This month last year, I did a what’s in my bag post. Now a year later, lots have changed. Although most of the contents in my bag are still the same, there are still several changes.
Most of the changes happened quite recently, about two months ago. Starting off with the bag itself, it’s a completely different bag now.
My most frequently used bag was the nerdy small backpack but now that has changed into a larger bag to accommodate the increasing amount of things I carry around and this bag is not nerdy at all. I’m still into the nerdy style but not as much as before.
This is the bigger bag that I most frequently use now. It’s not new. I’ve had this bag for many years already and used to carry it often when I was still schooling. After a few years out of school, I need this bag to be my frequently used bag again but for a different purpose.
I organize most of my things into pouches and most of the pouches have changed.
The is one of the many changes to my pouches. I used to carry two wallets to accommodate the ton of cards that I have before trying to combine everything into one wallet which became very bulky. I’ve actually been thinking of getting a larger wallet and slightly more than a month ago, I finally got this pouch as my wallet. With the wristlet on the pouch, it makes certain things more convenient for me, especially when I’m at work and a crowded cafe.
When I’m out to buy food or go to the restroom during breaks at work, I used to carry my wallet, tissue and phone all in my hand which makes it difficult to take money out of my wallet or use my phone without being clumsy. With this wristlet pouch, there’s no clumsiness because I can even put my tissue and phone in the pouch although I use it as a wallet.
The same applies when I’m at cafes. I frequently patronize cafes and it’s always crowded, so I’ll always leave my bag on the seat to reserve it. Instead of carrying a bunch of valuables in my hand to go buy my drink at the counter, I can put everything into one pouch.
2. Beauty pouches
What I have in my beauty pouch never change. It’s still the basic beauty essentials such as comb, hair ties, lip balm, perfume and a cloth to clean the lenses of my glasses but the pouch itself has changed.
In addition to that, I now carry another bigger beauty pouch which contains my eczema essentials. It’s uncertain when the eczema will flare up with itchy or red flaky patches, so I’ll need those creams on hand even when I’m out in case there are flare ups.
3. Electronic pouches
I always bring a earpiece out which I mostly use to listen to music on long public transport rides but now instead of one earpiece, I bring two earpieces. One is the wired earpiece which I’ve always been using all along and the other is a Bluetooth earpiece which I recently started using for my Apple watch. Those two earpieces are together in a pouch.
The other electronics pouch contains a powerbank and my phone’s charging wire. I seldom bring a powerbank out before but since I started playing a game that drains the phone’s battery quickly a few months ago, I always have a powerbank in my bag.
As mentioned above, I’m frequently at cafes and usually I’ll play that battery draining game. So I’ll need the powerbank in case my phone battery becomes low even before I’m ready to leave the cafe.
The next few items are not in pouches but they are essentials that I usually bring out.
4. Umbrella, cap and water bottle
Since being diagnosed with eczema, I’ve been very conscious about what my skin is exposed to and that includes the weather. An umbrella is of course for the rain and the cap will be for the sun. Sometimes I do use the cap for the rain as well, if it’s only a drizzle.
I’ve been bringing a water bottle out since I started trying to drink more water towards the end last year. It wasn’t frequent when I first started bringing water out and was using the small backpack but now with my larger bag, it has become a habit to have a bottle of water in my bag.
5. Tissues and candy
Tissues is very much self explanatory since it’s a basic essential for several purposes. Usually I’ll only need the dry tissues but there are times when I’ll need the wet tissues as well, so I bring it just in case.
I never had the habit of bringing candy out until recently. I think it all started because of my poor sleep and coffee not having any effect on me anymore, so I need candy to help me stay awake. I’ll have coffee candy most of the time but occasionally I do have other candies.
6. The book I’m currently reading and tablet
As mentioned above, I frequently patronized cafes and there are several things I’ll do when I’m there. Those several things includes reading and using my tablet. Although I mostly use my phone, there are a few games and apps that are on my tablet. So I’ll bring the tablet as well just in case I want to play the games or use the apps that are on there.
7. Journal and stationary
This is linked to patronizing cafes frequently as well. Although I’ve only been journaling for more than a month, sometimes I do write in my journal when I’m at the cafe. Journaling has since been included in the list of things I’ll do when I’m at cafes. Of course I’ll need my stationary to journal, so I need to bring that as well.
When I was using the small backpack, I seldom put my phone in my bag. It was always on my hand or in my pocket because one, I feel insecure having my phone behind me and two, it’s troublesome to take my phone out of my bag. Now that my bag is on my side, I’ve been putting my phone in my bag since I no longer feel insecure and it’s not troublesome anymore as I don’t have to take my bag off my shoulders to get my phone out.
As compared to last year’s What’s In My Bag, there’s so much more things in my bag now which is why I need a larger bag to fit those additional things. I did continue using that small backpack when I first started having more things to bring out but it eventually became too full and things that were at the bottom of the bag were hard to take out without getting frustrated. To ease my frustration, I decided I needed a larger bag and that inspired this updated What’s In My Bag post.