In My Bag

It’s been a while, and I do apologize for my sudden hiatus. I’ll actually be on the road again when this posts, so I thought it’d be fitting to write about what’s in my bag.

These are the essential things I have in my bag/purse when I’m traveling.

1) The Bag

In recent years, my all-around go-to travel bag/purse has been one of these Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon bags. I’ve been using the Le Pliage Nylon Large Tote. They come in a bunch of different colors, zip across the top, and are super light. They even fold down to notebook-size, which makes them ideal for stowing away as an extra bag. Mostly though, they are huge (maybe too huge), which makes them very handy for carrying everything you could possibly need.

I only wish they had a bigger inner pocket, and it’d be nice if they were waterproof.

2) iPhone (smart phone)

No brainer. It’s multi-purpose. Phone, maps, camera, internet, music, e-tickets, membership cards, etc.

3) External Battery

Related to the above, since the phone is such a travel essential, battery life is extremely important. Enter the external battery, which can be a lifesaver. For hefty charging day, I use an older version of the above Anker Astro E5 Portable Charger. The Sister and I bought it for our first Comic Con. For a normal day, I carry a smaller portable battery that’s roughly the size of a mascara tube – well, a little fatter than that. The plus side is these smaller batteries come in so many cute designs like these Star Wars themed tubes from Mimoco!

4) Pen

You never know when you might need to jot something down or sign something… or have someone sign something!

5) Notebook

See reasons above. Personally, I prefer the small moleskine notebooks. They’re classic, portable, durable, and they have a little pocket in the back to stash ticket stubs, cash, and keepsakes.

6) Wallet

Another no-brainer. I don’t have a special wallet for travel, but having dividers is helpful for splitting cash and organizing cards and IDs. Having a built-in coin pouch is good too.

7) Eye-liner

On the day to day, I don’t normally wear make-up at all because I’m lazy. There are those times though when you find yourself rushing from one place to the next, and for me, putting on a little eye liner makes a whole lot of difference. I always try to keep one in my purse.

8) Nude or neutral pallet lipstick

Same reasons as above. I say nude pallet because it goes with everything. I’m currently in love with Bite Beauty’s Butter Cream line (not pictured above, but still from Bite Beauty).

9) Compact Mirror

For making sure you don’t have crumbs on your face or food in your teeth. Or in my case, I always forget when I’m wearing make-up and rub my eyes. So it’s good to be able to check if I’ve smudged my liner.

10) Tissue / Wipes/ Hand Sanitizer

Trust me, the number of times I’ve wished I had a napkin or something to wipe my hands or a table or a chair is unfathomable.

Bonus: A Book

Because I’m me, I always like having a book in my purse for those down-time moments. I admit, this can get a little heavy though. Pick wisely / know if you’re actually going to have time to read.

Q4U: What’s in your bag?

P.S. See my adventures in (closer to) Real Time by following along on Instagram (@girlontheroam & @akangaru) and on Snapchat (akangaru)!