My 5 Must-Haves for My Bag
Anywhere I go, regardless of if its work or school, I always make sure I am carrying a bag of some kind with me. Most often, it is a purse, but once in a while, I use a backpack. Regardless of what I end up using, I always have 5 key items with me at all times. They help my day run smoother and leave me feeling that I have everything I need to go about my day.
This one is fairly obvious; I can't go anywhere without money or ID. Regardless of the kind of bag I'm carrying, I always make sure I have some form of wallet. Even if it is just a card holder or a small wristlet, I won't feel comfortable without a way to pay for something.
Phone & Headphones
I, like most people now, have become attached to my phone. And while I use it often to look on social media, I like to make sure I have it so I can use it for the original purposes of a phone: to communicate. I check my phone frequently to make sure I haven't missed an important phone call or message from a loved one. It is also great for me to have my phone just in case an emergency strikes on my end and I can call for help. I always carry my headphones with me so if necessary, I can watch something, listen to music or an audiobook, or make a phone call. My phone and headphones both connect me to the world as well as shut myself out and into my own head. It's a good balance.
I'm not a big wearer of lipstick, so chapsticks have been my go-to for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, I got horrifically red lips from being dried out and chapped. So to make sure that doesn't happen, I carry chapstick to immediately apply whenever I feel like my lips are burning or feeling dried out. For the past few years, I have been using EOS lip balms as they have fantastic scents, are gentle which being effective, and are ones I miraculously don't lose and use up right until the end.
Depending on the day, I can get pretty bad headaches or knee pain, so I always make sure I carry something that can relieve that pain and help me function in a much smoother manner. If I don't my day can feel excruciatingly long and I easily lose focus an ability to get things done.
While I generally know when my period is going to strike, I like to keep a pad handy just in case it strikes unexpectedly. I don't only keep a pad in my purse for the day, I always have one in my gym bag, my personal kit at work, and in any travel bag I happen to be using. An added bonus is I am able to pay it forward in the event another female finds herself without something and she asks if I have something, I usually oblige to give her what I have in my bag.
What items do you like keeping with you at all times?