I'm spending this weekend in Bratislava, Slovakia to celebrate my brother’s 21st birthday. I love coming to Bratislava because it’s one of the few places where I feel at home. It’s one of the few cities where I know my way around, have a few favorite bars, restaurants, cafes, and alleys to take a stroll on. Knowing my way around makes packing a purse so much easier, which is especially helpful on weekends like this one where my schedule is completely packed with one meeting after another and errands in-between.
Now, I’m not a very heavy packer when it comes to handbags because I absolutely hate having to lug around things I do not use. Just last night I asked my friend Tina why she was carrying a backpack out on a Friday night and she said, “because my whole life is in there.” And it’s true! I mean, I’ve seen her dig in her bag for a bottle of water and find a whole new box of cigarettes in there. But when she goes to the bathroom at the club and asks me to hold her bag, I’m just in awe of the fact that she actually carries this thing around with her… it must weigh at least 10 lbs. My bag gets heavy on week days when I happen to have a lot of errands to run, but never when I’m going out on the town.
In contrast to Tina’s bag, my purses are usually about the size of an A5 notebook with an option to use as a clutch or cross body. Right now I’m wearing this dusty pink envelope purse from Promod around, alternating between a shoulder style and a handy clutch. Because I do a lot of walking to get from one place to another while I’m here, I decided to pack light but smart while I’m here this weekend. In my bag you will find:
- A trusty ball point pen because you never know when you’ll need to write something down for someone.
- My EU passport just in case I need to show ID or am a witness of a crime, a victim of a crime… yeah, I know that’s not very positive but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Phone + external charger is a must! So many of my nights out have ended in despair by fault of a crappy phone battery. I used to carry around the charger with its plug, but even that proved to be useless, as many bars, restaurants, and cafes don’t have accessible outlets for guests. Instead of being lame and switching my phone from airplane mode and back to save battery life, I’ve invested in this cute little external charger by Remax (this one's cool too). It has the capacity to charge my iPhone5 two times over, which is perfect for a person like me who communicates strictly via Facebook Messenger (aka the battery killer!).
- My handy dandy Kindle e-book reader is always on me when I’m out of town. It’s small enough to stick in my purse, weighs nearly nothing, and is a great way to kill time. Instead of being buried in my phone eating away at my data plan I can always just pull out my Kindle and catch up with the characters in The Nightingale, Look Who’s Back, The Plum Tree, or essentially any other book out there.
- Plenty of coins because unlike in the US, Euro coins actually have value. I don’t have the patience to try and find a bar that accepts cards, so I always make sure to have plenty of cash in coins and a few smaller bills.
- A great lipstick & emergency accessory are a good thing to have around in case you want to elevate your look from day to night. Like I said, I like to keep my schedule packed when visiting Bratislava, so I hardly ever have time to go home to change or touch up my makeup. A sexy dark lipstick and pair of classy earrings can take any look from casual to glamorous in seconds. I'm currently obsessed with Clinique's Cola Pop shade!