Purse Scavenger Hunt

purse scavenger hunt young adult women carrying a purse on her shoulder

I had the best time coming up with this Purse Scavenger Hunt list. I first performed my own purse scavenger hunt to see what I could find. Since my purse is rather small, I only found the usual faire. So I began to branch out. I called my sisters and asked what THEY had. Then I called several nieces and girl friends and asked them to take a peek in their purse.

The list I was gathering kept getting longer and funnier by each phone call. So the items you find here are made up of REAL items found in REAL purses. I couldn't have made this stuff up if I tried! Some of the items are regional. For instance, my niece had just returned from a trip to Disneyland and was still carrying her Disney Dollars. The articles range from the mundane to the exotic.

This game is great to play at a bridal shower. Looking in the purses of the brides maids gives you a chance to find out who they really are!

Another fun way to use this activity is at a women's retreat. It couldn't be easier to plan the entertainment where your guests bring the game without even knowing it.

If you're in college and all your friends carry backpacks, simply add a few "school specific" items and have a blast with your roommates.

While using this idea the next time you get together with your girlfriends, be sure to add a few more items you think some of YOUR friends would carry. Remember to add some "regional specific" items to the purse scavenger hunt list. You might want to add some "seasonal specific" items as well. An example might be to add wool gloves if it's snowing or sunscreen if it's summer.

Suggested Item List - Purse Scavenger Hunt

Equipment: Each participant needs their own purse for the scavenger hunt. Print out the list of items and scratch off any items you don't want to use. Be sure to add a few items from your own region or perhaps based on the season.

Rules: The item must have been found in the purse or backpack, not in your guests pockets or otherwise. Each participant gets a point only if no one else in the room has the same item. You may also decide to award points for unusual items NOT on your list but in the tote.

Needle and Thread

Cough Drop

Socks/Panty Hose

Cell Phone



Ear Plugs

Dental Floss

Breath Mint


Postage Stamp


Visitors Badge -
(School or Business)

Origami item

Cotton Candy




Weight Watchers Calculator

Hand Sanitizer

Rubber Coin Purse


Pocket Knife

Cloth Handkerchief

Fingernail File

Fingernail Buffer


Measuring Tape

Magnifying Glass

Regional or Seasonal Ideas

Christmas Card



Disney Dollars

Amusement Park Ticket

Broadway Ticket Stub

Instant Hand Warmer Pack

Instant Ice Pack

Dental Floss



Baby Food



Mini Travel Game

Nail Clippers/Adult or Baby Sized

Work Badge



Grocery Receipt

Fuel Receipt

Feminine Product

Bobby Pin


Eye Drops

Pre-Natal Vitamins


Permanent Marker

Ink Pen

Straight Pin


Diaper Wipes





Fruit Snacks

Fast Food Receipt

Broken Jewelry

Over The Counter Pain Killer

Shopping List

Hair Ribbon

Prescription Drug


Empty Gum Wrapper

Pair of Earrings

Something Blue


Your Business Card

Someone Else's Business Card


Lipstick/Lip Gloss

Fingernail Polish


Someone Else's Key


Contact Lense Case

Eye Glasses

Safety Pin

Membership Card

USB Flashdrive

Candy Bar

Foreign Currency

Bubble Wand

Case for Dental Appliance

Clothe to Clean Eye Glasses


Theater/Movie Stub

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