A Girl's Purse Essentials for Business Tripping

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The transition from hopping off the plane straight to Vietnam to a boardroom meeting took a while, but even Wendy Darling eventually grew up.

This post originally appeared on Map Happy.

Business tripping is definitely not glam. Even with hundreds of thousands of miles under my belt, it still took me a while to figure out how to look sharp straight off the plane. The most crucial part: learning to create a separate purse kit for business trips and meetings.

The concept is similar to the emergency toiletry bag I always keep stocked for the road. Transferring contents between two bags is just an invitation to lose track of something vital and forget where it is. Having a rotation of travel-sized products from my back in backpacking days helped me refine this process.

Though it's tempting to dump the entire contents of a makeup bag into a purse, it's also the quickest way to make the black hole even bigger, and that's the last thing you want to deal with when you're pulling out a presentation.

Here are the purse essentials that I keep in my bag:

  • Foldable ballet flats: Because running around Hong Kong or New York all day long in heels isn't pleasant.
  • Hairbrush: Pocket brushes are awesome.
  • Toothbrush: Because those pearly whites need to be sparkling for those meetings. (These are also great for traveling.)
  • Toothpaste: Something to cover the fact you've been drinking four cups of coffee a day.
  • Highlighter: The devil is in the details, and that extends to the cheekbones and brow arches. Thank God for that travel-sized Watt's Up.
  • Eye curler: For quick touch ups.
  • Mascara: See the above.
  • Lipstick/balm: Reapplication is often needed before/after a meal.
  • Stud earrings: In case you lose one.
What are your must-haves, ladies, that you need on hand when traveling on a business trip?
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