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All the stuff. EDC for a typical work day.

Mar 3, 2018 | lifestyle design

I used to be the person who carried everything with them in a large tote or backpack. I always made sure I was ready for a variety of occasions. Water, umbrella, pens, laptop, notebooks, camera, first aid kit, makeup bag, etc… you name it, I probably got it. For some reason I had everything except tissues. Why was that?

Perhaps it was the habit I had built up during my teaching days of carrying books and papers to mark in a cafe or some misguided notion that I was going to spend some time working while at the same time do some shopping that caused me to cart around a good portion of my weighty possessions. Obviously, I worked or shopped (more often than not choosing to shop) and as a result I carried all that burden for nothing.

Fast forward to a few years later and I realised that carrying so many things on my back, regardless of the style of bag, was taking a toll on my spine.Right now, I walk almost everywhere so I don’t get any reprieve whatsoever in the form of public transport should I carry loads of stuff with me. Since downsizing and carrying what I specifically need for the day, I am a much happier person. My back agrees.

Some of the key things I bring with me:

  1. Card wallet
  2. Mobile phone
  3. Notebook/planner
  4. Kindle Paperwhite (you’ll never know when the opportunity to read will arise)
  5. Bottle of water
  6. Earbuds (must listen to music on long journeys)
  7. Beauty items (hand cream, lip balm, mirror, hair tie)
  8. Usually a folder of some kind with work papers (not pictured)

Depending on how I feel that day, I might carry all these things in a Kanken backpack or in a Baggu bag slung on my shoulder. Both serve me very well depending on the occasion. My pencil case used to come with me, but since realising I only need one pen, I gave up bringing the entire thing. I’d love to be able to pare down even further, but it’s a tad difficult at this point to cut anything else out.

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