I used to enjoy those “What’s in my bag” videos years ago, I could watch them for hours just for the simple pleasure of looking at different styles of bags and at ideas to organize my bag, as well as eventual items I could purchase to keep in mine (such as products, pouches, notebooks etc.).
I mainly look minimalist, simple versions of these videos now, but I still enjoy the idea of knowing what other people consider essential enough to carry on their shoulders or in their hands everyday.
The bag I purchased it on Etsy, after doing some unproductive research in local shops or markets. It’s a faux leather vegan backpack with a small zippered pocket on one side. It matches my style just as a regular bag, but it’s super practical when it comes to face those everyday situations that a urban jungle might bring. Since moving abroad in 2014 I basically only used 2 bags: my Fjallraven blue backpack and my black tote/cross body bag by Kipling. I wanted to change things up a bit, and needed something that could suit multiple occasions or needs.
It’s vegan, it’s handmade (so I supported a local business) and it’s extreme good quality and very well made.
Here’s what I keep inside:
- iPhone 6s
- house keys
- wallet –> bare essentials + a few extras: cash & coins, debit card, public transportation card, insurance card, ID. As an extra I keep a few visit cards I need, a photo of my grandpa and a slim, compact mirror
- re-usable cotton tote: to avoid the purchase of any kind of plastic bag in stores and to be prepared as well for those unplanned grocery shoppings
- notebook: to take notes on the go, whether if they are blog posts /video ideas, lists, appointments, thoughts etc… (I have the same one since 2012!)
- DIY pouch (made from an old thrifted t-shirt and some duct tape) that houses phone charger and headphones
- miscellaneous pouch: pen/pencil, mints, tinted lip balm (the only lip product that I own!), tissues, biodegradable intimate wet wipes (not sure if I’ll keep repurchasing these one, ’cause I’m trying to reduce my waste)
As extra items I might occasionally carry:
- stainless steel water bottle
- stainless steel food container
- iPad (I recently switched to e-books)
Everything fits perfectly inside, I can go wherever I want/need with all my essentials kept in one bag. My hands are free and my shoulders don’t get too tired because I carry the weight of my bag on both.
Hopefully soon I can add to the list sunglasses as a handbag essential! 🙂
Make sure to check my video out to have a chatty overview of the content of my bag, as well as a little intro about the bag itself, where I got it and how it’s made.
What’s essential enough for you to carry on your shoulders or in your hands everyday?