The Observer (Kampala)

19 February 2013

Uganda: Fashion - Essentials for Your Handbag

A friend posted on Facebook asking what a lady would do if after taking a pee, she realised there was no toilet paper or water in the restroom.

She left out the harder question; what one would do after a 'number two'.

My answer is that a lady should always wear panty liners. These are thin pads you wear with your knickers like a sanitary pad. Wearing a panty liner prevents direct contact of your knickers with lady parts and not only does it help sock up a lot of discharge, it also prevents you from getting infections that may come from non-cotton panties or overused panties.

I believe every woman should make it her business to buy panty liners. The most expensive kind is about Shs 25,000 for a pack of 20. Otherwise, even for Shs 2,000, you can have the same quantity.

I also believe it should be made law for every woman to carry with her pocket tissue. It saves you a lot of trouble when you realise that the number two project you started cannot be finished, because resources have run dry on the toilet paper holder. Or imagine you are sitting with someone and you sneeze, reach for your hankie and realise you forgot it on your bed. Pocket tissue costs about Shs 700.

Alternatively, have some wet wipes. Saves a lot when you cannot find water to wash your hands or face or even use after a number one and two.

Again, to prevent your lady parts from getting infections, if you are the kind that sits on public toilets, carry with you hand sanitizer to wipe the toilet seat before you sit on it. Some restrooms like at Emin Pasha have toilet sanitizer, but most don't. By nature, our lady parts catch infections very easily and some if not treated can even affect fertility.

Then a lady should have mouth freshener; either mints, chewing gum or mouth spray. Don't just pack your bag with make-up and a change of clothes; let the essentials go in first.

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