A mom is many things: a woman, a chauffeur, a nurse, a boss and the list could go on and on. One thing we all have in common is that we tend to lug around a huge purse or bag that has everything we need, and more! We chatted with our editors and put together a list of our must have items every mom needs in her purse. And bonus––they are all under $5 each! (This post contains affiliate links).

Mini First Aid Kit- $3.45

As a mom, you never know when someone is going to come running with a splinter, scraped knee or any other kind of boo boo that requires medical attention. This Mini First Aid Kit by Johnson & Johnson is so small, it literally fits in the palm of your hand. But don't fooled- it packs 12 essential items including bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze and speciality bandages all packed in a durable plastic case that will survive the confines of your purse.

Toothbrush on the Go Travel Kit- $8.49 for 4

Perfect for travel, to keep a spare in the car for those days you just forget to brush your tooth, or to give as a gift–these Toothbrush on the Go Travel Kits are a must. Each kit comes with a toothbrush and cover, travel-size toothpaste and a reusable bag to store and keep away germs. For $2.12 each, they are great when ordered in bulk to keep in the house for unexpected guests or to give out to those in need.

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper-$2.99

No one loves an oily face and keeping a pack of NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper can help you avoid those greasy moments. At only $2.99 for 50 sheets, you don't have to feel bad for using as many as you need to tame oils and sweat, and get back to a fresh face.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant- $6.49 for 2

How many times have you left the house and forgotten to put on deodorant? Or maybe you just left the gym but have to run to the grocery store before heading home? Toss one of these Dove Advanced Care Deodorant's in your purse and say goodbye to B.O. They are small enough to not get in the way, but large enough to get the job done.

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes- $4.49

When can you use facial towelettes found in your purse? After an extremely hot day, or a workout at the gym, or maybe in the morning when you realized you forgot to wash your face. This is why keeping something like Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes is always a good idea. And they're not just good for mom! Tidy up your little's faces or use in a pinch for tiny hands.

DenTek Fresh Clean Floss Pick- $2.18

There are few things worse than feeling like you have something stuck between your teeth and not being able to get it out! Whether you use a spool of floss, or some of these handy DenTek Fresh Clean Floss Picks, dental hygiene never felt so good. Keep in a small baggie in your purse or in the center console of your car––just don't be left without it!

Shout Wipes - Portable Stain Treater Towelettes- $7.99 for 24

Kids= stains and some things can't wait until you get home to treat. Portable products like Shout Wipes can be a life saver and are always easy to keep on hand. At $.33 a piece, there's no sense in keeping at least five of these in your purse at all time.

e.l.f. Ex-Tra Lip Gloss- $4.00

It's ok if you never have time to put on a full face of makeup in the morning if you keep some e.l.f. Ex-Tra Lip Gloss tossed in your purse. At only $4 you can afford to pick several colors to fit your mood and at least feel a little more put together for school pick ups and drop offs.

Scunci No Damage Elastics- $3.99

Stop thinking about picking up that hair elastic you see in the parking lot at the grocery store and carry your own pack like these Scunci No Damage Elastics. If you have daughters, these will never go to waste since it seems these things disappear all the time. Whether you're heading to the gym, it's a hot day or you're just having a bad hair day, you can always use a hair elastic!

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm- $8.04 for 4

Stop those stinging lips and make sure you're always carrying a tube of lip balm like one of our editor's favorites, Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm. At $2.01 a tube, you can keep one in your purse, at home and in the car so you have one on hand at all times!

giggle Sunscreen- $4.88

Unexpected trip to the park or just a sunnier day than you expected? Don't be left scorching in the sun and keep a tube of sunscreen like one of our faves, giggle in your purse. The 4oz size is perfect for your purse but packs enough product to slater both you and the little ones, keeping you safe and sunburn-free.

Nail Clippers- $4.95

Hangnails are the worst! Keep some nail clippers at the ready and handle torn nails, cut tags or just give yourself a manicure while you're having some alone time (for once!) in the car.


What do you have in your bag that didn’t make our list? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

––Karly Wood

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