What you bring to prom is almost as important as what you wear to prom. Having an adequately packed clutch could mean all the difference between having a carefree, fun night where you dance the evening away with your friends, to a night of aching feet, split seams, or smeared makeup. To prevent any of these unfortunate issues from marring your perfect evening, consider what to pack into your clutch when you’re shopping for your prom dress.
You don’t want to be hauling around a giant purse all night, so you need to be prudent with what gets the precious space in your clutch, and you’ll also want to choose a clutch that fits all you need.
Choose a clutch that has a couple of hidden pockets, and that has a firm clasp that won’t fall open. Make sure it fits your cell phone when you’re buying it so that you can capture Snaps all night, and also make sure that it has an optional cross-body strap. While you might not want to wear it cross-body throughout the entire evening, when you’ve been dancing all night you’ll be happy to have a way to hold onto your things without having to use up a hand.
Mints or breath fresheners
Whatever you decide on to keep your breath fresh, make sure you bring it with you in your clutch. Whether it’s for a kiss during a slow song, or for chatting with friends between songs, making sure your breath is pleasant is a must.
If your hair has been styled in any way that requires bobby pins, you’ll want to have some extras on hand. Bobby pins have a way of getting away from us, so having some extras on hand to tuck back stray curls will be invaluable when you want to stay styling in your short prom dresses.
You know your skin best, so choose wisely here. If you have a tendency to get oily, then bring blotting papers with you. If you love lipstick, choose a long-lasting color and carry the tube with you for any touch-ups. Same goes for things like lip chap and moisturizer. If possible, bring sample or travel sizes, so they take up less room.
Drop a tiny stick of travel deodorant to freshen up between songs. If your clutch is too small for this, you can also tuck a couple deodorant wipes into a Ziploc bag and tuck it into a hidden pocket. If you’re shy about sweating, look for a dress on JJ’s House whose fabric will help disguise any sweat stains, or opt for a strapless style.
Even if you’re not close to your period, someone else might be. Having a tampon or panty liner on hand can be a lifesaver if the worse happens and your period starts early.
Whether you’re suffering from blisters or have a paper cut, Band-Aids can come in handy when you’re out on the dance floor and need a way to ease the ache in your feet on stop yourself from bleeding.