As Everyday Carry… for Men confirms, men carry the basics with them. What men carry usually fits into their pockets or clips to their belts. On the other hand, Women tend to carry a great deal more with them on a regular basis. The fact that a popular shower game is to see who has the most of 20 items on a list in her purse says a lot about the eclectic nature of the contents of most women’s purse.
Men and women have some of the same items that they carry in common with each other. For example, most carry a wallet (or some version of a wallet and the usual contents like driver’s license, credit cards, money, etc.), cell phone and keys. In addition to these items, the majority of women also carry a highlighter and/or pen, gum and lip gloss or lipstick with them.
Beyond these items, women not only carry vastly more than men carry, but what women carry varies a great deal from one woman to the next. A woman’s purse/handbag, it seems, is more than just a carryall for necessary items. It serves as a one-stop destination, kind of like the mall. A woman’s purse, in addition to being a convenient way to carry the bare essentials, also serves as a:
1.) Coffee Shop. One woman claims to carry the makings for coffee along with the creamer and sweetener necessary for her to enjoy her coffee. She did not say if she carried a cup to hold her coffee too.
2.) Medicine Cabinet. From a variety of painkillers (Motrin being the most popular) to Kleenex to contact supplies to antibiotic ointment, many women carry the “just-in-case” items often found in a medicine cabinet. Interestingly, the items considered essential and worth always carrying is not the same for every woman.
3.) Convenience Store. Everyone has stopped at a convenience store while traveling and grabbed something to drink, a snack and perhaps a magazine. Some women have decided that carrying these items with them is more convenient. (It’s definitely cheaper than buying them at most convenience stores.)
4.) Beauty shop. As already mentioned, the large majority of women carry lip gloss or lipstick with them at all times. In fact, many usually have more than one color with them. In addition, women also carry a variety of other beauty oriented items such as a nail clipper or file, mascara, lotion, floss and a brush or comb.
5.) General Store. When children are babies, a diaper bag serves to carry many items that might be needed. When children grow out of diapers, some of those items make their way into mom’s purse. For example, some women regularly carry a change of underwear for their little one, wipes of some sort and toys to occupy the kids. Many women also carry items such as a book, reading glasses, sunglasses and a hand-held fan. And not to leave out the men, some women carry items that their husbands might need but don’t want to carry. In fact, one woman said she always has a pair of reading glasses for her husband. Note that the men did not admit to carrying those with them regularly. Another woman said that her husband wants her to carry a “mom purse” (meaning, a large purse or bag), so she can have more items with her that he thinks she should always have.
Women carry an amazing amount of items with them regularly, and the variety of those items is certainly intriguing. Even with the large number of items listed above, there are quite a few items not yet mentioned. (Some of those items include larger electronics (iPad for example), inhaler, jewelry, note pads, business cards, etc.) The large variety of items that women carry in their handbags/purses seems rivaled only by the large variety of different sizes, shapes and colors of handbags/purses available. This carryall has gone well beyond being just a convenient storage place for the bare necessities. No wonder there’s a game related to revealing what’s in a woman’s purse.