All the stuff. EDC for a typical work day.
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:
- Card wallet
- Mobile phone
- Kindle Paperwhite (you’ll never know when the opportunity to read will arise)
- Bottle of water
- Earbuds (must listen to music on long journeys)
- Beauty items (hand cream, lip balm, mirror, hair tie)
- 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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