The other day, I was going through my handbag, frantically searching for my minty Body Shop lip balm (shimmery, but not glittery, because that's a different lip balm, also somewhere in the bag). Of course, my lip stuff had all filtered down to the bottom, so I was forced to do a inventory check on my lap...
This is what I pulled out of my bag:
My camera phone
One pair of shoes
A box of headache tablets
A box of muscle relaxants/cramp tablets
A handful of tampoons
Mouth ulcer cream
Foot blister plasters
Make up travel kit
One stack of chewing gum
(one chewed gum in a used tissue, yes... disgusting)
One box of chewy sweets
A multitude of hairbands and hairclips
Two lipsticks (different colours for different purposes)
One lipstick/lipbalm (depends which end of the stick you're using)
Two glitter lipbalms (one for night, one for day wear)
One tub of Zambuk
One tub of vaseline
A packet of tissues
One tube of handcream
Business card holder
A travel guide of Paris
My house keys
Mills's house keys
...But no minty shimmery Body Shop lipbalm. Damn, I must've left that in my other hand bag.
The really scary thing is that, apart from the cameras and Paris travelguide, it wasn't actually that different from my daily handbag contents. My day-to-day inventory generally includes a change of shoes (heels vs flat, open vs closed toes... you just never know) and a scarf (cos you never know when that North Sea wind is going to kick up). My daily handbag will also most likely include a 'brat pack' - some biscuits or a snackbar to keep the irritable nibbles at bay.
And my handbag isn't even that big.