Asalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu!
I have never really liked big handbags you know those types like Mary Poppins’ that have everything fitting into them. You get enough weird looks being a hijabi at checkout, and then confusingly rummaging through your bag as you look for your cards or cash…takes it up a notch.
And keys? They may be the worst things to look for. In those moments when I am in front of a locked door and looking for my keys, I have all my scariest thoughts come out to play.
Bags can be cute and stylish or big and bold. So whatever the size of your bag, the goal is to keep stuff organised. So either you get a bag with a lot of compartments or you invest in mini pouches to carry your essentials and keep them organised in your bag.
- Du’a book
- A notebook
- A pen
- Identity card
- Money/ATM cards
- Phone and ear buds
- Book or E-book reader
- Pocket tissue paper
- Hand moisturiser and sanitizer
They should be put in a pouch or a readily accessible compartment.
Sometimes, you might just need to take note of tasks, big ideas, plans, shopping lists and even contact details (Yes! Your phone could run out of charge)
Or two, or five or ten. You know how when you are in the bank and ask someone for a pen and they look at you like how don’t you have a pen? I am the latter. Always have a pen in a compartment or put your numerous pens in a pencil case.
I.D card/Money/ATM cards
These can all fit into a wallet or a purse or a compartment of your bag so that they can be easily reached. A mint tin would make great storage for your load of business cards. If you have a lot of store loyalty cards, punch a hole in them and keep them all on a key ring.
I hate tangled earpiece. Wrap them around your fingers into a circle and tuck them into a pouch or compartment. That way, whenever you need them, they would be tangle-free.
We always need a book. For those who aren’t readers, audio books might help get you into the bookie zone. If your phone is filled with ebooks and audiobooks then you are blessed MashaAllah.
A pack of tissues and hand sanitizer are necessary for emergencies. A lot of people are careless with their microorganisms so you would need to protect yourself. Some moisturiser and a lip balm for after wudhu epidermal dryness would be amazing for your skin.
A Du’a book
I would recommend the Hisnul Muslim a.k.a. Citadel of a believer a.k.a. Fortress of a Muslim. It has the required supplication for every situation. If you have this saved on your phone that is an added advantage.
- For pills, a pillbox might be a good investment instead of so many packets of drugs.
- Sanitary towels may be valuable for emergencies.
What do you never leave home with?