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5 Things Every College Girl Needs In Her Bag – Nighttime Edition


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If you’re a regular College Fashion reader, you probably caught part one of this series; Last week, we covered the top 5 handbag essentials for all of your daytime needs! Now, however, it’s time to talk about things we keep in our bags for our nights out.

Whether you’re going to a party on campus, a Greek function, or just hanging out with the girls for the evening, you’ll probably have  a bag of some sort nearby! Though there can definitely be overlap amongst the items we carry for day and night, nighttime bags are usually smaller than daytime ones, and therefore, fewer items can fit into them. That’s why it’s so important to pack wisely!

Again, not including the absolute essentials (cell phone, ID, cash/credit card, and keys) we’ve compiled our picks for the five things every college girl needs in her bag… for night!

1. Oil-absorbing sheets.

After a night of dancing, even the most perfect makeup can get runny, and formerly matte faces can appear ultra dewy. Though not a new phenomenon by any means, these ultra-compact sheets are a great way to freshen up and eliminate shine with a quick touch up!

If you’re going for a polished, matte look, check out sheets that come pre-powdered. Some people say that they’re noticeably better at soaking up oil, but if the color of the powder doesn’t match your skin tone, you can risk looking chalky. Just want some extra shine control? Go for the classic, powder-free Clean & Clear variety.

Hot Picks


Product Information: Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, Barneys. Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers, Barneys. Bare Escentuals Shine Control Sheets, Nordstrom. Paul & Joe Blotting Paper, Beautyhabit. Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets, Amazon.

2. Pain reliever.

As many of you commented on part one of this series, having a pain reliever of some sort on hand is a must!

It’s inevitable — sometime this semester, you’ll encounter headaches, cramps, or general discomfort, either personally or on behalf of one of your BFFs. And though you might be kind of annoyed that your Advil takes up space in your bag on days where you feel great, you’ll be thankful you have it when you’re not feeling so hot.

And now, with special travel-sized bottles and one-dose packets, there should be an option that fits in your most miniature of purses! A special note: always be aware of whether or not it’s safe to consume alcohol in combination with your pain reliever – some brands don’t mix with drinks!

Hot Picks

Product Information: Midol, Motrin, Tylenol and Advil, all

3. Camera.

Even though it takes up the most space of any of these items, a good night-out camera is always good to have on hand. After all, someone in the group has to take the photos for tomorrow’s Facebook album! As much as I love my BlackBerry, there’s just something about the appeal of camera-produced digital pictures that can’t be beat… probably about 7 megapixels! Ensure some high-quality mementos from your night out with by bringing your own purse-sized cam.

Hot Picks

Product Information: Zebra Skin Flip MinoHD Cam, Cafe Press. Cannon PowerShot S95, Amazon. Polaroid Turquoise Digital Camera, Target. Sony Cyber-Shot T99, General Electric A735PL Digital Camera,

4. Lip product.

Tons of readers commented that chapstick and lipgloss were amongst their every day staples and I couldn’t agree more! Lip product is one of those items that’s always with me, 24/7!

But which product to choose? There are so many great lip products that do double duty for winter, providing moisture and gorgeous shine all at once. Or, choose something special for your night out: we love products that are hyper-pigmented or contain some extra shimmer – this minimizes the need to reapply! The only downside with statement-making lipsticks? You may have to find a mirror (or carry one of your own!) to ensure perfect application. It’s a trade off!

Hot Picks

Product Information: Centrifuchsia Opaque Lipstick, Lime Crime. LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm, Amazon. DuWop Twilight Lip Venom, Sephora. Kiss Me Very Emollient Lip Balm, Philosophy. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick, Yes Style. Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother, Ulta. MAC Lip Conditioner SPF 15, Nordstrom. Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick, Sephora.

5. Band-aids.

Cute band-aids are a definite handbag must-have! Shoes giving you a blister? Got a hangnail? Unidentified drunken injury?! Whatever the issue, be prepared and stash a band-aid or two in your clutch for emergencies.

Ever-fashionable CF readers will be happy to know that manufacturers are now offering many, many options beyond basic beige and skin tone-colored bandages! Whether you choose neon, Hello Kitty, or Cynthia Rowley, there’s a cool way to protect your injury in style. See below for more of our faves!

Hot Picks

Product Information: Assorted “Wacky” Bandages, Fred Flare and Urban Outfitters.

Your thoughts?

What are your nighttime essentials?! Are there items you always include in your going out bag? Anything that stays regardless of the time of day? Have any tips on saving space? Leave a comment and let us know what you carry!

Posted on on January 26, 2011 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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20 Responses to “5 Things Every College Girl Needs In Her Bag – Nighttime Edition”

  1. 1
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    what also works for oil absorbent sheets if you don’t find the time to go to the drug store is to actually use the brown napkins that they have in starbucks because those are really really effective.

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    January 26th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Great tip, Kelly! I haven’t heard of that before!

  3. 3
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Too bad you can’t fit a Canon T2I in a clutch :(

    Tissue paper also works in a pinch for a shine-control fix.

    & I don’t know about anyone else, but mints (I like the mini altoids) are a must item in my going-out clutch too.

    Lastly – my other essential is the clutch itself – I invested in a simple Louis Vuitton clutch in their classic brown monogram print several years ago, and it still looks brand-new to this day. Its classic, will probably always be in style, and matches pretty much anything in my wardrobe. Its also very versatile – great for going out, a wedding, or even a business dinner.

  4. 4
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    ^thanks for that, kelly! and another helpful post from collegefashion!

  5. 5
    January 26th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    All great picks. I never would have thought of needing bandaids in a clutch but last year on spring break I sliced my hand open on a door in a restaurant and was in dire need of one. Now I take them with me all the time. Another thing I always cary with me are hair ties especially if you’re at a bar with a lot of people and it gets hot!

  6. 6
    January 26th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Great picks! Absolutely a must in the bag!

  7. 7
    January 26th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Mace! Obviously, if I’m walking around campus after dark, I try not to be by myself but just in case I get separated from the group, it’s always nice to know I have it. I got mine at a gun shop, actually, and it’s about the size of a large lipgloss tube.

    And make sure you carry it in your hand! Fumbling for it in your clutch isn’t going to work when some skeez-ball is attacking you.

  8. 8
    January 26th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I myself carry moisturizer with me at all times. Whenever I feel like my foot was about to get chafed, I apply. Never needed bandaids for foot blisters again.

  9. 9
    January 26th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I agree with Alison. Mace is a must have! Mine is in a pink container for a girly touch haha

    I also agree with Maria about moisturizer, but for another reason. I actually have pretty dry skin and I hate getting flaky! No amount of make up covers that up; moisturizer is the only option.

    Also, I currently have one of those hello kitty bandaids on right now!

  10. 10
    January 26th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    This post was so rad. Very real and economical and funny. Still love knowing what others put in their bags, its just like part of their personality I feel. 1 think I would aid is FAST FLATS – got a pair for Christmas and they are a lifesaver.

  11. 11
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Bobby pins and hair ties are an absolute must. I love having Bobby pins because you never know when you’ll need to pin your hair back! Great post!

  12. 12
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Like Alison and Sam said, mace is definitely a good thing to have. I got my pink pepper spray at bass pro shop for $13, and although I will hopefully never have to use it, I feel a whole lot safer knowing I have it.

    I’d never thought about keeping bandaids in my bag, but that is a really good idea.
    and I already have a tiny container for advil that looks like a giant advil, so i’ll be toting that along as well now :)

  13. 13
    March 5th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    i have all these = ] i feel so prepared… if i ever get out

  14. 14
    August 26th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    If you wear contact lenses, you should also always have a contact lens case filled with solution. You just never know if some dust flies into your eye and you need to take your contact out asap.

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