Overnight Handbag: How to Prepare for a Casual Sleepover

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Ladies, if there’s any chance your evening will end up in a sleepover, transform your purse into a make-shift washbag. Even if there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell you’ll be getting nooky tonight, carry these items with you anyway — because the best hook-ups happen when you least expect them.

  1. Compact ballet flats. Don’t be caught making the walk of shame home at 7am in your uncomfortable six-inch disco stilettos. Comfortable “City Slips” (fold up flats) and “After Soles” (roll up flats) can transform that journey home into a walk of fame.
  2. Condoms. Even if you’re on the Pill, or some other form of birth control, do not assume that it’s the guy’s responsibility to provide the STD protection, simply because he’s the one to wear it. You are responsible for your own sexual health. Plus, there’s nothing worse than running out of safety socks when you’re both up for round two!
  3. Mascara & moisturizing lipstick. You don’t need your whole ten-pound makeup bag, just these two essentials. The mascara will brighten up tired eyes in the morning. And a moisturizing lipstick will add color while soothing lips chapped from kissing. The lipstick can even double as impromptu rouge (though your cheeks will probably already be flushed from the evening’s activities). With these simple tools, you’ll look bright and fresh in the morning, without looking overdone.
  4. Dissolvable breath strips. A toothbrush and toothpaste, even travel-sized, is a bit much to tote around all evening. But you don’t want to be chomping on a piece of gum like a cow, either after dinner or before breakfast (before you’re ready to get out of bed and clean your teeth). Minty breath strips are powerful and dissolve quickly, so you can get onto more important things.
  5. A tank top. If what you’re wearing out that night will look funny on a commuter train home in the morning (or out at brunch), then pack something small you can wear as a top alternative. Nothing gives away a one-night stand like a sequined halter top glittering in the morning light. Note: If you are attending a super fancy affair, either bring a purse which can hold a casual skirt too or don’t sleepover (a girl’s gotta have her dignity).
  6. A book of matches. Speaking of dignity, should you find yourself in the unfortunate and unlucky situation of being stuck in his bathroom in desperate need of a room deodorizer, light a match, quickly blow it out, and flush it down the toilet.
  7. A razor. If you’re one of those women who can’t stand her own stubble, carry a razor in your purse. Because if you end up at his place, chances are he’ll have some shaving cream in his bathroom that you can borrow for a quick touch up. Remember, men can be very territorial about their razors, and nothing’s more annoying to him than nicking his neck the next day because you dulled his Mach 3 with your leg hair — and yes, he’ll always be able to tell.

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12 Comments on "Overnight Handbag: How to Prepare for a Casual Sleepover"


Dr Prosciutto
4 years 11 months ago

Sharing a razor is riskier. HIV and Hepatitis C are much more transmissible by blood.

Steven
5 years 19 days ago

While my girl doesn’t REQUIRE a razor, it makes her more comfortable. I.E. if she doesn’t have it, I can’t touch her legs, unless she has jeans, which she does because she is at my place so often (still in college, and about an hour and half away from each other, ONLY reason we haven’t moved in yet). As far as a tooth brush, in my experience with friends, if there is ANY chance of nookie at all they keep a spare toothbrush at their place. Any guy who doesn’t is rude. If you must shave, please bring a razor, or shave after we do, and let us know. It does hurt. She did it once with mine (it was new) and didn’t let me know (she thought it was no big deal, most things aren’t), needed to pull out a new razor. got three nicks doing half of my face. thought it was the razor till she told me over breakfast. (and now I make sure she has a razor at my place, I tend to learn after one mishap).
Sorry about the long rant, hope it helps.

dysgrace
5 years 26 days ago

obviously, the solution to this is to have the gentleman over to your place, and then you can shoo him gently out the door (after breakfast – it’s only polite) while you shower, shave and doll up in peace.

if you must sleep over i understand the tank top and flats for pure comfort, and while you’re toting half an outfit around, might as well throw in a pair of underwear and a toothbrush too. how about some flip flops? (i’d like to see the size of THAT party clutch-bag.)

…but a razor????? how insecure are you that you need to ‘touch up’ every morning?

Madamoiselle L
5 years 29 days ago

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve had to worry about this, but I would NEVER go without a toothbrush. Yuck. Luckily, Colgate makes a little disposable toothbrush which takes up only a little room in your bag. Otherwise, you may end up rinsing with Scotch the morning after, like Elizabeth Taylor did, in Butterfield Eight.

http://www.colgatewisp.com/wisp/HomePage?cid=ppc_gg_nb_stan_Wisp_Broad_disposable+toothbrush

IMO, that, CHEAP ballet flats (you can get them for between $5.00 and $10.00 at discount stores) and definitely under eye cover up and eye LINER (both do most of us more good than mascara, when we’re in a hurry, at least for those of us with slightly more Mediterranean or Latina complexions) and you’re good to go…..home.

It would NEVER have occurred to be to ever bring a razor. To each her own. The tank top is a good idea. The condoms, go without saying, although it should be said.

S
5 years 29 days ago

If you don’t know your partner well enough that you feel embarrassed to have them discover you are one of those disgusting women who POOP, perhaps you shouldn’t be sleeping with them.