Mary Poppins has got nothing on my bag. She might have a lamp in hers and some kind of black magic at work, but I’m pretty sure given fifteen minutes I could MacGyver my own lamp AND a handsome set of nesting tables all from the contents of my bag.
Meet My Bag
Yes, I normally tote around a bag that looks as if it was used on the Pony Express, and yes, I could probably be subletting it out as a LES studio with a sleeping alcove, but I’ve just grown accustomed to lugging it around. The use of my bag has probably funded my chiropractor’s kid’s private school education, but I like to think of myself as an urban-free-thinking-all-inclusive-boy-scout-LMP that lives by the motto, “Be Prepared.” Over-prepared? Perhaps. But my sensible Marc Jacobs denim shoulder tote has yet to fail me.
Everything is in this bag and everything has to be. I’m all over this city doing anything at any given minute and have to have the things that help make “doing anything” possible. Though it can’t just be thrown all in there. There has to be some kind of method to the madness. I’ve organized (of course) all like things into zipper pouches. There’s one for electronics, one for office supplies, and one for sundries (love that word). Here take a look at what’s in this monster of a bag and how I keep it in line.
Meet My Electronics
I’m MAC-centric… I blame good marketing!
My iPhone is my life line.
My charger is my savior
My MacBook is my rock.
My iPod is perfection.
I keep a microfiber cloth in there to keep my babies looking good!
And the all important USB, a must!
Meet My Office Supplies
Post-its for quick note taking when I’ve got to remember what’s what, who goes where, and who’s who.
Binder clips… you’d be surprised how handy these little guys are. Keeping papers and files in line, organizing electronic wires, or an emergency tailoring fix.
Rubber bands always a must.
Sharpie Marker… is there any other way to write?
Uni-Ball Pen, because you always need a writing implement AND its the best pen EVER!
An envelope and stationary… because you’ll look like a hero when someone needs it.
Scissors… always handy. Just don’t forget to leave at home when going to the airport.
Mini-stapler… because my mini obsession is a sickness!
Super glue, a great quick fix for almost anything and its easier to carry around than Duct Tape (and less creepy).
Highlighter, it keeps you looking prepared for meetings and adds dimension to your doodles.
Stamps… because everyone asks for a stamp.
Meet My Sundries
A Mending Kit because sh-stuff happens.
Mints because no one likes a stinker.
Deodorant for those times you’re UNSURE.
Stain Stick… much like that mending kit.
Bacitracin and Adhesive Bandages, because an ouchy needs tending to.
A Lighter is useful to have on hand to help set some mood lighting.
Tissues for the sniffles.
Chap Stick to keep those lips kissably soft and works as a good cuticle cream in a pinch.
A wine key… because when you need it, you’ll be happy you’ve got it.
With all due respect, take that Mary Poppins.
Post authored by Josh Schulteis.