A handbag holds everything – everything you need to survive each day, from money in both cash and credit card form to a tiny umbrella and various medications. Because they hold so much for us, handbags are usually quite heavy, and take effort to lug around. Although you may be able to fit just about anything in your own, there are a few items you might want to consider leaving at home. Whether for safety and security reasons, or simply messy reasons, think about keeping the following things out of your handbag next time you leave home.
Crucial Government Identification
With the exception of your driver’s license, which you need any time you drive or make a purchase with a credit card, it’s a bad idea to take your government-issued identification items with you on a daily basis. Do you really need your Social Security card, your passport, and your birth certificate everywhere you go? All of these items are key to identity thieves, and if your handbag gets stolen you’ll immediately regret carrying these with you. Leave them at home, in a safe place, and bring them only when you need them.
Messy, Goopy Makeup Products
Who doesn’t carry a few makeup items in their bag? Lipsticks, eye shadows, mascaras, powders – all of these typically end up in a handbag, and all of them can make a huge mess. Minimize the damage done to your handbag and everything inside of it by leaving the messiest of these items at home. Don’t carry around lotions, skin creams, or even bottles of liquid that can easily twist open, pop their lids off, and destroy your handbag.
It might sound like an odd item to leave at home, especially if you use your checkbook often, but those blank checks sitting in your handbag are a fantastic find for identity thieves. Your checkbook contains both blank checks, your bank account number, and your account’s routing number – all of which a thief can use to steal your money. Play it safe and carry your checkbook only when you know you’ll need it; most things can be purchased with credit or debit cards anyway.
“Fresh” Foods or Leftovers
Planning on taking a snack break at some point throughout your day? Packing a granola bar, a sealed bag of pretzels or chips, or an apple is fine, but don’t toss your leftover lunch or anything that could potentially smell. Your handbag isn’t a refrigerator, and it can’t keep very much safe – most are soft and easy to smash, meaning whatever’s inside could not only seep out of its packaging and ooze into the rest of your belongings, but could cause disgusting rot. Keep your handbag clean and food-free by leaving food at home.