What Should Girls Carry in Their Purse at School?


The issue of purses at school is a bone of contention among educators. One Indiana school has gone so far as to ban purses in classrooms--along with book bags and backpacks. While other schools have not gone to this extreme, they have limited the size of purses. With purse space at a premium, girls have to pick and choose what they can carry to class. Here are some essentials that are allowed.

Banned Items

  • Before packing your school purse, find out what is not allowed at school. Common items that are banned in schools include cell phones, I-pods or other electronic devices and gum. Hoarding contraband items in your purse is a good way to get the purse taken away.

Sanitary Products

  • Sanitary products are at the top of most girls' emergency purse kit. Keep a supply of sanitary napkins, tampons, panty liners and ibuprofen for those days when your period surprises you. Even when it's not that time of the month, sanitary products are a must-have item to give to other girls.

Beauty Products

  • Ask a girl what her other must-have is, and she will probably list some form makeup and and a hairbrush for quick beauty corrections between classes. Most girls stock their purses with a compact hairbrush and hair spray, as well as a hair elastic, pressed powder and lip gloss.


  • If gum is a banned product at school, mints are a good substitute for freshening your breath. Many mints come in compact tins that are the perfect size for even the smallest of purses. Don't take them out of your purse during class, or you may lose them.


  • Between school identification, lunch pass, driver's license or subway pass, bank card, cash and change, a girl has a lot of things to keep track of. Instead of leaving it all loose to clutter the bottom of a purse, it's simple to keep them organized in a wallet. Most wallets also have room in them for a check book, calendar, photos and an appointment book to keep up with your important dates and phone numbers.

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