If going out for any kind of shopping, you just cannot go out empty handed. You have a lot of things you need to take care of before venturing out. There are many things you need to carry while going out for shopping or the whole trip would be a waste.
These things have to be pre-planned. As you may forget one thing or the other and a whole trip to your shopping destination would simply be wasted. This brings us to the reason why should we pre-plan or prepare for our shopping adventure.
Reasons why we need to prepared for shopping beforehand
Wastage of resources
We need to cut down on the unnecessary trips, wastage of money and petrol! If you had bought everything that you need for shopping, then you may not have to go through this. Hence a day before please write down what you need for shopping.
Wastage of time
We do not want to come back and forth and waste our time just because we forgot our wallet or anything else. We need to realize how important time is that we simply cannot afford to waste it.
Peace of mind
We want to enjoy shopping without having worried about what is happening and what we have forgotten. If we had a list of the things we need to take with us, then we can shop tension free.
Becomes a habit
Upgrade or downgrade your bag
So after you prepared the first time. You can keep a going out bag where you can remove or add things from experience or depending on the season or what you use and what you hardly use, etc.
Now having discussed why you need to plan what essentials you need while going out for shopping let us discuss
The 22 Important things you should always carry with you while shopping
1. Wallet with money
2. Loyalty cards
This is the protector you need always. Inside or out carry this with you. What if you have pre-applied the sunscreen? Well, sunscreens last only for a short period depending on the SPF. You need to reapply them now and then. Especially if you are doing street shopping and sweating a lot. Carry a sunscreen spray as it may not spoil your makeup and carry a small bottle so as to not increase the weight of the bag.
Again something that usually comes in handy outdoors. We can protect our skin from the sun through a sunscreen but to protect our eyes we need polarized sunglasses to reduce glare from surfaces. UV protected glasses will protect you from the sun too. They can also help you when there is a lot of dust especially if you wear contact lenses.
6. Phone with apps and internet data
7. Power bank
We cannot depend on the mall or the streets to provide us charging points or charger at all times. It is safest to carry a power bank if you are going for a long shopping adventure. Make sure to charge your power bank before.
8. Extra carry bags
10. Water bottle
If you think there is a water supply in the mall then carry an empty bottle otherwise for street shopping carry a full bottle. This will help you be hydrated all the time. Also will help you save the environment and your money as you won’t be buying packaged plastic drinking water bottles from the store.
12. Wet wipes and tissues
13. Sanitary napkins
15. Stole or scarf
Whether you want to protect yourself while street shopping or hide your face in indoor shopping this is your best friend. You never know how and when you can use it. It can be used in many ways. Tie it in your bag so you never forget it and it adds a statement to your bag.
16. Pen and notepad
Sometimes you need to take notes or just give someone a design idea. There this pen and notepad combo comes in handy. If your phone is not working then this is a superb combo. It can also help you when you want to design a map to a certain place or design a cloth for a tailor or room for an architect to tell them what you want.
I think you do not even need to keep this in your bag. Wear a scrunchie on your hand like a bracelet or carry a clutch for hair. This will help you neaten the look or set back the irritated hair. You can also carry a small comb if you need occasional brushing.
18. House keys
Do not forget keys especially if you live with other people. If they are not around and you come home with shopping bags and you see the door closed it will frustrate you. So carry your key and be independent.
Music helps in killing time. When you are walking between shops or traveling in a cab for shopping earphones are the best you can get. Try keeping them entangled in earphones carrying case so they do not get mixed with other things.
20. Shopping list (To-do planner)
22. Deodorant or Perfume
This is a good option especially if you get sweaty while shopping. Street shoppers please carry perfume as you want to stay away from bad odor. Also if you sweat a lot use a drying deodorant.
I hope this list helps or reminds you of what you can take out before going for shopping. Let me know if there is something I missed out so we can update that too. As planned shopping is always a good experience.
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