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What to Pack in Your Clutch Bag: Going Out Essentials

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The festive season is fast approaching, and with it comes a long list of social engagements. Most women’s go-to option when going out is a clutch bag; they work for most dress codes and are sleek and stylish. However, they are also a lot smaller than most women’s everyday bags which means packing them can be a struggle. So how are you meant to know what you are going to need? Luckily for you, we have put together a list of the essentials, so keep reading to find out. 

An ID & Payment Methods

These should really be obvious. Carrying a form of identification is always a good idea regardless of whether you need one to prove your age. You also need to make sure that you have either your cards or your cash too. It Is always worth double-checking both of these when packing your bag for a night out. 

Makeup Touch-Ups

Unfortunately, no makeup is truly smudge or sweat-proof. So, to ensure that you are looking your best throughout the night, you might want to pack a few small items. Firstly, a pressed powder like the one from Code Eight is a must; it stops the shine in its tracks and helps to keep your skin looking matte and not oily. Remember your lippy and eyelash glue, too, if you favour a fake lash.


If your event is going to go on for some time or involves eating or physical activity, you might want to consider the aroma you want to give off. Whatever perfume you have decided to wear will likely lose its scent throughout the night, and if you are dancing or moving a lot, then you might work up a sweat. Packing your perfume can help you to stay fresh. If you are going to eat or drink, you may want to take some mints or chewing gum. This will not only make you feel better, but it is also a courtesy for those around you. 

A Bobble & Clips

You will probably spend a fair bit of time styling your hair before you go out, but in all likelihood, it will get annoying and in the way throughout the night. Ensuring that you have some bobbles or clips on hand mean that you can adjust your hair throughout the night to maximise your comfort. 

Optional Extras

If you have a slightly bigger clutch bag, then you might have a bit of room left to play around with. You could choose to pack a couple of plasters or other first aid kit essentials. On the other hand, you could go down the wardrobe mishap route and pack some safety pins or superglue. Try to be realistic and think about what would make the most sense.

In Conclusion

What you choose to pack in your clutch bag could make or break your evening if you forget something important. The best thing you can do is sort out your bag a little in advance; if you pack it just before you leave, you are far more likely to forget something. Consider this list when preparing for your next event to ensure that you have everything you will need. 

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