Christmas Night Out Essentials

The party season is upon us! It’s time to put on your glad rags and hit the town, whether it’s with friends, family or colleagues. My work Christmas party is on Friday and I’m excited to have some festive fun, but it’s got me thinking about the essentials I need for a night out. If you’re partying this season, don’t forget to take these with you!

A bag

This one may seem obvious, but you need somewhere to store all these essentials. The size of your bag is crucial – too big and you’ll regret it, too small and it’s pointless (why are clutches a thing?!). I have a go-to shoulder bag I use for every night out that’s small enough to stay with me wherever I go. Invest in a gem like this.

Roll up shoes

Whoever thought of these is a genius. We’ve all been there – it’s the end of a long night wearing heels and you’d rather walk barefoot over broken glass than spend another minute in them. Avoid the risk of hepatitis and pop on a pair of roll up shoes, such as Rollasole. Sure, you still have to lug your heels about with you, but you won’t be in excruciating pain.

An umbrella

Believe me, the weather outside can be frightful in Scotland. Even if you’ve checked the forecast a dozen times and it says it won’t rain for a week – bring a brolly. This is even more important when your jacket (if you choose not to brave the cold) doesn’t have a hood. Just be prepared to share with your mates when you’re the only one who thought ahead.


While it’d be great to take our entire makeup collection out with us, leave the bag at home and stock up on those travel size goodies. Mini mascaras like this Benefit one are my personal favourite – it’s amazing what topping up your lashes can do after a few glasses of rum. Taking a miniature bottle of perfume or body spray out with you too is never a bad idea.


Those heels I was talking about? It’s all fun and games until they give you a blister. Be prepared for betrayal with some plasters in your bag. You can also come to the rescue of anyone else who is suffering from footwear torture.

Chewing gum

Always handy to have – and politely offer to others – make sure you take some gum out with you. This is particularly useful if you’re having a bite to eat before you get the drinks in. You also never know who you might meet on the dance floor…

A hair brush

Another essential I carry with me all the time, let alone on nights out, is a mini hair brush. If it’s a particularly breezy night, you’ll thank your lucky stars you remembered to bring one with you. I also love taking a travel size hair spray with me to fix my do again once I’ve brushed it.

A nail file

There’s nothing worse than breaking a nail on a night out. Not only does it look rubbish, it’s annoying as hell when it catches on your clothes. Pack a nail file to save the day and be ready to pass it round to your gal pals throughout the night.


So useful for so many reasons (mind out of the gutter, please…). You’ll be prepared for the sniffles, to wipe away those drunk tears, and mop up spilled drinks all in one.

A plan to get home

One of the most important things on a night out is knowing how you’re going to get home. This is a no-brainer if you’re going out in a different city, but you’d be surprised how many people leave it to chance. Store at least one taxi number on your phone, download an app like Gett, locate your nearest taxi rank, know when your last train is, arrange to stay with a friend – you name it! Just get home safe.

Until next time,


  1. Chloe (@yourschloex)

    December 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I keep meaning to get myself some role up shoes for the Christmas party season, they seem like a lifesaver! Chloe x

    1. Donna

      December 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Oh definitely, especially when the pain in your feet is unbearable! x

  2. Chloe

    December 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    The shoes are something I NEED to get I always end up walking home barefoot! X

    1. Donna

      December 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Haha yes! Not fun in the cold/rain, definitely get a pair x

  3. lovecally

    December 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Great ideas lovely! I always bring gum and make up with me yet I never seem to have any space for flats!! xo

  4. Paula Roby (@robypaula)

    December 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    This is fantastic!! I’m guilty of leaving home with just some cash, lip gloss and keys! These really are essential. Yaasssss to the roll up shoes! Thanks for the great tips.

    1. Donna

      December 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Aww, thank you! I feel so lost if I don’t have these on a night out now haha x

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