Well this is one loaded topic. Especially as I’m currently trialling a backpack instead of a handbag. But, close enough! I scored a Crumpler backpack in immaculate condition the other weekend for $8.50 (RRP$245). Can I say, score? I’ve been lusting after some Crumpler gear for a while now, but their prices are far too high for me. Plus, they are heaps cheaper in the US and that annoyed me because they’re an Australian company. But hey, I love a second hand bargain so for now, all is forgiven.
In My Handbag
I carry very different things on me for work/commute days vs weekend. But on the weekend it’s as little as possible, so a photo of a wallet, keys and phone isn’t really all that interesting for me to share with you. Hence, insight into my weekday bag. In some ways, I don’t really understand how some people commute to day jobs with just a tiny bag. I carry quite a few things with me. Mostly because it’s an expense to buy them when I could have just been prepared and had them on me.
For these reasons, I still nearly always carry a portable medication kit with me. It pretty much lives in whatever my work bag is, to make sure that I don’t get stuck out without relief for a headache. Critical for someone with lousy sinuses like me! I also keep a small amount of tampons and liners on me. Mostly so that I don’t have to remember to put it in my bag when I do have my period.
I also have a power bank for my phone, an iPhone charging cable, business cards and headphones in a small bag.
The heaviest & bulkiest items in my bag during the week are food related. I’m hit and miss with breakfast at home, but I do always eat breakfast. That, combined with the snacking my dietitian wants me to do, means that I often carry breakfast, lunch and two snacks with me. Plus a waterbottle and often a can of sugar free softdrink. It’s also why I swap work bags often. Most women’s bags don’t seem to be designed to carry things comfortably, even if they technically fit it all in. I’m looking at you, oversized totes with thin, puny straps!
I’ve been taking my laptop to work with me more and more – I have a goal of getting three months ahead in my blogs, so working on my commute and in my lunch break really allows for me to get ahead. Though I’m not sure my tethered data connection will stand up to the usage. Even on days I don’t take my laptop, I always have my folder of ideas, schedules and a notebook on me. I work better when I can scribble things down and look at a plan in front of me.
And that’s what’s generally in my handbag. Or backpack. Nothing particularly exciting, I’m sorry.
Do you carry anything unusual in your bag?