5 Purse Essentials for a Healthy Holiday Season

///5 Purse Essentials for a Healthy Holiday Season

5 Purse Essentials for a Healthy Holiday Season

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Stay healthy this holiday season with these easy purse essentials!

Purse Essentials for Healthy Holidays- keep these items in your purse to fight off colds this winter! / Running in a Skirt

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a spooktacular weekend!  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen I had a change of plans with taking my goddaughter Isabella Trick or Treating.  The Hubs and I actually ended up flying her to Chapel Hill to see her Mom who is back in the hospital.  It wasn’t exactly the weekend I planned, but the hospital is restricting all visits for children under 12 starting today, so I needed to make it happen.

We did squeeze in a little Halloween fun in Chapel Hill and I’m planning to share more from the journey Wednesday.  I even have some cool pictures from our cloudy flight in the mountains.

In the meantime and on a less serious note, how it it November already? Holy holidays!  I think Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be here in a blink this year.  I am hoping to do my first round of Thanksgiving shopping soon, getting the non-perishable items.  My cart was so heavy last year, I recruited the hubs to help me this year. #winning

I don’t know about you, but about this time every year I start to see more and more people around me sick.  I seem to spot sniffling, sneezing and headaches everywhere I go.  I try not to be paranoid but I get a little worried about catching the next bug going around town.  Who wants to be sick at all, but less during the holidays.  I don’t have time for that!

To try to stay healthy this holiday season, I’m keeping some essential items in my purse.

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I found these goodies in Walmart, all near the pharmacy section.

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5 Purse Essentials for a Healthy Holiday Season

Water Bottle

The first item I’m keeping in my purse is a water bottle.  Staying hydrated is a key to staying healthy in my world.  Taking my own water bottle allows me to track how much I drink and make sure I don’t forget.  My body needs a lot of water to stay healthy and keep my immune system strong.  I even feel better and more energized when I don’t slack off.  On top of everything else drinking water can help you curb holiday food cravings AND keeps your skin looking great.

Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables

I try to avoid exposing myself to cold and flu germs, but despite my best efforts it happens sometimes.  That’s when I reach into my purse for an extra immune support.  Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables are quick to take and full of immune building vitamins.  It has vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and key antioxidants. They are even fun and easy to take.

I definitely took one of these after spending the weekend with mobs of school age kids Trick or Treating!

Purse Essentials for Healthy Holidays- keep these items in your purse to fight off colds this winter! / Running in a Skirt

ChapStick Total Hydration

I always have some sort of lip balm in my purse.  I feel naked without it!  I keep this ChapStick Total Hydration in my purse because is it not just pretty, it is also healthy.  You might think it’s just ChapStick, but look at the stats–>

  • 100% Natural
  • Age defying
  • Advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rose hip oils
  • Instantly smooths and moisturizes
  • Visibly renews lips
  • With omega 6 & 9
  • Clinically proven healthier looking lips

This is a new product and totally the kind lip balm I want to have with me!

Purse Essentials for Healthy Holidays- keep these items in your purse to fight off colds this winter! / Running in a Skirt

Hand Sanitizer

I wash my hands like a boss, but when I can’t, I keep hand sanitizer in my purse.  If I touch something that I know EVERYONE has touched, I reach for a little squirt to hold me over until I can properly wash my hands.  Many colds and viruses are passed by  hand contact, so this simple trick can really really help.

Advil Tablet Vial

I get headaches out of the blue, especially during the holidays.  I’m actually allergic to Christmas trees (I KNOW– what luck!) and being around them for too long gives me a terrible headache.  I have fake trees at my house, but once I’m out and about I never know when I will run into one and the last thing I want is to be a scrooge about it.  I’m not advocating popping unnecessary pills, but sometimes you just need an Advil to break the pain.  Keeping this tiny Advil Tablet Vial in my purse gives me the security to know I will always have an Advil when I need it and I don’t have to panic around Christmas trees!  Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold.

Bonus points–> It’s small enough to fit in even tiny holiday party purses!

Purse Essentials for Healthy Holidays- keep these items in your purse to fight off colds this winter! / Running in a Skirt

Staying healthy this time of year, takes a little extra effort, but these small gestures help me keep ahead of the germs!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Come back tomorrow for a post remembering my Mom.

And of course, have a Marvelous Monday! Thanks for the linkup Katie.

Your turn!

What are your purse essentials?  Get more great ideas here at Pzizer’s website!

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:07-04:00 November 2nd, 2015|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips|47 Comments


  1. Cayanne Marcus November 9, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I always carry water & advil with me, but I’ve been looking for a better chapstick for the new, dry weather we’re having in So Cal. Thanks girl!

  2. Susanna @Zealous Mom November 8, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I always have these things with me! Great list of essentials to have in one’s person.

  3. Annmarie November 4, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Definitely need to stock up on those items! I could use all the help I can get to avoid getting sick!

  4. Jaime November 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I keep all of these on hand (though I can’t have Advil, so I have another pain reliever.) Emergen-C is excellent this time of year!

  5. Liz Mays November 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    These are definitely purse essentials. I can’t go 30 minutes without applying ChapStick. Love that stuff! I like how you pointed out where they were in the store too.

  6. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes November 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I love Emergen-c!! I didn’t know they came chewable! I will have to get some of those, I’m getting tired of the drinks!

  7. Clara November 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Some really great choices here. I carry a nail clipper becuse I always seem to have a hangnail.

  8. Denise C November 3, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    My water bottle and my brush are the two most important items in my purse. Can’t go anywhere without them!

  9. Jeanine November 3, 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

    one thing I always lack is water, I’ve been drinking tons and tons more lately, but I find when I don’t drink as much is when I really start to feel my immune system crashing and I get sick!

  10. Jody @ Mommy Moment November 3, 2015 at 12:22 am - Reply

    That water bottle looks like the perfect thing to have along during the holiday season. I get dehydrated when I am busy, so it makes sense to have one in my purse.

  11. Mary Beth Jackson November 2, 2015 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I have not seen those chewables. I like the powder and they are easy to add to our smoothies for a little extra of germ fighting power!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Totally! The chewables are great for the purse too!

  12. Dogvills November 2, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    These are all a must have in your purse. I actually have all this stuff all year round.

  13. Mandi Korn November 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    You take really good care of your goddaughter, her mom definitely picked the right person in you. Sorry to hear that she is in the hospital, I will send good thoughts your way. Thanks for the tips on purse essentials, we are traveling a lot soon, so they will be something I need to consider adding to my purse contents soon.

  14. Runaway Bridal Planner November 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Love it! Your purse, has a lot of what I keep in my own. However, I did not know Emergence C came in tablets, I make the powdered drink in the morning, but I have got to get me some capsules!
    I keep Wet Wipes in my car, it’s the first thing I do when I get in it, if I come from working my PT job in the library, LOL I also have a much larger bottle of sanitizer, I go through it like crazy:)
    Right now because of some back and neck pain I have Ibuprophin, but most the time I do the same and keep Advil or Tylenol in the purse!
    Great idea’s for this season!!!!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Oh yeah!! I totally have wet wipes in the car 🙂

  15. Jess @hellotofit November 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    That’s so nice of you to be involved in your goddaughter’s life like that! 🙂
    Emergen-C is my lifesaver when I feel the smallest of tickles in the back of my throat – a sign that I’m about to get sick!

  16. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide November 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I need to get those chewables! Sickness is NOT an option this year with my oldest in school!

  17. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Emergen-C makes chewables?! WHAT?! I need them!

  18. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) November 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    We sanitize A LOT in our house. We are so paranoid about getting sick.

  19. Blane Sherer November 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Glad you were able to take your goddaughter to see her mom
    in the hospital. I’m sue they both appreciated that.
    I had a great time in Charlotte with my daughter and grandson.
    We also were able to spend time at my folks later on Saturday
    for Halloween.

  20. Rachel @ RachelMcMichael.com November 2, 2015 at 11:50 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your goddaughter’s mom. That must be so tough for her! I’m sure they are so thankful for friends like you!! We spent Halloween on the couch {the whole family was under the weather} and passed out pretzels to the trick-or-treaters who made it to our house before we all crashed at 8:30 – Ha! Not what I expected, but it was ok. And we’re all on the mend now 🙂 Love these tips – I wish I had read this a week ago before we all got sick. Definitely adding all of these essentials to my grocery list now!

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:42 am - Reply

      It’s a bad situation… but everyone is doing the best they can.
      Hope you are feeling better!

  21. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 2, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    HYDRATION. Everybody, drink your effing water!

  22. Lisa Jacqueline Lewis November 2, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    What a great idea to have essentials in your purse for the holidays! I need to make a list, terrific post!

  23. valmg @ Mom Knows It All November 2, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Aside from wallet and keys the only must-have item I have in my purse is lip gloss. My Mom always has interesting stuff in her bag, sometimes it’s a collapsible water bottle.

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

      I’m totally with you! I’d love a collapsible one!

  24. Farrah November 2, 2015 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Since I’ve been working in the hospital lately, we use hand sanitizer like nobody’s business! :O (And yay for water bottles!) Thanks for this post! It helped to remind me to transfer my chapstick from my purse to my white coat pocket! ;P

    • JulieWunder November 3, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

      I’ve been using it in the hospital too– visiting my friend. I think I have permanent alcohol smell!

  25. I like the Emergen c products and didn’t know they had a chewable. Gotta stay germ free!

  26. Paula F November 2, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Thank you for reminders !! I try to carry all of the items you mention in my purse year round!

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