What’s in My Bag? 15 College Girl Essentials

A college student does a what’s in my bag post, sharing her handbag essentials for college.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a huge sucker for all those “What’s In My Bag” posts and websites. I love seeing what knick-knacks people carry around with them. It’s such an interesting insight into someone’s personality, don’t you think? In the words of my girl Carrie Bradshaw, “It’s just a little bag, but we feel naked in public without it.”

So, I thought I’d indulge myself (and you all) by giving you a peek into my purse! And let’s be honest, it was a much needed excuse to finally clean out my bag…

Below, you’ll find what I am currently carrying around in my handbag. Enjoy!

What’s In My Bag?

Whats in my bag with numbers
  1. Wallet: I bought this wallet at Target this past winter, and I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect size, plus it looks way more expensive then it actually is.
  2. Suglasses: These adorable sunnies are from Forever 21, and they have the perfect pop of mint green.
  3. EOS Lip Balm: I adore all EOS lip balms, but the sweet mint version is my favorite flavor (and color!).
  4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: I’m currently reading this book, and I can’t put it down. Sandberg is so relatable and inspiring. Even though I’m still in college and some of it doesn’t apply to me, this book is a must-read for women of all ages.
  5. Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Lipgloss: This shade is called All Day Cherry, and I apply it whenever I go out or when I want to amp up my minimal daytime makeup. It really does last forever, too!
  6. Goody Ouchless Elastics: I can’t go anywhere without a few extra hair ties!
  7. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume Mini: I recently received this mini perfume sample at Sephora and I love it. The floral scent is heavenly and ideal for summer.
  8. Rosebud Salve: This stuff has been around since 1892 for a reason. The light rose smell is lovely and you can put it on your lips, dry skin, or even your cheeks for some subtle color. I’ve had this tin for six months and there’s still a bunch left.
  9. Sephora Mirror Compact: My friend recently gave me a Sephora gift card which comes with this cute little mirror compact. So handy!
  10. Amplitone Headphones: My brother gave me these beauties for my birthday and I’m obsessed. They’re my favorite color and the vintage style is to die for.
  11. Brown Leather Cross-Body Bag: I bought this purse when I was in Paris last summer, and I’ve pretty much been carrying it around with me since. Since it’s real leather, it was a bit of a splurge, but it’s roomy enough to hold everything I need. Plus it reminds me of all the amazing memories I had on my trip to Europe!
  12. Garance Doré iPhone 5 Case: Speaking of all things French, this charming phone case had me the moment I saw it online. It’s from Rifle Paper Co.’s exclusive Garance Doré collection. (Which is totally worth checking out, by the way.)
  13. Pink Journal: This journal is from my guilty pleasure – the Target dollar section. I use it to jot down random thoughts throughout the day.
  14. Paper Mate Clear Point Mechanical Pencil: These are my absolute favorite pencils. In fact, I’ve been using them since sixth grade!
  15. Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pen: I recently found this pen floating around in my desk and started using it again. If you’re left-handed like me, try these out! They dry really quickly, so your writing won’t smudge.

Love any of the items I featured from my bag? Check out this set I put together inspired by the contents of my purse! The sources are listed below:

Whats in my bag college girl edition

1. Purse, 2. Lipgloss, 3. Compact, 4. Perfume, 5. EOS Lip Balm, 6. Hair Elastics, 7. Rosebud Salve, 8. Phone Case, 9. Headphones, 10. Book, 11. Journal, 12. Pencil, 13. Wallet, 14. Pens, 15. Sunglasses

What’s In Your Bag?

What items do you have in your bag right now?What are your must-haves in your purse? What bag are you using at the moment? Sound off below, I’d love to hear!

10 thoughts on “What’s in My Bag? 15 College Girl Essentials”

  1. I keep different bags for different occasions just so I don’t get the items in them mixed up. I have a holiday handbag that contains lipbalm as well as a few accessories in silver just in case I forget to pack jewellery. My ‘going out’ handbag has a million lipglosses as well as a few menus. Random but I like to know beforehand what I’m ordering and from where. The basics in all my bags are usually earphones, wallet, cellphone, ipod, hand santiser and tissues.

  2. I LOVE those PaperMate Clear Point pencils too! I have a large silver/black crossbody bag that I’ve used for everything from everyday to a carry-on for short trips. My staples are:
    Hand Cream (currently PINK fresh and clean)
    Mini Nail Files (in a cute matchbox style case)
    Ear buds
    Compact mirror
    Face cleansing wipes
    Spare phone charger
    Mini Hairbrush
    Random color of Pilot G2 Pen (currently teal)
    Burts Bees Lipbalm
    Mini notebook (mostly for shopping lists)
    Keys (with a solid perfume keychain)
    A small pounh of feminine products
    A bottle of ibuprofen
    A few band-aids

    Ahaha, pretty much am the “if you need it, Carmie probably has it” bag.

  3. I keep a small bag with spare or cheap makeup in case I need to fix everything up. And I keep some translucent powder in the summer for when my face gets oily really fast. And my planner….. that goes everywhere with me.
    But I will say I don’t normally keep perfume or anything in my purse. That’s a good idea. Thanks!

  4. I can’t live without these ensemble inside my handbag:
    1. Wallet.
    2. Phone.
    3. Foldable-reuse shopping bag.
    4. Wet wipes.
    5. Tissue.
    6. Earphone.
    7. USB Phone.
    8. Flash drive.
    9. Journal book.
    10. Pen.
    11. Makeup bag (lip balm, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, eyebrow brush, blusher, blusher brush, compact powder, compact powder sponge, eye shadow pallete 4 in 1)
    12. Wooden hair comb.
    13. Car key.
    14. House key.

    I’m good to go, all in one nice Elle handbag.

  5. the most important things that i would always put inside my bag:
    1. phone
    2. wallet
    3. comb
    4. mirror
    5. handkerchief

    then, I’m good to go anywhere.

    I think your purse is quite big to out all those stuffs inside. But it’s nice. It’s always better to bring all your important things with you anywhere so would not have any minor problems wherever you go.

  6. I absolutely love What’s In My Bag posts and it inspired me to work on my own purse, but I carry a cute backpack because I find them easier.

  7. Dude! Sheryl Sandberg is TERRIFIC, such an inspiring writer, doctor, and human being…talk about an overachiever! She was my school’s keynote speaker at our undergraduate research conference/celebration day and was so kind, stayed forever answering questions and very sympathetic to students trying to find their way.

  8. I love these kind of posts! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    As for me, I switch out the book/journal for my iPad mini. I get both in one.

  9. I absolutely love what’s in my bag posts and this is no different! I love your list, I definitely need to start carrying some of these things. I decided to buy those headphones from your list!


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