  27. Staci says:

    I used to do physique competitions and the strangest thing that I always had with me is food. Chicken, fish, asparagus, brown rice, a protein shake. Where ever I was going I made sure to have my next meal with me. In case you are wondering meat is kept cold by putting an ice pack in a Tupperware container then adding the meat sealed in a Ziplock bag. Yes, I would get strange looks whenever I pulled chicken out of my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  28. W says:

    The things I carry in my bag are pretty conventional. Strangest may be a mini lint roller?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  29. meaghan says:

    Wool socks–as the outside temperature gets higher, my office gets colder.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and the Lo and Sons review in the first place! I have the Brookline laptop bag, and really want an OMG as an everyday/gym bag!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  30. Alexandra says:

    The strangest thing is probably a bag of doggie treats. My neighbourhood and the area around my office always has lots of people walking their dogs, so I love having little treats on hand when I inevitably stop to pet them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  31. TD says:

    Herbal tea. The kind depends on my mood.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  32. Amanda says:

    A purse in my purse. I once dropped my zippered clutch into my work bag when I was running late, and now I find it easier to just keep it in there with my most important items- it also makes it very easy to grab something smaller to hold when I’m just heading down the block to grab lunch.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  33. Sara says:

    I always have some wort of sweet snack. Usually a cookie, but M&Ms tend to creep in my bag as well.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  34. Diane says:

    Oh gosh, what strange things don’t I find in my purse? I often have my DSLR thrown in there (and all the little bits and pieces that go along with that.) I have dogs, so it’s not unusual to find a clicker or a baggie of treats in there, and I have a toddler, so stickers or small cars can also sometimes be found. Sounds like a “cavernous” bag would be perfect for me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  35. Michelle Justine says:

    At least four tubes of chapstick / lip gloss.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  36. Stephanie says:

    The strangest thing in my bag right now is an ingrown hair bump fighter kit. I got a wax the other day in preparation for my upcoming vacation and bought the kit at the salon, but forgot to take it out of my cavernous bag. Oops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  37. Trezlen says:

    I have a clear pouch that carries an assortment of lipglosses, mascara, epipen, and inhaler. None of these items is strange in and of itself but the bundling in the same pouch is a bit odd.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  38. Ashley says:

    Paci wipes…my kids don’t even use pacifiers anymore! They come in handy for wiping things off though.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  39. Cara says:

    I have an addiction to lipstick so at all times I have a small cosmetics bags with at least 14+ different shades of lipstick, lipgloss, and chapstick. It never leaves my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  40. Nancy says:

    An unused Paris metro ticket from a trip in 2004. I never had the heart to throw it away and it always makes me smile whenever I see it tucked away among all my everyday items.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  41. MamaBatch says:

    As a mother of three- the weirdest probably to the cap hill crowd is a green package of the most marvelous variation on the baby wipe: a green snot-colored package of Boogie Wipes. They not only wipe away, they soothe my babies tiny noses during raw-nose seasons! I buy them in bulk!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  42. Maya says:

    A key! I have no idea what it opens, but it stays in my bag “just in case”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  43. Molly says:

    A flashlight. Don’t know why when I have an app for that

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  44. Alanna says:

    Ever since I was in the Peace Corps in Mongolia and was subjected to day after day of food prepared with any spices, I carry two mini air-tight condiment jars. One is filled with a home made blend of garlic powder, black pepper, curry powder, and paprika, and the other is filled with a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. When I was in Mongolia, I used to discreetly whip these little bottles out and sprinkle my mutton with much-needed flavor. Now I carry them around on the off chance that I’ll need to rescue myself from bland food.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  45. Leslie says:

    I just found a plastic letter F in the bag I’ve been carrying for weeks, with no idea where it’s from!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  46. Kasey says:

    My cleats & softball glove. I run my two corporate softball teams and play on at least four others throughout the week during Spring, Summer & Fall.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  47. Alexis says:

    I have a red Rabbit rubber wine stopper in my purse. I’m not sure how it got there, and I don’t know why I haven’t taken it out yet, but I like to think it rounds out my preparedness.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  48. Emily says:

    I love these bags! The strangest thing I carry these days is a pair of sunglasses… Not needed for the foggy Sam Francisco summer, but I’m an optimist!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  49. Tara M. says:

    I have scissors and glue in my purse – I was a second grade teacher before going to law school and still can’t shake the urge to carry around school supplies!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  50. Hanan says:

    Nothing too strange in my bag. Maybe the little mini flashlight I got at a company trade show? You know in case I get stuck in a dark place.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  51. Julia says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my purse would have to be cheese sticks. I’m a college girl on the go, and it can be the perfect snack that isn’t messy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  52. Kelsey says:

    I always carry my pocket U.S. Constitution. I’ve whipped that thing out on a few occasions during heated discussions of the 2d Amendment, the 14th Amendment and Article II power.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  53. Erika says:

    A mix CD from highschool (>10 years ago) and I have no idea why it’s there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  54. Kay says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is probably the wide variety of magazines I always have to read – currently I’m carrying around an issue of Time, Better Homes & Gardens, and Kiplinger. But since you’re a woman who appreciates variety, I’m sure you’ll think that’s too normal.

    So my other weird thing is a pair of capri leggings. I almost never wear pants, but I’m a part-time actress, so I always like to hair a pair of leggings to put on under dresses for rehearsals.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  55. Meredith T. says:

    A smaller purse! It helps with organization. Plus if I need to go to an event and do not want to carry the larger bag around all evening, I already have a smaller purse ready to go!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  56. Amy Marie says:

    Dental floss. Always with the dental floss. One does not go into a meeting with clients with strawberry seeds in one’s teeth.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  57. Allie says:

    This is very attractive- nose spray. My allergies are killing my right now.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  58. Sarah MC says:

    Lavender aromatherapy for when I am stressing or cannot sleep while traveling. That is always in my bag. That and tape measure. Tape measure is essential to make sure if I find an awesome deal on furniture that it can fit.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  59. Lindsey says:

    A silver dollar my dad gave me for good luck, and a pink mini-Maglite in case my luck ever runs out in a place like the subway.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  60. RT says:

    Nothing too strange, but I usually carry snacks. Today it’s trail mix.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  61. Haven says:

    Nothing too strange at the moment. Maybe the sharpies I have from where we took my step son to camp. Label, label, label!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  62. Nicole says:

    The strangest thing I have is probably my mini pharmacy of stomach medication (tums, gas-x, rx, etc.) Any kind you can think of, I usually have it in my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  63. Kristin says:

    Hm, I haven’t really got anything strange or unusual in my purse. On any given day the strangest thing is probably some random toy or snack that my 2-year old has hidden inside my purse. One day the interior pockets were stuffed with crayons!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  64. Ali says:

    Nipple cream! It’s so embarrassing but it’s the BEST for chapped lips (trust me on this!)
    Thanks!!
    Ali

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  65. Fransiska Dannemann says:

    I carry salmon flavored dog treats and doggie bags everywhere!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  66. SD says:

    A wine opener. Clearly I have my priorities!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  67. Kate says:

    A pocket DSM. Never know when I’ll need to diagnose on the fly! (I jest.)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  68. Binna says:

    A padlock just hanging out in my purse, hehe. You never know when you’re gonna need one?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  69. Jenny says:

    Right now it’s an assortment of straws. Straws always amuse my daughter in public

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  70. Celeste says:

    A Leatherman tool. It has come in handy on multiple occasions!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  71. Rachel says:

    Dog/Cat treats for when I’m visiting friends who have furry babies!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  72. E says:

    Miniature beach umbrella from a cocktail that I never (apparently) took out of my purse…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  73. Christine says:

    The strangest thing in my bag right now is dog treats (in a ziploc) from my last trip to the vet.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  74. Kait says:

    A name tag from my most recent conference/panel/etc. I almost always have at least one floating around my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  75. Claire says:

    A few tea bags. Just in case I go somewhere and need tea.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  76. Laura says:

    Coffee. We always forget to restock the coffee supply in the office, so I keep some in my purse in case we are ever out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  77. professionalonabudget says:

    What is the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag?

    a CNN mint container with stamps (for a while i was taking an old school correspondence course in geography and always needed stamps)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  78. Alex says:

    A single monkey from the game “barrel of monkeys” – it’s a good luck charm!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  79. Katie says:

    Chamois Glide anti chafing balm. I initially bought it to use when cycling, and found that it doubles as a way to prevent (or ease the pain of) blisters from summer sandles!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  80. Isabel says:

    An apple corer! I use it so that I can snack on apple wedges at my desk, but also answer the phone in case it rings.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  81. Holly says:

    I have my Leatherman multi-tool at the bottom of my purse. It has a box opener and scissors and I love having it when I need it. People are always so surprised I have it when I pull it out of my purse or offer help to someone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  82. Meg says:

    My purse has a better selection of products than most drugstores! I always carry 5 lip glosses/lipsticks that I rarely use, and one chap stick I use constantly. Seven kinds of pills for whatever medical situation might arise. Band-aids. A spare pair of undies. Moisturizer, and an under eye roller, a hair brush, and too many hairpins and pony tail holders to count, nail-polish remover wipes, and all of the little perfume samples I’ve received from the department store/Birchbox.

    I desperately need an OG to tote all this around 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  83. Kim says:

    I carry assorted crystals in my purse at all times to channel various types of positive energy. They are in a small drawstring jewelry bag. I may forget my wallet or my reading glasses but I always have my crystals!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  84. Margie says:

    A Sharpie and a fountain pen. They both come in handy more often than you would think. There are many times when a lesser writing instrument simply will not do.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  85. Leigh says:

    I guess fashion tape, the double sided sticky tape for clothes, is my weirdest thing.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  86. SP says:

    I travel quite a bit for work, so I always have a variety of metro tickets in my bag. I’m convinced I can’t take out my BART pass or SMART card since I might end up needing one or the other by the end of the day.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  87. Shareen says:

    I have an airplane-sized bottle of Sutter Home Red Wine. I promise I’m not a lush, it’s just been there a while!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  88. Megan P. says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my every day bag is a small headlamp. You never know when you might need to shine some light somewhere!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  89. Leah says:

    Tea! You never know when you’ll run into an office with terrible tea offerings and need to supply your own.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  90. Jenn L. says:

    Perhaps my little coupon organizer? In itself it isn’t weird, but I almost always have it with me so that if I have to make an otherwise-unplanned trip to the store, I can save a little money. I’m not a craaaazy couponer by any means, but who doesn’t like to (easily) save money?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  91. nisha says:

    My bag is always full of random things to get me from morning til night away from home – so I’m no longer surprised by its contents, though watching the puzzled expressions of others while I rifle through checkbooks, highlighters, socks, and blinking light attachments for my bicycle is always a treat. I guess the strangest thing in my bag is actually my bicycle lights or locks….on the days that I’m taking metro to work and not touching my bike at all….

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  92. LO says:

    Leftover from client events, two Sharpies–one black (with a fine tip end in addition to the marker end) and one silver (for autographs on dark-colored items). I used to work an annual event with a pro-athlete.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  93. Allison says:

    A wine/beer bottle opener – always prepared! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  94. Sarah R. says:

    I always have a bottle of Advil.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  95. Veronica says:

    The strangest thing in my purse would have to be the Tapatio (hot sauce) packets. I randomly came across them at the movie theatre and now I always have some with me. You never know when you will need a little hot sauce 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  96. Allison says:

    Right now I have a tiny champagne bottle filled with soap bubbles. I went to a lot of weddings this year.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  97. maggie says:

    I carry whatever color of nail polish I’m wearing at the time- chips really bug me and if I get just one, I tend to think the whole manicure is ruined and start picking at it– so I try to fix chips and run a topcoat over every other day or so.

    At the moment, I’ve also got a pair of underwear in a cosmetics bag– it’s my favorite pair that I got at target a year or so ago, and every time I’m in target, I stop to see if they have something similar- no luck yet but maybe someday!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  98. Laura says:

    Bobby pins. So many bobby pins.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  99. Lia says:

    I have way too many organizer clutches inside my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  100. Usha says:

    I carry a bag of pills too! But more often that note, it’s a half-eaten cookie that I think I will save for later but just end up throwing out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  101. edr says:

    Three $1 chips I forgot to cash in at the Borgata over Memorial Day. Maybe they’ll bring me luck in DC!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  102. Allie says:

    My swimsuit. I hit the pool every day to start my day off right.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  103. Natalie F says:

    Perhaps not so strange, but I carry three separate calendars/day planners. One large one that has a day-per-page for the hourly schedule I try and keep, one medium size that has a week-per-page to keep the week’s goals and appointments in order, and one small size that covers two years with a month-per-page. Slightly neurotic I know, but hey, girl’s got a busy schedule!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  104. Leah K. says:

    I try to streamline my purse contents as much as possible to make bag transfers easy, but I have kept a “Redneck Driver’s License” for YEARS, the kind you buy in a souvenir store (cartoon picture of man with no teeth, birth date listed as ‘ask uncle dad’, restriction listed as ‘wearing shoes’, you get the idea). While living in Nashville post college I forgot my ID one eve and saw a gift shop next door with the ID’s in the window. Rather than cab home and back again I purchased the ID and handed to the bouncer, he laughed so hard that he let me in.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  105. MG says:

    I no longer have it, but I carried around an N64 Donkey Kong game for about a month. It found its way into my purse somehow (…I really have no idea) and when I found it it made me laugh, so I kept it around.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  106. Chelsea says:

    Well, I think my purse is going to double in weight, these are all really good ideas that I now feel like I MUST have with me at all times! The weirdest thing is a Tide Pen because I spill on myself a LOT.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  107. Elle says:

    I have about two months’ worth of notes from the Sunday sermons at church.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  108. aimee says:

    I always carry a bag of goldfish crackers for the kids.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  109. s-p-c says:

    Earplugs – always handy to have the option of peace and quiet.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  110. Carol says:

    I always have apple slicse in my bag — never know when I’m going to get hungry!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  111. Kristi says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag every day is a flash drive – always have to be prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  112. Kate says:

    I have had a bag of broken necklaces that I’ve been meaning to fix in my purse for a month now. Happy birthday, CHS!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  113. Lindsay says:

    I’m pretty aggressive in editing my purse or it gets out of control. Probably the spare pair of contacts is the usual but right now I’m toting around some spare birthday cards.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  114. Heather says:

    My son’s tiny baby bunny toy, for cuddle emergencies!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  115. Christine says:

    One of those little wind-up flash lights, which my Dad gave me for Christmas one year. It came in handy a few times, but now I just whip out the flashlight app on my iPhone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  116. Gin says:

    I keep my travel waterpik in a case in my purse. The feeling of dentist-clean gums is a good mid-day pick me up. Truly weird.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  117. Ch says:

    Hm…lots of old receipts and store coupons (just in case!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  118. Jenna says:

    I wrote a comment that was eaten! I’ve been carrying my boyfriend’s broken watch around for two years with the intention of having it fixed and for whatever reason, I can never remember to do it. He probably thinks it was lost years ago.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  119. e says:

    I keep a roll of athletic tape in my makeup bag in my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  120. Jennifer says:

    The strangest thing is probably floss!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  121. Lisa says:

    Neosporin cream, for scrapes, blisters, blemishes, and anything else that might pop up during the day.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  122. katy says:

    Bandaids in a specifically engineered bandaid container.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  123. Ella says:

    Waterproof purple eyeliner. You never know?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  124. AMB says:

    Probably my Disney princess keys – I’m still young at heart.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  125. Caro Pink says:

    I had to dig through my bag, but the strangest thing at this moment is a vegan cookie recipe.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  126. Austin says:

    I have metro cards for three different cities — two of which I haven’t visited in at least a year.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  127. Elizabeth says:

    Shoes. Always an extra pair of flats for commuting.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  128. Casey says:

    Since it’s summer, the strangest thing in my purse is Benadryl cream to stop me from scratching icky mosquito bites.

    On a brighter note: Happy 5th birthday, Capitol Hill Style!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  129. Brenna says:

    Lavender Essential Oil ~ because you should always be prepared to handle a stressful situation.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  130. Gen says:

    extra underwear … I’m terrified of working out in the morning at the gym at work, then showering and realizing that I forgot to pack underwear.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  131. Megan says:

    Baby wipes– I am childless.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  132. Elizabeth says:

    I always carry a deck of cards in my purse – just in case i get bored, or for games.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  133. Chelsea says:

    Nail clippers – in case a hangnail sneaks up on me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  134. Michelle says:

    I have Instant Krazy Glue right now. Not sure why I put in it my purse in the first place but I never took it out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  135. Alyssa says:

    I currently have a pair of keys that I don’t know what they open. I have a suspicion that one of them is from my first apartment.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  136. lcris says:

    My epipen. I was not allergic as a kid, so I found strange the need to carry that just now that I’m 33. It freaks me out the idea that in case of emergency I would have to stick myself with that. I hope I’ll never need it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  137. Noelle says:

    My 9 year old sister’s pink hair tie. She put it in there on her last visit and I can’t bring myself to take it out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  138. Sara says:

    A powder brush, even though I don’t carry powder….huh.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  139. Julie says:

    A CPR rescue mask – infant and adult size. Always prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  140. K says:

    Well I always have a koozie and a tactical pen. For all you ladies, a tactical pen is by far the best item to carry if you tend to walk alone at night. The beauty of tactical pens (unlike pepper spray) is you can carry it everywhere I go. I have traveled all around the world with my pen and have never had any issues with airport security. I carry this pen in my hand when walking around alone…I know if someone tried to attack me I could defend myself, causing an injury that would at the very least give me time to run away. There are plenty on the market for sale. Here is the one I have: https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Titanium-Colored-Aluminum-Construction/dp/B005HP41VW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_misc_29

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  141. Cayenne says:

    a pair of black socks – never know when my feet are going to get cold in a chilly office. or on the plane.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  142. AJ says:

    A mini screwdriver. No idea why I have it with me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  143. Lauren says:

    I’d say it’s a tie between my spare meds holder that says “I need more money, power and less sh*t from you people” and the German baby bracelet my gram gave me. When I’m having a bad day, it makes me smile.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  144. Ashley says:

    The strangest thing I carry around in my purse on a daily basis is a ziploc bag with my latest knitting project. Since I spend nearly an hour in-transit every day it’s nice to have something to keep my hands busy! (And, it’s an excellent conversation starter!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  145. Meredith says:

    The strangest item I carry in my purse is a hotel key to the NYAC – even though I’m back home in DC!

    Happy Birthday Capitol Hill Style! Thank you for all the great intel over the years 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  146. Ashley says:

    The weirdest thing I have in my bag is probably the wine list from the restaurant I work at part time. I pulled it out yesterday at my office and I got a few sideways glances.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  147. Liz W says:

    Floss! Not that weird though, and it comes in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  148. Diana Nguyen says:

    Hi! First off, happy blog birthday! Thank you so much for creating this blog and taking the time to publish such informative and enjoyable posts! It has helped me immensely, both in my professional and personal journeys. The strangest thing in my handbag would be my glucose tablets. I suffer from hypoglycemia so it is a necessity! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  149. Kirstin says:

    I always carry a plastic sandwich bag full of my favorite tea bags. I can’t drink coffee, and decent tea is not to be taken for granted.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  150. SDV says:

    I don’t keep anything that odd in my bag, but I tend to shove napkins in there when I buy food on the go, so there is almost always one or more crumpled at the bottom.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  151. L says:

    I got a flat once while biking to work and didn’t have supplies to fix it, but now I’m always prepared! My bag always has a patch kit, mini-pump, and tire levers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  152. Tori says:

    An assortment of bandaids… always prepared. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  153. Meg K. says:

    My Mel Ott Society card, for he, not Babe Ruth, was the youngest player to reach 100 home runs.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  154. Kate says:

    I usually have a stash of starbucks napkins – I kept seeing blogs/magazines say they were just as good as oil blotting papers and now they are a summertime beauty necessity for me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  155. Whitney says:

    Benadryl itch stopping cream, I am a magnet for mosquitoes so I never leave home without it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  156. BT says:

    I am a yoga teacher so I carry around a bottle of lavender oil at all times!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  157. Gina says:

    A full sized deodorant – commuting in the sweltering summer heat makes it necessary!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  158. Caitlin F says:

    I carry a wrench that fits the seat of my bike in case it ever comes loose!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  159. Kate D says:

    I keep a box of Crane & Co gold embossed thank you notes and write notes for everything. People really appreciate when they are appreciated!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  160. RZ says:

    I try to clean my work bag out fairly regularly. One item that is still in there is a little packet of temporary cement. I had to have a temporary crown put on and my dentist gave me this little applicator + cement in case the temporary fell off and I couldn’t get in to see her. Time to clean that out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  161. Betsy says:

    Usually an apple and a handful of fruit leathers from Trader Joe’s!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  162. Fran says:

    These comments should really be collapsible…it is quite a scroll when there are so many.

    The strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is a condom. I never know when I’ll have a last-minute date with my bf and I won’t be able to run home first so I try to always be prepared to be safe!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  163. Hilary says:

    I think it’s normal, but I have a stash of bobby pins in every purse. They are essentially my calling card.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  164. Lar says:

    Baby wipes and lots of packages of broken crackers and smooshed granola bars. Yeah, I have a total mom bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  165. WW says:

    My library card from my hometown, located about 1,000 miles from where I live now! Oh, nostalgia…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  166. Monica says:

    Right now I have a men’s shoehorn in my purse…It’s travel size and I was carrying it for my fiance and it has since fallen into the abyss and will unlikely be found for months!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  167. Kristen says:

    Ear plugs. I have a pair from when my dad was helping me move across country and I had to share hotel rooms with him. He snores baddddd, so this was the only way I could sleep… it’s been almost 2 years and they still make every purse change. Ya never know when you’ll need some quiet 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  168. MK says:

    Basically my entire lipstick/balm/gloss collection. That way I never forget to bring it with me, and I’m never without a color I need.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  169. Deb says:

    Paint chips. I’m tired of purchasing items for my house and then realizing afterwards that it looks horrible with the wall color

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  170. Jessica says:

    A diaper. Totally necessary, but seems so strange compared to the stuff I used to carry.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  171. Alex says:

    Probably not that strange, but a mini deodorant. DC summers are too hot to handle.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  172. melissa says:

    i like to keep things to stay busy in my bag for when i have downtime, my kindle (not so odd), some knitting and a half-finished friendship bracelet (more odd)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  173. Ashley says:

    A wine opener. Because, well, life. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  174. Stephanie says:

    A wine opener. I know my priorities!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  175. Charlotte says:

    My toddler has mysteriously chosen a small yellow magnet as his “security object” that he insists on carrying around during every waking moment outside of daycare. Fortunately, we have several duplicates, so I keep one in my purse for the days when I pick him up in the afternoons. It makes me smile whenever I see it. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  176. Megan says:

    An assortment of multi-colored pens for my 2-year old to play/draw with if we are stuck somewhere and she gets bored.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  177. bella says:

    The strangest thing is on of those spiral bobby pins. Easiest way to get my hair up.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  178. Sara says:

    A sharpie. And extra metro/subway cards for DC and NYC–you just never know…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  179. bella says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is one of those spiral bobby pins. Easiest way to get my hair up.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  180. Pamela says:

    A ziplock baggie of vitamins, excedrin, ibuprofen, sudafed, & mucinex. Can’t say I’m not prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  181. Stephanie says:

    A wine opener. Priorities 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  182. C says:

    I usually have a set of contacts in my purse. My eyes are sensitive and I usually wear glasses, but I carry the contacts just in case.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  183. Pressley says:

    I have the business card of a guy who came to my door several years ago trying to sell me a security system. We ended up talking for about 3 hours and sharing the pizza I had delivered earlier that night. I have no idea what happened to him after he walked out of my house, but I still have that card!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  184. WW says:

    My library card from my hometown — located about 1,000 miles away from where I live now! Oh, nostalgia…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  185. Lexi says:

    My check book. I haven’t written a check in year, but for some reason I still carry it around. You never know if today is the day that I need to write a check!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  186. Emilie says:

    A migraine “preparedness” kit – ear plugs, a sleep mask, and my migraine meds. If I am lucky and catch a migraine really early during the aura, I can take the meds, a glass of water, and lay in a dark room for 30 minutes to an hour and beat the migraine. I’ve crashed on friends’ beds, in my office with the door closed (when I had one), and even office supply closet at my current job b/c its dark. They even made a little sign for my flare ups that they put on the door 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  187. Beth says:

    I have a pebble that I picked up from one of my favorite places on the planet

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  188. Kendall says:

    For most people the strangest item I carry in my purse is my large full sized day planner, yes i still use a day planner and write everything out! I have a smart phone but can’t make the switch. Any of the L&S bags would fit my day planner!

    Happy Birthday CHS!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  189. Heather says:

    Most recently, it’s been a Minion – a Despicable Me 2 promotional Happy Meal toy – courtesy of my 2 year old.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  190. Maria says:

    I have an old pair of earrings in the shape of a rocking horse in my bag. My grandma gave them to me. I found them months ago and tucked them in my bag and they’ve just stayed there, keeping me company on work trips.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  191. MC says:

    I have a fancy cleaning cloth for my glasses – it makes a huge difference!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  192. Katie says:

    spare contacts + contact solution

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  193. Katie says:

    This is TMI-so my apologies to other readers…Lately I keep in my purse a plastic ziploc bag full of Miralax. I am 24 weeks pregnant and am constantly adding Miralax to my tea at work to help maintain regular digestion. Miralax comes in a white powder so needless to say, I get alot of funny looks and stares when I take it out of my purse every morning.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  194. Maya says:

    Probably the ACE bandage – while traveling in March, I fell down the stairs at a hostel (not fun! well. the night was, the consequences, not so much). Bought the bandage at the airport and have been carrying it around ever since, since my ankle still isn’t totally recovered…(bonus: unfinished friendship bracelets that I was making for my little sister)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  195. Lisa says:

    a tiny bottle of hot sauce.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  196. Leigh says:

    I always have an unexplainable about of hair ties and barrettes. . .

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  197. Stacy says:

    Probably not technically weird, but yy “hair tin”. I repurposed a tin that held mints in a former life to carry clear hair elastics and bobby pins. Living in “Swampeast” Missouri the humidity here can kill a hairstyle dead in no time flat.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  198. Paula says:

    A small snack of some sort–usually nuts!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  199. Amy says:

    Band-aids and an old student id. I’m not too far removed from school that I still look like the photo, and provides a great second photo id and student discounts at stores!
    LOVE my OMG bag from Lo & Sons!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  200. Taylor says:

    I usually carry a fork and spoon with me to avoid having to use plastic disposable utensils. (Used to just be the spoon until a police officer friend pointed out how suspicious that could look!) I also keep a book of stamps in my purse, since that’s the only place where I seem to avoid losing them.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  201. jenny says:

    I would have to say nasal decongestant. I have bad allergies and it brings *some* relief! I also use it when I am tired. The minty smell wakes me up!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  202. Jessica says:

    I don’t think I have anything too strange in my bag. I’ve been traveling a lot lately so I have accumulated a large stash of hotel room keys that keeps building.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  203. Meyer says:

    A full (but mini!) dental hygiene kit- brush, toothpaste, floss, etc. Makes a huge difference!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  204. SCS says:

    A koozie and a few snacks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  205. Rebecca says:

    I used to carry a tiny screwdriver, the kind you use to fix your glasses. I wear glasses and am terrified of being “blind” without them. So it happens that I “helpfully” had this tiny screwdriver with me several years ago on vacation 3,000 miles from home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I lent the screwdriver to a fellow traveler with broken specs. Never got it back. Four hours later, I lost my glasses in the Pacific Ocean when a freak wave overwhelmed our beach party late at night. Spent the rest of the week stumbling around Mexico. Lesson: no matter how prepared you are, life still throws you surprises. I don’t “need” as much in my bag as I think.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  206. Michelle says:

    A toy phone from Build A Bear Workshop courtesy of my 5 year old. My purse randomly sings “Be bearriffic, be be bearrific, yeah!”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  207. CG says:

    I keep a plastic spoon & fork in a baggie. I’m trying to cut down on the number of these I use and throw away at various fast food places.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  208. Kelly says:

    I had to look because I wasn’t sure I had anything strange in my bag. Then, I found the Pez dispenser my niece gave me two years ago because she thought it looked like me. It has somehow managed to survive every bag transfer since she gave it to me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  209. Gina C. says:

    The cd, Def Lepard, ‘Vault’ Greatest Hits from 1980-1995. I know CDs are old school, but I can always put it in my computer or car to hear some great music and put a smile on my face.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  210. Gillian says:

    I always have at least 3 bottles of hand sanitizer with me

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  211. Lori says:

    Dice! Never know when they might come in handy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  212. Caroline says:

    I carry a few bills worth of foreign currency from past trips. It brings back happy memories whenever I notice them in my wallet.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  213. Justine says:

    It sounds like I’m not the only one who carries a pair of socks.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  214. lizm says:

    At least 5 necklaces… my work bag doubles as a travel bag and you never know when you’ll need a statement necklace.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  215. Sarah C. says:

    Diapers, petroleum jelly, diaper rash cream, packet of apple sauce, fruit snacks and a fruit roll-up…having a 2 year-old means your purse is no longer your own!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  216. Christine Lamitina says:

    Right now, I’m carrying around a portable walking cane despite being a year shy of 30. I fractured my foot a few weeks ago and having an emergency cane really helps when I get tired.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  217. april says:

    a $1 casino chip from the Aria hotel in Vegas. And body scrub, I use for my hands (sorry if this comes up twice, there was a computer crash)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  218. LadyDay says:

    I used to be a nanny so I have top-level but very small first aid kit without which I never leave home – even (especially!) when I’m going out for a night out! I don’t think it’s strange but apparently all of my friends do.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  219. JJ says:

    Highlighters! Lot’s and lots of highlighters! I just counted and I have 5 highlighters in my purse (2 yellow, pink, green, and blue). You never know when you need to color code something you are reading on the bus!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  220. Ms. C says:

    Coupons. And no, I’m not 80. They *are* gathered in a Marc Jacobs clutch so perhaps that ups the chic factor?

    I finally came to the realization that i would never use all those BB&B 20% vouchers if I didn’t have them with me at all times.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  221. sue says:

    tweezers

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  222. Lizzy says:

    Sadly I just fished a rotted peach out of my new handbag this morning. Right now my bag is sitting on my desk filled with baking soda to remove the smell. Loose baking soda is pretty strange, no?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  223. Linds says:

    Definitely the weirdest thing in my bag lately is a large pink rubber bouncy ball. When the muscles in my feet feel overworked after a long day of walking, rolling the ball under the my soles relieves a lot of pain.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  224. Dvora says:

    The strangest thing I carry is a friction block stick. I hate when my shoes aren’t comfortable.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  225. Anne says:

    I keep a journal for my son, which hasn’t been updated in months and months and months, but I still keep it in there, just in case I have a free moment to document his likes/dislikes/milestones.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  226. pat says:

    4 Different types of chapsticks…. Just in case

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  227. Cathy says:

    Two summer musts: A folding fan and a bottle of Lemon Eucalyptus oil (to ward off bugs)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  228. kelly says:

    Pair of ballet flats!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  229. Shannon R. says:

    I’m not sure I carry anything strange or unusual in my everyday bag. I always have floss with me at all times, as I find if I don’t have some with me, I’ll need at the most inopportune time!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  230. Kelly says:

    The spare key to my old car! Since sold.. oops. 1996 white Volvo out there, I’m coming for you.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  231. Lauren says:

    A million pieces of saltwater taffy from a day trip! I keep throwing one or two in on my way out the door in case I need an afternoon pick me up, but then I never eat them and they accumulate. They are probably 10 in there by now!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  232. Emily says:

    The strangest things I have are a Tide Pen (not that strange) and an out of date Costco flier (a product of laziness). Time to clean out my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  233. kari says:

    vaseline!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  234. McKenzie says:

    I almost always have a snack, and it’s usually turkey jerky. I know it seems gross, but it’s my fave!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  235. Alexis says:

    Colgate Wisps! You never know when you’re gonna need a mini-toothbrush/toothpick!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  236. Megs says:

    Multiple chapsticks. They tend to disappear only to reappear after a new one is tossed in.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  237. Liz says:

    i don’t know that anything is strange… usually just some emergency snacks for my daughter for the ride home!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  238. Whitney says:

    Earplugs. You never know when you’ll need a little peace and quiet, or when you’re stuck working in an office that is half under constructions.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  239. CK says:

    I carry a collection of notes from my husband. Sometimes he packs me lunch in the mornings, and he will write a sweet note on an index card and tuck it in a pocket in my bag for me to find later. I must have collected 30 or 40 by now. How lucky am I to have a husband that packs lunch? 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  240. Becky says:

    A pink, keychain-sized Sharpie (in case of grammar emergencies).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  241. Becky says:

    Deodorant — but it’s not for me, it’s for my teenagers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  242. Brittany M says:

    Weirdest thing? A bunch of “half pieces” of gum. I don’t like to chew a full piece, so I rip it in half and end up inadvertently dropping the unchewed half into my bag! Whoops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  243. LL says:

    *Two* koozies with my company logo and a diaper for my toddler. It really is my EVERYDAY bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  244. Holly says:

    I like to keep a fairly streamlined bag, but I’d say the oddest thing I keep is a small thing of sunscreen. I HATE being caught out in the sun with no protection (I’m good about applying it to my face everyday of course, but not so much on my body). It comes in handy!

    Congrats on five years!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  245. Katie says:

    An embarrassing number of ponytail holders and bobby pins. You never know when you might need one (or eight)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  246. KTJ says:

    vaseline

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  247. Jill says:

    Usually a couple of random utensils– forks or spoons– because I pack my lunch everyday!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  248. Cat says:

    Congrats on the 5 year anniversary! And thank you for including us in the celebration.

    My favorite coffee shop only provides raw sugar as a sweetner, and that just isn’t enough to transform my iced red eye to the equivalent of coffee ice cream. So, I hoard Splenda packets from other coffee bars and stash them in my purse. Sad, but true.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  249. jill dvorak says:

    I basically have a pharmacy in my bag – anti bacterial, tissues, sewing kit, hair ties, feminine products, advil, dayquil, gum, chapstick, bandaids – you never know when you or a friend needs anyone of these! Lately my sons fruit pouches and pacifiers have been sneaking in too. I may or may not have eaten a pouch in a pinch last week..

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  250. Brittnie says:

    The strangest thing I have in my bad at the moment is Mustela bebe Hydra-Stick (a moisturizing stick for babies). I’m 23 and am no where near having any children but I use this religiously for my always chapped lips!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  251. AJ says:

    A mini screwdriver. I can’t remember why it’s in there!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  252. Emcie Kaye says:

    sandals!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  253. Erika says:

    Neosporin probably tops the list of weird, but it always seems to come in handy with two young children. Other weird but lovely things are silver bracelets I picked up for my daughters when I was in Santa Fe and Murano glass bead necklaces from Venice, which I should put in a safe place but never seem to because I figure I won’t lose them if they are in my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  254. -LK says:

    It’s not any given item in my bag that’s most strange, but rather the amount of stuff. My friends often jokingly compare my bag to mary poppins or harry potter. I usually have at minimum: aleve, advil, allergy meds, tissues, baby wipes, toe nail clippers, polish, bandaids, moleskin, hair ties, 2-3 chap sticks, 2-3 kinds of mint/gum, head phones, ipod, 2 phones, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, paper, pens, calendar, keys, bag of coupons, wallet, hankerchief, chargers, and more…. i guess i just like to be prepared for everything 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  255. Maggie says:

    By themselves none of my items are odd. But when you carry an umbrella, a pharmacy, nail salon, hairdresser, makeup artist and cafeteria all in one bag– it gets to be a little silly. My friends joke that one day I will pull a lamp out of my purse like Mary Poppins.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  256. Virginia says:

    In addition to my SmarTrip card, I have an NYC MetroCard, a San Francisco Clipper Card, and a Paris Visite pass. They’ve ended up in my wallet over the past two years and I guess that’s where they’ll stay!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  257. KJL says:

    A ton of band-aids and a random collection of ticket stubs from baseball games (I work next to the stadium).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  258. GBS says:

    i always have deodorant!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  259. Chloe says:

    A tide pen and a pair of silver stud earrings and my Nook … my contents aren’t too, too strange, but I like being prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  260. Danielle says:

    I keep a small pharmacy- currently have 3 different colors of nail polish, 5 lip glosses, and 2 different lip balms.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  261. Melissa says:

    I carry wet wipes just in case I decide to stop at a food truck for lunch and can’t wash my hands.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  262. Erin W says:

    a pacifier for my 2 year old

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  263. Melissa says:

    I currently have 26 pens in my work bag. Seriously, I just counted.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  264. Sarah Taggart says:

    Grippy socks for Pure Barre class. And actually, an extra pair of socks in my purse has been helpful on other occasions (impromptu bowling!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  265. Maura O'Sullivan says:

    A pill box with some sketchy looking cut in half orange pills. The pharmacist insisted I also carry the rx label so that I don’t look like a crazy person. The meds are for migraines.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  266. Claudia says:

    a small retractable measuring tape. convenient for the obvious use, but priceless for how it keeps my 17 month old happy when running errands.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  267. Karen says:

    I keep a baby photo of my niece in my wallet, which is always in my everyday bag. Doesn’t sound weird, but she’s not a baby anymore… I put it in there as a “just in case” after reading somewhere that lost wallets with baby photos in them are most likely to be returned!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  268. amanda says:

    My husband is an endurance athlete (read:just ran a 100 mile race in July) and thanks to him I discovered Clif Blocs (caffeinated sports nutrition blocks). I keep a package in my bag just in case I can’t get coffee somewhere and am in need of a boost. Not the healthiest thing to tote around but a LIFESAVER. And speaking of lifesaver…I also have a pair of medical gloves (unused). I’m a nurse and those things come in handy for so many things it’s unreal.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  269. Meghan says:

    Libraries cards for libraries in multiple states and countries. I never want to go on a research trip and realize I forgot my reader card!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  270. Meaghan says:

    A crumpled up list of conversation topics that my best friend and I made for ourselves before a blind date freshman year of high school!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  271. Kelly says:

    I carry an antique blue marble-sort of a worry stone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  272. Jill says:

    I usually have a couple of random utensils in my bag– usually forks or spoons– because I bring my lunch everyday

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  273. JB says:

    I almost always have House and Senate Gallery Passes in my purse. We give them out to our grad students for Capitol Hill day so I stash extras in my purse in case someone lost a pass or I counted wrong. I swear, the world would end if we didn’t have enough passes!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  274. Jenny says:

    A piece of paper certifying that I got a yellow fever vaccination. I keep forgetting to take it out of my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  275. Miss Pearl says:

    My Toe Socks for SPX Pilates!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  276. Laura says:

    Ha, I actually still have my *year old* capitol hill ID card in my bag. It has a hole punch through it and is obviously expired. I threw it in my wallet after my last day (exactly 1 year ago) and never took it out. Weird thing is, I’ve changed purses many times since then, but I always move it into the next purse…I guess I’m just holding on to the past and my fun ole days as a cap hill staffer!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  277. lesley says:

    A NYC metro card. I haven’t been up to NYC in months, but you never know when it might be needed!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  278. Chrissy says:

    The weirdest thing is probably my Cambodian drivers license from my year there in 2011-2012. It’s sort of become my lucky charm, plus it’s the best ID picture I’ve ever taken.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  279. Katherine says:

    There’s nothing terribly exciting in my bag; however, I have been known to carry my Kindle as well as a paperback or two to read during my commute.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  280. Laura says:

    Honestly, nothing too strange. I guess I have a small altoids tin that contains pills (vitamins/ advil, etc) so that might be a little unusual.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  281. Kelly says:

    Snacks- allegedly for my students, but also totally for me.

    Also, I got the OG last fall on Belle’s recommendation and it is even better than you could hope. Perfect work/gym/weekend bag. I’ve been saving up for my next Lo&Sons purchase!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  282. Julia says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is a necklace my mother gave me when I was young. She said it would protect me and so far it has!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  283. Meaghan says:

    6 pounds of gold jewelry. I tend to take pieces off or add pieces throughout the day & they never seem to leave my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  284. Carolyn says:

    Three unpaid parking tickets that I keep meaning to put in the mail!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  285. Ann says:

    A small wrench. Really more of a tiny wrench. It has come in so handy so many times I have lost count.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  286. Melanie says:

    I always carry a koozie!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  287. Kirby says:

    I have thank you notes.. never know when you might need one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  288. Julia says:

    I have a lightning bolt shaped keychain that lights up and makes thunder sounds when you tap it. Great way to find my keys when they disappear into the depths of a bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  289. Emily H . says:

    Cut up veggies often end up in my bag (in a tupperware, I promise!) as I’m on the Bob Harper “Jumpstart to Skinny” challenge and eating tons of vegetables!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  290. Meredith says:

    I always carry matches or a lighter in my purse, but I don’t smoke. I saw SJP once in an interview and she said a lady always carries matches and it just stuck.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  291. Sarah says:

    A diaper. What can I say I have a potty training 2 year old.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  292. Lauren says:

    I always have an assortment of at least 6 or 7 lip sticks/glosses/balms. Apparently that’s not as strange as I’d always thought!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  293. Rachel says:

    The Monistat creme for chafing (aka, chub rub). At the airport once they made me take it out and I wanted to die while the woman kept flipping it over and examining it while everyone could see “Monistat” printed clearly on it. But my thighs need a little something with these humid summers!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  294. Cristina says:

    A mini stuffed panda bear wearing a Case Western t-shirt on a key chain. It was a gift from my boyfriend when we were still long distance in law school. Or a mini gavel I keep handy in case I need to declare order somewhere.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  295. Kathryn H. says:

    Nail clippers, I can’t stand it when my nails get too long!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  296. Jessica says:

    I always keep the disposable toothbrushes in my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  297. Amanda says:

    I change bags often enough that I don’t collect anything too odd, but dental floss is a constant. One two many days of getting blueberry seeds stuck in my teeth and not noticing before I left home taught me that lesson.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  298. Emily says:

    Small packets of honey. Good with tea, coffee, or on crackers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  299. Alana says:

    I keep soap strips in my wallet. I got them on the train in India, so they always make me smile. As a bonus they also keep my wallet smelling fresh, and are handy when there is no soap in icky bar bathrooms.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  300. Amy says:

    I carry a Koozie, deodorant and a rollerball of my perfume – three key ingredients for a good day!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  301. Kat says:

    I suppose the strangest thing I carry in my bag is an extra pair of shoes. You just never know when it’s going to rain around here so I always have an old pair of sandals or flats so I don’t have to worry about toting around my rain boots.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  302. Samantha says:

    I’ve had a pair of broken sunglasses in my bag for a few months now. I keep hoping I’ll remember to pick up a repair kit, but I never do. Here’s to hoping it’ll happen soon!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  303. Debbiee says:

    Transit Cards from New York, DC and Chicago (even though I live in Chicago), a spare pair of underwear (mine) and an extra diaper and wipes (for my 2 year old).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  304. Meredith says:

    Spare razor and deodorant!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  305. Alison says:

    Right now, a shotgun shell. It’s probably time to clean out the bottom of my bag…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  306. Amanda says:

    I don’t think I have anything in my purse that hasn’t already been mentioned, but I guess the weirdest thing would probably be some foreign currency from Southeast Asia, or a combination lock (for the gym).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  307. Julie says:

    Custom molded earplugs. I can’t stand noise. Unruly child in the checkout line at Target….no longer a problem.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  308. K says:

    My DSLR. I’m not a photographer by trade but I’m trying to learn how to use it and you never know when inspiration will strike!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  309. CML says:

    I keep a finger rosary ring in my wallet. Even though I was born and raised Catholic, I don’t consider myself particularly religious (at least to the point that I’d need a rosary on the go!) But I’ve never felt right leaving it out of my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  310. CAM says:

    A plastic baggie- it’s for my phone if I ever get caught in a rainstorm

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  311. Rachael Rosales says:

    Dramamine, both the normal and non-drowsy formulas. I get motion sickness very easily!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  312. Lauren Patheal says:

    The strangest thing that I carry in my everyday bag is a tube of lipstick that I know I will absolutely never use. It’s a beautiful color, and was kind of pricey, but when I wear it I look a little clown-esque. I just can’t part with it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  313. SP says:

    A flashlight.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  314. Crystal J. says:

    Crackers and condiment packages!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  315. Katie C. says:

    Floss! You never know when you might get something stuck in your teeth

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  316. Kathleen says:

    Extra loose leaf tea, in a tupperware.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  317. Jenn H says:

    $2,000 Korean Wong (equivalent to $2 US Dollars), dog tags (not mine), gaffing tape (non-marking, easy to tear, black duct tape), and superglue….my purse as a whole is always interesting, my friends have turned it into a happy hour game (Guess what Jenn is schlepping today?)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  318. Rebecca says:

    A necklace I never wear that is supposed to be a good luck charm. I don’t know if it works, but I’m not about to remove it from my purse to find out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  319. Laura says:

    I collect pocket knives and sometimes have as many as three in my purse…which makes for some interesting stories about going through security lines in DC…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  320. Hilary says:

    A silicon basting brush – my son loves to play with and chew on it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  321. Samantha says:

    Random pieces of jewelry. I’ll take them off when going to the gym and then forget them in my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  322. Sara says:

    With the heat and humidity of DC summers, I’ve been carrying around travel-sized deodorant in my purse. Always handy to have! Right now I also have the pleasure of carrying around GRE vocabulary flash cards.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  323. Jaime says:

    I always have a snack in my bag. I’ve carried everything from a granola bar to hard boiled eggs (protein!) in there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  324. Jennifer says:

    My mail! Every morning I pick up my mail when leaving my apartment and on my way to work. I then go thru everything at the office!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  325. Mary says:

    Old school planner/calendar because I just can’t get on board with using my iPhone calendar!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  326. Carlisle says:

    Strangest thing would probably be a tube of bright orange nailpolish that I really don’t like – tried it in an ill-fated attempt to be a part of the neon trend.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  327. Jessica says:

    Today I have four iPhone chargers and some fabric tape – not quite sure what I’m prepared for!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  328. Lesley says:

    Breathe right nose strips. I use them to stop unexpected blistering.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  329. KP says:

    Dental floss

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  330. Sarah Joy says:

    i keep multiple koozies in my every day purse. you never know when you are going to have a cold diet coke in a can or meet up with friends for a beer after work!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  331. Parker says:

    I never leave home with out a travel size facial cleanser and moisturizer in my bag. Keeping ones skin fresh is hard to do in the dog days of DC summers, these items are my remedy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  332. Denise B says:

    What is the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag?

    Probably a Burt’s Bees lip balm marked ‘foot.’ One day I had a new pair of shoes giving me a really bad blister, with the rest of the workday and a 4 hour retail shift staring me in the face. I needed a remedy, since I had just bought a new tin of rosebud salve, I decided it was time to dedicate my old tube of lip balm to the cause. I wrote ‘foot’ on it just so I don’t mistakenly (read: drunkenly) use it for its original, intended purpose.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  333. Natalie says:

    paperclips and binder clips. They fall off my stuff and somehow then live in the bottom of my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  334. CD says:

    Dramamine – you never know when the Metro is going to be surprisingly bouncy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  335. amanda says:

    A dictionary. It’s essential.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  336. C says:

    A pencil with amber decorating it. . .a gift from last year when I was working in Poland.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  337. Paige says:

    I carry a Koozie. Never know when I am going to grab an ice cold beer, after work hours of course!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  338. Mariam says:

    Nothing that weird – but I do carry floss with me at my husband’s request. I already carry various “just in case” items (advil, bandaids, hair ties, etc), but floss was a new one for me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  339. Beth says:

    Nothing too strange in my bag. I do usually have some sort of emergency snack (bribe) for my 3 year old twins.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  340. Marielle says:

    Rainbow flip flops!! always!!! hate wearing flats or heels on the train

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  341. MET says:

    The strangest thing I carry everyday is my Visine. You never know when your eyes will get tired or dried out from the computer or raging air conditioning at work.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  342. SHS says:

    Wet wipes. And I don’t have children. I get heckled about this a lot, but they have come in super hand on many occasions.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  343. Melissa says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag (on a daily basis) are those sticky pages that mark pages and coordinating highlighters. I must keep my notes organized!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  344. Elizabeth says:

    A calculator…yes, my iphone has one, but I’m a CPA and I just like a real calculator for work. Pretty nerdy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  345. Aleena O says:

    I almost always carry an Emergen-C Vitamin C fizz drink packet. Just in case a I feel a cold coming on!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  346. Jennifer Reda says:

    bug spray, because bugs love me!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  347. Kristin says:

    A travel size pack of Clorox Wipes just in case I spill something in my bag or drop something on the groud.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  348. Jamie says:

    This probably goes to show what’s really important to me – food! The weirdest thing I keep in my bag would have to be a pocket knife that consists of a fork, spoon, knife, and bottle opener. You never know when you’ll need a fork!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  349. Leah says:

    I’m not a morning person, so I usually have some sort of breakfast food in my purse (cereal, granola bar, etc.,) or a spoon when I remember to grab yogurt out of my fridge.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  350. Charlene says:

    I have a couple of tea bags and 2 thumb drives on a big keychain with pictures from the last 3 vacations I’ve taken. Still need to go through and print some pictures.
    Great giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  351. GoBigRed says:

    Just found a Crest White Strip and one sock (not sure where the other one is).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  352. Christina says:

    I never, ever leave the house without a stick of dove deodorant in my bag! May seem strange but during DC summers and with the general nature of this city being that you will always run into someone you know, I’d prefer they got a fresh whiff of me 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  353. Devan says:

    I carry a knife. Just a little one, but it comes in handy all the time! I think it’s pretty common for guys to carry one, but the little 2 inch blade also makes me feel a little safer if I’m out and about alone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  354. Rachel says:

    An empty clear plastic ziplock bag… the bf is convinced when it rains his shiny new iPhone is going to get ruined and left this baggie in my purse at one point… just in case.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  355. Jennifer says:

    Dental floss. And last time I cleaned out my bag I found 12 lip glosses / balms and 14 pens. And it’s not that big of a bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  356. Sam says:

    I keep children’s underwear in my purse. You know, in case either of my kids has an accident.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  357. Anne says:

    The weirdest thing in my purse is a pencil case full of Papermate Flairs…just makes note taking more fun.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  358. Carrie says:

    I keep my Swiss Army knife on me at all times. This in itself isn’t that weird, but it’s pink, sparkly, and says “Princess” on it. I’ve had it since I was twelve and can’t bear to part with the hilarious looks I get every time I use it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  359. Alex says:

    A pocket-size U.S. Constitution. Perhaps not as strange as it’s just uncommon? But so useful.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  360. J says:

    A mini framed poster of the Batman Bat-Signals through the years. I purchased it for a friend some time ago during a local comic expo– every time we hang out I fail to remember to take it out! Subsequently this broke grad student’s everyday bag is stretched out in four different stress points.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  361. Jessica says:

    a needle and thread is the strangest thing i have in my purse. The reason it is strange is because i wouldn’t know what to do with these items if i ever actually needed them…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  362. Rachel Bee says:

    Postcards – I like to write notes to friends when I’m stuck in a waiting room or something.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  363. Leah says:

    I’m not a morning person, so I always have some sort of breakfast food (cereal, granola, etc.) in my purse and occasionally a spoon when I have yogurt.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  364. Gina Lohr says:

    I always carry a small plastic spoon – usually one leftover from an overseas flight. Comes in handy when travelling – you can always pick up a yogurt for a tasty, cheap, healthy snack.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  365. Sarah says:

    I always keep dried fruit and trail mix in my bag for snacks. Right now, I have a large amount of dried pineapple stowed in my bag for when I’m hungry.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  366. Ellen Sandmeyer says:

    Lactaid pills! Cheese is wonderful and being lactose intolerant is a curse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  367. Laura says:

    My membership card to the United States Parachute Association!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  368. Anne says:

    socks…for walking through airport security on days I’m wearing flip flops or flats!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  369. Sarah says:

    Sandwiches.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  370. Em says:

    A pocket Constitution. I picked it up at work one day and have been carrying it around ever since.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  371. Genevieve says:

    My not-so-weird thing: there’s always a chocolate square in my purse! Quick pick me up on a crappy day or a just-because

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  372. Allie says:

    Nothing weird right now, because I’ve downsized to carrying a wristlet inside my drab work laptop bag. If I won a new bag, maybe I’d be more prone to filling it up with odd items!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  373. Les says:

    I always have floss with me. I must have a crippling fear of spinach being in my teeth!
    Love the blog!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  374. Samantha says:

    A ticket to Mount Vernon from 3 years ago. Why? I have no idea.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  375. julie says:

    sunscreen! not exactly strange, but i need to apply it at the end of the day when i’m trekking to the train station to get home!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  376. Claire says:

    A seashell I found when I was a kid.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  377. CTM says:

    A travel size packet of peanut butter!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  378. Amanda says:

    Not sure I carry anything too strange, but I always have hand sanitizer, at least one band-aid, and a toothbrush. I don’t always have toothpaste, but the toothbrush does come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  379. Michelle B says:

    I have a pair of ear plugs with their own case that have never made it out of my bag from some overnight trip and/or concert. I take my sleep sounds and future hearing very seriously! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  380. Valerie says:

    Fabric samples and paint chips – in case I see a potential purchase for my home.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  381. Tatum Lindsay says:

    Nothing totally crazy in my bag right now…Hmm, but there are some rubber bands. I keep all the ones I get from Whole Foods. They’re pretty handy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  382. Christina says:

    Hmm… nothing too strange, now that I think about it. I always have a granola or luna bar, and I always have nail clippers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  383. Katie Mac says:

    A hand-carved wooden “worry cross” my grandpa made for me. Might be strange to some but it’s sentimental and practical since I’m super fidgety.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  384. DC says:

    Right now I have 6 highlighters, but I often have a roll of gaffe tape in my bag. It fixes everything!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  385. C says:

    My weird thing is a full sized stick of deodorant. I never want to be surprised by an unexpected bought of B.O.! And I only wear Tom’s (cause of the aluminum content in most other deodorants) and they don’t make travel size, so a full stick it has to be!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  386. G says:

    I have a wine opener for impromptu picnics in the park and a sharpie.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  387. J says:

    Although unintentional, I always have a supply of earrings – I work out after leaving the office, and drop my earrings into my bag before my workout.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  388. Kathryn says:

    I keep benadryl on me during the summer months in case of nasty mosquito bites (which I’m covered in now, ouch!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  389. Abby says:

    I always keep a pocket-sized cork screw in my purse. It’s important to always be ready to open a bottle of wine.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  390. Rachel says:

    I carry a Swiss army knife, which a lot of my friends say is strange–until it comes in handy to cut a tag, slice an apple, or pluck an eyebrow. Never leave home without it (except when I’m flying)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  391. allison says:

    Extra underwear, contact lens, a zillion medicines, flip flops, and band aids. I’m petrified of not being prepared for anything!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  392. LC says:

    Multiple notepads and more pens than I know what to do with… and yet I can never find anything to write with when I need it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  393. Erin says:

    I have a business card from a friend with an interesting job. The card just has his name, contact info, and title – “professional sports bettor.”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  394. Elle says:

    I have a small purse (the kind that fits your smartphone and some money/cards) in my everyday bag that I thought I’d use for going out to lunch/running errands from work. Never used. It just sits in there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  395. Amanda says:

    an old birthday card from my parents that says how proud they are. I read it when I have a bad day!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  396. Liz says:

    3 different chapsticks 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  397. MJ says:

    I live in Texas right now, but I always carry my old smartrip card – just in case. Also, dog treats.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  398. Joanne E. says:

    A mechanical pencil. I also carry a pen, but the pencil is a back-up just in case the pen runs out of ink just when I need to use it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  399. Clare says:

    I keep a small, silver medallion with a picture of a frog and the word “Smile” engraved on it that was given to me by one of my favorite high school teachers when I graduated. It’s a reminder to always stay positive and not take life too seriously!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  400. Susan says:

    Yogi-Tea or Emergen-C during the school year (I’m a teacher)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  401. AR says:

    Homemade za’atar, tucked in a souvenir change purse from China that says, “Like me you will die”.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  402. A says:

    I have a loose key. I don’t know what it opens, but I’m afraid to throw it out or leave it behind!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  403. BPalaz says:

    a lint roller!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  404. Helena says:

    A teething ring.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  405. Whitney says:

    A lotto card that my MIL gave me as a stocking-stuffer this past Christmas. I won $10 but never remember to cash it when we visit her nearby state. Do these things have expiration dates?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  406. Michelle says:

    5 hour energy shot – never leave the house without one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  407. Shay Lianna says:

    The weirdest thing in my bag is medicines! I’m like a walking pharmacy (I’m blaming it on my mother, because she’s the same way). I always have advil or tylenol (sometimes both), heartburn stuff, stomach stuff, allergy stuff. You name it, I’ve probably got it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  408. A.C. says:

    I keep a business card case…full of the cards from restaurants I love! It’s really helpful when I’m meeting with friends for Happy Hour and no one can think where to go, or when I am running errands in outside of DC and can’t remember the name of the awesome Korean place in a non-descript strip mall. Or when I have out of town visitors who need tons of recommendations and my mind goes blank.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  409. Samantha says:

    I just knew this was going to be in your most loved product list! looking through my bag the strangest thing I have is a koozie…I have never used it, no need to carry it, but it has been there since I got it. NO CLUE WHEN 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  410. Rachel says:

    Weirdest intentional thing? Doggie bags. My lab pup has a habit of going in the most awkward places….
    Unintentional? That would be two disposable rubber gloves, like the ones from the doctor’s office. Not sure how those got in there, I just haven’t bothered to take them out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  411. KC says:

    While I don’t have any one particular weird object, maybe the range of items I have makes my bag weird? My friends and coworkers refer to my bag as the Mary Poppins bag. Whatever someone needs, I usually have it – safety pins, face blotting paper, tylenol, ibuprofin, naproxen, allergy pills, sleeping pills, wet wipes, mints, hand salve, scratch paper, chap stick, ear speakers, pens, extra lapel pins, nail clippers, etc. I’m like a boy scout, always prepared. I have a little case that I stash in my bag that is my emergency kit and rarely use it myself!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  412. Rebecca Morrison says:

    A note my college friend wrote to me several years ago, and which contains a love note my brother wrote to her while we were in college. For a few years, they carried on quite the sarcastic affair.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  413. KC says:

    While I don’t have any one particular weird object, maybe the range of items I have makes my bag weird? My friends and coworkers refer to my bag as the Mary Poppins bag. Whatever someone needs, I usually have it – safety pins, face blotting paper, tylenol, ibuprofin, naproxen, allergy pills, sleeping pills, wet wipes, mints, hand salve, scratch paper, chap stick, band aids, ear speakers, pens, extra lapel pins, nail clippers, etc. I’m like a boy scout, always prepared. I have a little case that I stash in my bag that is my emergency kit and rarely use it myself!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  414. Miss Happy says:

    A Nintendo DS

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  415. IRMcK says:

    Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream. I use it liberally when ever I feel the first itch of ANYTHING. I swear it makes the bug bites heal so much faster…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  416. Phoebe says:

    Probably the weirdest thing in my purse at the moment is a prescription bottle full of codeine – a holdover from when I had shoulder surgery, was in a ton of pain, had friends driving me places and didn’t want to get stranded somewhere without pain relief. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  417. Shannon says:

    At least 4-5 coupons for Rite Aid. Their receipts are insanely long but I always save them in case I need to buy something in an emergency!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  418. pam says:

    weirdest thing is a snack, usually a granola bar

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  419. Brianne says:

    Measuring tape! I think leftover from a trip to IKEA, but it has proven to be quite useful. And right now, matches from a restaurant (you never know when you’ll have to light birthday candles!), but I should probably remove those.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  420. Stephanie says:

    I don’t have anything too strange, though I am currently carrying five currencies. I’m definitely That Person in checkout lanes right now since I try to only pay with USD.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  421. Rachael says:

    I carry a lint roller everywhere – I am always covered in dog hair and never know when I might need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  422. Hilary says:

    Most of my items make sense or are essential, but I can’t seem to toss my 3 month Executive Club “membership” card to a local pistol and rifle range, given to me after shooting there only once. They wrote my name on it in pen and everything!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  423. Megan says:

    My college ID, even though I graduated 6 years ago.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  424. Julia says:

    The ‘weirdest’ thing I can think of is my pocket knife. It’s this awesome ‘manly man’ made knife, the same brand my grandpa and dad carried. But mine is HOT PINK. I feel silly/awesome every time I use it

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  425. KLO says:

    Enough bobby pins to equip a formal wedding.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  426. Sea Bands! says:

    I carry Sea Bands with me at.all.times. I don’t get motion sick terribly often, but I think it’s one of the most awful feelings. Sea Bands are amazing and also work for pregnancy morning sickness and chemo nausea (my stepdad is an oncologist and is ordering some for his patients).

    Thanks for the giveaways! I’ve had my eye on the black OMG since you first mentioned Lo & Sons.

    Also, happy 5th blog birthday! It’s hard to believe that I haven’t missed a post in three years.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  427. Julie says:

    I often forget to take treats for my dog out of my bag. They go back and forth to work with me for no good reason.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  428. Kate says:

    Ugandan shillings in my wallet from a summer spent there five years ago. A little trip down memory lane ever ytime I see them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  429. Meg says:

    I am currently in Medical School, so this semester you can find lots of books and skulls to help me study!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  430. Dena says:

    Amidst all my individualized wallets/card holders, I have a little felt bag with extra ear buds for my headphones. Always be prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  431. CBK says:

    About once a quarter I meet for lunch with an executive from a major utility. He’s really into geo-caching, and I’ll admit it’s pretty fun. After lunch we’ll usually do one or two caches before going on our separate ways. About a year ago we found a cache that included a mini Hello Kitty figure–it’s all of a half inch tall. For whatever reason he couldn’t close the cache with Hello Kitty in it so he tossed it my way a d tod me to hold on to it. Now, every time I switch purses Kitty makes her way with me and I don’t know why. Perhaps I just want to ate sure if he asks for it I can say, “oh yeah, it’s right here.”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  432. LS says:

    My brother’s funky business card. Always makes me smile when I see it in my wallet

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  433. Lourdes says:

    Currently the strangest items in my bag is a Thermacare heating pad (courtesy of Aunt Flow) and a bunch of matchbox cars from babysitting my nephew this past week!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  434. Jessica says:

    I guess the strangest thing I carry with me is my Erin Condren planner. Most people can’t understand why I have a huge paper calendar– but I love being able to write everything down always!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  435. Sally says:

    Typically, goggles and a swim cap . .

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  436. Kat says:

    A Baggu bag that is used solely to carry my umbrella when it’s wet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  437. Elise says:

    I carry and stethoscope with me everywhere. Being a veterinarian, I have learned that you never know when you will need one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  438. Angela says:

    A few Euro banknotes leftover from my trip to Europe last fall. I just can’t seem to get rid of them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  439. Maggie says:

    A broken corkscrew- the screw part snapped so it’s useless if I ever need it but I haven’t thrown it out yet!
    And store rewards cards for stores that exist only in New England while I live in DC

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  440. Heather says:

    A can of ginger ale, since I’m pregnant and have random bouts of nausea (particularly, it seems, before big meetings). I find the ginger ale doesn’t fit very nicely in most of my purses, so this work bag would be perfect for pregnancy and beyond!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  441. Melissa says:

    My purse is not very strange right now… but definitely carrying lots of band-aids – just in case.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  442. Caitlin says:

    I’m pregnant, just out of my first trimester, so my ” strange thing” is an assortment of nausea remedies. Preggo-pops, ginger candies & saltines. Hopefully I’ll be able to take them out soon.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  443. PM says:

    A flashlight. So paranoid about being caught in the dark somwhere!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  444. Lily says:

    a little silver figure of St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers! it makes my mom feel better to know that I carry it with me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  445. Emily says:

    I carry around a padlock, but that’s not really weird since I use it at the gym!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  446. Meghan says:

    A bee sting relief pad. Not really sure why I have one, especially since I’m not allergic to bees, but there it is.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  447. Anna says:

    I’m generally pretty good at editing my bags, but I have a broken necklace in my purse that I just don’t have the heart to get rid of. It’s been in there for weeks. Other than that, I do keep in my gym bag a business card case the bf brought back from Alaska with a moose that says “We outnumber you.” It’s not serious enough for my usual purse, but it never fails to make me smile.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  448. Lydia says:

    The strangest thing right now is a champagne cork from the night before I moved to DC (I am one of the aforementioned 22-year-olds). Apart from that, I carry chapstick and lip balm everywhere.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  449. CCS says:

    My last month’s worth of hotel receipts and boarding passes. My bag is a hot mess of papers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  450. Amy P says:

    Ok, here’s strange:

    I’m carrying around a life size squishy foam rubber model of a human brain.

    Studying neuroscience as part of my job training leadership development and although it’s nerdy, it’s helpful for reference.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  451. JG says:

    Poop bags for my dog – also work well for wet umbrellas, messy shoes, etc.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  452. Ruth says:

    We women do carry a lot of random things, don’t we? Loved reading everyone’s comments. My wierd items are a couple of colgate wisps (rather have a toothbrush, but that wont work in my smaller bags lol) and a Dove chocolate wrapper that says “Lead on!” to motivate me on those days when you know the only way things will get done is if you lead the charge yourself.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  453. Hilary Stewart says:

    A leather bracelet from france my best friend got for me a few years ago. Instead of getting it fixed, it says in my bag to surprise me every few weeks. As well as a mini pharmacy -painkillers, hair elastics, mini comb, bobby pins, gravol, vitamins…etc.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  454. Jessie says:

    I keep my purse to a minimum (and even still can’t keep it organized!) Anyways, nothing strange, but thanks for the giveaway.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  455. EmilyS says:

    I have toupee tape– I’ve used it as emergency hem tape before. (It holds better and is usually larger than fashion/dress tape)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  456. B. says:

    Definitely the strangest thing is my passport. I have it with me at ALL times. I think in my mind, I live this secret life where I am a CIA spy that might be pulled out of the country at any given moment. I think I probably ought to just accept that no one has EVER spontaneously offered me a trip to Thailand right. this. minute and start leaving my passport at home.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  457. Les says:

    Floss is the strangest thing I always have!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  458. Danielle says:

    I don’t carry many odd things in my bag, but right now I have 200 ibuprofen tablets scattered on the bottom of my purse from a freak accident. Does that count?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  459. rebecca says:

    i always have my kindle for downtime reading.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  460. Waynette Santos says:

    The strangest thing in the bag is a travel-size Lysol spray. As long as I carry it, I don’t fear public bathrooms with unquestionable level of cleanliness.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  461. LNS says:

    I have a small baggie of black eyed peas in bag. My grandma puts them there on NYE for good luck.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  462. Melissa says:

    Not sure if I’m elegible as I live in Canada, but I thought I’d give it a go.

    I regularly carry a multi-tool consisting of a tape measure, three way level and a Post-it pad and pen. It was a promo item from a former client, and comes in handy surprisingly often.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  463. Liz says:

    I like to keep my purse light so I don’t have too many random items in my purse. I think the strangest one I have is floss!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  464. Anna K says:

    Socks! My office is freezing and when my feet are tucked under the desk no one will know. Especially helpful on planes…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  465. Rachel says:

    I keep finding loose almonds from a spill a couple weeks ago. This is a good reminder that I should empty it out and make sure I have removed them all!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  466. Caroline says:

    A Benadryl Itch relief stick. This time of year, I get a bite every time I walk outside!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  467. Debbie says:

    Regular sunglasses, prescription sunglasses, glasses and spare contacts just in case I’m having a “bad contacts” day. I could use a bigger bag for sure!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  468. Sharon Sullivan says:

    After going through my purse, it turns out I have a Triple-A sticker hanging out there instead of being helpful attached to my car!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  469. Melanie says:

    I carry babywipes because I have found nothing works for getting weird grime off my hands, the handles of my bag or other yucky things I encounter during my day. I move these from bag to bag but every bag has a pen, a higlighter and lipgloss that stay when I empty everything else out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  470. SLG says:

    Swiss army knife. So handy for getting things done (and impressing guys when needed). Not handy for going through airport security lines.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  471. Christine says:

    I put a banana in my purse every morning for my mid-morning snack!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  472. Alli says:

    My MiFi- can’t stand being without Internet

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  473. Layne says:

    I carry deodrant in my purse; I also have a stick in my desk and car. Guess it’s a bit overboard.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  474. Jess says:

    I have a couple random rounds of 9mm and .226 ammunition in there. Not sure how they got there, I never take my purse into the range.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  475. Rachel Gold says:

    Flat fortune cookies — the fortune cookie factory in SF sells them pre-folded, and they are addictive!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  476. Tara says:

    I always have post card stamps so I am able to drop a note to long-distance friends when I see a cute (or cheesy) card. I almost always have a snack bag of baby carrots, too.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  477. Alix says:

    Two separate lint rollers. One for dog hair, and one for standard lent.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  478. Jennifer says:

    Not sure if it’s necessarily strange, but I keep a carabiner in my bag…you never know when you need to hang your bag but there are no available hooks, or when you may want to hang a bag off of your bag (I’ve found this especially useful when traveling).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  479. Shannon says:

    A small tire gauge – I recently helped another woman change her flat tire and it never went back into my “emergency car bag”.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a bag – they are awesome!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  480. Megan says:

    A Japanese folding fa – they give out free ones everywhere in Tokyo, which is the best idea ever. I love getting envious looks when I whip out my fan on a non-airconditioned Metro car or Circulator bus!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  481. Erica says:

    I have a fairly big tote bag, so I’m constantly finding random things – just this AM, I dug up a half-eaten bag of gummy bears and an inhaler. (Obviously, the essentials.)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  482. Megan says:

    A Japanese folding fan – they give out free ones everywhere in Tokyo, which is the best idea ever. I love getting envious looks when I whip out my fan on a non-airconditioned Metro car or Circulator bus!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  483. JS says:

    hydrocortisone cream, because during the summer bugs seem to love me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  484. L.A. says:

    At least five different colors of lipstick. What can I say, I have a problem.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  485. RR says:

    Toy Story band-aids but I’m not sure that’s so strange.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  486. Shannon says:

    A mini bottle of baby powder–comes in handy way more than expected in the DC summer!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  487. Kate says:

    7 different kinds of chapstick/lipbalm – I’m addicted to it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  488. KB says:

    Corkscrew…my husband is in the military and we move A LOT! After my corkscrew ended up in the last box we unpacked during our first move, I started carrying it with me. Moving 4 times in 4 years calls for a glass (or two) of wine.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  489. Laura says:

    Tape measure! I got one at a conference once. Surprisingly useful.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  490. Amanda says:

    I guess the strangest thing in my everyday bag is a highlighter. Never know when I will need to highlight something, I guess. And even though I have a few highlighter marks on the insides of some of my bags (and should know better not to keep one in there)…there it remains. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  491. Kristin says:

    The strangest thing in my purse right now is a can of Diet Coke. This is actually pretty normal compared to my usual.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  492. CJ says:

    I always have a Tide stick in my bag. I am so clumsy I can’t seem to go a day without using it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  493. Amanda J says:

    Ever since I was in theatre tech in high school, I’ve carried a wrench in my bag. It’s amazing how often I’ve used it!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  494. Mae says:

    I always carry a mini pharmacy kit in my purse – Tylenol, Pepcid ac, neosporin, I have it all! And people are always thankful too.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  495. Naomi says:

    My pepper spray might be the strangest because it’s pink and you can’t really tell what it is. My mother insisted I keep it with me after she found out you can’t carry a gun in DC.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  496. lulu says:

    I just checked: I have not one, but two lipsticks in my purse. I don’t wear lipstick.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  497. Mary says:

    Deodorant and body wash! You never know when you need to freshen up on the go!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  498. Jessica says:

    Probably my book…which is strange because I have books on my electronic devices anyway.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  499. Lily says:

    The strangest item I have in my bag is my mini stapler because I always seem to need it at the weirdest moments.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  500. KC says:

    I have three pairs of sunglasses. Apparently I like to have multiple choices when going outside.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  501. A says:

    A toothbrush and toothpaste. You never know when it will come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  502. Lauren says:

    I got the OMG bag based on the CapHillStyle recommendation and love it! As a consultant, I use it as my carry-on and everyday work bag! A strange thing I always have in my bag is a koozie! You never know when you are going to need one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  503. Virginia says:

    All the necessities for a desktop mani: nail clippers, cuticle stick, top coat, base coat, colored polish of the week, and Zoya Quick-Dry drops.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  504. CC says:

    In the summer, I carry anti-itch cream. Mosquitoes love me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  505. Claire O. says:

    9 different lipsticks/glosses/etc. You never know what shade you’ll feel like after lunch!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  506. Lexi says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Weirdest thing is my everyday bag…probably the sheer quantity? Have a bag of makeup basics, plus all the computer stuff, plus “go kit” stuff in case there’s a disaster and I have to report in. Unfortunately it’s a giant tote, and am thinking I need something more compartmentalized. Would love an OMG bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  507. Emily says:

    My best friend’s nail polish – she was running late to her own wedding and asked me to paint her toes right before the ceremony. The wedding was back in April and I keep forgetting to return it to her!

    I also have a ton of pens, in any color you might need 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  508. Rebecca says:

    A pocket US Constitution. No, really. You’d be surprised how often it’s been used. Occasionally there is one in Spanish in there as well.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  509. Kelly says:

    I always have a small roll of toilet paper in my purse- it comes in handy all the time.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  510. T says:

    I keep travel sized bottles of shampoo and body wash. I work out in the morning and usually end up taking a shower at the House gym.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  511. Kelly says:

    I have a vineyard vines koozie in my bag at all times!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  512. erika says:

    I have a “mom” purse even though I have no kids. I have wet wipes, antibac gel, bandaids, aspirin, bendaryl cream, etc. I have thing about germs.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  513. Erin Pollocoff says:

    The strangest item would have to be a toss up between the pouch I keep my dog’s waste bags in and my bike tools gadget, which has come is surprisingly handy in social situations.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  514. J says:

    A heavy square-shaped lock and loose metal chain that my grandfather fashioned for me to use as a “weapon” while travelling for work since mace is not allowed on airplanes. Thankfully I have never had to use it 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  515. Theresa says:

    Floss picks (in their own little plastic bag). I’m a flossing fiend – my dentist loves me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  516. ME says:

    Mints from random restaurants. I always take a mint when leaving a restaurant, but I never eat them. I have a pocket in my bag filled with random restaurant mints.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  517. Samantha says:

    Clear nail polish. You never know when you’re going to need it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  518. Caro says:

    Probably my toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash/floss kit, though I guess it’s not too too strange – you never know when you’ll need to freshen up!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  519. Lindsey says:

    Dog/cat treats. You never know when you will make a new four-legged friend!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  520. Lala says:

    Napkins. I’m a terrible face-sweater, and I keep napkins at all time to mop my brow throughout the day while I’m walking outside.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  521. Kim says:

    A full set of highlighters in every color imaginable.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  522. Emily says:

    I keep a small bug spray and a wine tool in the bottom of my bag. Two things that its terrible to be without in a time of need!

    Happy Birthday CHS!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  523. Famouscait says:

    A paper tape measure that they give away free at T.J. Maxx

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  524. Mary H says:

    have to be chopsticks in my bags always. In case I buy a meal and forget to get some or there’s no fork around. Very usefful

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  525. Monica says:

    A bathing suit

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  526. Chelsea says:

    Barre socks. In case I ever find myself with free time during the lunch hour to get to a class. (It rarely happens, sadly…)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  527. Blythe says:

    My bag is always full, but I try to keep it super neat! I guess the strangest thing in there is a thumb drive that doesn’t have anything on it except for some random photos.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  528. isp328 says:

    3 individual packets of salt from the movie theater. I love a good bag of salty popcorn at the movies but my hubby is always in a rush to get good seats that I don’t have time to “flavor” my popcorn at the concession stand and I have to bring everything into the theater and salt at my seat. Apparently I missed a few the last time we went to the movies…over a month ago..whoops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  529. Megan says:

    Seeing as I’m currently carrying a diaper bag, my personal items are limited to the necessities. Some people are surprised at how much cash I carry – I think it goes back to my living overseas where cash was the only way to go.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  530. Preeti says:

    Hotwheel toy cars- for some reason my son’s toys always end up in my work bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  531. Cait says:

    I carry about 6 tubes of lipgloss, lipstick or chapstick in my bag, which deserves it’s own little cosmetic bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  532. MB says:

    I carry a deck of cards with me at all times. Never know when you’re going to be bored and need a quick game!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  533. Andrea says:

    The weirdest thing in my bag is definitely the assortment of three-year-old receipts in my wallet from places like the Longworth supply store and Rayburn Cafeteria from when I was a House page. I just never bothered to clean them out with the rest of my old receipts, and I’m too sentimental to part with them now!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  534. Hayley says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is a bundle of takeout menus. Every time I pick up lunch from a new place, I grab a to-go menu…to keep on file? In case of an emergency? I’m just not sure.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  535. Nicole says:

    Knitting needles, yarn, and around 15 old hotel key cards. Life of a consultant, got to be prepared for looong airport delays.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  536. Cecilia says:

    I currently have 3 rosaries in my purse. Because, you know, one’s not enough.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  537. Lisa K. says:

    What is the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag? It would have to be a nail file and a pair of eyelashes. Although I don’t have the glue to put them on.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  538. Julia says:

    dental floss

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  539. Cameron Ervin says:

    Bounce dryer sheets – you never know when you need to take care of some static cling or if your clothes could use a little freshening up at the end of the day. Running the dryer sheet over your clothes will instantly make you feel and smell better!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  540. BN says:

    I carry 3 different checkbooks, 7-11 tubes of lipstick (I dont wear lipstick during the week) and one of my Dad’s business cards (something I’ve been doing since I was about 11). I would LOVE an OMG Bag (imagine how much lipstick I could carry!). Happy Birthday CHS and thanks for the giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  541. lacy says:

    A south african buckeye from my mother-in-law. It’s supposed to be for good luck, but I can’t ever find my keys, so she gave it to me on a key ring for her spare house key so I don’t loose it…I think she’s trying to tell me something..whoops

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  542. Mary says:

    I currently have a bowl of dog food in my handbag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  543. Dsl says:

    The strangest things in my bag are a host of different public transportation cards from various cities none of which I plan to visit anytime in the near future.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  544. Sarah says:

    Socks! I do a lot of Bar Method classes (they require you wear socks) so I tend to always have socks in my purse. I’ve definitely gotten some funny looks when they’ve fallen out before 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  545. Ann Rogers says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag every day is a human bone (I’m a bioarchaeologist).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  546. Liz says:

    A mini-roll of toilet paper, you just never know!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  547. Beth says:

    The strangest thing I’ve been carrying with me are my lactation support pills. I’m halfway through my goal of BF my DD for her first year, but need as much help as I can get!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  548. David says:

    A reusable bag that collapses into a banana. It looks like a nylon banana but you unzip it and it expands into a reusable bag. It’s super useful!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  549. Diana says:

    A set of beautiful, hand painted Russian spoons that I got at a baby shower months and months ago. I keep meaning to get a shadow box frame for them but it hasn’t happened yet.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  550. AC says:

    Portable disposable toothbrushes.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  551. Megan H says:

    A mini bottle of hand sanitizer (in a ziploc in case it spills) and a full pack of bobby pins.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  552. Kristin says:

    Postage Stamps!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  553. cheng says:

    strangest thing in my purse right now – q-tips i guess.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  554. Ali says:

    A wine opener. Always.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  555. Alex says:

    The original shoe bag for the work pumps I’m wearing. I keep them all!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  556. Aet says:

    I always have a few empty shotgun shells in my purse. They’re kind of like token good luck items for me and they have an oddly uplifting effect on me (I love skeet shooting).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  557. Alexis says:

    Probiotics and zinc – avoids colds 🙂 Oh and a usb with the last 3 months of my work, I don’t trust my laptop!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  558. Em says:

    My flip phone, circa 2003 (still in use). I don’t think it’s weird, but others sure do!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  559. Jen M says:

    Socks! I hate putting socks back on that I’ve taken off, so I have an extra pair i ncase I try on sandals while shopping or the ones I’m wearing get wet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  560. Shelley says:

    I guess this isn’t too strange for DC, but I carry my pocket-size version of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You never know when you need to look something up and it’s even come in handy at happy hour before when a few of us were discussing something in an amendment. Well, maybe it is strange even for DC, but I like having it. : )

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  561. MissK says:

    I usually have 3-5 oatmeal pouches in my purse. I throw 1 in to eat when I get work, don’t eat it, and repeat the next day until.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  562. Marisa says:

    I bike to work, and I have a rather aggressive knife in my bag. Not for self-defense, but just because my bike backpack is the same one I use when I’m day hiking. (I also have a compass, fire-starting materials, and sunblock. It’s very ‘boy scouts’ in there.)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  563. Blair says:

    Qtips. I find they come in handy for all sorts of unexpected things.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  564. JH says:

    extra pairs of socks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  565. MAA says:

    Toilet wet wipes – one can never be too clean!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  566. TXAtty says:

    3 dog leashes. Remnant of Saturday’s vet appointments.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  567. Ashley says:

    Super glue!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  568. Victoria says:

    I don’t think I have anything especially unusual in my bags! Maybe lens cleaners? I’m obsessed with *perfectly clean* glasses, so I always have them on hand.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  569. Katie says:

    The strangest things in my purse are… *a yellow smiley-face hand puppet and disposable latex gloves*. 🙂

    The puppet’s name is Mr. Happy and he is quite skilled at diffusing stressful situations. The latex gloves…well, that’s a longer story…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  570. DF says:

    Nothing too strange, but a couple things that might seem a little random to always be carrying but that always come in handy – extra earrings, a flash drive, headphones, a couple tea bags.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  571. SD says:

    I carry a small torch, just in case!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  572. SB says:

    During the summer, I always carry deodorant – never know when I’ll need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  573. Rachel C says:

    I don’t think it’s strange, but people usually look at me funny when they discover that I keep a copy of my wedding vows in my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  574. Maureen H says:

    Another purse… I always carry around a mini purse so I can take that to lunch or on errands during the workday.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  575. elz says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag are Immunization Records. My kids have been in a few different camps this year so I started carrying copies of the records with me for registration days!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  576. adrienne says:

    a altoid smalls box full of lactaid pills. you never know when ice cream can happen, i need to be prepared because i don’t have the willpower to say no.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  577. Meaghan [for a song] says:

    truvia (I’m a splenda hater, and also a calorie hater, so this is perfect for the impromptu coffee date) and ear plugs for flights or hotel stays. Fingers and toes crossed for this one, Lo & Sons is my absolute fave.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  578. Amber B. says:

    A plastic frog!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  579. Melissa says:

    A koozie in the summer for impromptu patio happy hours!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  580. Rachel says:

    My passport! I don’t have a driver’s license and you never know when you’ll be invited to happy hour!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  581. Lisa P says:

    Dog poop bags (clean!) because you never want to be caught un-prepared.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  582. Lizzy M says:

    The strangest things I carry are Chicago screws–they hold the U-lock holster on my bike. I lost one, once, riding over some rough pavement and had to rig a solution to get home. Now I carry a spare set (although I haven’t needed them since).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  583. Jessica says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag at all times is my boss’ challenge coins. They are heavy, and TSA is not a fan of them–I have to explain their purpose every time!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  584. Jackie P. says:

    I currently have a dog leash and collar, a wine opener, 3-4 screwdrivers, and a roll of dog poop bags in my purse. I am ready for anything!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  585. Tessa says:

    Salt and pepper packets! I hate heating up a bland lunch and realizing I have no condiments.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  586. AC says:

    A razor, which I haven’t used but have in there just in case!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  587. Laura says:

    A leftover graduation party invite for my daughter, a cheat sheet on how to get rid of head lice (thanks summer camp), and paint samples.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  588. Heather says:

    I’m that person that knits on the metro (baby on the way so I have some excuse), so I have yarn and knitting needles in my purse most of the time.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  589. R says:

    Tums

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  590. M says:

    Telecom glossary.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  591. Courtney says:

    My trusty USB flash drive that has a bottle opener at the other end. Has helped me out in some clutch situations (and always is a good story)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  592. Dianne says:

    Oh wow, look how popular you are! The strangest thing I have in my handbag, currently, would be my birth certificate. I needed it for something recently and I guess I have forgotten to take it out since then. Oops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  593. Jenn says:

    I carry a travel sized hair straightener with me at all times.A girl needs to be prepared to fight the “Wavy Hair + DC Humidity” battle at all times.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  594. Laura P says:

    an extra cell phone case. its just too risky to go even a minute without one on!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  595. Camille says:

    I’m sudying for the LSAT so I am currently toting around my prep course book and about a million pens. Keep grabbing new pens, never take the old ones out

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  596. Amber says:

    clear nail polish. you never know when you will need to fix a run in your stocking or touch up your manicure.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  597. Rosanne says:

    Strangest think in my bag is my silver skinny double-wrap belt. I don’t remember when I put it in my bag but I haven’t taken it out… I, too, have transport passes from cities I’ve visited while carrying this particular bag that I probably will never use again.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  598. Amanda S. says:

    I never leave home without a corkscrew. And I’ve gotten plenty of looks because of it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  599. Erin says:

    Ear plugs. I travel a lot and they work wonders when I’m trying to sleep on a plane.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  600. Laura says:

    Wildflower seeds that fell out of a bag I recently got as a wedding favor.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  601. Jacquie says:

    A pair of my 1 year old daughter’s socks – had them in my purse for weeks before I remembered to take them out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  602. Lauryn says:

    A combination lock!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  603. Lauren says:

    I change bags regularly and usually empty out the nonessentials when I do, so I suppose the oddest thing I keep is my Hogwarts crest key ring. Even though I’m 26, I still dream that some day, my letter of acceptance will come, and when I’m having a rough day at work that little fantasy makes me smile. What’s more crazy about keeping it is that it adds even more heft to my already janitor-like key chain!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  604. Saba says:

    A wine key for long evenings at work!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  605. H. says:

    I carry a spare contact lens case, one side of which is filled with face wash and the other with face lotion. That way I’m always prepared for a mid-travel refresher, impromptu sleepover, or any other time my skin needs a quick cleanse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  606. Kristin says:

    Matchbox cars.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  607. Jen says:

    Mini toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Never leave home without them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  608. JChica says:

    My beautiful Spanish hand fan, gifted to me by cousins in Sevilla, and hand-painted with pictures of Spanish fauna. It is strange, yes, but keeps me cool in the hot DC summers (and stylish because it is beautiful).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  609. KS says:

    A small bottle of hot sauce- I decide what to order based on what it would be good on. I know, very strange.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  610. Jill says:

    A tin of caviar and a Saber (I work in a restaurant)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  611. Andrea says:

    I carry a tiny of roll of duct tape. It has come in handy more times than I can count, mostly to cover blisters and mend loose hems.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  612. Kimiko says:

    I keep a small envelope of end wraps to blot my face. (End wraps are the little papers used with perm rods.) It’s a super cheap alternative to blotting papers!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  613. Paula says:

    Not strange but I am a good breath freak. Always have 2-3 packs of gum.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  614. Rachel C says:

    A fox 40 whistle and a CPR mask- I’m a lifeguard, so when I’m off duty I just keep my lifeguard supplies in my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  615. ELD says:

    Paycheck I need to deposit! Yikes!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  616. Jan says:

    I carry a cloth napkin–hate to have to put up with cheap paper napkins at lunch or on airplanes.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  617. EHM says:

    I have an excessive amount of Tupperware in my purse – you never know when you’ll need a snack!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  618. AN says:

    I carry around the a cut off finger of a exfoliating glove! Sounds strange, but I use it to exfoliate my extremely dry lips quickly before putting on lipstick or gloss!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  619. SarahJ says:

    A DVD of the original Stepford Wives (1975).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  620. Jessica says:

    A pair of pink leopard print scissors and no less than 8 shades of lip gloss. Can’t seem to kick either habit.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  621. Maria S says:

    I carry multiple (extra) passport photos that I’ve been meaning to give to my mother for scrapbooking. You never know when you will need the worst photos of yourself at your disposal!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  622. Rachel C says:

    Fox 40 whistle and CPR mask- I keep my lifeguard supplies with me 24/7!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  623. MFL says:

    I never leave the house without extra hairbands and bobby pins!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  624. Amy says:

    What a fun read!

    The weirdest thing I have in my purse, which I guess isn’t that weird comparatively speaking, is a laser pointer. One of those things that you put in for a specific reason and then always forget to take out! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  625. M says:

    A tick remover. I have a horse and a dog. Those suckers turn up ALL the time.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  626. Adrien says:

    I carry a teeny-tiny Swiss army knife. Very handy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  627. s-fish says:

    I carry a tiny bottle of tabasco (in case my food just needs some spice!!) and a fork.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  628. Jessica says:

    A small rock. Bigger than a pebble. My 2 year old gave it to me one morning before I left for work, with a look of earnest sincerity on her face. I’ve felt compelled to carry it everyday ever since.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  629. SS says:

    A highlighter/pen duo. You never know when you might want to highlight something.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  630. Ruchita says:

    The strangest thing in my purse is probably a mini Swiss Army knife.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  631. Andrea says:

    I carry random lego pieces from my son’s legos. At this point, I can pretty much build a whole building!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  632. Amanda says:

    My passport – Was a habit from living abroad but now I like knowing I can go anywhere in the world in a moment’s notice.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  633. Pam says:

    At least one (often more) of my daughter’s soothers – a must for keeping the peace in unexpected traffic jams!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  634. jenna says:

    Socks. My feet are cold everywhere, especially on planes. And right now I’m carrying around movie gift certificates… in case I decide to duck in and see a film…?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  635. Lina M says:

    An extra paid of earrings! I always forget to put them on, so it helps to have an extra pair…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  636. Katie says:

    Lots of just-in-case items — Tums, tweezers, blister block stick…the list is endless!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  637. a.k. says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is a tin of chocolate-covered espresso beans. For emergencies only, when I can’t make it to a coffee shop!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  638. Lily says:

    Either the bag of Sport Beans in case I am stuck somewhere without food and need something desperately, or the fuschia pepper spray that unfortunately looks like a mini-vibrator

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  639. NJ says:

    A little Cinderella figurine given to me by a dear friend to remember that I can find the glass slipper of the job each day.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  640. Lauren L says:

    Peanut butter packets…I kid you not. I have a serious peanut butter problem and you never know when you may get hungry. It’s pretty embarrassing, actually.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  641. andra says:

    48239048923 bottles of antibacterial gel. 1 is clearly not enough.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  642. Asiah says:

    The strangest thing in my purse? Well it’s probably not strange, but I always have a hand written note from my Grandmother in my purse. I always keep a note from her in my purse to remind me of what’s really important!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  643. CJW says:

    Bottle opener! It comes in handy surprisingly often. This is such a great way to celebrate Belle, congrats on 5 years!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  644. Megan says:

    I usually carry some kind of extra jewelry for a work to hh transition. Often times, I can find some sort of candy bar or M&Ms in there too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  645. anon handle says:

    My bag is usually pretty clean…maybe the strangest thing is just about 6 different lipglosses?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  646. Hannah says:

    I have a container of silly putty in my purse at all times. It’s a great stress reliever!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  647. JAD says:

    6 tubes of Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Chapstick! My purse always seems to be cluttered, so I like to be able to reach in and grab to apply without rustling around each pocket or the bottom of my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  648. Kerri D says:

    Easy Mac. It’s my guilty pleasure and always makes a bad afternoon at the office better!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  649. Carolyn says:

    I carry a spare pair of earrings in case I lose one– it helps to be prepared!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  650. Margaret says:

    I have a small squirt bottle of olive oil. I bring or buy a salad for lunch everyday and loathe salad dressing. A squirt of olive oil and i’m all set!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  651. Jess says:

    A big Leatherman multi-tool. The thing weighs a ton, but you just never know when you might need something on it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  652. JS says:

    Strangest thing I carry around in my purse is definitely nasal spray- I am allergic to summer!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  653. Michelle L says:

    Strangest thing is probably my dressmaker’s measuring tape! It rolls up small, and you NEVER know when you need to take a measurement of a body part or a piece of clothing in a store (or the sweater you’re knitting!) Bonus is that it has both cm and inch measurements, so I’m always covered 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  654. Lindsay says:

    My diva cup. It’s part of my “shark week” supply kit, with tampons and pads, just in case (my period is kinda unpredictable so I always have my supplies with me). Everyone I know who knows that I have a diva cup thinks I’m crazy, but it works great for me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  655. Courtney says:

    a tapestry bag from Croatia that I keep my business cards in.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  656. Caroline says:

    My friends always call my handbag my “Mawmaw Bag” (yes, we’re from the South). I always have a notepad, pens, OTC medicine, a tide pen, etc. Hey, they may make fun of me, but I never hear any complaints when someone asks for a an extra bobbie pin!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  657. Nicole says:

    Is it weird to carry deodorant in my bag? DC summers are hot and I have a long walk to the office!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  658. D says:

    Paint and fabric swatches from my house. THat way, I know in the store, if the thing I’m looking at will match.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  659. SW says:

    The “Official Cat Butt Coin Purse and Field Guide.” I use it to store one of the 3 ipods I carry — none of which are currently working!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  660. Lea says:

    My pouch for my OTC medication and spare make up is an amenity kit pouch from United Airlines. I love to use those when flying in premium cabins internationally but can’t talk myself into letting them go to trash after the flight.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  661. Beth says:

    I think the strangest thing about my bag is the number of electronic devices. Perhaps I need to pare it down since I’m currently carrying an iPod, iPhone, Blackberry and iPad.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  662. Amy says:

    I carry a a back scratcher in my handbag. Since I can’t reach my back to apply lotion, I tend to itch right in the middle of my back. The back scratcher instantly puts me out of my misery!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  663. Ali Legros says:

    the weirdest thing in my bag now is a dog treat left over from the dog park…i should probably take that out

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  664. Amanda says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse is a protein shake for when I have to eat on the go.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  665. Liza says:

    Tweezers. You never know when a different light will uncover an errant hair!

    My mom would always take the extra breadsticks and rolls from restaurants and we would find them at the bottom of her purse, wrapped in napkins and hard as rocks a few days later. It’s a running joke in our family that mom always has bread in her purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  666. Cristina Garafola says:

    I have a 50 ruble note that a friend gave me from his trip to Russia–I’ve never been!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  667. Andrea says:

    These days it’s a casual dress – with the ballpark so close to my office, I often end up attending spur of the moment and don’t want to have to wear my formal work outfit!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  668. Amanda says:

    A spoon, and not a plastic one. I think it got thrown in there one day when I took yogurt with me to work, but I don’t know why I haven’t taken it out yet.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  669. paigeelise says:

    lots and lots of money

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  670. Gloria says:

    The strangest thing in my purse right now is probably my bandaid friction block stick and a mini tooth floss.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  671. RH says:

    Currently its a cucumber. I brought a fresh garden cucumber to eat for lunch. That was Friday and it is still there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  672. Jenna says:

    Right now the strangest thing is matches — I’m meaning to bring them to work for my desk candle, but keep forgetting!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  673. Dee says:

    The strangest item in my bag right now is an antihistamine for allergies, just in case…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  674. Amanda says:

    my anti-under eye pouch roller. just in case it was a long night! I also carry Immodium AD…just in case! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  675. kjh says:

    It’s not that strange, but I have two sets of headphones; the ones I like but are in the process of breaking and the ones I bought to replace the ones I like, but dislike how they actually sound.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  676. Beth says:

    Burt’s Bees Bug Spray. Mosquitos REALLY like me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  677. Elizabeth Cincotta says:

    The strangest thing I carry is this dainty little measuring tape that I got as part of an accessory kit during a wedding I was in. I threw it in with the rest of my “just in case” tools since I feel like during every occasional moment when I am looking for a measuring tool, I never have one. Now I do!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  678. Hillary C. says:

    Nail polish! So I can’t always keep my nails painted. Or my Bar Method socks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  679. Sarah says:

    An oyster fork! I found it rummaging through my Gran’s silverware, absentmindedly stuffed it in my bag, and haven’t removed it since! Good thing I’m prepared whether I’m tackling a dozen steamers or fending off a prowler on the street!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  680. Brenda says:

    I have an emergency kit containing gauze pads, sutures, needles, bandages and a micro flashlight!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  681. Nancy says:

    two small quartz stones given to me by my sons: one in the shape of a tear drop and the other in the shape of a star. both are precious touchstones for me as I have been travel for work a lot this past year.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  682. Erin says:

    Not weird to me, a pale Irish girl, but sunscreen! Essential.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  683. Anon says:

    Empty carton from a light bulb. I kept buying the wrong ones because I didn’t write it down………

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  684. Becca Jones says:

    Well I want to use mine as a baby bag, so I am guessing the strangest thing will be a dirty diaper looking for proper disposal!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  685. Lauren G says:

    I always keep a highlighter and post-its in my bag. I have no idea the last time I used a highlighter :/

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  686. jillian says:

    so fun! i love lo and sons. the strangest thing i carry in my everyday bag is a mini chapstick (from my dentist!) its the best freebie i have! xo

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  687. Natalie says:

    The strangest thing that I carry in my bag is a pocket-size copy of the U.S. Constitution…you never know when you will need to reference an amendment!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  688. Ally says:

    About a dozen Splenda packets in case we’re ever out at work.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  689. Emily says:

    The weirdest thing is not so weird to me but would be to a lot of other people…..diapers and wipes. My purses have all turned into diaper bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  690. Erin S says:

    Several containers of floss.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  691. Kay says:

    I am such a “mom” when it comes to stuff in my purse – Band-Aids, Advil, Tide stick, bobby pins, mini sunblock, etc. haha.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  692. Jiyoung Kang says:

    a banana

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  693. Brittany Alejo says:

    I carry a plastic bag full of tea, sugar, and creamer. I gotta have my caffeine fix everywhere I go!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  694. Kelly B says:

    My strangest thing is a Norwex enviro cloth so I can wipe things down if I need to!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  695. amber says:

    The strangest thing I have in my bag right now I guess would be Kinky Curly Custard?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  696. carisa says:

    I always wanted one of those bags!!!

    Id say the weirdest thing I carry around is excess gum wrappers/packs/3 packs. I have a whole lotta gum in my bag lol

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  697. Liz says:

    A tablet stylus, which I have never used, and I usually don’t even have a tablet with me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  698. Lauren says:

    I always carry a fork in my purse because you never know when you may need a fork. You wouldn’t believe how many times it’s come in handy. Most recently I went to see a movie with my boyfriend and stopped for takeout on the way. We sat at a public outdoor table and realized we didn’t have any forks! He didn’t, anyway. ; )

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  699. Erin says:

    Not weird (for me), but I always, always have a book with me. And I don’t mean a Kindle, but a bound, paper, book. You never know when your Metro car will sit in a tunnel for 20 minutes, when your hairstylist will double-book you, or when you need to sneak away from your desk for some personal time. And always having a book solves all those problems.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  700. Audrey says:

    A list entitled “How to be Lovely” written by my mother

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  701. Susan says:

    I carry around a bag of “just in case” necessities daily- lip gloss, Moroccanoil, blister bandaids, sleeping pills, hair clip, hand cream, concealer, tums, granola bar, small umbrella. Thankfully I love large bags.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  702. Amelia says:

    I have a bunch of toys in my purse from my younger siblings; I have no idea how they get there, but I like to think that they slip them in so I have something fun to do when I’m bored!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  703. Ingrid says:

    Cardamom seeds. I am trying to kick the gum chewing habit.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  704. Mary I. says:

    The strangest thing in my bag right now, probably my stick of Body Glide balm, it’s to prevent blisters and “chub rub”, the two worst things about summer.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  705. Lauren Cooper says:

    In my bag, I have this tiny Benefit makeup bag with all the essentials – dental floss, aspirin and tums, chapstick, mini-mascara, hair ties, mirror. I like to be prepared! Huge fan of Lo & Sons. I have been coveting the OG bag forever-perfect for carry on luggage!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  706. Patty Baragar says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is a pack of beautiful cards. I love writing handwritten notes to friends and family when I find some downtime – wherever I find myself.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  707. Kelsey says:

    I always carry my mini wine tasting notebook my sister got me in Paris… Great way to remember good wines I try at restaurants!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  708. Pilar says:

    I always seem to have a little IKEA pencil, whether or not I have been to an IKEA in recent memory. It is kind of spooky.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  709. Marie Francis says:

    I have a $2 bill with an old man’s phone number stamped on it. He orders the $2 bills from the Mint, stamps his phone number on it, then gives them out to young ladies he fancies. It’s been in my wallet for more than five years. 901 area code, in case you were wondering!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  710. diane ma says:

    I carry an extra battery charger

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  711. Mollie says:

    Dental floss, travel eating utensils, and a snack of fruit leather are probably the most unexpected things in my bag, so probably also the weirdest. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  712. Stefanie says:

    It’s not strange to me, but I guess most people would say that it is – I keep actual cloth handkerchiefs in my bags at all times. Kleenex is fine when I have a cold, but nothing beats an actual handkerchief.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  713. nicole says:

    A skipping stone. I skipped it eight times this summer (a personal record) and my seven-year-old daughter looked at me as if I was a goddess- we’d never skipped stones before. Then she insisted I swim out and find it so I did. And it’s still in my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  714. Meredith says:

    Saline nasal spray – I have had lifelong sinus problems and with the way everyone uses A/C and heat in DC, you never know when you’ll be a dry dry room.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  715. Beverly says:

    A razor. I often forget to shave my pits, and my typical work outfit is a tank top with a blazer or cardigan, which I remove if the office gets warm.

    Love the bags, hope I win!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  716. Elizabeth says:

    I always have a lint roller in my bag, and I’m not afraid to whip it out in public multiple times a day. Pet hair on black drives me crazy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  717. Ijeoma says:

    A dirty tennis ball for my dog. I never know when I’m going to need to get her attention. She’s very toy motivated.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  718. SW says:

    Golf tees

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  719. Lauren says:

    A wallet that has more mementos (my business card from my first job out of law school, a note my fiancé left on my car many years ago when we first started dating, old student IDs, school pictures of my little brothers from back when they were actually little, etc.) than functional items. I always intend to downsize to a smaller wallet, but I just can’t part with my treasures!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  720. Katie says:

    A piece of ribbon from an old gift that I thought was too pretty to throw away. Seeing as that was over a year ago, I should probably clean out my bag 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  721. Kate says:

    I take the light off my bike so it doesn’t get stolen – is that a weird thing to carry around? One time I brought a peach for a snack at work but forgot it was in my bag, and thus ended up with a very smushed peach at the end of the day….oops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  722. Susan says:

    A tiny bottle of agave syrup!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  723. Tepring says:

    It’s not all that weird, but a heavy duty flash light. It comes in handy all the time actually. Thank you, protective husband =)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  724. MX says:

    In my bag: Spandex shorts. I use my Bikeshare to get around DC, and always want to have the option to bike to/from where I’m going even if I’m wearing a skirt or dress. Bonus – Hanging on my bag: helmet. Safety first.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  725. Beth says:

    Don’t really carry anything strange, but always have advil and sudafed given my sinuses.. and always have a bunch of hair ties.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  726. Katherine Anderson says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag is a fake wedding ring that I picked up at an antique store. For those times when you just want to be alone at the bar.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  727. Guenevera says:

    My Nintendo 3DS in case I have any free moments to play Animal Crossing!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  728. Mary Krulia says:

    I think the strangest thing that I have is a baggie full of meds and cough drops. It’s massive and kind of beat up. I should get a cute little big for that stuff! Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  729. Lisa Braden says:

    A can of ravioli or bag of ramen. I would hate to starve 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  730. Margaret Kimball says:

    I always have liquid band-aid in my bag. I feel like my feet are particularly prone to blisters!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  731. Vanessa says:

    It’s a tie between an ankle brace (because I’m excessively accident-prone), a copy of my renter’s insurance policy (I just moved to a new apartment), and the charger for my extra iPhone battery. The last item is only strange because I do not seem to have the extra battery in my purse, only the charger, which is of no real use by itself!

    Congrats on five great years!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  732. Sally says:

    I carry an extra pair of earrings (plain fake pearl studs) in my bag, because from time to time I forget to put on earrings in the morning.

    I love Lo & Sons bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  733. Jessica says:

    The weirdest thing is probably that I hoard sunglasses and lipstick in my purse. Current Count: 4 pairs of sunglasses, 6 lipsticks/glosses. You never know when you’ll need a quick change! 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  734. ohraq says:

    lock de-icer… In August. Also stamps, I always get made fun of for having stamps in my purse but they have come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  735. Kristin Vick says:

    You would think my boyfriend is a small child, by the things I keep in my bag for him. Small bags of hard candy, eyes drops and nose spray. Maybe he needs his own bag… Or, just get a bigger one for me to carry more things

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  736. Kelly says:

    I usually carry a small purse inside my big purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  737. S says:

    Earplugs for when I need to work in public spaces.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  738. Lara says:

    Currently it’s a mini screwdriver that I meant to bring home from work.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  739. Laura T says:

    The strangest thing I carry is individual nail polish remover pads!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  740. Gudrun says:

    As a mom of three kids(6,3 and 4months) an xtra underware is a must.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  741. Ambriss R. says:

    I love all the answers and I think my answer is fairly boring. The strangest thing I keep in my everyday bag is my smart phone wire cord because my phone battery is horrible and I like to charge my phone at my desk.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  742. Nancy M. says:

    a million stray bobby pins!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  743. ellen says:

    i carry a million bobby pins!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  744. M says:

    Crest white strips. Never know when you’ll find an extra 30 min!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  745. Jane says:

    My bag is littered with…well…everything (including a miniature Buddha)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  746. Stella says:

    Baby wipes. I am a grandmother but have none living close to me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  747. ACD says:

    I keep a small wine bottle opener in my purse, and I think there’s another one in my car, too… you never know when it’ll come it handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  748. Sally says:

    What is the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag? Bike headlight. Never know when I’ll find myself out riding after dark unexpectedly.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  749. Faith says:

    Love, love LOVE Lo & Sons! The strangest thing in my bag right now is a tape measure – I’m in the process of moving so it comes in handy almost everyday!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  750. KC says:

    I have a roll of dog poop bags. I am never without a roll of those, and they’ve often come in handy for other things throughout my day (besides poop)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  751. Emily says:

    A lint roller… Dog hair is not a good look on a suit!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  752. Jen says:

    Black, white and silver safety pins in different sizes in case of a fashion emergency.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  753. allie says:

    a mini sewing kit. a rip, a tear, can ruin a gal’s day.

    fingers crossed!

    allie at alliewears.com

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  754. MV says:

    Floss

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  755. Emily C. says:

    The strangest thing I carry is a halogen light bulb that I’m keeping with me to match a replacement bulb. Love those bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  756. Malavika says:

    metal spoon (for my morning oatmeal, because sometimes there aren’t any plastic ones!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  757. Ellen F. says:

    I carry around tons of different medicine-both my prescriptions if I forget to take it at home, or lots of OTC things people are always asking for-cold meds, benadryl, etc. I also carry around a small dry lite towel-very small and absorbent but dries quickly.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  758. Kellye says:

    a mini-size deodorant-you just never know, right? thanks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  759. K.S.Hurley says:

    I always carry a posture and gait assessment sheet with me in my tote. I am a physical therapy student so it fell in one day after class and i have kept it there ever since and it has been surprisingly useful!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  760. Morgan Cole says:

    I carry one of those little like 2 oz. bottles of vodka in my purse, because you never know when you may want to add a little adult loveliness into a smoothie or juice drink (especially since its summer!). =)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  761. Karly says:

    I carry a usb power block…you never know when you need to charge something so I always carry it with me…no cords however.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  762. Emily says:

    a set of note cards and stamps

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  763. Kelly says:

    Thermal paste! It’s used to attach a heat-sink to the CPU in your computer so that it stays cool while running. I need to do this a lot for work, so the tube just lives in my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  764. Tiffany says:

    I have a big bag that is filled with about everything. I don’t think it’s weird because I’m always prepared for anything. I had to go through and see if I could find anything weird that I forgot about. I do have a champagne cork from a friends party. Don’t know who put it in there because it wasn’t me lol. Love your bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  765. Linda says:

    Mini-bottle of sriracha. Never know when my food will be in need of rescuing.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  766. jennifer joseph reece says:

    gummy bears for me. dog treats for the pups. three + sketchbooks for work. 🙂

    love lo&sons…beautiful AND functional bags.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  767. Queenie says:

    The key to my boyfriend’s bike lock. The bike was stolen on campus 4 years ago yet i still have the key.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  768. Jenna says:

    Gerber baby food containers, the little plastic kind are perfect to hold a small portion of almonds or bobby pins. I don’t even have a kid but I got my sister-in-law to collect a few for me.

    I’m loving this topic too. I didn’t realize all the things I have lived without in my purse. Extra set of pear earrings…genius!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  769. Kate says:

    A rubber band ball – doubles as a stress ball & emergency hair tie

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  770. kate says:

    A ziplock bag with almonds.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  771. Lauren says:

    I live in DC, but I have at least 5 passes for the subway in NYC and the L in Chicago. Most have about $2 left on them, but hey, why waste it when I know I’ll be back eventually?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  772. Jenny says:

    a toothbrush, tooth paste, and floss!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  773. Amanda says:

    I always have a stash of bandaids and blister relief materials. Running around DC in high heels creates a lot of blisters, so I’m always prepared for the worst!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  774. AVV says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse is a sheet of moleskin. That and my Band-Aid blister block are my weapons of choice against blisters.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  775. Shannon says:

    I always carry decongestant with me – sometimes I’m hit with sinus issues suddenly and it keeps me from having to make a trip to CVS when I feel terrible!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  776. L says:

    Currently, it is diapers (I have a newborn)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  777. Brooke says:

    I keep baby wipes in my purse to clean my dogs paws after the dog park.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  778. Emily says:

    I always have a list of restaurants in all different states, so no matter where I am I have somewhere cool to eat!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  779. Anastasia Mazula says:

    the strangest thing I carry in my bag everyday is floss. strange but necessary! I’ve been dreaming of owning this bag ever since I heard about Lo & Sons a year ago. Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  780. Alexandria says:

    I work at a hospital with kids so I often have a mini multicolored slinky in my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  781. Michka says:

    The weirdest thing in my bag is probably a small box of q-tips! My biggest per peeve is dirty ears! :/

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  782. Hailey says:

    I always have a pair of ballet flats and a book in my bag. I live in a big city. Never know when you’ll need them.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  783. Erica says:

    4 half used tubes of the same lip gloss – it’s a problem!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  784. Monica says:

    My kindle. It’s strange because I never read it – I can read kindle on my iphone – but I still carry it everywhere.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  785. Alexandra says:

    The contents of my purse are pretty conventional but I do find it strange that I now have to carry three to four different kinds of chargers to go with all the devices I carry with me to work and on travel.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  786. Sushu says:

    During the summer I carry extra shorts in case it gets too hot and I want to change.

    In the winter I carry an extra pair of tights to wear in case it gets too cold.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  787. JH says:

    at least 5 pens. Who needs 5 pens in their bag?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  788. mo says:

    i always have to have: “emergency” nuts for snacking, dental floss, and a usb drive.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  789. Sydney says:

    I carry a ton of things on a daily basis, but probably the strangest thing in my every day bag is my jump drive. I keep it in my purse and not my work tote.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  790. Teresa says:

    A can of diet coke, because I’m an addict!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  791. Rosemary says:

    I carry a love note my husband wrote me when we were dating.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  792. Rachel says:

    Right now, one lone Euro that I forgot to get rid of before I left Ireland.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  793. Jen Wu says:

    I carry around a post-it note in my wallet from my father. he had attached it to a book of his that he loaned to me and written: “if you [heart] this book, jen, you can keep it.” it just makes me smile.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  794. Allison says:

    Jelly Bellys…perfect sweet snack, but I will never eat more than a couple.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  795. Jen Wu says:

    I carry around a post-it note in my wallet from my father. he had attached it to a book of his that he loaned to me and written: “if you [heart] this book, jen, you can keep it.” it just makes me smile when i read it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  796. JGarcia says:

    Keys for my Mom’s house in AZ (even though I’m in DC) and every card/coupon/voucher I have b/c you just never know when you might need things 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  797. Jess | the Jess Journals says:

    I actually narrow down my daily essentials a lot – the most random thing I carry around is probably Abreva because I hate when I start feeling the beginnings of a cold sore and I’m caught without it. haha (Gross, but seriously it works so much better when you put it on immediately!)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  798. Katie says:

    Q-tips

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  799. Andrea says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag is a paper map of Wäschenbeuren, Germany. It’s the small village where my mom grew up and where I spent quite a few summers. I carry it because it makes me feel more connected to my family there and remind me of the time I’ve spent there Plus you never know when I might have to make a completely out of the blue trip (which is never, FYI)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  800. Annie says:

    I have a stick of Glide, a runner’s anti-chafe.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  801. Emily says:

    Way too many old gift cards with less than $20 on them, i always forget to use them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  802. Alysa says:

    I don’t know that this is strange, but last year I met General Martin Dempsey,Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Washington Nationals NLCS game. General Dempsey graciously gifted me with one of his challenge coins, a military tradition, and I have carried it in a small pouch in my person every single day since then.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  803. Brittni S. says:

    One can usually find some sort of citrus in my purse, usually a few clementines. Never know when you’ll need the vitamin c boost!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  804. Melanie says:

    Oil blotting sheets- DC summers are rough!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  805. Pancakes says:

    The strangest thing…

    A target from the gun range! I went shooting with my boyfriend maybe 6+ months ago, and it still is in my purse. I have a large tote bag if you can’t tell, haha.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  806. Lauren says:

    An envelope full of coupons 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  807. Katie says:

    Extra jewelry. You never know when you need to switch up your look.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  808. Lauren says:

    Love the bags. I always carry my glasses and eye drops in case my contacts dry out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  809. Claire says:

    A scarf in August! My office and the train are freezing.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  810. Holly says:

    a blackjack strategy card

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  811. min says:

    It’s not that strange, but I always have a book in my bag (even if I don’t end up looking at it for weeks. You just never know when you might get stuck on the metro or waiting for an appointment or something. Right now, it’s John Dies at the End.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  812. Milena says:

    An embarrassingly high number of lip products (like 12). I really do have a problem.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  813. Heidi B says:

    An extra long straw to drink coffee out of my thermos!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  814. Tuckergirl says:

    Honestly–a tiny, furry, yellow (fake) mouse. I have a ton of them at home because they are my cat’s favorite toy, and he loves to throw them in the air and chase after them. I guess he got a little too enthusiastic and lost one in my bag. I found it while looking for a new pen during a long, boring meeting, and it really put a smile on my face. I haven’t taken it out because it never fails to amuse me when I see it. Luckily, my cat has plenty more at home. I think my yellow mouse would look great in a Lo & Sons bag! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  815. hypoxicjd says:

    A headlamp. Because one never knows when the lights will go out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  816. Healy says:

    What isn’t in there?! But seriously I have about 7 lip glosses – I can never decide and a girl needs options!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  817. Kenzie Swanhart says:

    The strangest thing would have to be a bottle of nail polish, because I always do my nails at home. But if one ever chips I guess I’ll be prepared!

    X Kenzie

    http://www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  818. Chien Ya Joyce LAM says:

    A ResQMe car escape tool.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  819. Kate says:

    A koozie. Every bag should have one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  820. Megan says:

    Stamps! So quaint in this digital age, but whenever I need them (which is what, a few times a year? Forever stamps, indeed), I know where they are.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  821. Hannah says:

    Plastic bags have been outlawed where I live, and all stores now have to charge for paper bags, so I have a reusable nylon ChicoBag (which folds into itself) in each of my purses because I am constantly forgetting my reusable shopping bags.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  822. Courtney says:

    Old fortune cookie fortunes. Always cheer me up on a sluggish day!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  823. Aimee says:

    I always carry a bungee cord. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  824. Alicia says:

    Baseball tickets that were never used… rain delay, and work. 🙁 Also – old contact lenses… just in case.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  825. Karen says:

    Dental floss!! You never know when you’ll need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  826. jamie says:

    My bag is pretty normal, because I easily end up packing way too many things but I think on occasion the weirdest thing I’ve carried in my bag is salad dressing. Always wanted to be ready for lunch time! Thanks for this!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  827. Nichole says:

    Deodorant… DC summers are hot and humid!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  828. Sherri says:

    I have a pocket size face shield in my purse. I do home health so I always have one with me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  829. Maren says:

    Right now the strangest thing is a pair of flats for the subway commute home from work. No fun walking 10 blocks in heels!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  830. Christine says:

    I carry an empty gallon sized Ziploc bag in my everyday bag because it inevitably gets filled with something kid-related that is either leaking, sticky, or stinky. Ha!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  831. Keri says:

    Thank you cards. It’s so I don’t forget to write them! But, somehow stay in there always.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  832. Amie says:

    Mostly conventional stuff here… but I always have another bag in my bag… like a fold up grocery bag so I can stop and grab something on my way home.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  833. Nichole says:

    Deodorant… DC gets humid!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  834. Jessica says:

    I carry around an absurd amount of lists on yellow post-it notes.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  835. Katie says:

    A toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, and floss

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  836. Nicole says:

    I’m a design student so I always have a miniature x-acto knife and a scale ruler in my bag. Try getting into a smithsonian with an x-acto…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  837. Michelle says:

    I’ve had a little plastic cocktail mermaid in my bag for weeks.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  838. Deirdre says:

    Crumbs! With two kids and snacks always packed in my purse, I am always finding crumbs leftover that never seem to make their way out of the bag, despite the cleaning and shaking.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  839. Michele says:

    A hair tie. Keep in mind, I have a pixie cut.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  840. Alison says:

    Hair ties – I was always ending up at the gym without one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  841. Melissa says:

    Right now the strangest is a pacifier. The life of a mom of a fourteen month old…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  842. Kristin says:

    Strangest thing that I keep in my bag? Tweezers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  843. Chin says:

    I carry a tiny screwdriver, for eye glasses. Very useful.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  844. Kristen S. says:

    Maybe not that strange, but I am the only 20-something I know who carries around a checkbook and a book of stamps–I actually use them a lot too since most dry cleaners won’t take cards and I never have more than a couple dollars of cash on me. I also currently have 3 library books, Off! wipes, and a mini sewing kit.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  845. Kim says:

    At least five separate lip color products, even though I just wear my plain Burt’s Bees 99% of the time.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  846. Beth says:

    I honestly don’t think I carry anything weird with me everyday. But I do have a lot of “just in case things”. After reading some of these comments, I have a few things to add to my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  847. Katy J. says:

    I carry a tiny bag of mini “good luck charms” in my purse every day. My best friend gave them to me as a graduation gift, and they are itty-bitty pewter figurines of a heart, a globe, an acorn, and angel, and a peace sign. I tied them up in a green gossamer bag, and it fits in the side pocket of my purse. They are a daily reminder of how lovely life is!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  848. Naomi says:

    Little green army men, some pieces of metal and a few stones.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  849. M says:

    paper clips! Good for the office and they can store jewelry when you travel.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  850. Laurie Anne says:

    I just moved to DC from Birmingham, Alabama two days ago and have been scoping out the bags the women carry! I would love one of these! The strangest thing in my bag would be 2 key chain zipper pouches full of essential oils! You never know when you will need them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  851. Laura says:

    Tape measurer! Gotta make sure furniture will fit in the house.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  852. Felicia says:

    I carry my passport! Tales of an obsessed (and often international) traveler…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  853. Denise says:

    no matter how small the bag, I always have moleskin

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  854. Tina Martinez says:

    I always have strange items in my purse: a barbie shoe, toy cars, apples & peanut butter, etc. My toddler twins are always tossing stuff in there unbeknownst to me! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  855. Sheryl says:

    Pens from work…I put them in without thinking, then take them out, but somehow they always find their way back in.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  856. AJ says:

    A wine/bottler opener! On my keychain though, it’s actually one from a client… but great to have!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  857. Emme says:

    Little mini bottles of Tabasco!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  858. Rachel says:

    A huge plastic bin of snacks! That way I don’t get ‘hangry’ (angry due to hunger)- it’s best for everyone 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  859. Samantha says:

    Moleskin calendar with very little written in it – most of its functions were taken over by my iPhone, but I still carry it out of nostalgia.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  860. Jo says:

    I carry so many strange things, but chief among them are a lacrosse ball for rolling out my feet and a tape measure.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  861. Jennifer says:

    String cheese! It’s the perfect protein snack.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  862. Brittany says:

    I have a beer bottle cap from my sister’s graduation that I can’t bring myself to take out even when I clean my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  863. Ann says:

    always have my swim goggles and moleskine.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  864. Elise says:

    Probably a mini flashlight – just in case of a metro blackout!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  865. Elizabeth says:

    sachets of tea.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  866. Brea says:

    I keep the first collar my dog ever wore, in the inside pocket of my handbag. The sound of it jingling around in my bag reminds me of him when i’m away on business trips. Guess it’s no stranger than moms with their kid’s baby teeth in their purse right?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  867. Christina says:

    Chocolate covered espresso beans as an emergency snack before heading into long meetings!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  868. Kelly says:

    I carry the little drawings and love notes from my two kids it always puts a smile on my face when I see them while searching around my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  869. Carole Resnick says:

    my kindle,of course. And a couple of cooking magazines.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  870. Leslie says:

    Toss-up between the teething rings and the Body Glide.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  871. Krysta says:

    I only have a small cross-body purse that I’m carrying right now, so I basically only have room for the bare basics. Though, not even that really, because my wallet won’t fit in it so it’s more like the bare minimum. What’s strange in my purse right now? A half eaten granola bar that I ate part of for breakfast.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  872. NJN says:

    I carry a tube of Neosporin with me. I’m pretty clumsy and end up with cuts and bruises all over the place. (That and band-aids).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  873. Lauren says:

    Boudreaux’s Butt Paste for my baby!

    What a great giveaway! I’m obsessed with Lo & Sons but haven’t taken the leap to purchase yet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  874. Nurit Benaya says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is a Swedish-English dictionary. I’m trying to learn Swedish so whenever I have some time I try to learn new words.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  875. Claudia says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag is… a vibrator. I know, I know, totally weird! It’s small, it looks like a mascara tube, actually. I’m in my mid-twenties and still live with my parents and my mom sometimes comes into my room to borrow clothes. I just feel strange leaving it somewhere in my room, where she could possibly stumble upon it. That would be awkward, haha. So I always carry it in my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  876. Sarah M. says:

    Socks with grips on them…think hospital socks but for pure barre.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  877. Jillian says:

    A koozie and a pear 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  878. Meg says:

    Foreign coins – I should just sort out my coin purse but I like seeing them in there!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  879. Carrie says:

    Hmm I just cleaned out my purse so it’s much lighter. Most weird might be my list of books I want to get from the library, when I next make it there. Great giveaway!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  880. Savannah says:

    A shoe horn and a plastic spoon!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  881. KJ says:

    Scotch tape – for emergency lint control and other random needs

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  882. Lexi says:

    I keep random foreign currency in my wallet…in a tiny side pocket, I have a 20 Euro note, a £5 note from the Banks of England, Scotland and Ireland, a 50 Czech Koruna note, and a few others…just in case…you never know when you could be whisked away at a moments notice!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  883. Serena O. says:

    The “strangest” things I carry in my bag include: Polysporin and tea bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  884. Kylene says:

    A lego pirate mini fig that happens to look a lot like my fiance.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  885. Amy S. says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my handbag is a spare set of contacts.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  886. Kat says:

    I always have to have a bottle of water with me because I’m constantly thirsty. You can always find some used tissues in there as well…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  887. Rosemary says:

    Usually airplane peanuts

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  888. Ashley says:

    I carry around K Cups with me in my purse because while my office has Keurig machines, my favorite flavor of Starbucks coffee always seems to run out quickly.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  889. CB says:

    A checkbook! Does anyone still carry that?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  890. Trish says:

    Dramamine! I get motion sickness oh so easily!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  891. Anna says:

    Weird, but a pair of swim goggles and KT Tape…hanging out in my nice purse. Oh well, to each their own!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  892. Annabelle says:

    I have a single wool glove in there…don’t ask me why!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  893. kate says:

    a measuring tape–you never know when you’ll need to measure something!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  894. Lady Laywer says:

    I have two thumb drives in my bag. And one of them still has my application to join the Virginia Bar on it (I’ve been barred now for quite some time.) I might need the information some day!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  895. Eve says:

    A tiny spray bottle of rose water. You never know when you will need a pick-me-up!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  896. JMW says:

    I keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse at all times. I’m a freak about bad breath!

    Thanks for putting on this giveaway – I’ve been wanting one of these bags for the longest time!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  897. JSB says:

    A picture of my baby’s first ultrasound. Always makes me smile! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  898. timsy says:

    I’m not even sure whats in there besides my wallet and sunglasses… but I do know that when anyone needs ANYthing, it’s in there. AND IT’S HEAVY.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  899. Jessica D says:

    Sadly, my bag is pretty run of the mill. Nothing weird in it. Well, except maybe earplugs?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  900. Heather Hinds says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag…. not many….. Maybe business cards from all my prior positions, but none from my current one. The history of my life, in miniature…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  901. Jeannie says:

    I carry a pencil case with cartridges of ink to refill my LAMY fountain pen and a brick-like makeup bag with no less than 5 different lipstick/lip balms – but I never wear lip anything … hate leaving lipstick marks on cups and drinks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  902. Cassie H says:

    I am pretty sure there are always dog treats in my handbag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  903. Cassie H says:

    I am pretty sure there are always dog treats in my handbag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  904. Noodle says:

    Lavender scented poop bags (for the dog and they’re unused).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  905. Julie G. says:

    I carry my late grandmother’s rosary with me in my bag. Knowing that I have a piece of her with me, the beads she clutched for many years, comforts me in times of stress

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  906. Kaitlin says:

    I think my oddest thing would be my razor. Totally weird, but it’s my gym/work/library bag… so I use it at the gym shower on occasion!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  907. Charissa says:

    Vaseline. I prefer it to chapstick because it’s unscented and provides a little bit of shine.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  908. Liz says:

    I always have snacks, usually almonds.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  909. Lexy says:

    Essential oils! I have some for everything! Lemon for my water. Cinnamon for my coffee and it helps stop bug bites from itching! Peppermint to breathe in and calm me down and for sore feet from running around all day and I will put a drop of peppermint into an 8 oz. glass of water to calm an upset stomach. Also, it is a great pick me up, drop of peppermint on each wrist really gets you going! They are my little 2 ounce miracle workers!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  910. Ateka says:

    Nothing strange just the basics . I am saving strange items for strange days.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  911. parker - boardroom belles says:

    3 month old Postcards from spain to my former six year old neighbor in new york. Every time I buy stamps I cant find a mailbox and when I remember/find one I’m on to the next country where the stamps are useless.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  912. Allison Matas says:

    The strangest thing I have in my purse is a chopstick helper for when we go eat sushi. If I’m with someone that does not know how to use chopsticks, I have the solution.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  913. Gigi says:

    A leatherman (one of the bigger ones with a saw in it). I no longer live in the country, but who is to say when it may prove useful to my present suburban existence? That being said, its heavy and will likely come out of the bag soon.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  914. Nicole says:

    I don’t think it’s strange, but I always have at least 3 tubes of chapstick or lip balm in my bag! Mainly cause I never remember which bag I have them in and always carry extra.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  915. Em says:

    My bag is an endless pit at the moment. Weirdest thing is a swimsuit I need to return to Target.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  916. Tatum Lindsay says:

    Rubber bands!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  917. Kari says:

    A taco! Well, really it’s a small bag to hold chargers and cords. But it looks like an actual taco. Always makes customers laugh when I pull it out of my laptop bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  918. VT says:

    Extra splenda packets from Starbucks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  919. Katrina L says:

    I almost always have a travel size antiperspirant in my purse, especially during the summer in DC!I would rather carry it then not have it and need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  920. Alex says:

    I always carry deodorant in my bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  921. McKinzie says:

    I keep an AP Stylebook and a pair of flats in my bag. You never know when you might needto know some long-forgotten grammar rule or if you’ll go out after work on a whim after wearing heels all day. I consider both life savers! Needless to say, my bag is rarely light.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  922. Amy says:

    Toddler snacks…for me. I always raid my niece & nephew’s stash when I’m at Grandma’s (she has the good stuff 🙂 )

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  923. Laura says:

    Dental floss, always!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  924. Whitney says:

    I carry two $1 chips from Harrah’s Casino in South Lake Tahoe. My mom was the first female slot machine mechanic there (she worked summers in Tahoe to pay her way through law school in Louisiana)and the chips are now our version of family heirlooms. Can’t be without my good luck charms!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  925. Tina says:

    I keep a pill bottle with ib profen, excedrin, midol, all the essentials! And a bottle opener, you have to be prepared for all circumstances 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  926. Elizabeth says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is probably my own physical Pinterest. I’ve got clippings from magazines of things I like and want to remember.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  927. Gabrielle says:

    Bitter nail polish! It doesn’t really work but I’d like to think I’m at least trying to stop the awful habit 😉

    And happy birthday!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  928. Melanie says:

    I have a copy of my marriage certificate in my bag. Even after almost 3 years, I still find myself needing it now and then. People always think it’s bizarre that I keep it in my wallet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  929. Amanda S says:

    Veterans Affairs Handbook and Military spouse magazine. I want to my Fiance’s deployment ceremony and I still haven’t taken those out of my bottomless pit of a purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  930. Jacqueline says:

    The weirdest thing in my bag is a pouch stuffed with everything from wet naps, blush paper, chevron printed tissues, eyedrops, a spare lipbalm, and after-dinner candies from various restaurants!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  931. Sara says:

    A sock with the toe cut out–for sock buns, of course!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  932. Lauren says:

    7 different kinds of lip gloss

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  933. JP says:

    I think the strangest is the combination of 2 items: a skull and crossbones coozie (I really hate a warm beer at the bar) AND my “grandma-looking” day of the week pill pack separator for my vitamins. I feel like having both of those items at once is ironic?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  934. AnnaPC says:

    The strangest thing in my bag? Small can of Lysol . Can’t even begin to count the number of times it’s come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  935. Shaunta F. says:

    A vast collection of tea bags with Splenda and a spoon.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  936. Shira says:

    Hmmm….the strangest thing I carry? I think I carry pretty typical things in my bag! Maybe it’s strange that I always have way too much makeup on me:)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  937. Denise says:

    I carry a face mask so that I can do CPR on anyone who needs it without exposing myself to too much. I’m a nurse and you know how we are — always busy saving lives. I could use that bag as a gym/medicine bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  938. JT says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag are post it’s. They come in handy when trying to divide the bill amongst multiple credit cards.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  939. Elena Vo says:

    The strangest thing I carry with me is a ziploc bag with some chicken feed in it. Yes, my boyfriend had a chicken coup and yes, I like to feed the chicks when I’m visiting!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  940. Lisa E says:

    I carry a little coin from Austria that has a glass pig glued to it. It’s a New Year’s good luck charm I just had to buy. I don’t know if it really has been a good luck charm, but I can’t bring myself to take it out and risk it 😉

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  941. Stephanie says:

    These days, my handbag is a diaper bag, so I’ll say a pacifier.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  942. Katie B says:

    Seriously in love with my Lo & Sons TT!!! I have a lot of reactions to fragrances in soaps which means I always carry hydrocortisone ointment.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  943. Melissa says:

    The strangest thing I always carry is fashion tape. You never know when you’ll need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  944. KC says:

    I have my husband’s “Emergency Floss.” Not that dental floss is unusual, but he absolutely hates having anything stuck in his teeth and will specifically ask for his Emergency Floss.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  945. Noelle says:

    The strangest think I carry in my bag is white out. I have obsessive compulsive tendencies and find that I often want it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  946. Christy says:

    A full set of metal utensils. I usually bring my lunch and hate the waste associated with using plastic. Since my current office doesn’t have a kitchenette I just bro g the silverware back and forth for thorough washing.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  947. Leah says:

    The strangest thing that stays in my bag is a tape measurer. Sometimes I have to measure things, I suppose!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  948. Carrie says:

    Ok, this is definitely strange. I’m a pilot, and my plane doesn’t have a bathroom, so I carry a “go girl”. Google it. Never used, but just in case…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  949. Alison says:

    I carry around a super tiny tub of vaseline that my sister gave me as silly gift for my birthday. It’s actually become quite handy for a variety of things so I’m going to make sure to keep one on me from now on.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  950. Myra Falconer says:

    I think the weirdest thing I carry in my bag is snacks for my dogs. I usually just throw them in without using a ziplock bag so there are crumbs everywhere! I always get scared when I see a police dog because I think they are going to come chase me and the cops won’t believe me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  951. Stephanie says:

    A rosary. I almost forgot one for my grandmother’s vigil so now I make sure I always have one in my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  952. Carlie says:

    Rolled up yoga pants and a tank. You never know when you’re going to want to get your down dog on!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  953. MsZ says:

    Vaseline, a leftover from when my little guy was still in diapers.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  954. Marcy says:

    I carry a Swiss army knife everywhere, a gift from my dad with my initials on it. Canadian airport security once allowed me to mail it back home to myself instead of surrendering it — oops!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  955. CC says:

    A mini flashlight and plastic flags for marking documents.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  956. Teresa L. says:

    My kids are older now (elementary school), but I still carry baby wipes in my bag – comes in handy!

    Thanks for the giveaway; I would love to own an OMG bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  957. Nina says:

    Right now, I have an assortment of blow pops in my bag.m,

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  958. Maggie says:

    Zip lock bag of (now stale) angry birds graham crackers… Sometimes I need an uplifting snack.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  959. Aimee says:

    currently, i carry my bathing suit in my work bag! i have access to the pool at work. since it’s summer i’ve been meaning to spend more time swimming… so i’ve thrown a bathing suit in my bag so if i get a chance i can throw it on and go for a quick dip in the afternoons.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  960. Jillian says:

    Well, I don’t think this is weird at all, but I always have a sock-donut ready for a last minute sockbun. I also carry a travel sized bottle of baby powder- better than any dry shampoo.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  961. Rose says:

    Excessive “buy 10 get 1 free” from random places I never go back to – just in case!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  962. Lindsey says:

    Boogie wipes and butt paste…I’m hanging with the preschool crowd…also small bottle of Limeacol helps to cool you down when applied to the skin!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  963. Richele says:

    A hot pink headlamp–never leave home without it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  964. Jennifer says:

    I keep a few small seashells to remind me of my favorite beach on Kauai…it’s a smile-maker that keeps me going until my next trip there. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  965. Annie says:

    First aid kit which includes an irrigation syringe… I am really good at tripping and scraping a knee or falling off a cruiser bike on my way to work.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  966. M.S. says:

    5+ lipsticks/lipbalms… they seem to magically gather in my purse of their own free will. And baby powder as well – I agree it’s better than any dry shampoo.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  967. Nancy says:

    My knitting and ginger altoids.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  968. v says:

    A canister of film (usually 400 speed) for one of my film cameras.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  969. Agnes says:

    I carry a bag of tea leaves in a ziplock bag which isn’t a strange thing to carry around, except I’ve been told it looks like a bag of weed. Definitely need a bigger bag with more inconspicuous hiding places!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  970. Lindsey says:

    I carry around a full size tube of Aquaphor. Better than any other chapstick.

    I’ve been wanting to buy this bag for weeks! I think it will be perfect for starting law school! Thanks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  971. Carolyn says:

    A tiny bottle of hand sanitizer from Japan. At least, that’s what I think it is… the bottle is in Japanese. Never know when you need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  972. Liz says:

    My passport (as a form of ID because my drivers’ license was lost).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  973. Beth B says:

    I always have a mini deodorant b/c well, some of us sweat as opposed to “glow”, I tend to have at least three types of currency, a mini flashlight (you’d be amazed at how often the power goes out in hotels) and a key to a car that I no longer own.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  974. Cynthia W says:

    I don’t know that it’s really that weird, but I carry “fashion” tape – I’m on the smaller-busted side and shirts and dresses tend to gape on me, so I make sure that I can tape them down if needed.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  975. An says:

    I carry a nail clipper. Not sure how strange that is but I hate the feeling of a hang nail.

    Thanks,
    An

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  976. MB says:

    A small bag of dirt – it is from a holy site in the Middle East (I don’t know what to do with it so I’ve been carrying it around since a friend gave it to me.)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  977. Emily says:

    I always have sunscreen, hand sanitizer and a coffee cup protector!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  978. Patricia says:

    There are always tidbits of my grandsons’ snacks at the bottom of my bag. Goldfish, a baby carrot, random sweet crumbs…..I love those boys!!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  979. Hannah says:

    The strangest thing i carry is a flash drive- for some reason, I’m always worried I’ll need it. But I honestly don’t even know if it works anymore!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  980. Don Mar says:

    Strangest thing I carry is a stethoscope. If I don’t carry it in my main bag, I’ll probably forget to bring it into work!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  981. Peggy McDermott says:

    I have 4 sets of keys ( 2 for work , car keys & house keys). I need all 4 sets on a daily basis. I also have a bag of different flash drives ( at least 5 of them) since I am a teacher. Don’t know if the items are all that strange but maybe the numbers of them are!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  982. amanda says:

    I carry about 5 different lip glosses/ lip sticks but I don’t think that’s TOO weird!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  983. heather says:

    A mini “emergency” kit I got as a stocking stuff last Christmas (chapstick, stain remover, floss, etc) – it’s come in handy a few times!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  984. Devon says:

    I always carry a compass in my purse. I don’t have a smart phone/GPS yet, but I travel a lot in unknown cities. Whenever I’m going somewhere new, I’ll look up directions online and write them down ahead of time. But I found that when I emerge from a metro stop in a new city, I would waste a lot of time re-orienting myself. Now I can write “N on Madison, W on 37th”, etc. and always know where I’m going.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  985. Leslie V. says:

    The strangest thing in my handbag right now is a brush that resembles a “christmas tree” because I had the oddest thought of getting braces well into my adult life (not sure what i was thinking) so the christmas tree brush is used for brushing my teeth after after meal and/or snack due to my new ADULT shiny braces 🙂 SMH! lol

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  986. Jennifer says:

    a crystal my daughter gave me for good luck and a bunch of rescue remedy (oh, and an assortment of my aromatherapy oils)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  987. KP says:

    I always have my GPS with me. I have absolutely no sense of direction, so I got into the habit of keeping it with me just in case before I got my smart phone. For some reason, I can’t bring myself to take it out of my purse.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  988. Kat Harris says:

    Hey there! Love these bags!! Hmmm I don’t carry anything too strange everyday except for my canera gear is always on me so I’m always in need of a versatile camera bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  989. Kiersten says:

    I always have about 5 Burt’s Bees on me, but somehow whenever I look for them they seem to have disappeared.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  990. AC says:

    This post could not be more timely! I’m off to graduate school in a couple of weeks and I’ve been looking for the right bag to carry my laptop, books and other supplies that is the right mix of fashion and function.

    The strangest thing I have in my bag is a small soap in a dainty little gift pouch that I received as a party favor. Just in case I’m stuck somewhere and in need of a shower, I guess I’m prepared?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  991. Tara says:

    I always carry one safety pin—you wouldn’t believe how often its come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  992. Holly W says:

    The strangest thing I carry is a collection of stamps and return address labels. but not envelopes. and I pay all my bills online.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  993. paloma says:

    Not super strange, but I have kids’ socks in my purse for my two little girls, and a LOT of crumbled crayons from restaurants. ha!

    PS: I have coveted the OG bag since forever. DYING to win this!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  994. Morgan says:

    I have been lusting after an OMG forever!

    The strangest thing I carry in my work bag would have to be a dryer sheet – it’s actually really helpful for taming staticy hair or embarassing static cling with skirts/dresses (especially in tights season)!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  995. Rose says:

    Shoes. I always have shoes in my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  996. Bernie N. says:

    The strangest thing I carry is probably a set of nail clippers. I’m a nervous cuticle chewer so it comes in handy all the time. I would love to win an OMG.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  997. Jessica says:

    I always carry an extra contact case, even when I’m wearing glasses.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  998. Brandi says:

    I always carry duct tape in my purse. I plan events and you never know when it can come in handy!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  999. Sarah B. Johnson says:

    I never leave home without two sizes of blister bandaids for my feet, brown and black hair clips (one must match my shoes) and a fine point Sharpie (never know when you’ve got to make a permanent mark somewhere).

    AND these Lo and Sons bags are AMAZING! Perfect for organizing the busy life of a girl who works in the energy business trying to control energy prices for consumers 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1000. Amy says:

    I always have the keys to my parent’s house and garage even though they live 5 hrs away by plane in a different country. You never know when you could end up back at your childhood home! Stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and love it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1001. Kathleen says:

    Doggie poop bags! I keep them in all my purses for when I take my dog for walks.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1002. Katie says:

    A neon safety vest. For work. But I haven’t used it in about a year. But it never leaves!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1003. Leanna says:

    My bag has been taken over by weird since becoming a mom (I refuse to use a diaper bag) – Tupperware of baby food, spoon, bib, diapers, first aid kit, sunscreen, stuffed owl toy . . . the list goes on and on.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1004. Jenna Rink says:

    The strangest thing I carry is notes from past conferences. Right now I have notes in there from a conference I attended in February. For some reason I just never think to take them out of my purse when I’m at work!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1005. Nanette says:

    Lint roller, various OTC meds, Corkscrew, passport, toothbrush… because you just never know.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1006. Bronwyn says:

    I carry little Fossil oilcloth zip pouches inside my everyday bag. They help me keep makeup, medication, etc. accessible.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1007. Jteare says:

    I always have at least one book, at the moment it is Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Some times I have a book, nook, and another story on my phone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1008. Patricia says:

    There are always tidbits of my grandsons’ snacks at the bottom of my bag. Goldfish, a baby carrot, random sweet crumbs…..I love those boys!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1009. Melissa J says:

    The strangest thing I carry (or at least what I get the strangest looks about!) is dental floss. I always get food stuck in my teeth!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1010. Natalie says:

    I have been lusting after an OG bag for months and trying to justify buying one – I travel internationally for work quite regularly, so usually have an absurd combination of small bills in different foreign currencies. And a collection of crumpled bright blue poop bags for my pugalicious best friend, Nelson!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1011. Andrea says:

    A set of silverware though I finally switched to a reusable set made out of bamboo, which is lighter but still better for the environment 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1012. Jenny says:

    I don’t carry strange stuff usually (just the normal stuff) but for about the last month I’ve had an empty ink cartridge from my printer in my bag. I really need to drop it off at Staples ;o)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1013. S says:

    A Vicks Vapo-inhaler. I’ve got chronically stuffed up sinuses, what can I say!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1014. Sarah says:

    always, always, always at least 3 different types of protein bars. never know when i’ll be super hungry!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1015. Christy says:

    I keep a scented softener sheet in my bags, and replace them routinely. They help to keep the inside of purses and bags smelling fresh.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1016. Anita Chow says:

    Strangest thing I’m carrying now is 3 different sizes/ types of stickie notes in my bag! Maybe it’ll come in handy though!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1017. Vanessa Yanez says:

    The strangest thing I carry would be my worn ped socks. When I wear my flats sometimes by the end of my day, or middle, they seem to fall off. I hate to have them on my desk and smell so I hide them in my bag so no one knows.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1018. Mathavi says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse is a tube of hydrocortisone. You just never know when you’ll get bug bites and allergic reactions!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1019. audrey says:

    Several tiny copies of the Constitution. I grabbed some at the office one day and suppose I can’t bear to throw them away?! Anyway, congrats on five years!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1020. Kristen M says:

    Mini boxes of raisins – for my toddler.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1021. Megan says:

    I always have multiple “drink” containers in my bag, tea, coffee, water, I’m always carrying at least one of them around. And there’s usually a teabag or two for emergencies 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1022. Karen says:

    Nothing too strange necessarily, unless it’s weird that I carry an umbrella year round. And it might be a little odd that I carry a makeup bag, but never wear makeup to work!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1023. H says:

    Judging by the reaction I get on the surprisingly frequent occasions it’s needed, the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is a retractable tape measure.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1024. Erin says:

    my lucky thimble! and always a pair of flats if I get tired of wearing heels…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1025. Amber says:

    An empty drawstring bag. Never know when I’ll need an extra bag to hold something.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1026. Sara says:

    The mini-multi-tool that my father gave me for Christmas many years ago. Thanks to Dad, I’m always prepared for anything!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1027. Caroline says:

    Nothing too strange…but I have loads and loads of CVS coupons that I always think I will use, but they always expire.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1028. KB says:

    Hmm I have been trying to keep my bag light as of late but I always carry an extra pair of socks — I hate getting to the gym only to realize I’ve forgotten them which has happened one too many times.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1029. Colleen says:

    Bubbles! I have a 2 year old. Makes life happy when things get stressful. I call it happiness in a bag!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1030. Tanvi Patel says:

    An extra pair of socks- my feet get really cold!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1031. Karen says:

    A blade.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1032. wendy r. says:

    The strangest thing I carry is a travel sized container of stevia tablets! I never know when a coffee shop won’t have my sweetener of choice.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1033. jj says:

    Packets of sweet n low, very grandma-esque

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1034. Cristina says:

    One of the strangest things I carry in my bag is a kitchen timer. I’m a speech therapist so I always want to know when a session is over 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1035. Berry says:

    Small vials of: Tabasco sauce, lemon juice and maldon sea salt. I am VERY particular about my condiments 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1036. Betsy says:

    I have the toe separators from a pedicure. They are isolated in their own compartment. Now I need a bottle of polish for a pedicure on the run or perhaps just a trash can to say goodbye .

    Thanks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1037. Carlin says:

    My Mom gave me a small silver cross years ago. I always carry it in my purse, even if I switch to a bitty clutch.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1038. Brie says:

    A package of oatmeal..some days I just don’t remember to pack lunch!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1039. Sarah W says:

    I have a coin purse that I fill with all sorts of pills… Advil, Tylenol, vitamins, etc. I never leave home without it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1040. MM says:

    I usually have a few green tea bags in my purse – I have a tea addiction, and I have to be prepared for meetings where only coffee is served!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1041. Jess says:

    I still carry my broken phone, even though I have a new one. I have no idea why!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1042. Gretchen K. says:

    The strangest thing in my purse right now is a full roll of duct tape.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1043. Niki says:

    Strangest thing in my bag- probably just that I have at least two pencil cases and one sketchbook on me at all times!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1044. Mary says:

    A $2 bill that was given to me about 5 years ago.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1045. Rowena says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag is a tape measure which actually comes in handy sometimes when shopping. Thanks for the opportunity! I so covet a Lo & Sons OMG.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1046. Marianne says:

    a collapsible cup, toothbrush, and tiny toothpaste. For my preschooler:)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1047. Leigh says:

    Random bits and bobs from work equipment, I guess. For some reason, though, people always think it’s weird that I carry a multitool even though they’re not actually all that uncommon and they’re super-useful.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1048. Chi says:

    Band aids that look like a bacon strip.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1049. Kayci says:

    I carry a fork and spoon with me to work when I eat lunch in my office.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1050. Marianne says:

    A collapsible cup, toothbrush and tiny toothpaste. For my preschooler 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1051. Catherine S. says:

    A knife

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1052. jessica says:

    I think the strangest thing I carry is cotton swabs.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1053. Julie says:

    Thought I was strange for this, but apparently not. I always keep at least 2 koozies in my purse because, you know, you never know when you might have an impromptu party! I also keep cold/sinus meds in about 3 different pockets just in case I forget to replenish.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1054. Erika Zois says:

    The strangest thing that I carry in my purse is probably my sewing kit! You never know when you will lose a button or tare something.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1055. Lee says:

    fruit snacks

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1056. Kaycie says:

    People always find it odd that I carry 8 different colored pens in my purse, but I have my planner color-coded, so I really need and use them all!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1057. Meghan says:

    Four unused gift cards. One for Target, one for Sephora, one for Norstrom, and one for Paper Source. I carry them with me so I can use them when I am out shopping. Sadly, I usually forget to actually use them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1058. Tina says:

    I carry a small ziplock bag with a fabric softener. It was left in my bag since the winter season, when my hair is super staticky. Tip of the day: For staticky hair, gently rub a fabric softener on hair to stop the static.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1059. e says:

    I don’t really think I have anything that weird. Although over the summer I’ve been carrying a koozie with me!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1060. Rachel says:

    My fake ID, even though it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve needed to use it.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1061. Wanda says:

    I suppose the strangest thing I carry in my everyday bag is yesterday’s mail. I’m often too tired to look through the mail after work so I usually stuff it in my bag and tackle it the next day at work during my down time.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1062. Ashley says:

    I carry a small Darth Vader flashlight in my everyday bag. You never know when you’ll need a flashlight!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1063. Lee R says:

    Snacks! Always come in handy

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1064. Cait says:

    A jar of peanut butter and a pair of shoes. Peanut butter is my go-to snack when I’m running around town, and I’ve had a few too many experiences with shoes breaking at inconvenient times!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1065. Nathalie says:

    A CPR Mask. I am trained 1st Aid and CPR and you never know when I would need to use it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1066. Ruth says:

    I’m participating in recruitment right now for my sorority, so I have all my touch up makeup and my name tag so that I can meet potential new members! Love the bag, and Happy Birthday to Capitol Hill Style! Sending some Pi Phi love your way this month!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1067. Prague says:

    Pliers and wire rings. I make chainmail jewelry in my spare time (think knights in armor, not forwarded letters).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1068. caitlin says:

    I have a pocket mask (for CPR) in every bag I carry ever. (Yes, even an evening clutch.) You only have to be without it once to ALWAYS BE PREPARED AFTER.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1069. Kristin says:

    A wine opener and chopsticks. You never know.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1070. Kiersten says:

    This isn’t really weird but I keep everything I’d need should I get stranded somewhere overnight unexpectedly…travel face wash, face lotion, floss, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant. I got stuck at the airport overnight once and didn’t have anything as I had checked all of it. I felt so gross and decided wouldn’t happen again!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1071. A says:

    A shaving razor? You never know!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1072. jennifer says:

    I store my heart rate monitor in my purse, in case I ever want to go for a quick run!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1073. Elizabeth says:

    A pouch full of a variety of tea bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1074. Lindsay says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my bag every day – a jar of crushed red pepper flakes. Because the food I eat almost always needs a little kick.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1075. Lindsay says:

    A picture of golden retriever puppies…none of which are mine…or anyone’s I know. I just love to look at puppies, especially on stressful work days – when I’m usually delayed in an airport somewhere 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1076. Megan says:

    I always, ALWAYS have toothbrush/paste, hand cream, and band-aids (the little kid-character kind)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1077. Jamie says:

    Post-it notes of every size, shape, and color. The best ones are brightly colored and have lines.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1078. Boston Lauren says:

    Tweezers. The most amazing tool for so many of life’s problems…makeshift screwdriver, jewelry repair, zipper fix…you name it. Plus I’m prepared when I encounter harsh fluorescent lighting and realize my eyebrows are not as well-tended as I’d imagined.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1079. Leslie says:

    Semi-sweet chocolate chips. For emergencies.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1080. Callie says:

    Face wipes. At the end of the day on the subway I can never wait to get home before I just want to get all the NYC grime off of me.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1081. Morgan Y says:

    Empty gift cards and old school ID’s.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1082. raq says:

    currency from all the places my boyfriend has traveled for work and that we have been together!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1083. Sarah Ann says:

    Oh I love their bags!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1084. Kerrie says:

    I carry individually-wrapped wet wipes.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1085. Clara says:

    Bandaids

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1086. Melanie Ann says:

    My little man’s sippy cup with water … even when he’s not with me! I take it on photo shoots its the only thing I trust not to leak on my camera & gear! I’m such a weirdo) I promise I do take off the sippy cap when I take a drink) Lol

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1087. Hannah F says:

    I carry a travel size flashlight in my bag with me at all times. It’s come in handy more times than I can count!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1088. Megan says:

    a granola bar that is at least four months old. I keep thinking I will need it for an emergency lunch, but it hasn’t happened yet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1089. Megan S says:

    A wine cork- never know when you will need one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1090. Patricia says:

    A PUMA reusable bag to hold my lunch in

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1091. AttiredAttorney says:

    Trail mix! Never know when you might need a protein burst 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1092. Amy L. says:

    I carry around a stopwatch because I do psychological testing with children and need to time their responses.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1093. MM says:

    Three (!) Avon books from a teacher at my son’s daycare!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1094. NR says:

    I keep as little in my purse as possible, so probably my really old pack of Listerine pocket strips.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1095. Jess H says:

    I generally have a ton of receipts, because I’m not very good at regularly cleaning out my purse!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1096. Megan Ciarolla says:

    The strangest thing I always carry is a bottle of clear nail polish. I wear ultra sheer pantyhose to work in the summer and they snag so easily! Nail polish will stop the snag from tearing any further.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1097. Lauren Christenson says:

    Always seem to have a dog treat in my purse. I guess you never know when you’ll need it?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1098. Amanda says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my bag is a travel sized toothpaste.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1099. Laura says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse? It’s not so much the item itself, but the NUMBER of them in there – i seriously have about 50 bobby pins in there. some of them are there on purpose, but somehow i just keep collecting them. i can do about 3 high school girls’ prom hairdos, probably.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1100. Emily says:

    Nothing too strange, but ALWAYS plenty of snacks.. And of course hand sanitizer for after holding onto slimy metro poles. Ew. Thanks Belle!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1101. Yanira says:

    A Charlie (MBTA) card from when I went to school in Boston. I now live in NY, so it’s totally unnecessary but I can’t bring myself to take it out.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1102. Mountaingirl says:

    Congratulations on 5 amazing years! Thanks for including us!

    I keep a tiny compact first aid kit with things like gloves, gauze, dermabond, antiseptic, etc. It’s come in handy more times than I ever expected, and I like feeling prepared to pitch in if there’s a need!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1103. Strin012 says:

    I always have at least one Koozie with me. Also, my car insurance papers, which I keep meaning to put in my glove compartment, but have never made it there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1104. Maggie says:

    My Mason Pearson boar bristle brush – totally essential for unruly straight hair like mine. Without it, I look like a hot mess.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1105. Regina says:

    A pack of tissues in every bag, even if I’m not sick. There’s nothing worse than needing one and not having one!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1106. Rachel says:

    I carry coffee beans — samples from my friend who owns a coffee shop.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1107. Anna says:

    I carry a travel set of UBS cords – one for my ipod, kindle, phone, and camera (even when I do not have those items with me!) Also, for a while, I had a broken switch from my car door, but I finally removed that a few weeks ago (the switch has been replaced months ago).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1108. Lonni says:

    This is the best giveaway! The strangest thing I carry is a mini stapler, tape and hole puncher kit. You nver know when you need something punched and stapled!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1109. Sharyn says:

    An umbrella, 365 days a year. (What is wrong with DC?, asks the Californian.) Also a fabric swatch of our couch material.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1110. Shehla says:

    I have the camera lens cover for a small camera I lost a year ago — not ready to throw it out yet!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1111. Ellen says:

    I always carry a tape measure in my purse! People like to poke fun, but I’ve used it more times than I can count.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1112. Elizabeth says:

    A pen light – you never know when you might need to hunt around in the dark for something!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1113. Michelle Fleer says:

    I carry two wallets; one is my daily one, one can hold my iPhone, ID and credit card if if I don’t want to drag my purse in somewhere.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1114. Em says:

    The note my boyfriend sent with flowers on Valentine’s Day when I was living in Germany and we were dating long distance.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1115. Candis says:

    Nothing unusual in my bag, but in my wallet I have a 2000 pesos note from Colombia and a 20 pesos note from the Dominican Republic. I have never traveled to either.

    I like to pull them out when mentioning payment for a task that none of my friends would like to do, i.e. “I will give you 20 pesos right now if you . . . “

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1116. Donniell says:

    I still have a 3 year old fandango gift card in my wallet that my mother, er, Santa put in my stocking for Christmas a few years back. I so rarely plan ahead for a movie, enough ahead to book online, that I just haven’t used it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1117. Allisonp says:

    I keep a presentation clicker, laser pointer and a corded mouse…. They all have similar function, but i feel they serve unique purposes…. Kind of like ereader, smartphone, ipod…all similar, but serve unique situations better….

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1118. Abby says:

    I carry small packets of manuka honey — I’m always ready for a cup of tea 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1119. Violette says:

    A pill splitter and red bull. I have to have caffeine and i cant swallow pills whole.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1120. Cathy says:

    The strangest thing that I carry in my bag is a bag of elastics from my husband’s orthodontist.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1121. Emily says:

    I usually have any number of wine corks in my work (court!) bag. I collect them in a giant jar in my dining room, so I stick them in my work bag whenever I go to happy hour. Sorry, judge!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1122. Katie Hall says:

    Hi Belle,

    I came across your blog about 3 months ago and I am addicted, love it!! So, what is the strangest thing I carry in my bag? Well, 3-4 days of the week, the strangest thing in my bag is an extra pair of Prestige Medical nurse compression knee-high socks.
    I am a RN, I work long 12-16 hour shifts and in effort to take good care of my feet and legs, keep circulation flowing, prevent varicose veins and back/leg/foot pain, I change my foot wear mid shift.

    Katie

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1123. Vanessa says:

    I just looked in my bag….and the strangest thing in it is definitely a tuning fork!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1124. MNS says:

    Business cards from 2 jobs ago – don’t need them in my current job but they have some of the correct info on them.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1125. Erin says:

    I always have a ton of mail stuffed into my bag. It’s such a bad habit!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1126. Dee says:

    A small compact mirror that has a lucholibre on the back side!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1127. Liz Hill says:

    Loose leaf tea 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1128. Abby says:

    Currently the strangest thing in my bag is a Cards Against Humanity expansion deck. Just in case?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1129. Sarah says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my everyday bag is individual packets of peanut butter.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1130. Ashley E. says:

    No strange to me but I keep a lint brush in my work bag and it never fails but people are usually surprised/shocked that I keep one handy.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1131. Olivia says:

    A random koozie always makes it way into my bag.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1132. Deanna says:

    About fifty million different chapsticks… it’s an obsession!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1133. allison says:

    I always carry mouth wash with me

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1134. Wendy T says:

    Lately it’s been a pair of children’s scissors from a crafting session with my niece.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1135. Whitney says:

    A totally old school paper planner. What can I say? I remember things better if I write them down! This officially makes me a dinosaur 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1136. Anne says:

    too many receipts!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1137. Shanycole says:

    Hair extensions…Happy Bday!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1138. Megan P. says:

    The strangest thing I have in my purse is a small headlamp. You never know when you are to need to shine some light in a dark place!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1139. Emily says:

    I carry a glue stick around in case I find anything I new to glue in my sketchbook.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1140. Hannah says:

    A book. Or more likely. books–you never know when you’ll need to pass the time. My essential criteria for purses include capacity for at least one book.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1141. Erica says:

    Odd items always in my purse are my husband’s wallet and phone. One day I’ll really draw the line and have him carry them himself, but he does return the favor when I’m pocket and purse-less.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1142. Emily W. says:

    A ball with nubs on it to roll under my foot to try and help my plantar fasciitis. And too many pens.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1143. Babycakes says:

    A faux rose petal from my brother’s wedding last summer, my 5 yr old nephew scooped it up and gave it “just for me”. So sweet, he’ll be a heartbreaker! I keep it in my wallet to make me smile during my stressful days

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1144. Michelle Z says:

    I carry Tazo Passion Tea because I love to drink it every day and it is delicious.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1145. Caterina says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is…. Fuji Mini Instax polaroid camera for catching amazing moments! It’s not all that mini and is bright blue plastic so it looks strange when I am rummaging around my purse for things! …add in a nintendo DS with the game Brain Age to keep me sharp. 🙂 LOVE THIS GIVE AWAY. Have been eyeing these bags for so long. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1146. Kim M. says:

    A copy of my dad’s water bill. I’m a student, so I still use my parents’ house as my permanent address. However, my parents moved while I was away at school, so I had to go update my license with a proof of residence on my recent trip home.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1147. Heather says:

    I frequently carry a stethoscope (for work). Not strange to me but maybe to someone?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1148. Sarah says:

    Sometimes I carry Chalulu, but all the time I carry band aid foot blister protector. That stuff is a miracle worker.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1149. Sofia says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my bag…Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (liquid 2oz bottle)! You never know when you need some soap because the public restroom’s out or if you forgot your toothpaste for a weekend getaway. It’s pretty magical.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1150. EGR says:

    A Stanley 6 foot tape measure. I can’t help it I am a furniture shopaholic…..

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1151. Mish says:

    Plastic forks and spoons. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten ready to eat my yogurt at work and had to hike to the cafeteria.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1152. DK says:

    I always carry (and refer to) my pocket-sized tip guide/chart that I received from a Yelp event many years ago. It has given me good advice such as, how much do you tip your dry cleaner? “No tip, but if they remove that wine stain from your favorite Marc Jacobs dress, drop off some flowers or a bottle of wine.”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1153. Anita says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my bag is lab notebook. I guess it’s not weird if you’re an engineer like me, but for most people, I guess it’s a bit weird.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1154. Kay says:

    The weirdest thing I carry in my bag is currency from other countries. I have a bill from Israel, coins from South America and a one dollar coin.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1155. KM says:

    A “safety pen” because I go to the jails because I am a Public Defender and well….

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1156. JW says:

    Perhaps this isn’t all that weird, but I always carry a book of forever stamps — you never know when you’ll need to send something by snail mail, I guess!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1157. JD says:

    I carry an insect catcher from PETA. Little lizards get in my office at work and I try to catch them to set them free. It usually doesn’t work.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1158. Mary Y. says:

    I’m not sure this is too strange, but I carry dental floss. Nothing worse than knowing there’s something in your teeth and having to leave it there.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1159. Amelia says:

    Duct tape – it comes in handy!!!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1160. Lindsey says:

    Multiple pairs of dr. Scholl’s foot petals.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1161. Tiffany says:

    my best friends and i work abroad, travel a lot and always bring back little good luck trinkets that i wind up keeping in my purse. So in my everyday bag, I keep a shell found from the Irish coast, a string Ghanaian belly beads, and a little carved and painted wooden elephant from Sri Lanka!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1162. Elyse A. says:

    Crystalized ginger in an old prescription drug container. I used to feel incredibly sick to my stomach on a regular basis in law school and ginger helps or is so potent that it is a sufficient distraction. I am little worried that it might get mistaken for crack.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1163. LAG says:

    I usually have a pair of cotton or nitrile gloves in my purse. I work in a museum, and I constantly forget I have gloves in my pocket and find them on my walk to catch the bus on the way home. Into my purse they go!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1164. Onehsancare says:

    A pepper grinder. I know I will always be able to get salt, so I will me happy with any salad.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1165. Alissa says:

    Crayons. You never know when you might need to distract or entertain a kid (or someone’s inner child) while out and about.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1166. Lindsay says:

    I bring my gym bag with me every day to work, and that’s got kinesiotape in it to help with my knees feel achy from running.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1167. Tammy says:

    A blue Sharpie pen and an orange Sharpie. Blue is for normal writing (I hate black ink) and the orange is for when I need to stand out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1168. Jenna says:

    I carry all of my medications, a mini toothbrush, my passport, dry hairspray, and a pair of clean underwear with me at all times (as well as other daily necessities like face/baby wipes, a full make up kit, phone charger, and my Filofax). My parents, as well as all of my other family and friends live far away and have done for over a decade so I learned a long time ago that you never know when you’re going to have to get on a plane immediately.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1169. Caroline says:

    I always carry a bottle of nail polish– never know when you’ll need a touch up!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1170. Carlie says:

    Currently the thing that would be classified as the strangest item would be a Tide stick. There have definitely been items that have surpassed that though in the past!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1171. Jen says:

    Half a bar of chocolate – only weird because it normally would be either in the desk or at home, not carried.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1172. Shikha says:

    I carry a model human skull these days! I’m in my 2nd year of medical school, and I’m trying to re-learn the anatomy of the head! How’s that for weird?

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1173. Lissa says:

    I keep a pair of grippy socks in my purse for Pilates class. This way I won’t ever forget them.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1174. Allyson says:

    I carry a ton of stuff on a daily basis to work, probably the oddest thing is a pair of ear plugs. Have come in handy in the oddest moments!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1175. Sarah says:

    My lucky rock! I’ve been lugging it around for years. 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1176. Alison says:

    Tea bags for a nice cup of black tea at anytime. And a variety of foreign currency.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1177. Lesliejeannene says:

    I have a plastic dinosaur in my purse from my table serving days. Now he takes pictures out and about and is a running joke with friends and family.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1178. Jenna Deason says:

    A tape measure – so I can always justify that an item on sale is the perfect size for where I plan to use it! 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1179. Christina says:

    I’m not sure how weird it is, but I always get odd glances when I take out my mini-manicure set. You never know when you’ll need a quick clip or file!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1180. Jennifer says:

    The strangest thing I carry in my purse is my gum collection. At any given time I have at least 6 different flavors of gum. I don’t know how it happens, but every time I go into a supermarket, convenience store, or drugstore I feel the need to grab yet another pack!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1181. Victoria says:

    A packet of instant cinnamon raisin oatmeal, which is a stupid snack to carry because I carry neither the bowl/mug nor the spoon I would need to eat it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1182. laura says:

    Multiple transit cards, for the same system. That way I can always find one when I need it!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1183. Colleen says:

    A bottle opener so I can try local brews while on the road. (I travel nearly every week)

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1184. Meredith says:

    Slide advancer/clicker and flip chart markers. I’m always conducting training and I always keep these in my bag so I don’t forget them!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1185. Elsa says:

    A set of broken keys from an old apartment. They kept breaking in the winters and I just never took them off my keychain…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1186. Diana says:

    a shark tooth! it was my grandmother’s, and my father gave it to when i was young to remind me that it’s an eat or be eaten world.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1187. Kate says:

    Nothing unusual today, but I did once find the cordless phone from my apartment in my work bag after arriving at the office (thanks to my helpful tabby cat).

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1188. Jillian says:

    Power plant-grade dispoasable earplugs… for noisy hotels, crying babies on planes and general annoyingly loud situations/people.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1189. Kristiina says:

    Strangest thing: my 7 year old’s shorts (used to size new shorts somindidn’t have to drag him shopping). Congrats on the 5 years!!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1190. Allie says:

    Body Glide! Blister prevention at its best.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1191. SK says:

    A calculator! Because it looks so much more official than the garbage one on your cell phone.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1192. Sarah says:

    A tuning fork! I’m a singer and I can’t tell you how many times it has come in handy to give pitches at rehearsals….just a little strange otherwise 🙂

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1193. Layne says:

    I have a stick of deodorant in my purse, car and desk drawer. It may be overboard but I am always prepared.

    Thanks for your hard work and congratulations on the success of the blog!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1194. Diana says:

    The strangest things I carry in my bag are letters from my grandmother. I periodically forget they’re there, then “rediscover” them. It’s lovely to reread them.

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  1195. LA says:

    I also carry a mini pharmacy in my bag, including tissues, bandaids, and alcohol wipes. The alcohol wipes, like stronger wet wipes, can sanitize cuts, broken blisters, insect bites, and hands before eating outdoors.
    Thanks for the giveaway & happy 5th!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1196. ellabella says:

    I always carry a notepad from Muji that is pre-printed with lines and checkboxes for making endless to-do lists. Nothing more satisfying than checking off completed tasks!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1197. Christina M says:

    This is weird, but I carry a star pointer (high powered laser light) in my everyday purse in the summer. You never know when you’ll be out with your guy or friends under a perfectly clear night sky and want to do some stargazing. It sounds weird, but I promise, it’s fun to use and really entertaining. Plus, it shows my spontaneous side!

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  1198. A says:

    It’s not especially weird, but I’d go with a Tide pen. It’s so useful, but people are always really surprised when it’s needed and I just whip it out :). I’ve seen those pens completely remove red wine on multiple occasions!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I always lust over these bags when you mention them.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1199. LucyDG says:

    A yellow mango – I am obsessed.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1200. Meg says:

    My favorite fortune I’ve ever gotten from a fortune cookie: “Be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds.”

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1201. Jessica says:

    I’m guilty of carrying an extra pair of panties. Why? I have no idea.

    And thanks for 5 years of great advice. Your posts are the highlight of my day.

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1202. ty says:

    I just cleaned out my purse, so the strangest thing is probably a spiral notebook! With a pen clipped to the ring. Because it’s still easier to take notes on paper…

    Thanks for the giveaway! And happy birthday CHS!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1203. Khadija says:

    A breastpump! I have a new baby (four months old) and this bag is perfect for more space!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1204. GR says:

    Currently, the strangest thing in my bag is an old mobile phone. I don’t use it any more, but I haven’t yet had the time to research where to recycle it…

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1205. Alex says:

    The strangest thing in my purse is probably a wooden clothespin – I received it as a souvenir on a winery tour, and it was too cute to throw out!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1206. K says:

    I carry metro cards to cities that I don’t live in. I’m afraid that if I take them out of my wallet, I’ll forget to bring them when I travel!

    August 6, 2013/Reply
  1207. sallyannie says:

    Tea bags 🙂

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1208. Katie says:

    A padlock. It actually has come in handy on more than one occasion, but it’s heavy and I should probably take it out.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1209. Rachel says:

    Floss. My dentist gave me a talking to!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1210. Sharon says:

    Hm… I don’t carry anything particularly strange in my purse, but I do always keep a roll of flavored Mentos (not the plain minty kind) with me? I have a tendency to skip breakfast and occasionally forget about lunch, and I’ve definitely had moments when I’m out and about and my sugar levels get so low that I’m close to passing out. The candy keeps me going until I can finish up what I’m doing and stop at the nearest place that sells a decent meal.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1211. Lauren says:

    At the moment, probably a small cantalope. I’ve been bringing them to work for breakfast and they’re far less likely to smush than a peach. But usually it’s my current knitting project, which always gets stares and/or leads to conversations with strangers.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1212. Ainsley says:

    Colored pencils! Probably wouldn’t be weird if I were a mom, but at least I’m a teacher so I have an excuse?

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1213. Claire says:

    I typically just have the basics, but maybe a highlighter? You never know when you need to mark something important!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1214. Joanne says:

    Nose decongester. Stick that puppy in your nostril, sniff, and stuffy nose no more!!! A necessary for someone with allergies and a cold problem.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1215. Mel says:

    A years-old fortune cookie fortune reading: “We must always have old memories and young hopes.”

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1216. Casey T. says:

    The weirdest thing in my every day bag has got to be my ridiculous collection of iPhone cases. I usually have 2 in there in addition to the one that’s currently on my phone! I just get so ADD about my cover, and change it every couple of days.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1217. Laura says:

    I always carry a ‘mom bag’ in my purse that has some make up, first aid stuff, and emergency supplies (even though I’m not a mom). Within that, the weirdest thing is a packet of oil absorbing sheets that have got to be going on ten years old and that I probably haven’t used in about that length of time. Now that I think about it…I’m going to go remove those right now.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1218. Ellie says:

    I have those little toy plastic cars and a deflated mini-beach ball in my purse. What can I say? I’m an amazing aunt. 🙂

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1219. Brandi says:

    I’ve been obsessed with the Catalina bag and trying to find an excuse to get it for myself. One thing I’m always finding is rolls of doggy poop bags, but it’s also something I never seem to have when I need it most!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1220. Madeline Jane says:

    I often carry Old Bat spice in my purse. What can I say I love it!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1221. Mel says:

    I’ve got some tweezers in my purse 🙂

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1222. Linda says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is a bra converter.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1223. Ashleigh says:

    A book of poems.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1224. Susan O. says:

    I carry a lock in every bag I carry. You never know when you’ll need one!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1225. Sam says:

    I always carry a tiny keychain of Clinique sunscreen – you never know when you’ll be outside and need to apply high-quality, breakout free sunscreen to your face!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1226. Ann says:

    The strangest thing in my bag is my red moleskin brand planner. I’m so old school I never went digital with my calendar or to do lists. Congrats Belle and CHS!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1227. Jennifer Lin says:

    I always carry condiments with me–packages of ketchup, mustard, red chili flakes.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1228. Jen says:

    Currently, I carry a small purse wristlet so there’s not much in it! The oddest thing is a loose key for an apartment in a different city. In my glory days of behemoth bags (which I may be returning to soon), I kept a tiny office supply container that I got during law school that held a tiny stapler, a tiny highlighter, and a tiny tape dispenser. I adored it!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1229. Anya says:

    A little ketchup packet! Imagine if I have to eat eggs without ketchup…

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1230. Kate says:

    Usually there is some type of nerf dart in my bag, left over from one of the nerf gun wars we have at work. What can I say, I work with man-children.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1231. Kate says:

    I carry my sweet, decrepit dog’s heart pills. He comes to work with me and needs his meds!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1232. Alex says:

    Prunes. They don’t go off or squash or require any attention at all but they kill both sudden onset hunger and sugar cravings and keep you on the road, without succumbing to junk food.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1233. EAC says:

    A ziplock bag filled with Trevia packets. Only a few places carry stevia sweetners.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1234. Lindsey Smith says:

    The strangest things in my bag are baby things. Baby spoon, baby food, formula, toys, etc. These wouldn’t be weird if I was a mom! I babysit my nephew quite a lot though and it’s nice to be prepared.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1235. Shella says:

    The strangest thing I carry around everyday is my Ikea Family card. I live in a place that has a bus to Ikea every 30 mins, so you never know when you need some cheap wine glasses or new curtains.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1236. Alison Thomson says:

    I carry my nail clippers/file/nail polish. Who know’s why?! I always keep them on hand for some odd reason!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1237. Renee says:

    Nothing too strange here, but I always keep a couple of extra “foot petals”/shoe cushions in my bag.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1238. Steph says:

    A pacifier pouch to hold my business cards and Internet air card!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1239. Mel says:

    Right now I’ve taken to carrying an old school paper fan. It’s so hot and it helps keep my makeup from melting.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1240. April says:

    My latest needlepoint project. Thanks for the chance

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1241. Amy W. says:

    I carry a soccer stress ball. It’s come in handy more than once!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1242. Katie says:

    I am a teacher and I always have random toys for kiddos in my bag– from playdoh to toy cars– I never know when I’ll need to pull out a trusty old toy!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1243. Kay says:

    my emergency quarter

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1244. Kirstin says:

    I have a key ring with three key sonic. Not that weird until I admit that I have no idea what the keys are for.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1245. Jen Chase says:

    …My father’s license. I carry it in a small bag in my everyday bag. It’s going to sound silly but in 2011 he dropped from an undetected brain tumor and since then he hasn’t been able to drive. He’s happily still with us but sadly won’t drive again. Looking at his shining, happy face makes me smile when I remember what he used to look like and thankful for many loving memories.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1246. Marissa says:

    Hankerchief! Still useful.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1247. ACS says:

    Even though I have a smartphone, I always carry a little notebook to jot down lists and ideas.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1248. minnie says:

    A 5 lb battery charger for my iPhone. Weighs my bag down but I will be prepared if I ever find myself spontaneously camping.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1249. Kristina says:

    A miniature lint roller that I bought at JoAnne Fabrics; I learned the hard way that I don’t always know what the cat has rubbed up against until after I’ve walked out the door!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1250. Karin says:

    I had to really think about this. I try to leave my purse/wallet pretty sparse, save for the typical items. I guess the weirdest thing I carry around daily is currency for other countries (currently its dollars, euros and pounds). I don’t travel nearly often enough to for this to make sense, but I can’t seem to bring myself to remove the extra bills…just in case.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1251. Elizabeth says:

    Great question! I have two: A piece of ribbon from the opening day ceremony of a clinic I volunteered at in El Salvador and a ticket to see Condoleezza Rice speak.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1252. Erica says:

    A tiny bottle of Off. These DC Mosquitos are no joke!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1253. Jessica Rubin says:

    I have a pouch where I keep some medicine and my tide stick which I never leave home without, but the strangest item in my little emergency care kit is probably After bite. But hey it’s summertime and those bugs seem to like me a lot!!!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1254. rosalovesdc says:

    A pair of very old and sad looking pair of prescription eyeglasses. Let me explain: many years ago, I lost a contact while walking home. I am pretty blind without my glasses/contacts, so I loosing a contact was not good. I had to cross a very busy street and I couldn’t see very well despite having one contact. It was a nightmare so for that reason I always carry this super old pair of eyeglasses just in case this ever happens to me again. It hasn’t happened, yet…

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1255. Andrea says:

    I carry dental floss for post-car ride meals for my 1+ hour commute to NYC every day.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1256. Myf says:

    I always keep rubber bands in the bottom of my purse–they end up getting used for all sorts of things!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1257. Suzanne says:

    Plastic ziploc bags – you never know when one may come in handy.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1258. Chris says:

    I think it started during the gel pen fad, except I never stopped using them. Even now, I have at least 5-10 different colors of gel pens in my bag at any given time. The most, I probably had half of my clutch filled with pens! My wallet barely fit!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1259. Tiffany McAllister says:

    A fortune cookie fortune that I opened the first week I started working in my career, it reads “he who climbs a ladder must begin at the first step”. I’ve carried it ever since.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1260. Colleen says:

    Poop bags for my Westie.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1261. Elise says:

    A fountain pen. It’s not weird, but no one else seems to have one these days.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1262. Jamie says:

    A Taiwanese coin for good luck and a tupperware full of oatmeal!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1263. MG says:

    dantal floss in case I need to replace my shoe laces

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1264. Gina says:

    Underwear. Because you never know.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1265. Sarah says:

    Deodorant because it comes in handy during the hot summer months.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1266. Natalie says:

    A green marble from a children’s charity camp I volunteered at last summer. I keep it there to remind me of that experience!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1267. Karin says:

    I also carry tea bags in the brand I like. The strangest thing though would be knitting safety pins. I have them in every bag I use, knitting and non kitting bag just in case.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1268. aec says:

    The foam padding that comes on dry cleaner hangers. It’s really good for removing deododerant stains.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1269. Linnea says:

    I carry Noni Leaf Serum in my purse at all times. If I get a mosquito bite I swell up really bad (am mildly allergic) and it’s the only thing I’ve found that helps!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1270. Liana says:

    Probably not strange in other offices, but I carry a lunchbox with me every day and in my office, that is pretty strange. Most people go out to eat for lunch. But I try to stick with a sandwich, granola bar, yogurt, and other healthy snacks that are better for my bank account and waistline.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1271. Kate says:

    About 5 pairs of earrings. I’m always rushing out the door in the morning, so it’s nice to have some options on hand!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1272. Meghan says:

    A mini flashlight–I’ve been stuck up several flights of stairs when the power fails too many times!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1273. MB says:

    Hotel key cards from all the hotels I have stayed at in the past two months– I travel for work so they add up.

    One of these bags would be perfect for keeping me organized while I’m on the go!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1274. Sam says:

    Strangest things in my purse are about five shades of lipstick that I rarely wear but always want to have on hand “just in case.”

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1275. Skye says:

    I keep my purse clutter-free, but my wallet is full of foreign currency and odds and ends from trips I’ve taken. The most unusual thing I have in there is probably my Hungarian student bus pass from June 2006.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1276. Amy says:

    I carry poop bags for my pup. That’s probably not all that weird, but it does get a little embarrassing when I have to rummage around in my purse one falls out.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1277. Anna says:

    I recently found one poker chip left over from a law school event in the pocket of my purse.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1278. Lauren Strapp says:

    Maybe it’s the southern girl in me, but I always keep my utility knife in my wallet. People think its weird until they need a wine bottle opener or screw driver and I have it handy.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1279. Allison says:

    I always have a single dryer sheet in my bag. It’s good for sudden static attacks on hair and clothes, particularly in winter. It can also be used to rub out certain stains, depending on the stain and the fabric.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1280. Tiffany says:

    The strangest thing I carry right now — prenatal vitamins. I’m 36 weeks pregnant, and my husband, son and I are currently couch surfing between my parents and in-laws houses while we try to fix up our house. It’s a big project and we’ve got about 4 more months of it!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1281. Caitlin says:

    Happy birthday CapHillStyle!

    I have a mini hoard of plastic drink stoppers from Starbucks. I always think I might find myself in need of one, even though that would be when I’m IN Starbucks and can grab another. And so the hoarding continues …

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1282. Natasha says:

    A small batch of toy trains. For emergency five-year-old-boy entertainment situations (when my son is around, there are plenty).

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1283. Colleen says:

    I work full-time, but I’m still breastfeeding my 10 month old daughter, so I have a variety of breast pump accessories in my everyday bag.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1284. Andrea says:

    Nothing too strange, but I do keep a playing card in my purse to use as a bookmark.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1285. Sheri says:

    Thanks for getting me to inventory my bag to see what it actually holds. Most of the stuff in there seems fairly standard, but I did discover a full size container of floss taking up a surprising amount of space.

    LOVE the blog: thanks for all of your hard work and great advice!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1286. Lauren says:

    My purse is pretty conventional, but I do always keep an armband for my iPhone. You should always be ready to squeeze in a workout or a run!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1287. Emily says:

    Hm. I just switched bags today so this new one is a bit bare. But, I do have a spare cough drop in there, on the off chance I develop a sore throat out and about that needs some immediate tending to.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1288. Melissa says:

    A scarf (cold office!) and a sample size bag of cat food.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1289. Nikki at Bedazzles After Dark says:

    The strangest thing I carry in all my bags is a small box with all my giftcards in it. I have so many random ones like Crate & Barrel, Trader Joe’s, DSW and more. You never know when you might get a shoe craving or need a new set of glasses! 🙂
    xoxo,
    Nikki at http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1290. Jess says:

    The strangest thing in my bag? Two dry erase markers. I work in a school, which might make it only slightly less strange.

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1291. Sarah says:

    I always have band aids with me at all times in case I get blisters!

    August 7, 2013/Reply
  1292. JAG says:

    The strangest thing I carry is a pouch with lots of foreign currency (sadly, all small bills!). I travel a lot for work, and being able to buy a cup of coffee wherever I am makes it worth carrying around the extras.

    August 7, 2013