In the same way we tend to switch up our wardrobes as one season merges into the next, it's important we remember to apply the same routine to our trusty handbags.

Whether you're a tote kind of girl or a messenger-style mum, it's fair to say your bag will always boast the usual suspects – wallet, phone, keys – but now's the time to consider everything else we carry on a daily basis.

With winter rapidly approaching, it's high-time you give your bag an overhaul and make sure you're carrying the top five essentials for the busy season ahead.

Remember, you're not ready to leave the house until you can check off all five!

1. Moisturiser

Popping a travel-sized bottle of moisturiser in your bag is absolutely vital as we face into the less-than-pleasant weather over the coming months.

From battling gale force winds to stifling under central heating, our skin is forced to endure some very extreme conditions during the festive season.

Be sure to treat it well by smoothing a little moisturiser onto your trouble spots when they're in need of some TLC.
 

2. Lip balm

Like your skin, your lips can really suffer under the season's harsh conditions.

While chapped lips are never a good look, it's fair to say they're also pretty painful and can really detract from your enjoyment of day-to-day life.

Be sure to avoid this winter pitfall by choosing a lip balm which seals in moisture and protects from external exposure.
 

3. Sure Compressed Antiperspirant

As any mum knows, winter is nearly always one of our busiest seasons, so it's important to stay fresh and protected as you prepare for the upcoming festivities.

With its handy size, Sure Compressed is the perfect addition to any handbag and makes staying fresh this winter an absolute cinch!

And the really great thing? Despite the smaller packaging, the 125ml can offers the same amount of protection and lasts just as long as the big can, plus is more environmentally friendly - What's not to love?
 

4. Dry shampoo

While winter is undoubtedly a stunning season, it also keeps us on our toes with its day-long downpours and raging winds.

Maintaining your hair in these conditions is no mean feat, so be sure to carry a travel-sized can of dry shampoo which you can use to help re-style when needed!

A quick spritz through your hair and some nifty styling will restore your 'do to its former glory in no time.
 

5. Tissues

It sounds like a given, but we all know how often we root for a tissue only to remember we gave our last one to a particular sniffly child of ours, right?

Keeping a hidden supply of tissues in your bag - which are just for Mum - is absolutely vital during these long winter months.

Between sudden colds and regular downpours, you're going to need them this season more than ever!
 

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