I don’t know about you, but I am the WORST packer ever. For travel. For work. For the weekend. For the gym. For the anything and everything. That’s why when my friend Alex, who I first met back in D.C. in March, offered to guest post about how she packs her entire life into a work appropriate bag, I responded with a resounding, “YES PLEASE!” This post gives me hope that someday, I too can be as organized as Alex is.
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Hello my fellow Everythingtarians! My name is Alex, and I write the blog I Eat Asphalt. When Holly sent out her request for guest posters, I jokingly left a comment saying that I would volunteer myself to write about how to fall off of a bike or how to pack your entire life into a work appropriate bag. Little did I know that Holly would actually take me up on my crazy idea. So today I’m going to give you some tips on how to take everything you need for your Everythingtarian lives to work/school/wherever.
When I moved to DC last August I had to figure out a way to bring everything I needed with me to work, school and the gym. I didn’t have time to run home in between work and class and all those Metro rides get expensive. But I needed to carry a lot of stuff… like clothes, lunch, water bottles, books, notebooks, sunglasses, shoes, pens, etc. So here are my tips to pack everything but the kitchen sink for a day.
First you’ll want to start off with a really big bag. I carry the large Longchamp Le Pliage, and if you live in any metro area on the East Coast you likely have one too. Next thing is to invest in is a good insulated lunch box. Mine was a Christmas gift but it has helped keep me more organized. Good containers for food are equally important. Place whatever clothes you’ll need for the gym into a plastic bag or something to keep them dry. Add those two bags to the bottom of your large bag.
Next start adding in heavier items like insulated mugs and water bottles. I find that putting them on the opposite side of my lunch box balances out the weight. I always carry an empty water bottle that I fill at work but bring my own hot tea in the morning. Then add paper items like folder and books to the back of the bag.
Layer in lighter but bulky items like a sweater and glasses. Put pens, business cards and chapstick in an accessible pocket, because you never know who you might meet along the way. Throw whatever else you might need (I always have deodorant and hand sanitizer) where there is space.
Top the bag with your wallet, keys and phone. Sling your sneakers over one of the straps and your set!
My bag contained: lunch, gym clothes, a sweater, one legal pad, one folder, a book, sunglasses, reading glasses, wallet, water bottle, coffee mug, deodorant, hand sanitizer, keys, tissues, two travel size hand lotions, mints, business cards, two pens, one pencil, one highlighter, keys, phone, ear buds and sneakers. Phew.
There you have it! Everything you could need for the day. I’ve also managed to get a pair of high heels in my bag but recently began keeping a pair in one of my desk drawers because it just makes things slightly easier.
Please note that I cannot be held responsible for you knocking into people with your bulbous bag or for the pain radiating down your arm because of the 20 pound bag. Just hold your head high and know that you managed to pack your entire life for the day.
Hope all of these tips were helpful!
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