Lo&Sons Back to School Giveaway

Aug 26, 2015

Snip20150825_10Lugging books, a laptop, and all of my essentials to school gets exhausting.  When I need to lighten the load on my shoulders, my Lo&Sons OMG is the only bag for me.  Made of a durable, lightweight nylon, the OMG has all the pockets you need to ensure you never leave home without the things you need.

When I was still packing the 15″ Macbook, this Brookline tote was my go to bag.  And if you’re headed for the beach, or looking for a relaxed weekender, this Catalina is a must have.

Lo&Sons is currently having an end-of-season sale that offers 20-25%-off most of their wares.  So if you’ve been putting off buying a stylish school, work, or travel bag, now is the time.

To celebrate a return to school (as if such a thing was worth celebrating), Lo&Sons is hosting a giveaway. The lucky winner can choose the bag of her choice from their wide selection of stylish wares.  To enter, leave a comment discussing the one thing you always have to have in your bag.  And don’t forget to use your real e-mail address!  The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Lo&Sons.  Several years ago, they gave me a free Brookline.  Then, as a law school gift, they gave me my OMG.  They have never paid me for my endorsement.  I feature them here because I love the bags and think they’re the perfect lightweight bag for women whose professional commitments make them feel like pack mules.  All opinions are my own.


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  1. SS says:

    Tinted lip balm in a rich red or purple, my current fave is Maybelline Baby Lips

  2. Laura says:


  3. Sarah says:

    doTerra peppermints and tata harper lip and cheek tint

  4. Tif says:

    I always need to have something to read (library books, magazines, etc). And because I like hard copies, I always need the space in my bag! LOVE Lo&Sons and the blog.

  5. Suzanne says:

    I need two – chapstick and sunglasses

  6. Tess says:


  7. Brittany says:

    I always have a good travel-sized lotion in my bag. Useful all the time, but especially needed during the Wisconsin winters!

  8. SD says:

    I always carry a piece of fruit or other healthy portable snack in my bag, just in case. It’s come in handy during traffic jams and meetings that run long.

  9. RTK says:

    I always need to have my moisturizer and chapstick!

  10. Katelyn says:

    I love my OG bag! I always have spray deodorant in it (it is a gym bag for me).

  11. Amy Bridge says:

    Lip balm and my Kindle Fire are my must haves in my bag!

  12. KC says:

    My phone charger and an energy bar!

  13. Kim says:

    Wallet, cellphone, and a pen.

  14. Lesley says:

    Rosebud Salve! The best lip balm I’ve ever tried and a true essential.

  15. Stephanie S. says:


  16. Eleni says:


  17. Alicia says:

    My pretty polka dot business card holder, stocked with cards.

  18. JS says:

    I always, always, always need to carry a little tube of Aquaphor with me. Great for lips and other dry parts. I stash them everywhere!

  19. Sarah says:

    I always have my day planner and a mini aquaphor tin for my lips

  20. Ashlee says:

    Wallet, android, blackberry, prescription sunglasses

  21. Laura says:

    I never leave home without my Burt’s Bee’s lip balm!

  22. Mica says:

    I always keep my Kindle in my bag. Always

  23. Dinnie says:

    ALWAYS have my kindle with me. You never know when there will be some unplanned downtime and a chance to work through the backlog of books I have saved on there!

  24. Mandy says:

    I always have my sunglasses and burts bees

  25. LR says:

    Aquaphor, as originally demanded by my mom during a brutal Buffalo winter but makes for a perfect lip polish, moisturizer for dry hands/ankles, and even as a quick shine for my black pumps!!

  26. erin sawicki says:

    always have burts bees chapstick!

  27. Katie says:

    I ALWAYS have lip balm!

  28. KS says:

    Besides wallet and cell phone, Burts Bees lip balm. Nothing else compares!

  29. Ali says:

    Always have to have my day planner and chapstick.

  30. Sara says:

    I’ve seen women use these on the DC Metro, and I have to wonder why. They seem incredibly bulky and unfit to squeeze easily between people on crowded trains when there is a lot of flow with people entering and exiting seats, aisles, and the trains. I’ve seen the bags get caught up with moving crowds because they’re so large or the person carrying them doesn’t realize it’s polite to put your large bag in your free hand and not keep it hooked to your arm when trains are crowded. Frankly, I don’t want to be that woman who can’t leave home for 8-10 hours without toting a boulder around, so I won’t be using mine for commuting reasons. All of that said, they are better suited for travel. Or for women who live in wide open spaces.

    • m says:

      How else would you suggest that commuters carry their gym clothes, laptops, etc?

    • N.P. says:

      Sara, while I appreciate your desire to rid the metro of extraneous baggage, I urge you to consider dumping your own. Many women ‘tote boulders’ around because we have jobs that require us to use (and transport) laptops, files, tablets, and other paperwork. I, personally, pack a lunch every day and that takes up some room in my boulder as well. Do I wish that I could leave my house every morning in a pocket-less sundress, arms and hands free as birds? Yes, of course! But since I’m a normal person, I have to carry some stuff around with me. (Unless, of course, you succeed in your campaign to rid the Metro of bags of all kinds, which is the only resolution I can see working for you.)

    • Anna says:

      They’re awesome for travel, but I mostly use mine as a gym bag. It has a shoe pocket on the side where I can put my sweaty clothes and it looks way more professional than a duffel. After too many awkward evenings staffing my boss at receptions while toting my old gym bag, I took the plunge on this.

  31. H says:

    Pilot G2 Pens

  32. Maria says:

    Chapstick and hand sanitizer. Always.

  33. Aleena says:

    I always have Burts Bees lipgloss!

  34. LHW says:

    I always needs my phone charger (wall and car), pen, paper and computer charger when I travel. I also need my earbuds, I have been addicted to books on tape lately especially when I am traveling for work.

  35. Sara B says:

    Sunglasses and a small pouch to catch odds and ends!

  36. Amanda says:

    Sunglasses. I always have a pair – even if they are cheap ones. Comes in handy when I forget to grab the good pair from my car, etc. and find myself in the sun.

  37. Meg March says:

    Kindle. Sunglasses. Burt’s Bees chapstick.

  38. Amanda H says:

    Since getting Lasik, I have to go with sunglasses!

  39. Melanie Zoeller says:

    Sunglasses and hand sanitizer!

  40. Laura says:

    Multiple notebooks…and multiple chapsticks!

  41. Ayla says:

    I bring a water bottle and notepad pretty much everywhere I go!

  42. L says:

    A book to read on the metro!

  43. KMM says:

    I absolutely have to have my phone and Burts Bees pomegranate chapstick!

  44. Erica says:

    Hand sanitizer is a must!

  45. VEM says:


  46. Kate says:

    Planner and phone charger…a long day always requires a mid-day power boost!

  47. E says:

    I wish this weren’t the case, but it’s my phone charger. The threat of a dead cell phone is pathetically terrifying…

  48. Leslie says:

    Books! And the usual phone/wallet/keys/lip balm.

  49. Sarah says:

    Sunglasses and phone!

  50. M says:

    I always have to have my planner- I still write everything down by hand!

  51. Ray says:

    Headphones for podcasts!

  52. Sarah says:

    Lip gloss. And hand wipes for my toddler.

  53. J says:

    I always have a small umbrella in my tote bags.

  54. Stephanie says:


  55. kelsey says:

    headphones, hand lotion, and a small notebook- just in case

  56. S says:

    Band-aids! Because I can live without lip balm for a day, but when I need a band-aid, I need one RIGHT NOW.

  57. Kat says:

    I always have post-its! you never know when you need to jot something down, either for yourself or someone else.

  58. Abby says:

    I always have a nail file.

  59. Katie says:

    Definitely need my Burts Bees lip balm!

  60. Elizabeth says:

    My Periea Handbag Organizer that keeps my bobby pins, lip gloss, and other small essentials organized and easy to find!

  61. Alex says:

    Sunglasses and my Revlon just bitten lip balm.

  62. Elizabeth says:


  63. Liz says:


  64. Jenn S says:

    I always have my sunglasses and a phone charger!

  65. Jane says:

    Lip balm!

  66. Paige says:

    Sunglasses, pen and a notebook. Something about crossing off to do lists on paper is much more satisfying than on my phone.

  67. Sarah says:

    My keys! And as a lawyer who goes to court constantly, without my calendar, I’d be lost.

  68. Jess says:

    I always have a lip balm and a pen. One I am addicted to, the other you just never know when it’ll come in handy.

  69. D says:

    My wallet, cell phone, and keys.

  70. txatty says:

    La Mer lip balm. And advil.

  71. lindsey says:

    I always have a book for the metro commute, concealer, and water. These bags are on my wishlist, I have heard they hold up so well!

  72. Brittany C says:

    I always have a small pouch with any cosmetics I want to carry that day and sunglasses in my bag!

  73. Kay says:

    My phone and allergy meds!

  74. Meggie says:

    Always, always a backup phone charger.

  75. Belen says:

    Sunglasses & Rosebud salve!

  76. GB says:

    sunglasses and a pen

  77. Megan says:

    Lip balm! Sometimes two.

  78. Linh says:

    I always have: my cell phone, a snack (almond joy, sour patch kids), eyeliner and probably headphones

  79. Kate says:


  80. Kayleigh says:

    Maybelline baby lips and a phone charger are my must haves

  81. Sarah says:

    Always carry a small umbrella. Just in case!

  82. Roon says:

    Always have to have in my bag … wallet & gum!

  83. Maya says:

    My Burts Bees chapstick and a legal pad.

  84. Kristen says:

    I always have jelly belly’s in my bag! Popping in a few jelly beans during my commute on the train brightens my day 🙂

  85. Chelsea says:

    Chapstick. And if we’re being honest, at least 4 different kinds.

  86. Kris says:

    Refillable water bottle – got to stay hydrated!

  87. Kyra says:

    My Burt Bees chapstick. Can’t go anywhere without it!

  88. Jennifer says:

    Lately, it feels like my computer is always with me. But I normally have snacks, a water bottle, hairties/pins, phone charger, and lip balm. Plus wallet, phone, keys, normal stuff.

  89. Katie says:

    I love my Lo and Sons bag! I always have phone/wallet/keys/more keys.

  90. Caroline says:

    Oh, goodness. Choosing one thing out of dozens? I can’t go anywhere without some lip color for fear of disappointing my mother, even cities away, by leaving the house without “some color.” Lately I’ve been reaching for either a peachy-pink or a red YSL glossy stain—stays for ages, bright without overpowering my whole face, not drying.

  91. Anne says:

    A tide to go pen! Coffee is and isn’t my friend.

  92. Ada says:

    In addition to phone/wallet/keys, I feel naked and lost if I don’t have sunglasses, a few spare hair ties, and an iPhone charger with me at all times. Absolutely critical to my sanity…

  93. Meghan says:

    An extra pair of contacts, just in case!

  94. Diane says:

    My phone. I (literally) never leave home without it.

  95. Britt says:

    I always need to have chapstick + a water bottle. I know a Lo & Sons bag can hold those essentials and much much more! Thanks for bringing great giveaways to your readers!

  96. JennR says:

    Always carry my planner and a notebook to jot down ideas!

  97. Amy says:

    There are so many things that are must haves in my bag, but if I have to pick one it’s chapstick! Working full time and being in grad school part time requires a versatile, but stylish bag 🙂

  98. KM says:

    I always have my phone, wallet, water bottle and a sweater.

  99. RR says:

    Yes!! I always keep an umbrella, and am happy to have it on hand at least once a week!

  100. Shannon says:

    As a Californian, always polarized sunglasses!

  101. Sof says:

    I can’t leave home without a book. The prospect of getting stuck waiting for the metro without something to read makes me panic!

  102. Chloe says:

    A lip product – be it Born Lippy from Body Shop, Burt’s Bees (tinted or grapefruit flavored..), a colored chubby stick from Clinique or my almost-gone-but-can’t-quite-admit-it-yet Estee Lauder neutral lipstick. Even if I don’t need one, the second I find out I *don’t* have a lip product on me I immediately look for the nearest place to purchase a Chapstick…

  103. Tina says:

    Lip balm and altoids!

  104. Amy W. says:

    I always keep a phone charger. You inevitably always need it!

  105. Sara says:

    iPhone 6, old-school planner, and a little hairbrush! Those are my go-to’s (besides the obvious wallet/IDs!).

  106. Nicole says:

    A headphone splitter! My husband and I use public transportation to run errands or visit friends, and it’s nice to be able to catch up on podcasts together or show each other new music we’ve found.

  107. Allie says:

    I always have my sunnies, and my ipad.

  108. Nicole D says:

    I always have a phone power block and hand sanitizer.

  109. Kathryn says:

    An umbrella (for unpredictable New Hampshire weather), my badge to get into the office, and my laptop!

  110. Hilary says:

    Backup phone charger, lip balm and water (and sometimes a snack)!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway, your blog has been instrumental in teaching me how to dress professionally as I’m a recent graduate. I can’t imagine the difficulties of running a blog full time AND law school but somehow you manage! 🙂

  111. Gina says:

    I’m never without a small notebook and pen to jot down ideas, grocery lists or to-do lists. Love Lo&Sons, and love your blog!

  112. Christine says:

    Let’s be realistic here. I pretty much only need my wallet and my phone. I’ve gone without my wallet sometimes if I put my credit cards directly in my bag.

  113. Robin says:

    Wallet, keys, phone, headphones!

  114. Sharon says:

    I’ve always got my wallet, Chapstick, and mints in my purse.

  115. Annabelle says:

    Something to read and a bottle of water!

  116. Alex says:

    Sunglasses. No matter what. No matter what time of day or night.

  117. Emily H says:

    I always have a small tube of good-quality sunscreen. Despite teasing from friends when I whip it out, it has come in handy and saved my skin on so many occasions!

  118. Meaghan says:

    I always have sunglasses in my bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  119. Rachel G. says:

    My cell phone charger (usually just the wire, but sometimes the usb-to-wall as well). I’m lost without it!

  120. Caroline says:

    Cherry chapstick and, recently, baby wipes!

  121. Melissa says:

    My headphones, business cards, phone charger and a pen

  122. Gretchen Trese says:

    Chapstick, umbrella & my headphones!

  123. Keiko says:

    My phone charger and antibacterial wipes.

  124. e says:

    While my boyfriend frequently complains that no matter which bag I choose, or how big it is, it never contains a pen, I would say my bags ALWAYS contain a type of lip balm.

  125. Flan says:

    Ibuprofen, peppermints and safety pins! I’m always surprised by how often they come in handy.

  126. Danielle says:

    Keys!! Everything else I’ve forgotten at one time or another!

  127. Katie B says:

    I have the TT from Lo & Sons and LOVE it! As someone who is constantly jumping from client site to client site to office, the TT is perfect for carrying everything I need without being bulky or too heavy.

    I always have several tubes of lipstick with me. Currently obsessing with Clinique’s Black Honey!

  128. Emily says:

    lip balm and my phone!

  129. Katherine says:

    I always have to have a key ring so 1)I don’t leave my keys everywhere 2)easy to retrieve when I am at the door. Small detail but totally important.

  130. Brittany says:

    I always have my sugar lip gloss!

  131. Mathavi says:

    I always keep a tube of Burt’s Bees chapstick as well as bandages!

  132. Meg says:

    Always have to have my lip balm and phone!

  133. Leslie says:

    I always have my iPad and an umbrella.

  134. Holly S says:

    I have to have my planner, hand lotion, and some sort of lip product with me at all times!

  135. Katie says:

    My car keys, which include my Marquette University keychain! (Ring out ahoya.)

  136. jen hensley says:

    Notebook and writing implement, preferably a really sharp Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. I LOVE PENCILS.

  137. A says:

    I always have my moleskine for note-taking, letter-writing, and list-keeping. Once I felt it out of my bag and actually skipped my office hours to go home and make sure it wasn’t lost.

  138. MB says:

    A pen and paper!

  139. Winnie says:

    I always have hand lotion and a hanger prevention snack!

  140. Elizabeth T says:

    I always have to have a deck of cards! You never know when you’re going to need to kill some time

  141. Ellen says:

    This might make me sound strange, but I always have pain reliever of some kind in my bag. There is nothing worse than being at work and suddenly having a headache that keeps me from being productive.

  142. caryn says:

    Sunglasses! Always, always, always!

  143. Beth says:

    Kleenex and lip gloss or chapstick.

  144. A says:

    This feels embarrassing for no good reason, but hairspray! Deflated curly hair is a sure sign that it’s late in the day, and I feel like it makes me look tired.

  145. N.P. says:

    Mega Melon chubby lipstick from Clinique. It’s been a favorite since they included it in the free gift bag a couple of years ago, but on the night of my rehearsal dinner I needed lipstick and my mom handed me hers. It’s been in my bag ever since.

  146. Jamie says:

    800 MG bottle of ibuprofen, chapstick and an energy bar!

  147. Pressley says:

    Contact solution! No worse feeling than dry eyes or a not-quite-sitting-right contact.

  148. Famouscait says:

    My Softlips chapstick! I don’t leave home without it.

  149. Carlie says:

    Never leave home without my sunglasses in my bag!

  150. Trezlen says:

    I always have to have my chapstick.

  151. Amanda B. says:

    My keys/metro card — can’t get anywhere without them!

  152. Risa says:

    As a student, a data manager and a caretaker to a grade schooler, I always have a pack of tissues in my bag for the occasional runny nose, scrapped knee, or chewing gum before class.

  153. CG says:

    A wallet with all my important cards, emergency cash, stamps and passport photos of me. Because one never knows when you might suddenly get in the mood to write a letter or apply for a travel visa to some exotic place 🙂

  154. Clara says:

    Epi pens thanks to a deadly bee allergy!

  155. Rachel P says:

    Chapstick, hand sanitzer, my acid reflux pills (ugh) and multiple to-do lists

  156. Julia says:

    I always have to have my Burt’s Bees lipbalm in my bag!

  157. Rachel says:

    Dental floss! You never know when you might need it. And my EpiPen.

  158. Karli says:

    Lip balm. I have chronically dry lips.:(

  159. Kristin says:

    I always have my sunglasses! And chapstick!

  160. Tanvi says:

    Love my old Lo & Sons OMG bag. I always have sunglasses and hand cream in bag.

  161. Caitlin says:

    Eyeliner… always seem to need a touchup.

  162. Maggie says:

    My earbuds to listen to podcasts and news on my long walking commute

  163. jess korn says:

    chapstick and sunglasses!

  164. Emily says:

    I always have a book in my purse. I tried the kindle route and it just didn’t compare 🙂

  165. Kris says:

    Whatever my current crafty project is. Knitting, crocheting and cross stitch keep me sane on public transit.

  166. Heather says:

    Headphones, lip balm, phone charger, pen.

  167. Virginia says:

    A corkscrew. Yes, I am that person

  168. Megan says:

    I always have a snack of some kind in my bag. A bag of nuts, granola bar, piece of fruit, etc. I am so afraid of being hungry and having no option for a quick snack.

  169. Louisa says:

    I always have a few dollars in cash on me- you never know when an emergency might pop up. and of course mascara.

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  171. Rebecca says:

    I always have my water bottle with me! Some say you should drink half your weight in ounces per day, though I do hot yoga and definitely drink more than that. For me, being well hydrated makes everything better – better skin, better digestion, less mindless eating because I feel hungry (you’re probably actually thirsty) and fewer headaches!

  172. Emily says:

    My wallet and Fresh Sugar Lip Balm.

  173. Krista says:

    Typically I have at least 10 lipsticks in my purse at all times.

  174. Lindsay F says:

    Baby wipes… I travel a lot for work and you would not believe how handy they are!

  175. Leiann says:

    Hair ties and Tylenol!

  176. suiitcaase says:

    Since I travel for work, my bag is basically my desk. I always have my water bottle and my chargers!

  177. Dena says:

    Lip balm and a pen!

  178. Kara says:

    I always keep a perfume roller-ball in my bag — right now it’s Harvey Prince’s Hello!

  179. Hilary says:

    Smith’s rosebud balm and my Cath Kidston planner are always in my OG.

  180. SP says:

    Neutrogena lip gloss with SPF 20. I have two adorable freckles on my lips, but I don’t need any additional sun damage.

  181. Julianne says:

    Work laptop, heels for the day, and a water bottle that hopefully doesn’t spill!

  182. Eleasha says:

    Lip balm, a hair elastic and ibuprofen!

  183. Holly says:

    I always have a book in my purse; the thought of being stuck somewhere without one is horrifying!

  184. Maggie says:

    I have an OMG and my keys are always attached to the leash. I’ve been locked out of too many apartments.

    I’ve got my eye on the pearl, even without the leash!

  185. Lindsay says:

    Always: wallet, something for my lips, phone. Usually: headphones, book, gym clothes/change of shoes.

  186. Bryce says:

    Law school books! I’m currently in my 2L year and always lugging around 5-8 pound casebooks. The OMG would be such a stylish way to show up to class while supporting my laptop, books, and keys.

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  188. S. Fischer says:

    A sweater (yes, even in summer–to combat the winter of office buildings)! And hair ties…

  189. megan says:

    I always have a moleskine notebook and a pen in my bag!

  190. Sharona says:

    Hand sanitizing wipes and my laptop!!

  191. Mary says:

    Pens! So many pens, in all different colors!

  192. Kelly says:

    It’s hard to narrow to one thing, but I think it would have to be chapstick. When I someone manage to lose the one in my purse, it bothers me ALL DAY LONG.

  193. Lexi says:

    I always have my laptop and sunglasses in my bag!

  194. Rebecca says:

    I always need to have a spare hairband!

  195. Bria says:

    A book! (Or my Nook on occasion)

  196. Kate says:

    Something to read, wallet, and a phone. Done

  197. Rebecca says:

    I always try to have a pair of sunglasses with me! This bag would be great for keeping them safe!

  198. sarah says:

    chapstick, gum and headphones!

  199. Alison says:

    Fresh Lip Treatment in Rose and NARS The Multiple in Palm Beach – because I always seem to need a touch up before the day is over!

  200. Brooke says:

    I always have a book and my Kindle!

  201. j says:

    My phone!

  202. Meredith says:

    Bobby pins!

  203. Allison says:

    Burt’s Bees chapstick…usually more than one!

  204. E says:

    Pen, work ID, Halls (for sinus headaches and sore throats!).

  205. Lourdes says:

    I always carry lipstick. About 2-3 options!

  206. Savannah says:

    I always have my little “emergency” kit of supplies I might need during my long commute (tissues, hand sanitizer, Aleve etc)!

  207. Lisa H. says:

    I always carry a pen to sign receipts at a restaurant and tinted lip balm to make myself look a little more put together.

  208. Beth says:

    Oversized sunglasses (no matter what season, weather, or time of day), a journal/pen, and one of those post-it notepads for reminders.

  209. Emily S says:

    Lip balm and a tape measure because I like moisturized lips and I’m an interior designer.

  210. Ashley B. says:

    I always keep hand sanitizer in my bag.

  211. MCA says:

    Lip balm, my phone, and my keys!

  212. Lisa says:

    Bicycle u-lock, sunglasses

  213. Emily says:

    I have a little pouch of “essentials” (chapstick, hand sanitizer, band-aids…) that travels from purse to purse with me.

  214. DC says:

    I always need my wallet, phone, keys, and lip balm. Of course, I never seem to be able to pare it down to having quite that little in my bag…

  215. Aria says:

    I always have something to read. Usually a real book and an e-reader!

  216. Nadine says:

    I carry a backpack right now, and always have my passion planner in it.

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  218. katie c. says:

    Tampons, always. If you don’t need them, you’ll run into someone who does.

  219. elizabeth says:

    Can’t go anywhere without my phone (which has a wallet case with my ID and debit card) and lip balm.

  220. Whitney says:

    Wallet, cell phone, keys – and a travel pack of tissues.

  221. Judy says:

    Laptop, planner, and various files from the office. And, just in case, snacks for the kids.

  222. Lisa says:

    I have gotten in the habit of carrying an extra battery pack with me everywhere, because my cell phone is constantly in use and it drains my battery. My office is really strict about use of USB cables, so I can’t even plug into the computer to charge!

    I also religiously carry reusable shopping bags, the kind that fold up really small. I was raised in a household with a bin of crumpled target bags under the sink and can’t bear to toss them out, but who needs a thousand plastic grocery sacks? I’d rather save everyone the trouble and carry my own (which, bonus, I can carry on my shoulder instead of digging into my hand while schlepping heavy groceries home).

  223. Maria says:

    EOS Sweet Mint lip balm!

  224. carolyn says:

    I always have my sunglasses!!

  225. Jill says:

    My planner. I can’t keep track of my life without it!

  226. Abi says:

    I love my OMG. I always carry chap-stick and a spare ponytail holder. With the two of those, I can face anything!

  227. Ellen says:

    I have to have my phone and a pull-up, in case my 2 year old has an accident.

  228. Ann S says:

    Bobby pins! Gotta keep a stash because I will inevitably lose the ones I started the day with.

  229. Meg says:

    chapstick! I have a bunch that I just leave in different bags, so I never have to remember it.

  230. Annie says:

    Dog bags and sunglasses.

  231. Lindsay says:

    I always have Advil and AT LEAST 4 kinds of lip gloss. A girl needs options- ha!

  232. Ashley says:

    I travel internationally frequently for work, so my bag is always ready for takeoff with my passport, Day Designer planner and wet wipes to ward off germs on the plane!

  233. Kristen says:

    Hard to pick just one! I guess for my top pick, I have to go with lip balm. I’m addicted to it.

  234. adrienne says:

    burts bees lipbalm!

    but really it’s my “go kit” which is a small makeup bag with the following: hair ties, lip balm, bandaids, advil, mirror, nail file, nail clipper, tampons, tissues, and lotion.

  235. Elle says:

    An umbrella. Because any time I don’t have it, that is when it rains.

  236. emily says:

    my cell phone! and pump supplies to feed my 7 month old : )

  237. Sara says:

    Pepper spray! And ironically, eye drops.

  238. Annie Aleman says:

    I always need my Black Honey lipstick in my bag.

  239. Amy says:

    Lip gloss and a Sharpie (it’s one of those crazy things that you never know when you’ll need 🙂 ).

  240. Kristen says:

    I always have a pen – just in case I need to write a note!

  241. CBD says:

    Chapstick and Sunnies!

  242. e__ says:

    lip balm, eye drops, and a compact.

  243. Lacey says:

    Lip balm and mints. I’m always reaching for both.

  244. Alexandra says:

    Sunglasses, snacks, headphones, and lipstick!

  245. Emily R. says:

    An umbrella! Living in DC you never know what is going to happen with the weather.

  246. Katie says:

    I always need something to put on my lips– whether it’s lip balm or lipstick!

  247. CLS says:

    Gosh – this is a toss up. I always carry a phone charger or extra battery and hand creme. I’m not sure I could go with either any day – My hands are ALWAYS dry (too much hand washing), and my battery always seems to be low at the key moment I need it. So, It would be a toss up between those two. (This bag would be PERFECT to carry both – LOVE IT!)

  248. J says:

    Chapstick. Always.

  249. Andrea says:

    One thing I have to have in my bag (i.e. inside it): a journal. Oscar Wilde wrote, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

    One thing I have to have in my bag (i.e. what makes a GREAT bag): Handles that don’t fray/fall apart with use. I always check the seams, the material, and the stitching on the handles. The strap makes or breaks a put-together look!

  250. JNick says:

    A little bottle of Advil and my Starbucks Gold card–God’s gifts to the 70+ hour work week.

  251. Meghan says:

    I have what my friends term “the mom bag” with all sorts of supplies for myriad scenarios. I have to say the thing that always turns out handier than expected is Shout wipes. Can really save the day.

  252. Hannah says:

    Must have chapstick and lotion to keep everything baby soft!

  253. lonni says:

    I always have sunglasses!

  254. Meredith says:

    I love taking pictures so you will always find my DSLR and more importantly my selfie stick in my purse. You never know when the opportunity will arise to take a good selfie! 🙂

  255. Leah says:

    Tinted chapstick and concealer for quick touch ups.

  256. Kate says:

    A good book and snacks for when I’m hangry of course!

  257. Joy says:

    Purple moleskin notebook!

  258. Mary says:

    Mints, concealer and ten tubes of lipstick. I never go anywhere without makeup.

  259. Ms. C says:

    Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm and my business card case. Speaking of the latter, I’m in the market for a new one and would love some suggestions!

  260. Valerie says:

    My car share card and a small concealer stick!

  261. RJ says:

    Chapstick and mobile phone charger

  262. Erin says:

    Cardholder. Only bad things can happen if that’s missing.

  263. LCris says:

    Mini Kleenex package and Tylenol.

  264. Kathryn says:

    I’m a law student too, so enough space for my Macbook is an absolute necessity! Plus my Moleskine day planner, AKA organization lifeline. Love the blog!

  265. Heather says:

    I always have to have some chapstick. Whether its Burt’s Bees or EOS, I have to have it for my chapped lips!

  266. Peri says:

    My Cocoa Butter chapstick. It looks like a glue stick but I’ll always find it in the clutter of my purse.

  267. M.E. says:

    Dr Pepper chapstick and ear buds.

  268. Sarah says:

    Phone charger and/or battery backup. I’m lost without my phone.

  269. MissMaple says:

    Engineer here…I always have a calculator 🙂

  270. Jennifer Peters says:

    I always have my sunglasses and lip balm!

  271. Jes says:

    A nail file!

  272. Jenn says:

    Ever since I started wearing bright lipstick more often, I always carry a small compact mirror in my purse to check for lipstick migration.

  273. Kelsey says:

    I always carry my pocket-book Constitution (nerd), sunglasses and Korres Mango Lip Butter.

  274. Hayley says:

    I always have a snack or two in my bag to keep the hangry at bay!

  275. Sam says:

    I always have a book! You never know when you might be able to get in a chapter or two.

  276. Abby says:

    I always, always have a million hair ties at the bottom of my bag. Humid DC summers will do that to you.

  277. Louise says:

    Earplugs, sunglasses, and sunscreen everywhere I go!

  278. Sam says:

    I always carry sunglasses and a small umbrella. I am prepared for whatever weather.

  279. Morgan says:

    Shout Wipes!

  280. Elise says:

    I always have a pen and paper in my bag! Weirdo habit in the age when I can just take a note on my phone.

  281. SNP says:

    A credit card!

  282. Charlotte says:

    A book! Usually checked out from the public library. On the bus/metro or waiting for a friend, I’d always rather read a couple pages than just waste time on my phone.

  283. E says:

    Cell phone with extra charger, wallet, bobby pins, H20 bottle!

  284. Maddie says:

    Oil blotting sheets (my skin can look greasy by the end of the day!)

    Also.. headphones, Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm

  285. Carol says:

    A pen, a crossword puzzle, and a cloth to wipe my glasses!

  286. Valerie says:

    My earbuds. I go crazy if I end up having to commute back home without music.

  287. J says:

    On my way back to college after my first Thanksgiving break, my mom gave me a $20 bill “just in case something happens.” It’s been in the bottom of all my purses ever since.

  288. Sandra says:

    Lip Balm and lotion!

  289. Olivia says:

    Extra packets of Splenda, just in case!

  290. Kris says:

    My planner is a must have! I know most people have embraced technology for keeping organized but I prefer to keep it old school with a small weekly planner. It helps to keep everything (work, school, volunteer work) straight and is always on me.

  291. D says:

    Project 7 tres leches cake gum. So good!

  292. Cait says:

    Sunglasses! Why is it that whenever I don’t have them, I end up having to spend half my day outside in the sun?

  293. Carolyn says:

    My mini hair comb and classic strawberry Chapstick! (great moisture, tiniest tint of pinky-red)

  294. Megan R. says:

    A Tide pen, always. Even the cutest, best-accessorized outfit goes to waste if I drop lunch on it (which I always do).

  295. Shelley says:

    A small notebook and pen to keep my life organized. I can make to-do lists and jot down thoughts whenever and wherever I want.

  296. Anna says:

    Bobby pins. I always leave a few in every purse.

  297. Chelsay says:

    Pain killer and some sort of lip product. If the need for either arises and I don’t have it, I am essentially useless.

  298. KV says:

    hair tyes – I work out!

  299. Melissa says:

    I always have a tube of Burt’s Bees chapstick in my bag.

  300. Lisa says:

    I always have a reusable lint brush in my purse.

  301. Kristen says:

    Headphones, iPhone charger, bobby pins, and lip balm.

  302. Kay says:

    My fancy engraved business card holder for professional moments and band-aids for unprofessional ones. I also seem to be collecting a full deck of metro cards.

  303. Julia says:

    An umbrella and a bag full of lip gloss. Oh! and a koozie (or two).

  304. Celeste says:

    I always have a good book, a notebook and pen, a bright lipstick, lip balm, and hair ties. (On top of the usual – wallet, keys, phone.)

  305. C says:

    Lip balm and my Starbucks card…

  306. Lisa says:

    I always carry an EOS lip balm with me! Otherwise I immediately start panicking about dry lips.

  307. MM says:

    I always have my business card holder and about 17 lipsticks. I never know which one will match my mood, so I bring a ton!

  308. whitney says:

    Always a back up battery charger!

  309. National_Anthem says:

    Extra battery pack for my cell phone.

  310. DANIELLE says:


  311. SR says:

    My keys! I forget them ALL the time

  312. Annie B says:

    A pen and a notebook. Never know when you are going to need to write something down! And my kindle for the quiet moments perfect to fit in a bit of reading.

  313. ZV says:

    Laptop and iPad are essentials to me.

  314. Mary M says:

    Lip balm. I’m addicted. And, my wallet.

  315. Laura says:

    I always have my “bag-within-a-bag”. I keep this pouch stocked with the must-have that can’t be forgotten when I switch purses (credit card/money clip, lip balm, Advil, bobby pins, blister stick, etc.)

  316. Jennifer says:

    A book, because you never know when you’ll be stuck in line somewhere.

  317. Zois says:

    Essentials always include: hand cream, lip balm, sunglasses, and my nook!

  318. Jen W. says:

    Hair elastics!

  319. SDB says:

    A little coin purse that I keep stocked with at least one of the following items: safety pins, bobby pins, floss, hair ties, Band-Aids, ibuprofen, feminine provisions, concealer, eye drops, and tweezers. All of those things have come in handy at least once.

  320. Liz says:

    Metro card, hand sanitizer and lipgloss!

  321. Margaret says:

    I try to have a notebook and pens. But half the time forget hair ties and lip balm

  322. Kerry says:

    I always have my burts bees chapstick

  323. Yael says:

    I always have to have my ginger candies (in case of rocky commute!) and a sheer berry lipstick.

  324. Emma says:

    A book! Never know when you’ll have some time to read a chapter (or a few pages).

  325. sisi16 says:

    A pen and some lotion! Two things I always seem to need and other people are seeking! I love my Lo & Sons Catalina

  326. Marissa says:

    Keys, wallet, cell phone, chapstick! Love Lo & Sons. 1L just about killed my OMG, would love the chance to replace it/upgrade.

  327. Amanda says:

    Cocoa butter lip balm! It is a necessity.

  328. c says:

    I always need a book just in case

  329. Jamie says:

    Advil! And lots of it. My job is working with politicians and diplomats (need I say more?)

  330. Crystal says:

    Universals: Phone, wallet, keys.
    Add-on: Backup phone battery, business cards.

  331. Colleen says:

    Lip balm, hand lotion, notebook, pen, tampons, doggie mess bags, and a compact.

  332. Haley says:

    I always have to have snacks, for my daughter– and me!

  333. I always have a book and my iPad!

  334. K says:


  335. Sarah says:

    I always have a bottle of water and a snack in my bag.

  336. jules says:


  337. Emily says:

    Phone charger (or backup battery charger), pen, business cards, and a little pouch filled with: lip balm, mascara, deodorant Tide to go pen, lint roller, nail polish remover pads, and tampons.

  338. Keilexandra says:

    My keys! Yes, I have left (and locked) the house without them before, and only noticed until I got to my car and couldn’t unlock it.

  339. Kate says:

    A small roller ball of perfume and concealer.

  340. Laura H says:

    Oh goodness, my list of “must-carry” items is very long. I keep a pouch packed with Aquaphor, ibuprofen, lipstick, nail file, etc. I usually get credit for being the most prepared bridesmaid at weddings!

  341. Bekki says:


  342. GR says:

    Chapstick and lotion!

  343. Amy says:

    Lipstick. Always.

  344. Stephanie says:

    Lipstick. In many colors!

  345. CR says:

    Burts Bees mango lip balm and altoids. Always.

  346. Chloe says:

    My phone and wallet.

  347. Shannon says:

    Always have my headphones and the Sugar lip gloss.

  348. Christelle says:

    Cell phone, keys, some type of lip treatment, and some type of wipes.

  349. HMS says:

    The one thing I always have to have in my bag is Sugar lip treatment!

  350. JS says:

    A pair of sunglasses and Chapstick

  351. PrettyPaula says:

    My kindle or a paperback. You never know when you will have time to kill/read.

  352. S says:

    Gotta have my cell phone; these days it’s got my whole life on it.

  353. Trisha says:

    Burt’s Bees Coconut Pear lip balm. I get squirrely if I don’t have it, even if I don’t need it at the moment.

  354. Kathryn says:

    Always always always my laptop (and sometimes TWO) and my trusty Aquaphor. Always.

  355. Ashley says:

    Clorox ‘For Color’ Stain Pen. Working in events requires it. Also a messy boyfriend….

  356. Sally says:

    Thank you Belle and Lo&Sons!

  357. Maggie says:

    A little notecard that my freshmen RA gave me on which she wrote some nice things about me. On bad days I can take it out and it always makes me smile. She put a cute little duckie sticker on it which helps too!

  358. Lauren C says:

    Lip balm of course!

  359. Kim says:

    All bags must contain at least one lip balm, and preferrably every lipstick I own (I only put it on 5 mins after I leave the house anyway). Although I hear that I need to start making room for a diaper in every bag…

  360. Meg says:

    A moleskin planner. I’ve tried so many calendar and planning apps, but nothing beats an old-school planner.

  361. Omnomnom says:

    The one thing I always have in my bag is my cell phone. It’s integral to my job and I have to keep up with what is occurring technologically. Ah, the perks and downsides of being an engineer.

  362. JC says:

    Phone and lip balm!

  363. Sarah says:

    My “go bag” — it’s a C.Wonder (RIP) mini makeup bag that I keep all the essentials in: lip balm, earbuds, gum/mints, pen, Advil, hand lotion, Band-Aids, etc. I just transfer it from bag to bag and I’m never missing anything.

  364. Sally says:

    My EOS lip balm! I can’t go anywhere without it.

  365. IRMcK says:

    Chapstick and metro card – I have fallen into the hole have having one permanent one live in each bag, JIC.

  366. Stephanie says:

    My passport. I’ve been traveling for work so much recently, and I need a new bag that will work ole a pack mule but not totally suck in terms of style.

  367. Shannon says:

    I always have chapstick and my Kindle!

  368. Angela says:

    Hand wipes to clean my hands or wipe down any messes!

  369. Allison says:

    My headphones!

  370. Angela says:

    lip balm (favorite is waxelene), umbrella and sunglasses

  371. Carrie says:

    Always have my Swiss Army knife (but it’s pink and sparkly, so that makes it less weird, right?)

  372. Anna says:

    My purse must haves are my lip balm, headphones, and wallet.

  373. Elizabeth says:

    Must always have Burt’s Bees chapstick with me!

  374. HoneyBadger says:

    My Burts Bees Honeysuckle lip balm and my peppermint hand sanitizer!

  375. Nathalie says:

    Kleenex. I have allergies and they are indispensable when my nose starts running.

  376. Heather says:

    Right now I’m pregnant, so it’s a Clif bar because I’m always hungry. I also always have a phone charger with me because my phone is always dying!

  377. A. says:

    My kindle! You never know when you’ll get stuck waiting somewhere.

  378. Abby says:

    Always have to have a snack!

  379. LizzieB says:

    My laptop!

  380. Lauren says:

    Hand lotion. I’m such an old lady 🙂
    (Also, love this “simple” giveaway entry. Pretty easy to leave a comment!)

  381. Bander K. says:

    Chapstick and mini-makeup bag!

  382. execbranch says:

    I always have my card case with metro card and business cards. Always in my bag– doubles as a slimmed-down wallet when I use a clutch or small bag.

  383. Michelle Smith says:

    I always have mints/gum in my bag because in the lobby world, you never know who you’ll be whispering with during a never-ending hearing!

  384. GiGi says:

    deodorant 🙁

  385. Annie says:

    I would put everything in it – from my laptop to gym shoes and more!

  386. Jane says:

    portable battery

  387. AuntE says:

    Burt’s Bees lip balm and sunglasses!

  388. Elizabeth says:

    Headphones and a lip balm or two (or three).

  389. RT says:

    Sunglasses for my sensitive eyes!

  390. MoinBoston says:

    A purse-sized umbrella…never know when and where those showers will strike!

  391. Anne says:

    I always have a snack like a piece of fruit or a larabar in my bag

  392. Sara says:

    I always have my sunglasses and Rosebud Salve.

  393. thb says:

    Ipod and a book! need those compartments to find things.

  394. NR says:

    Mints & a pack of tissues!

  395. Meredith says:

    I always have a book on hand!

  396. Lea says:

    Sunglasses! In San Francisco, you never know when the fog will burn off!

  397. B says:

    A pair of flats!

  398. Liz says:

    Always a book! And a notebook…

  399. Reagan says:

    Always have a bottle of water! Always!

  400. Amanda P says:

    I always have sunnies and an umbrella!

  401. Kaci says:

    I always have a Tide pen or Shout wipes in my bag!

  402. Becky says:

    Purel is a must — even tiny clutches can fit a travel-sized anti bacterial from Bath and Body Works!

  403. Sheri says:

    My Sea Bags pouch (shout out to Maine!) that holds all of the random personal grooming & medical items I might ever need (and makes switching between bags super easy): pain reliever, tampons, spin pins, bobby pins, hair ties, bandaids, a brush/mirror compact, chapstick, oil absorbing sheets, a microfiber cloth to clean glasses, etc.

  404. r says:

    Tissues and a few extra hairbands!

  405. Allison says:

    Umbrella! I learned my lesson after I moved to D.C.

  406. Tasha says:

    Mini-emergency kit! (Tide-to-go pen, tampons, floss, ibuprofen, etc.)

  407. Gaby says:


  408. Carey says:

    I always have to have my “little gold book”- my paper schedule! Without it I am truly lost. Obsessed with Lo&Sons, thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  409. Brittany says:

    My planner! Busy busy busy!

  410. Catherine says:

    I always have a blue pen.

  411. Angela says:

    I always have chapstick, sunglasses and a bottle of water in my bag!

  412. Shelley says:

    Lipgloss and my Kindle!

  413. Amanda says:

    Tide to Go–always 🙂 I started buying them as gifts for co-workers since they’re always asking to borrow mine!

  414. Dana says:

    Sadly, my iPhone! (I’m guessing Lo + Sons bags make amazing diaper bags… may need to investigate soon!)

  415. Danielle says:

    I always keep multiple lipsticks, glosses and balms in my bag. I look like a hot mess without some lip color!

  416. Valerie says:

    A notepad and pen, always!

  417. Sharilyn says:

    Sunglasses and a hair tie for my unruly curls!

  418. Rose says:

    Tissues! Coming inside from cold weather always seems to trigger a drippy nose for me, so I always carry tissues with me in the fall/winter.

  419. Cecilia Anderson says:

    My tiny measuring tape — comes in handy all the time!

  420. Leah McDaniel says:

    I always have to have my Whitney English Day Designer…never leave home without a planner!

  421. aec says:


  422. Laura says:

    a bottle of water and earphones! You never know when a short trip will end up being a trek across the city.

  423. Jen says:

    I always carry a tube of Neutrogena (original) Norwegian Formula lip balm in my purse or bag. I bought it on a ski trip when I was 17, And over 20 years later, it’s still the best thing that I can’t live without!

  424. Mary says:

    I have a small, pink Swiss Army knife with me all the time. That way I always have scissors, tweezers, a file, and a small knife with me. It comes in handy.

  425. LittleS says:

    Chapstick – because when you need lip balm, you NEED it ASAP!

  426. Jaimee says:

    Extra pens and Dr Pepper chapstick.

  427. Caro says:

    Burts Bees tinted lip balm

  428. PH says:

    my phone and my wallet. So boring…but I would definitely love the Brookline to upgrade my work bag

  429. K says:

    Burts Bees Chapstick!

  430. Jackie says:

    Both of my phones!

  431. Rachel says:

    lip gloss.

  432. BG says:

    LOVE Lo & Sons!! I always have to have my Day Designer planner with me. Without it, nothing ever gets done!

  433. Karen says:

    Chapstick & bobby pins

  434. Lisa E says:

    a Muji pen!!

  435. Joy says:

    Lip balm, wallet, and phone.

  436. Taylor says:

    So nerdy, but my retainer is ALWAYS in my bag!

  437. Meg Danger says:

    Pictures of my dog (and I am happy to gush with any dog lovers I meet). Huge fan of L&S… I have major bag envy 🙂

  438. Veronica says:

    lqptop, chargers, sunglasses, pens! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  439. Jessica says:

    I always keep some Burts Bees chapstick in my bag!

  440. Korrie says:

    I have to have a mini medicine cabinet, usually a recycled mint case! From allergies to migraines…I need my remedies right by side!

  441. AS says:

    Lip balm!

  442. Sarah Flamion says:

    Lip balm, many varieties.

  443. Leslie says:

    Phone and concealer, naturally.

  444. Jeanne says:

    iPhone. Hand sanitizer!

  445. PHX says:

    Clinique’s Black Honey and anti-depressants.

  446. Bonnie says:

    i always have chapstick in my bag. and I LOVE my Brookline and would love the OMG.

  447. Melissa says:

    My phone, kindle and wallet!

  448. Beth says:

    I always have my planner and a granola bar!

  449. Liz says:

    nivea chapstick

  450. Tanya N says:

    Travel lotion

  451. Sara says:

    Gotta have travel deodorant for those hot, humid DC days!

  452. Denise M says:

    i always have my cell phone

  453. Mns says:

    Pad of paper, pen, lip balm, gum, and kindle

  454. Jen says:

    Reading material, sunglasses, and lipstick!

  455. Reva Laurella says:

    In my bag, I must always have my Old Spice Deodorant and headphones.

  456. Kt says:

    Besides the obvious wallet and phone? I have to have tissues, boo allergies.

  457. Preeti says:

    My “emergency” pouch containing band-aids, safety pins, tiny nail-clippers, tweezer,floss sticks, tylenol, lip stain (can double as blush), feminine sanitary products, compact with mirror.

  458. lindsay says:

    My metro card.

  459. NK says:

    Tinted Neutrogena lip balm, Lucas’ pawpaw ointment, mattifying powder, sunglasses, and phone charger

  460. Courtney says:

    Chapstick, wallet sunglasses

  461. Sarah K says:

    Travel perfume.

  462. SJK says:

    A protein bar.

  463. Natalie G says:

    Besides the essentials (phone, pen, wallet) I always have sunglasses!! Living in Florida, it’s pretty sunny year-round and I want to limit damage to my eyes!

  464. Alix says:

    Have to have my nail file! You never know when they’re going to chip and I’d hate to snag my sweater with them!

  465. Brit says:

    Always a book, whether it’s on my Kindle or a true book. Unfortunately, now with school starting, it’s usually a textbook :/

  466. AJ says:

    Always Chapstick

  467. Sheryl says:

    I live in Florida so I always carry sunblock and sunglasses.

  468. Dawn says:

    I always carry chapstick and tissues. You need to be prepared for anything!

  469. CB says:

    Oh lord: sunscreen, kindle, wallet, lipstick, keys, phone, external charger… the list goes on and on

  470. Dallas Is Cool. Really. says:

    Sunnies, keys, wallet & phone!

  471. Madison Jacobs says:

    I use a Nalgene water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. I love having a special spot that is large enough to fit my Nalgene! That special spot also ensure my other bag contents stay dry.

  472. Sarah says:

    Never leave without toothbrush and toothpaste.

  473. Bella says:

    I always have my day planner, a pen, my phone, & keys.

  474. CC says:

    Lip balm and metro card.

  475. Courtney Willingham says:

    I live in Chicago and ALWAYS have a pair of flats in my work bag – you never know where happy hour might lead and you want to be able to hang!

  476. Stella says:

    Glucose tablets for blood sugar crashes.

  477. ksingh says:

    Besides my wallet and keys, my bright green Moleskine notebook and a purple uniball Signo because I still like a fun written representation of my life: to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, GRE vocab lists, incomprehensible lists.

  478. Brunchaholic says:

    Chapstick, pill box and sunnies!

  479. strin012 says:

    I have a tiny bag from an old Clinique bonus that holds my Chapstick, eyedrops, a mirror, lipsticks/glosses, and a hairbrush. Oh and some band-aids for blisters. Probably the only thing in my purse I use every single day.

  480. Laura says:

    I always have Burts Bees lip balm – can’t live without the stuff!

  481. Em says:

    iphone & a water bottle. and business cards.

  482. MsZ says:

    A book or something else to read, just in case I have extra time

  483. Staci says:

    My cell phone, of course.

  484. hnl123 says:

    Cell phone and lip gloss. Or lip balm or really anything for my lips. MUST HAVE.

  485. Izabelakc says:

    an umbrella, notebook and pen for when I’m on call, lip stuff, cell phone, credit card

  486. Kelly says:

    my ipad!

  487. Bernie says:

    A hair tie or elastic! If I don’t have one I inevitably end up frustrated with hair in my face. Love the blog and would REALLY love to win a bag!

  488. izabelakc says:

    umbrella, notebook and pen, lip stuff and cell phone

  489. Amanda says:

    Eyedrops and Origins lip balm!

  490. Lori says:

    chap stick!

  491. Autumn says:

    My glucose meter. Not exciting, but necessary!

  492. Rhonda says:

    iPad and water bottle– really want the Lo & Sons bag b/c it’s the ultimate carry-all!

  493. Aleks says:

    My wallet, chapstick, and plenty of reading material for the long commute.

  494. Michaela says:

    I always have baby wipes!

  495. Kay says:

    Besides my wallet and cell phone, I always have a snack in my bag. And a little foldable umbrella. I know that’s two, but I pack them everyday.

  496. Hayley says:

    My iPhone.

  497. jess says:

    Baby wipes

  498. Sarah says:


  499. Lauren says:

    I always have some type of small notebook in my bag- to write reminders, to take notes, etc. A lot of people would probably just put notes into their iPhone, but i like handwritten information and retain it better if I actually write it down. Always need some place to collect odds and ends, or write down a thought that is comforting or motivating 🙂

  500. Jessica Lin says:

    Advil and water bottle!

  501. courtney says:

    My makeup bag, which is the size of a small purse.

  502. Kate says:

    Lip balm, eye drops (nothing can ruin a day of productivity like dried out contacts), keys-phone-wallet!

  503. Milissa says:

    I always have a picture of my children in every bag I carry!

  504. LeslieJeannene says:

    I always have Caudelie lip balm in my bag.

  505. kt says:

    My large over-the-ears bose headphones. Never know when you need a complete tune out of the world.

  506. Rosie says:


  507. Gabby says:

    Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. Ever since I moved to Reno from Michigan, I have to apply balm several times a day so that my lips don’t flake off my face.

  508. Veronica says:

    Hand cream because my hands get really dry throughout the work day!

  509. Holly says:

    Sunscreen, in the hopes I get to spend enough time outside to need to re-apply.

  510. KM says:


  511. rebecca says:

    Fresh Sugar Lip Balm and my planner!

  512. Emily says:

    Always have something to read.

  513. Rachel says:

    My thermos full of coffee! Can’t live without it.

  514. Marissa says:

    I always need my work laptop

  515. Alexis says:

    I always always have an extra battery to charge my phone. It’s saved me many times!

  516. Anya says:

    A water bottle! Notebook and something to read … comb…ok, I’m a bag lady.

  517. Emily says:

    I always have a nice hand cream and a few birchbox samples with me for emergencies!

  518. Kasey says:

    Aveda Lip Saver!

  519. Liz says:


  520. Christa says:

    Right now, for only a few more months, my breast pump. The glamorous mothering life. Otherwise, my Nalgene, a Zebra pen, my RayBan Clubmasters, and some lip balm.

  521. Emily M says:

    Always always chapstick!

  522. melissa says:

    I always have to have my planner and cell phone charger.

  523. Jen says:

    Always have a duplicate of my favorite lipstick and a tide stick.

  524. Maggie says:

    A small umbrella!

  525. Claudia says:

    I always keep a phone charger and my EOS chap stick in my purse.

  526. Rachael says:

    basically just my wallet!

  527. Michele Pineda says:

    For me, it is a nice pair of sunglasses!

  528. Shealeigh says:

    I can’t go anywhere without my planner!

  529. Alison says:

    I always love to have my planner, a water bottle, my wallet, and a book so I can get in some flash-reading! I am currently a graduate student working full-time, so I very regularly bring quite a bit along with me!

  530. Meg says:

    I never like to be out without my hand lotion and sunglasses! Would love to store them in an O.G. Bag!

  531. DLS says:

    Sunglasses, spin pins and Rosebud Salve lip balm (in addition to all the tech my job requires)

  532. Diane T says:


  533. Liz says:

    Lip Balm and hand sanitizer for me!

  534. Maggie says:


  535. Liz says:

    I always keep a mini ‘go bag’ that I transfer between purses — Kleenex, Advil, Chapstick, bobby pins, band aids. It might not be filled with the most glamorous stuff, but I’ve always got the essentials and the bag itself is hot pink and adorable. 🙂 and I’m never without it!

  536. Sigrid says:

    Oh, my phone, definitely. Also lip balm, and a pen. (And thanks for the heads-up about the sale, I’ve been eyeing up one of their backpacks for a while.)

  537. Caroline says:

    burt’s bees chapstick, cell phone charger, and a pen (+ wallet and phone) can handle most situations.

  538. Anne says:

    Defense Attorney — my sentencing guideline cheat sheet.

  539. Lobbyist says:

    My phone, my burt’s bees lip gloss, and my business cards

  540. Courtney says:

    Chapstick and gum!

  541. Kate says:

    I always have Chapstick with me! I don’t go anywhere without it.

  542. DHWL says:

    Wallet, phone and lipstick

  543. Jessica says:

    Chapstick and gum. Gotta have Chapstick and gum.

  544. Mack S says:

    I always have Chapstick and headphones!

  545. Melissa says:

    … Tampons.

  546. Kalissa says:

    My wallet and phone – always.

  547. Jessica says:

    Sunglasses, lip balm, and hand sanitizer!

  548. Melisa says:

    A pen is an absolute must in any bag I carry, even a clutch on the weekend – helps to split checks at brunch and always a backup to leave a phone number when your phone might be dead! 🙂

  549. Maria Pate says:

    I’m afraid my purse is more of a suitcase than a bag… If I had to pick ONE item, I would go with my keys. And that’s another story that almost requires another bag!

  550. Sophia says:

    A nice mechanical pencil and a philosophy book

  551. ABVV says:

    I always carry lip balm in my bag (or my pocket, or my husband’s pocket if I have none…). Having dry lips is one of those things that really bugs me, and I make it a point to always have lip balm wherever I am.

  552. Momo says:

    Chapstick fo sho!

  553. Payal says:

    I always have an SPF lip balm in my bag! I’m almost obsessed with keeping my lips soft and non-peeling. Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity! 🙂

  554. Emily says:

    blot sheets and a tide pen…because life happens.

  555. Brenna B says:

    Phone, glasses, trial notebook and calendar.

  556. Brenna B says:

    Calendar, phone and glasses.

  557. Hannah says:

    water bottle!

  558. Kristina says:

    Always always always my sunglasses case!

  559. Chai says:

    Extra hair elastics–I swear those things grow legs and have little adventures whenever I need them!

  560. Christine says:

    I always carry an umbrella. Pretty boring, but necessary.

  561. Whitney Gibbs says:

    Cell Phone!

  562. Shannon says:

    A tide pen and a tire pressure gauge. What can I say, I dirty around cars a lot. 😉

  563. Beth says:

    My migraine medication. *sigh*

  564. Sarah says:

    Wow– pretty amazing how many people a) want to win this giveaway and b) always carry lip balm!

    For me, I would say I always have a book to read in my bag. It’s the first thing I pack when taking a trip!

  565. Nicole says:

    I have to have a pen and paper, and something to read. You never know when inspiration will strike or you’ll need to jot down a note, or when you’ll be stuck waiting somewhere!

  566. Hannah says:

    I always have headphones – couldn’t survive the Metro without them.

  567. Nick says:

    Lipstick. Without it, I look ill. With it, I look healthy.

  568. Beth says:

    Love my OMG- it always has my laptop, spare mouse, and lens cleaner. Oh, and a pair of slip on flats in case I get stuck on travel and can’t stand my heels

  569. Blythe says:

    Always have to have chapstick and my cellphone!

  570. Kate says:

    Contact solution–can’t do a thing if I can’t see.

  571. Margaret says:

    I’ve been a fan of yours for years. I’m rooting for you always! To respond to this contest, I always have to have my phone and wallet in my bag. Best of luck to you and your future endeavors.

  572. Elizabeth says:

    Phone charger, lip balm, and snacks!

  573. Ayesha Masood says:

    Mobile of course! But other than that I do not leave without a Clinque almost lipstick in Black Honey. That is the best thing ever! Looks so natural and is perfect for a quick touch up any time!

  574. SarahL says:

    My phone. I was taking the MPRE the other day and had to leave the house with just my gallon ziplock of permitted items, and without my phone, since it’s a prohibited item and the exam venue didn’t have any storage facilities for bags. I felt really uncomfortable on the journey there and back!

  575. Elizabeth says:

    I always have my ‘must have’ small pouch in my purse – it has all the essentials: tide-to-go, chapstick, hand sanitizer, extra pair of contacts, and advil! You never know when you need those things.

  576. Christy says:

    I always have a book or magazine with me to keep me occupied in the event of Metro delays.

  577. Amy says:

    I always have a bottle of Fiji water in my bag.

  578. Kara Wilkes says:

    I’m a road warrior so I don’t leave without my on-the-road (OTR) travel pouch–Altoids, BandAid Stick, Burt’s Bees chapstick, wipes, lipstick, comb, kleenex, pack of raw almonds, and travel-sized remedies (Advil, etc). I can’t live without a bag with a pass-through to seemlessly sit on top of my carry-on (I’m always running through airports), so I love my OMG bag and have started a trend among my colleagues.

  579. Marcy says:

    Burt’s Bees and my favorite pen!

  580. Justine says:

    Hair clip!

  581. Az says:

    Vaseline lip therapy lip balm 🙂

  582. Caroline says:


  583. PW says:

    since moving to brooklyn, my metrocard!

  584. Elizabeth says:

    Gummy bears.

  585. Jennifer H says:

    Kleenex and sunscreen.

  586. LCP says:

    always have an umbrella, just in case!

  587. Rosie says:


  588. Leigh says:

    Goody or BC powder (basically powdered Excedrin, if you’re from a region where headache powders aren’t common). It works more quickly than a pill, and does wonders for both headaches and my jacked-up back.

    I actually forgot to put some in my purse today, got a headache, and couldn’t find it in the store because they don’t sell it around where I live now.

  589. Julie says:

    When I started law school in 2010, I had to switch to wearing glasses full time (constantly reading/briefing cases and scouring the depths of Westlaw Next did a number on my eyes), so now I can’t go anywhere without a cleansing cloth and spray solution to clean my glasses. I also suffer from severely chapped lips (even in the humid Atlanta summer) and migraines, so Chapstick and Excedrin are always necessary!!!

  590. Jess says:

    Metro card, notepad, laptop, and a snack for emergencies like almonds or a kind bar.

  591. Jessica says:

    An umbrella, for sure.

  592. Lindsey T says:

    Grape gum and my folding mirror brush combo!

  593. Katie says:

    Lip balm, always!

  594. Chelsea says:

    Chapstick and orbit gum Gotta stay fresh!

  595. Victoria says:

    My Kindle and an umbrella. It’s pouring today!

  596. Bethany says:

    chapstick and concealer

  597. Christina says:

    A cute shawl or scarf – never know how cold the office is going to be!

  598. B says:


  599. Michelle says:

    Chapstick- all the campus building are so dry!- and, sadly, highlighters. I lead a thriling life.

  600. Sasha says:

    Two pairs of headphones!

  601. Michelle says:

    I’ve always got hand cream and lip balm in every single bag I own, so I don’t have to remember to grab them when switching bags.

  602. Ann says:

    Wet Ones, Motrin, and business cards. I lead a painful, messy life.

  603. Mai shintani says:

    I always need to have my burts bee Chapstick!

  604. Jennifer says:

    Chapstick and my phone charger!

  605. Mary says:

    Love these bags! These days, my must-have is my laptop since I’m taking classes with a code school to become a software developer.

  606. Debbie says:

    green tea blotting sheets from boscia!

  607. Carolina says:

    Ibuprofen and band aides!

  608. Lara says:

    I always have to have at least 3 lip balms or lipsticks but usually have close to 5 or 7.

  609. Brandi says:

    Gotta be my AMEX. My motto is if you got that you can always get anything you need when you arrive.

  610. Michelle says:

    I always have my phone charger, keys, wallet, and headphones.

  611. Barbara says:

    My phone and a red lipstick.

  612. Joanne E. says:

    Gotta have my wallet of course

  613. Emily says:

    Burt’s Bees!

  614. Michelle says:

    I always have my wallet, keys, phone charger, and headphones with me.

  615. GG says:

    Chapstick is essential.

  616. Sarah says:

    Always have to have phone, wallet and my water bottle.

  617. Mel says:

    Phone & charger/battery packs

  618. misst says:

    I always carry pocket tissue packs (aside from the purse and phone requisites) because I find I would always end up needing tissues and nowhere to get them nearby!

  619. Christina says:

    Headphones will always have a place in my bag – has saved me during many a subway ride.

  620. Anna says:

    I need a fountain pen, tiny notebook, and my swisscard always in my bag as I love writing and the swisscard for emergencies.

  621. Christa Beal says:

    Headphones and a comb!

  622. E says:

    Sadly, I never leave the house without naproxen.

  623. Margot says:

    Love my Catalina! I don’t go anywhere without some sort of lip balm in my bag.

  624. Jennifer says:

    Pen and paper. I could make notes on my phone, but it’s nice to have a little pen and paper for writing down lists.

  625. Kate says:

    I always have a pack of gum and some type of lip balm in my bag. Can’t live without either!

  626. Anna says:

    My kindle!

  627. Callie Lloyd says:

    Lip gloss
    Hand sanitizer

  628. Brandy says:

    Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and sunglasses. If I’m feeling worn down or haven’t had a chance to freshen my makeup, these two things can make me feel like I’ve gone from drab to glam. Oh, and a copy of whatever book I’m reading.

  629. Brooke M. says:

    Gel pens, headphones and something good to read on my tablet!

  630. Lacy says:

    Wallet, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Keys, headphones and always my water bottle!

  631. Mary says:

    My lifefactory glass water bottle!

  632. Hanna says:

    Besides phone and wallet, lip balm!

  633. Jackie says:

    I always have Excedrin in my bag. I don’t think there’s anything worse than getting stuck with a headache and no Excedrin.

  634. CL says:

    Wallet, iphone, umbrella, dry schampoo + comb and small toothpaste + brush.

  635. julia says:

    Kindle! Oh and keys, wallet, phone, sunglasses. But really the kindle.

  636. Colleen says:

    Hand lotion

  637. Kate says:

    Purell. I take the bus to work. Purell is my life. People are gross.

  638. Sarah R. says:

    My water bottle, keeps my hydrated and I don’t have the urge to hit up Starbucks just because I’m thirsty.

  639. Jordan H. says:

    I always need my sunglasses!

  640. Jennifer says:

    Kleenex, lip balm and hand lotion.

  641. Meg Murry says:

    My always item is mascara – I have tubes stashed in all my bags. Eyedrops, sunglasses, a phone charger and/or backup battery and change all probably tie for a close second.

  642. Claire says:

    I always have a variety of lip sticks and balms! 😀

  643. Lauren says:

    My “Normal Is Boring” zippered pouch, with a compact, phone charger, bandaids, lipstick, hairbrush, mints, and other essentials!

  644. Melissa says:

    An easy access pocket on the outside of the bag to hold a metro card.

  645. Lizzie says:

    I live in London and it is crucial never to leave home without an umbrella – even if the weather looks beautiful!

  646. Sushu says:


    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  647. Maggie says:

    I don’t travel (near or far!) without lip balm or headphones

  648. Sunny says:

    Sunglasses and my beloved planner. Always.

  649. Nicole H. says:


  650. Irena says:

    Headphones for sure!

  651. Liz says:

    I never leave home without my purse make up pouch for touch ups. Also includes a pen and some business cards.

  652. Gladstone says:

    One of my cameras. I’m only living in America for three years and I want to capture everything about it. It reminds me to take pleasure in the small things. I’m hoping to keep the sense of wonder and adventure when I go home.

  653. Squirrely says:

    I always need to have a mirror in my purse. I cannot put lipstick on straight to save my life, and I’m also always paranoid I have something in my teeth.

  654. Kaitlyn says:

    I always have mini claw hair clips swimming in my bag!

  655. danielle says:

    Bobbi Brown Concealer!

  656. Katie says:

    Chapsticks and a snack (that I never eat).

  657. Jessica says:

    I always make sure i have an EOS Lip Balm with me. They are the best!

  658. Gabrielle says:

    A hair tie and lipstick.

  659. Donna says:

    A Kind Bar and my iPad are musts!!

  660. Megan says:

    A good lip gloss! I’ve been addicted to Rosebud Salve lately.

  661. Hannah says:

    hand sanitizer

  662. Sarah says:

    I always have my Chapstick, and likely more than one!

  663. Heather says:

    I always have my planner. I’m obsessive about keeping to do lists and writing every little thing down! (I’ve been wanting an OMG bag for the longest time so that I can tote around my laptop AND my DSLR camera!)

  664. Carissa says:

    My Eos lip balm.

  665. brittany says:

    wallet and babylips balm

  666. A says:

    Nail file – you wouldn’t guess how many times that bad boy has come in handy

  667. Amber says:

    I always have an extra pair of underwear and body wipes in my bag – you never know when you’ll be invited on an adventure or sleep over and want to feel fresh in the morning.

  668. SarahT says:

    Because I wear contacts, re-wetting eye drops are my absolute must have – all the time. Thanks for doing the giveaway, Belle!

  669. ST says:

    I never go anywhere without a small knitting project, but a notebook and my Burt’s Bees chapstick are close seconds on the list of essentials.

  670. Jennifer says:

    Tide Stain Stick and gum!

  671. Stephanie says:

    Hand sanitizer. You never know what you’ll touch on public transportation.

  672. Laurie says:

    I always have about 5-7 assorted lipsticks and lipglosses in my bag. Apparently I need options!

  673. Anita says:

    The one item I always need to have in my bag is chap stick! I have the driest skin and I can’t stand when my lips get the littlest bit chapped. I currently love the Strawberry Lip Balm from Rosebud Perfume Co.

  674. Lisa says:

    I have a small bag with ALL the essentials 🙂 nail file, lipstick, baby wipes, Kleenex, business cards, tide pen, advil, …

  675. KRF says:

    lip balm for sure! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!

  676. Dina says:


  677. Julie says:

    I always have my keys, phone, and wallet. And more lip products than reasonable.

  678. CS says:

    Lip balm, sunglasses, and a pen–three necessities!

  679. Hannah says:

    Always my phone, wallet, and a semikolon notebook. To-do lists are always better written than done electronically – so much more gratifying to cross things out when completed!

  680. Ij says:

    Travel sized lavanila deodorant, because natural deodorant + Atlanta heat and humidity= the need for periodic touch-ups 🙂

  681. Mrs. Jones says:

    Handiwipes for my 4-year-old.

  682. Seattle Freeze says:

    Wallet & migraine meds!

  683. jessica says:


  684. LP says:

    Sunglasses and chapstick!

  685. gigi17 says:

    charger for the phone. crazy how quickly it can go from fully charged to 20% in 3 hours when i’m out and about =)

  686. Trixie Belden says:

    phone charger/plug

  687. Linda says:

    Chapstick! If I can pick two more things, it would be Larabars and hand sanitizer 🙂

  688. Meg says:

    Deodorant, tide-to-go pen, and Too Faced Melted Lipstick.

  689. Leah K. says:

    CHAPSTICK! I’m lost without it.

  690. Erin says:

    No matter which bag I’m carrying, I always have my Skullcandy ear buds (introvert here, gotta have some quiet time), a travel pack of antibacterial wipes, and lipgloss!

  691. hm says:

    Chapstick, always!

  692. JJ says:

    I love that you can carry shoes in the OMG bag.

  693. Sasha says:

    My Dr. Pepper flavored chapstick!

  694. Lauren G says:

    The ONE thing I always have in my bag is pepto! It sounds bizarre but you never know when your stomach isn’t going to agree with something and it’s saved me (as well as some friends) on numerous occasions!

  695. Jessica says:

    The one thing I ALWAYS have to have in my bag, besides my wallet? A water bottle! It’s the only way I’ll stay hydrated. Behind that, I would have to say, my cell phone / ipad

  696. Anya says:

    Aside from the basics, I always have lipstick with me. It’s a great way to refresh my look if I start to look tired around 3pm.

  697. Anna says:


  698. Jessica says:

    Lip balm and phone charger – always always.

  699. Monica says:

    chapstick. and a pen. for some reason I have multiple pens and notepads in nearly every bag.

  700. Liz says:

    My planner. Always!

  701. Kate says:

    I always bring my wallet and my Mason Pearson hairbrush!

  702. CharleneD says:

    Of course my wallet and favorite lipstick at the moment.

  703. Alycia T. says:

    I always have my Blistex Lip Medex on me!

  704. Janine says:

    I always have a soft-cover Poppin folio in my bag to safely carry paperwork!

  705. Kelli Davis says:

    Sunglasses and lipstick

  706. Rachel N. says:

    Always need my chapstick and headphones!

  707. Daisy Z says:

    Sunglasses and giant mobile phone.

  708. Linda L says:

    My phone, sunglasses, hand lotion and chap stick!

  709. Emily says:

    I always carry sunscreen! You can never be too careful.

  710. Anne White says:

    In the words of my mother – never leave the house without lipstick – so I don’t! I always keep a few options in my purse.

  711. Jill says:

    Mini Purell and Rose Lip Balm

  712. priyanka says:

    Burts Bees Lip Balm!

  713. Laura says:

    robanda hand lotion and a crystal nail file!

  714. Lygie says:

    I live and die by my calendar.

  715. katherine says:

    I always have my Lechtturm notebook that holds my life in it..

  716. L says:

    My Kindle and my chapstick.

  717. Ali says:

    I always have a tape measure – you just never know.

  718. Monica says:

    My to- do list(notebook). I’m lost without it!

  719. Lisa says:

    My hair is unruly and thick, so I always, always have a hair clip for an impromptu bun – though since I basically do it daily for my commute there isn’t much spontaneous about it anymore..

    What should always be in my bag is my set of keys, but sadly I’ve developed the unfortunate habit of locking myself out on the regular lately.

  720. Conlan says:

    Burt’s Bees chapstick! and dental floss

  721. Katie says:

    I ALWAYS have a lip balm (or 5) in my bag! The bigger the bag, the more lip products collect in it!

  722. Jessica says:

    Gum. Or Mints. Or both 🙂

  723. Tiera says:

    The one thing I always have to have in my bag: A water bottle! Can’t function without my Hydroflask!

  724. Dana says:

    I always try to carry a book (or a kindle) in my bag!

    – Dana


  725. Niki says:

    Pens!! And bobby pins, although that’s more by default than my intention.

  726. sas says:

    Chapstick and tissues. Plus the obvious keys/phone/wallet.

  727. Tessa says:

    Chapstick! I don’t own a bag that doesn’t have one tucked in a pocket.

  728. mary says:

    Black Sharpie pens. Usually a couple colors, too, but ALWAYS a black Sharpie pen.

  729. Danielle says:

    Chapstick and a water bottle!

  730. Erin says:

    I always have to have something to read – either a book or my Kindle in my bag with me at all times. It makes the bus, metro, waiting room, bar, etc much more pleasant!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  731. Jennfier says:

    Sunglasses and lipgloss!

  732. Sharon says:

    Dental floss and a water bottle!

  733. twyla says:

    I always have chapstick or lip gloss.

  734. Lauren T. says:

    Oh yay, I love their bags.

    I always have a book in my bag.

  735. Jennifer says:

    My wallet and iPhone!

  736. Dev says:

    Advil! You never know where you next headache is going to come from..school, work, commute, etc.

  737. Orla says:

    An umbrela! My frizz-prone hair depends on it!

  738. Marie says:

    So excited! I’m going back to school this year a fancy new bag always makes things better!

    A scarf -varying from silk square, to linen, to wool depending on the season. I either tie it around a handle or have it fold it inside. Can be used for more than just chilly offices!

  739. Erin says:

    A book and a magazine – depending on what kind of mood I am in!

  740. MBM says:

    I always have a tin of breath mints and business cards – you never know when either will become important on the streets of DC.

  741. Emily says:


  742. Raquel says:

    My bag always has a pen, paper and sunglasses!

  743. SKD says:

    A KIND bar!

  744. Danilyn says:

    If I’m awake, I’m wearing lipstick. I always have it with me at all times.

  745. Nikki says:

    lip gloss and sunglasses

  746. Jessica says:

    My ipod!… yes, I still use an ipod. I have to have my entire collection with me everyday.

  747. Nicole says:

    My moleskin planner!

  748. Shirley says:

    Wallet and my phone!

  749. Meredith says:

    I always have good ‘ole chapstick! I cannot stand having dry lips, so I make sure I have a tube in every bag I own.

  750. Tay says:

    Day planner and my Kindle!

  751. Sam says:

    Like you, I recently got a puppy. So now I always have some sort of treats in my purse.
    Other than that I always carry some Burt’s Bees chapstick.

  752. Liz says:

    Sunscreen! I am super pale so I always cary around some SPF 30 – even on cold or cloudy days.

  753. Laura says:

    Something to read!

  754. Maggie Angel says:

    I can never leave my house without my phone and headphones. They make my morning commute to school and work so much easier.

  755. Amelia Bedelia says:

    Hand cream and eyeliner. It freshens me up at the end of the day before heading out to dinner.

  756. Erin says:

    Chapstick, hand moisturizer, and Altoids!

  757. Tierney says:

    Besides the obvious (cell phone, hairbrush, chapstick) I always have ziplock bags–you would be surprised how often they come in handy!

  758. Heather S says:

    I will always have my cell phone in my bag. I have kiddos so I always want to be available for them <3

  759. Michelle says:

    I small compact mirror. You never want to be caught in a meeting at work with lettuce from your lunch salad in your teeth.

  760. Samantha says:

    I always have chapstick in my bag. Each of my bags has its own chapstick so no matter how often I switch bags, I’m never without!

  761. Wendy T says:

    Something to read at any given moment.

  762. Erin says:

    Wallet, keys, Burt’s Bees, and sunglasses (nothing else fits!).

  763. Stephanie says:

    I always have a hair tie in my bag, there is nothing worse than needing/wanting one and being without!

  764. Leila says:

    It sounds old-school, but a planner I can write things down in! So much of my life is electronic. I enjoy writing down simple things.

  765. Claire says:

    Love Lo and Sons! I never leave home without my backup phone charger, because my days last much longer than my phone does.

  766. pam says:

    i’d always have some chapstick and deodorant

  767. McKenzie says:

    I always have sunscreen in my bag! With such fair skin its good to have some handy no matter where I am.

  768. meaghan says:

    Sunglasses for sure- can barely walk outside without them.

  769. Jess says:

    A moisturizing lip balm- either Smith’s Rosebud Salve or Aquaphor.

  770. Rachel says:

    A couple tubes of chapstick and a pair of headphones are perpetually in my bag.

  771. Rachel says:

    I have bobby pins and lipgloss permanently stashed in every bag I own.

  772. Mallory says:

    Like a true Type-A, I always have my planner.

  773. linda says:

    Extra cell phone battery for those long days at work…

  774. Sharon says:

    These days, I always carry Advil. Most days I won’t need it, but oh man, when you really, really do, it’s nice to have on hand.

  775. Meghan says:

    I always have my ID and a credit card – you can never be sure when you’ll need it!

  776. Leigha says:

    I will forever carry a mini vaseline with me for my lips, cuticles, and even as a makeshift eye makeup remover on nights I’ve stayed at my boyfriend’s apt . It is by far my best $2 drugstore find!

  777. Mae says:

    I always have my Lodis card case for ID, cash, and at least one credit card!

  778. RT says:

    I always have sunglasses (absolutely blind without them)and lip gloss


    My hand cream is a must-have, i hate dry hands.

  780. Lauren says:

    Headphones and a chewy bar!

  781. Carla S says:

    I always have to have tweezers in my bag. I always have them for an eyebrow emergency.

  782. Nikki says:

    My iPad mini. My 40 minute train ride to work would be unbearable without it!

  783. Heidi says:

    Passport – you NEVER know when you need to hop on a plane.

  784. Natalie says:

    My Kindle! Always. Just finished “Bring Up the Bodies” which was a great, if not light, read.

    Also I just wanted to say thank you for recommending the OMG bag. I just got it and it was perfect for a week long vacation down the California Pacific Coast Highway!

  785. Su says:

    A scarf! Gets cold on those planes 🙂

  786. Kristen says:

    Chapstick and a book!

  787. Eliza says:

    My book and a mini umbrella. I hate getting caught in the rain!

  788. Noelle says:

    My Kindle. I thought I’d miss reading real books but there’s something to be said for having hundreds of books at once!

  789. Kelsey says:

    A pen! Sounds trivial but you’d be surprised how many people never have one on them.

  790. R says:

    Passport and driving licence.

  791. Amanda says:

    Chapstick and at least $5 cash. I have missed both of these things sorely when I haven’t had them.

  792. Cait says:

    My Kindle and a fountain pen!

  793. Anna says:

    Honestly, something super un-glamorous; rewetting drops for my contacts! You never know when your eyes are going to feel dry or uncomfortable in the summer.

  794. espie says:

    I always have a moleskine mini notebook (even in the age of tech, you never know when you need to write something down!) and lip gloass.

  795. natalie says:

    I must have headphones and a EOS lipbalm. Have been lusting for a Lo&Sons bag – thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  796. Carrie says:

    Wallet, keys, book, and glasses

  797. Allison says:

    Burt’s Bees chapstick goes with me everywhere. Also, my phone and earbuds – I’m always in the middle of at least one or two ebooks/audiobooks.

  798. Mel says:

    My sunglasses, Black Honey lipstick and my wallet!

  799. Mel says:

    My iPhone and a credit card.

  800. TheElms says:

    My business cards!

  801. Jessie says:

    Other than my wallet, I never go anywhere without my Chapstick!

  802. Adrienne says:

    My ID!

  803. Rea says:

    Always need to have my planner (my life runs on personal to-do lists, professional to-do lists, and calendar dates!

  804. Maggie says:

    My sunglasses and lip balm are always in my bag.

  805. Christine says:

    Some sort of lip color! Frequently, multiple choices of lip color.

  806. erica says:

    phone charger, umbrella, house keys !!!!

  807. Gaby says:

    I don’t leave without my phone charger and water bottle!

  808. GAL says:

    Hand cream and sunglasses

  809. Les says:

    I always have sunglasses and headphones!

  810. Kay says:

    Sunglasses and my flats!

  811. AJ says:

    My phone. I would have said wallet but I always managed to forget it, ha!

  812. Britt says:

    I would need my phone, wallet, and cap-stick!

  813. CME says:

    The list is long:
    Doggy poo bags
    chapstick (several types)
    ponytail holders
    bobby pins

  814. Katie says:

    Sunglasses! Can’t live without them

  815. Cat says:

    Lip balm and pepper spray.

  816. Jessica says:

    Sunglasses! I hate the days I forget them at home.

  817. LG says:

    Tissues! I always need them to for some kind of clean up.

  818. Erika says:

    mobile phone charging pack… I can never make it a full day!

  819. Kp says:

    I always carry pen and paper. I never know when I will want to make a list or write something down for someone.

  820. Rachel B says:

    Backup phone battery is a must.

  821. Kate says:

    I always have way too many lip products – balm, gloss, lipstick and my work badge.

  822. Faith says:

    I always have to have lip balm in my purse. It’s so bad that I actually own a separate tube of lip balm for every purse I own.

  823. Kayla says:

    Chapstick and a pen.

  824. Paige says:

    Only one? Wow I have a ton! If I must, I will narrow them down to three items (I carry quite a number of items around… maybe that is why I need my OMG bag almost everyday!):

    1. Lip balm. Because my lips crack easily without any protection.
    2. Cellphone. Anxiety issues without it!
    3. Crenelated tactical flashlight. You never know if you need to search for an item that dropped somewhere dark… Or if you might have the chance to defend yourself if someone tries to rob you or something… Or if you are stuck somewhere on a broken down train and need to smash the windows to escape…

  825. Anna says:

    Chapstick, water and gum

  826. Meg says:

    Cottonelle wipes.

  827. Cer says:

    My kindle!

  828. Maggie says:

    I always carry a nail file in my bag. I can’t stand needing to smooth an edge and not gaving one handy!

  829. Kelsey says:

    Definitely my iPhone — I can’t go anywhere without it anymore 😛

  830. Kristy says:

    Chapstick – most often burt’s bees.

  831. Amy Z. says:

    I always have my cellphone and a notepad!

  832. Kim says:

    A small pouch to keep my charger, mouse, headphones etc. all in one place.

  833. JD says:

    Hand sanitizer! This will come in really once flue season starts.

  834. michele says:

    I always have to keep a bottle of water with me!

  835. Cecilia says:

    I’ve been totally eyeing Lo & Sons forever but haven’t tried them out because of the cost and the nylon. I belong to an online fashion group and everyone raves. I’d love a chance to give them a try!

    I’d keep lots of things in the bag, but I will always carry around my bottle of water, my kindle, and my knitting!

  836. Rosemary says:

    Lip gloss (and if I’m being honest, about 3 different lip colors – just in case!)

  837. Beth K. says:

    Always have my phone!

  838. jenna says:

    bobby pins! they cover a multitude of sins

  839. Stefanie S. says:

    My Kindle!

  840. Helen L. says:

    I ALWAYS have a tape measure with me!

  841. Ral says:

    Hand sanitizer !

  842. Kelsey says:

    Burt’s Bees lip balm–can’t live without it!

  843. Chris says:

    A book, just in case.

  844. Coco says:

    Aside from the usual (wallet, cell phone, and keys), I always carry a pocket mirror, lipstick, lip liner, at least one pen, sunglasses, and Lactaid, should the opportunity for ice cream or a cheeseburger present itself.

  845. TaraO says:

    I love Fresh sugar lip balm and always have it in my purse!

  846. Lauren says:

    Sunglasses, cell phone, about 5 lipsticks, and a spare set of contacts

  847. Laura says:

    I’m a bit of a germaphobe, so I always try to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer on me!

  848. TaiD says:

    My phone & wallet! Never leave home without these 🙂

  849. Jules says:

    Always have to have mints or gum!

  850. Michelle says:

    I always carry Nivea lip balm, the original blue kind! My dermatologist recommended it years ago and I’ve never been without since. Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve wanted a Lo and Sons bag for a while now!

  851. sonja says:

    MacBook and my bible

  852. Tai says:

    My phone & wallet, can’t leave the house without these

  853. Wanda says:

    I always have my phone and lipgloss. Always.

  854. Devon says:

    My reusable water bottle! I’m always thirsty and won’t carry a purse that isn’t big enough for it.

  855. Shana says:

    I always have my epi-pen in my purse. Doctor’s orders!

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  857. GF says:

    Always gotta have my phone charger in my bag, for those phone battery emergencies!

  858. Rebecca says:

    Definitely my Kindle. Having my entire library available when the inevitable metro delay strikes has saved me hours of boredom!

  859. AmandaaPete says:

    I ALWAYS have Burt’s Bees replenishing lip balm in my bag… I am obsessed and cannot go more than a few hours without reapplying!

  860. Hanna says:

    Ok, so I live in their Catalina bag, but as a nanny to four kids, a person assistant, and a jet setter with a boyfriend on the other side of the planet, what DONT I have in my bag?! Grabbing this next week if luck isn’t with me for Sunday 🙂

  861. Kelly says:

    I always have my sunglasses, a hair tie, and a pen.

  862. Kristen says:

    I always carry hand sanitizer and a small packet of tissues!

  863. Tosha says:

    My inhaler and retainer 8)

  864. Jenni says:

    Wallet, phone, mini-packet of tissues, and a healthy snack

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