Article by BR Natalie
Handbags are an enigma to both men and women. Many a man fears having to delve in to a handbag (even when expressly invited or ordered too). And women, well they can't fathom how on earth men cram everything they need into a back pocket.
The Queen's handbag causes so much interest it was the title and chapter of a book - What's In The Queen's Handbag And Other Royal Secrets. And we know you're curious, so here's what HRH carries: a small mirror, lipstick, reading glasses, mint lozenges and a fountain pen, although rarely cash, except for the “precisely folded” £5 or £10 note on Sundays.
Personally I've never been much of a handbag girl - taking whatever would fit into either: my friend's bag, my hubbie's pockets or my bra. After my son was born I commandeered a side pocket of the nappy bag and I'm slightly ashamed to admit, while shopping for his first backpack I made sure there was a pocket for mama's bits and bobs.
A glimpse into a woman's handbag is a glimpse into the woman herself. Spill the entire contents on the floor and you might as well read her diary. Phone, keys, wallet and lip balm are all safe bets, but when it comes to some women's must haves, they barely scratch the surface. Handbag Must Have Items is a fascinating (if old!) read on the Forum where members reveal just what they carry (and in some case, cart) around wherever they go.
Hand cream, tissues, a year's worth of receipts, a first aid kit, sanitiser, tampons, body spray, makeup, painkillers, iPads, books and snacks seem to be popular items. Some of the more unusual (and yet practical) items include; a pocket knife, dog treats and a torch. One handbag weighed in at 6kg! That's not an accessory that's a work out!