AD | Includes PR sample*. Am I even a blogger if I haven’t shared a ‘What’s in my Bag’ blog post, spilling out what I carry in my bag? Probably not! Well, now it’s finally time. I do enjoy reading posts like these by other bloggers and find it really interesting what people carry with them.
There has been times when I’ve owned big tote type of handbags that can carry a lot. And boy, did I. I have since realised that it’s so unnecessary to carry around a lot of things I never end up using. I’ve even swapped for a little purse instead of a wallet to make sure I only carry the cards I use. With a smaller backpack I’ll avoid bringing too many things, just enough room for the essentials which has changed in the last year. It’ll evenly distribute the weight across my back as well. A win win I’d say.
This mini backpack is from Gaston Luga, a Swedish sustainable design bag brand. They have loads of different sleek designer backpacks in different sizes, for different purposes. Most are in black (no surprise) but I have also eyed up the one in all white.
What’s in my bag
Phone – sadly I can’t go anywhere without my phone. I how survived without it for 1-2 months a couple of years ago when it was being repaired and exchanged, I do not know. Especially during lockdown I feel like it’s been even important to keep in touch with people. When I’m out and about I mainly use it to give updates if I’m meeting up with someone, look up where I’m going or sharing snaps on my Instagram stories.
Card Pouch – Like I mentioned earlier, I have swapped my wallet for a little pouch to make sure I don’t carry unnecessary weight. I only use a handful of cards regularly anyways: bank card, club cards and driving license for identification. This little pouch is from an old Birchbox subscription. I don’t think it’s meant to hold cards originally but it’s the perfect size for them.
Lip Balm – I can’t leave the house without putting on a lip balm. Mostly for protection as I easily get cold sores if I don’t protect my lips against the sun, wind and cold. I have only recently invested in this from Lanolips and I love it. It’s slightly thicker than a Vaseline but has the same affect once applied.
Cold Sore Tablets – speaking of cold sores. Wherever I go, I always keep a cart of prescribed cold sore tablets with me. Just in case I should get that ticklish feeling of one brewing up. If I catch it out with a tablet early enough, it never surfaces.
Sunglasses – I don’t carry around sunglasses all year round but on sunny days, they’re a must. I don’t want to walk around constantly squinting as it hurts my eyes and eventually my head. Also, my eyes tend to water up from the sun and no one wants to hang out with a cry baby.
Keys – I’m lucky as I only need one pair of keys to get into my flat, and one key card to access the building. Some people carry around massive set of keys and they get heavy. This key and card take up no space and fits well in the smaller compartment of the bag for easy access. No need to rummage around in the whole bag to find them.
Chewing Gum – It’s not often I chew on a chewing gum, swallowing air makes me bloat (soz). Sometimes they come in handy for when I want to freshen up my breath. They’re always welcomed when offering to other people too.
Handcream – I tend to get really dry hands, even more so with all the hand gel we need to use, so a nice hand gel is always nice to carry around.
Hand Gel – Most stores offer hand gel on entrance and exit so I could probably get away with not carrying this around. But it’s nice to have in case none is available, or if you’re in the park, on a bus, in a taxi and want to refresh your hands.
Tissues – I have finally learnt to leave a pack of tissues in all my bags and jackets just in case. During winter time, my nose always go a bit runny and with all the outdoor meetups, it’s nice to have tissues at hand for when it happens. I’ve also added a pack of disinfection tissues as they’re perfect for sticky hands when eating and drinking out.
Face Mask – A year ago and carrying and wearing a face mask felt so strange. Now I don’t think of it, it’s natural. I always put it in a little cooler bag/sandwich bag so it doesn’t touch other things lying around in the bag or my pocket.
What type of bag do you carry around and what’s in yours? Have the items changed since COVID-19?
*PR sample. I was sent this Gaston Luga bag in return for features on my social media. I love the bag so much I also wanted to include it here on my blog. All words, photos and views are my own.