Don’t get me wrong: I love bags. I have a soft spot for Nine West bags that I can’t explain. But here’s the problem: I like carrying a lot of stuff when i go out, and my boyfriend likes to hand me his water bottle to stick in my bag. I have no problem carrying all this stuff, but my back does. I usually opt for cross-body bags, and after wearing one all day, switching shoulders constantly, my shoulders feel sore.
To fix this, I know use a mini backpack. I personally just went on Amazon to find one that looked pretty durable. I figured I didn’t need a cute or leather one to start out until I found out whether I like using a backpack or not.
I really like using one.
The particular one I got, which is linked about, has a main pocket with a secret little pocket inside, two zippered side pockets, and a zippered pocket in the front. I can fit everything I need. I also try to carry only things I think I might need in my bag to reduce backache. But since I have two straps to distribute the weight, my back has not ached.
So what do I keep in my fancy mini backpack? Glad you asked. In the order I am now pulling stuff out of my bag, here is the stuff I have been carrying with me:
a little pack of Kleenex tissues
My mom likes to buy travel-sized accessories to stuff our stockings with for Christmas, which I find super helpful because I can try new beauty products or keep handy little things with me. Honestly, I keep these with me now because someone asked me for tissues once, and I felt so bad for not having any to offer.
My grandmother got me a Coach wallet for my birthday, and I love it so much. I never had anything from Coach. This is the perfect-sized wallet I have been looking for. I have three other wallets: one that is too small, one just for cards, and one that is too large. This coach one is perfect: it fits all my cards, ID, change, money… I guess that’s everything you keep in a wallet, but yeah.
My boyfriend made me get prescription sunglasses before we went to Hawaii. It was a good idea though. I never used to wear sunglasses because I obviously couldn’t see, and since I didn’t wear sunglasses my dad felt that I didn’t need a pair… Now that I am an adult, I had the money to buy my own pair. It was difficult finding frames that weren’t kid-sized to fit my face. I didn’t get the Ray Bans lenses because it saved me thirty dollars, and they work just as well. I normally don’t go for brown things either, but hey, it fit my face, and it wasn’t in the kid section.
I don’t like gum. There I said it. I chew it for about two minutes, and it loses all flavor, and I don’t want it in my mouth anymore. A mint dissolves. So I can have my oral fixation for the minute it takes to dissolve, and I don’t have to worry about spitting it out. Also, I like to have a mint after lunch when I return to the selling floor at work just in case I brought something like tuna for lunch.
those little airplanes bag
This is going to sound weird, but I’m always afraid I’m going to get sick, and not have anywhere to go. I have a fickle stomach. So I steal these from planes. Not that I go on trips that often, and I haven’t used the two I have so I’m taking that as a good sign.
Snacks are very important to me. I usually keep a granola bar or peanut butter crackers on me at all times just in case I need a snack or won’t be eating for awhile. Or to offer to someone who might need a snack. Snacks.
I leave this in my bag, so it’s always on me, and I have no excuses to miss a dose.
My chronically dry lips require this to be with me at all times. I keep one in my room and in my work bag too.
my bank books and checks
I haven’t filled out any account withdrawals or deposits since…last April. I use an app to keep track of where my money is going now so I don’t feel the need to write it down. Maybe I should though just in case, because the app I’m using doesn’t count the cash a withdrawal… We’ll see.
a tootsie pop
My boyfriend gave me this when I bought him a bag to write a cheesy pun on for Valentine’s day. I should probably just eat this…
I would rather wash my hands than use hand sanitizer, but for those moments when a sink isn’t around, I have this.
ooh five dollars
Ooh I just found five dollars in a side pocket! Nice!
I keep change in a side pocket so it is contained and not running amok all over the main pocket. I should probably empty some of this out into my change jar…
For us glasses wearers, having a soft handkerchief for wiping smudges is ideal. I sometimes forget I even have this and wipe my glasses on my t-shirt like I’m not supposed to anyway, but…
Multitude of lipsticks
I try to keep the lip color I’m currently wearing in my bag, but sometimes I forget to take the other ones out … I should put these away…
i usually also have bandaids in my bag, but I switched those to keep handy in my clear work bag that I’m allowed to bring on the selling floor with me. I cut myself on sensors or get paper cuts all the time. The hazards of retail.
So that’s what I’ve been lugging around. What’s in your bag?