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8 Things Every Modern Woman Should Have in Her Handbag

There is no more important accessory is in a woman's life than her favorite handbag. It's something she's purchased to match her style, and it goes with every outfit she owns. And while you can bet it looks great - you know it's functional too. Even if it's a thousand-dollar handbag, it's never just for show. It's used to contain some of the most essential items for daily life.

So what do you keep in your handbag?

Every woman tells a different story, and there are no right answers. But in general, there are some elements that every modern woman should have in their favorite handbag. These items will come in handy on a regular basis, and you can be sure you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way.

A Bit of Cash - many women don't even carry cash or change in their purses anymore. It’s debit or credit cards all the way as real cash is becoming an endangered species. And while it's true you can go for weeks without ever having to spend your dollar bills, it's always good to have some in case of an emergency. There are some situations (although increasingly rare) where plastic won't do the job - and you'll be thankful for that real cash.

Breath Mints - there's nothing worse than talking to someone who has bad breath, and you don't want to be that person. Sometimes we just don't know what our breath smells like, so it's better to be safe than sorry. Breath mints come in all shapes and sizes, and there are great way to feel confident that you're giving off a fresh scent while you're talking.

Lip Gloss - a great brand of lip gloss can kill two birds with one stone by moisturizing your lips of making them irresistible at the same time. It's always good to have your favorite shade on hand for quick touchups in case you run into that delivery guy you've got a crush on.

Hand Lotion - if there's one part of your body that needs to be moisturized on a regular basis, it's your hands. They endure a lot of damage throughout the day and suffer a lot of wear and tear. It's essential that you have a good moisturizer on hand, and you might even want to find one that also has the ability to sanitize.

Kleenex - you never know when there's going to be a small mess that needs cleaning up. There's nothing more annoying than spilling a cup of coffee and having nothing to wipe it with. Having a few tissues on hand solves this problem, and it never hurts to have some when you need to blow your nose or take off your makeup.

Advil/Aspirin - we've all been in that uncomfortable situation when we needed something for a headache. We usually end up making a late-night trip to the drug store just to buy an overpriced bottle – one that we end up losing anyways. You can solve this problem by making sure that you keep a small bottle of pain reliever in your handbag.

Oil Papers - it's three o'clock, the sun is out, and your skin is feeling icky. It's the time of day when your face produces the most loyal. Whether you're dealing with more serious breakouts or just have oily skin, it's nice to have handy wipes on hand that are specifically designed to get rid of excess oil. They can be a lifesaver when you're feeling stressed and your skin is way too shiny.

A Mirror - rather than strategically looking into shop windows while trying to see your own reflection, it's better to have a mirror of your own. There are plenty of compact handheld mirrors that will do the job nicely, and a lot of them are just as stylish as your handbag. You can even find one that's color-coordinated to amp-up your cute-factor. With a good mirror by your side can rest assured that you'll look great all day long.