Have you ever played that game where you guess what’s in strangers’ bags while you’re commuting?
I carry two bags with me to school every day — my backpack-style leather briefcase and a small cross-body purse. I used to use a regular backpack for school, but since starting my PhD, I figured I needed something a bit more professional looking. But, I don’t want my shoulder to separate from carrying a briefcase with a shoulder strap. So I found this briefcase with backpack straps and fell in love. I carry the small purse so that I don’t have to whip the backpack off every time I need my wallet.
Here’s what I keep in ’em:
In my purse:
- my skull-patterned wallet and my bus pass, my cell phone, and my keys: the essentials
- a pack of tissues that double as napkins and toilet paper in an emergency
- cough drops for after I teach and my voice is like a frog’s
- my DivaCup just in case I’ve lost track of what day of the month it is
- a tiny pillbox filled with painkillers (decorated with a sticker I made)
- lip balm, applied obsessively, especially when worrying about something
- my fav hand cream by TokyoMilk, applied in a similar fashion to the lip balm
- chewing gum for after coffee cause euh
- collapsable headphones to drown out the noise from the bus… and the noise from the freshmen on the bus
In my backpack:
- a water bottle that is still somehow sufficiently goth
- my laptop in its laptop case for added protection, because I somehow seem to constantly forget I’m carrying something very valuable
- a writing ledger/clipboard thing and a pad of (purple!) paper
- a USB stick I haven’t yet lost
- inexpensive pens, hi-liters because they will disappear
- a tiny notebook for thoughts about my thesis that I’ll probably never actually use
- a canvas bag I can fold up really small in case I need to buy something or take off a layer of clothing in the fickle southwestern Ontario weather
- a protein bar
for when the line at Tim Horton’s is 100-people deep
- sunglasses, year-round, cause if it’s not the sun, it’s the snow that’s blinding you.
Well here’s what’s in my bag. What’s in yours?