What to include in your raceday handbag...

So you’ve spent hours, weeks, or in some cases, months, meticulously planning your race day outfit with the perfect matching handbag, but have you thought of what you’ll need inside that bag?

A little planning can not only keep your face flawless throughout the day, but also ensure you are well and truly prepared for any wardrobe malfunctions.

Today we look at some of the best things to put in your handbag on raceday to ensure you're prepared for a fun day out at the races.

Blotting Paper

Of course you want to shine on raceday, but not in your T-zone.

Smaller and lighter than a powder compact, blotting powders fit nicely in your bag and absorb shine to leave your skin looking flawless all day - and night.

Emergency kit

The last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction, blisters, or windy day to ruin your look and mood.

We say that it's always better to be safe, than sorry and suggest you pack a few plasters, safety pins, bobby pins, a spare hair tie, needle and thread and even a couple of pain killers.

If you’re wearing false lashes, bring lash glue too - just in case one starts peeling off.

And while we always advise wearing comfortable shoes, if yours are high, or new, packing a pair of Party Feet can be worthwhile too.

The little things you pack into your bag on raceday could be the difference between a good and a great day out at the races


A must in the summer season of racing as you don’t want to damage your skin or look bright red after a few hours.

But of course no-one wants to reapply sunblock and ruin their perfect makeup either!

That’s why we LOVE Coola SPF30 Makeup Setting Spray on racedays. Simply mist it over your makeup for a refreshing blend of skin soothing ingredients as well as sun protection that won’t ruin your makeup.


You’ll want to touch up after eating and drinking - especially if you’re entering our fashions in the field competitions.

Always pack your lipstick, or consider a multi-tasking makeup solution such as Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks that does double-duty as blush and lipstick.

Mini Atomiser

If you can get your hands on a small atomiser to decant your favourite scent into, it’s worth bringing it in your bag.

While not essential, it’s always nice to freshen up over a long day, especially if your perfume is an eau de toilette and will only last around three hours.

Sephora NZ has a Universal Pocket Atomizer (5ml) that is the ideal travel size to keep you sweet-scented wherever you go.


Squinting in the glare of the sun isn’t pretty, but a stylish pair of sunglasses (that match your outfit, of course) can actually bring your look together beautifully.

It makes sense to factor sunglasses into your raceday wardrobe plan.

What next? Get yourself raceday ready!

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