I love my bag – I only have two: this one and a tiny one which is used for short evening outings. However, I have two backpacks in different sizes. I use one or the other to tote around library books, a hoodie, etc.
I was eyeing this bag for a long time until Rom offered to buy it for me and I happily accepted. I like it because it’s big enough for a clipboard or file folders when I go to a meeting, or it can be loaded up with sunscreen and snacks for a day out. It is officially an “expandable messenger bag.” It came with the trademark Kipling toy ape attached which I didn’t leave there: I have enough critters of my own!
The bag has 2 big sections, 2 zippered pockets and 2 patch pockets. Let’s take a tour! I made sure there were no used tissues or candy wrappers before I took the photos 🙂
The bag. It measures 14.5 x 14.5 x 5 inches and currently weights 4.5 lbs stuffed!
It looks a lot slouchier from the side!
The top flap is probably big enough to change a baby on, not that I would!
I use the two red pockets under the front flap for my wallet and my work Blackberry.
There are 2 main sections inside. In the front one you’ll currently find my iPod, Domo camera case, tissues and mints. I don’t usually buy designer Kleenex but I ran out when I was in a posh gift shop! Instead of mints, I would normally have fruit drops or suckers (lollipops) – Kerr’s brand, if you know them! There is plenty of room for a book here, too.
In the other main section I carry a make-up bag, a pencil case, an all-purpose notebook for taking notes and making lists, some Canadian Tire money, and a Wee Ninja toy I plan to hang from my car’s rear view mirror. In the scruffy pencil case, I keep coupons and gift certificates. In the make-up bag, you would find Band Aids, safety pins, nail clippers and a nail file, mini and maxi pads for emergencies, a tiny eyeglasses repair kit, a compact mirror, hand sanitizer, and pink girly lip gloss which I forget to wear. The list shown is a bunch of albums I want to buy, and what the going price is for each, in case I see any of them on sale (or the iTunes price drops).
In the zippered inside pocket I keep my rewards and membership cards in a double-sided holder.
Finally, in the outside pocket I keep 2 kinds of gum, 2 pens (always), keys to both of the libraries where I work, lip balm, and a flash drive for roving among computers.
Some things I never keep in my bag are:
- sunglasses – I never wear them unless I’m blinded while driving
- headphones – because I have sets at home and at work
- moisturizer – ditto
- a comb or brush, because my hair is bristly and it stays put!
- a water bottle – because I don’t like water (I do drink it when I’m desperate. Because I’m a bad human being, I attempt to stay hydrated on coffee alone).
- a tablet or e-book reader, because I don’t have one yet
What are your on-the-go essentials?
Look up “What’s in your bag?” on Google Images or Flickr if you haven’t already!
PS – I am not associated with or profiting from Kipling in any way!