Tote Bag Essentials

A tote is just a tote, and unlike Mary Poppins’ bag, cannot carry everything at once.

I used to not like carrying bags, it didn’t feel very authentic to me. That was until I discovered the beauty of tote bags. Here’s everything I carry in my bag on a day out.

Hand Sanitizer: I need clean hands, especially if I’m getting food. My hand sanitizer collection has doubled during the pandemic, so I have one in every bag, every room, and in a million other places.

Lanyard with keys: Well, of course, I have places to be, people to see, and I need to be able to get back into my apartment. My poor lanyard is hanging on by a thread because I’ve been using it every day for nearly two years now; needless to say, it’s well loved.

Wallet: Of course, an essential to take anywhere, unless I’m just going on a walk or something. It’s useful to have in case I spontaneously decide I need fast food while I’m out.

A snack: I pack these so I won’t be tempted to get fast food while I’m out (I love fast food, but my aforementioned wallet does not). Whether it be a granola bar, fruit snacks, beef jerky, chips, I always need a snack because I unfortunately get irritable when I’m hungry.

Chapstick: Much like my hand sanitizer collection, there’s a chapstick in every bag, every room, and every pocket. Although I often forget to apply it because I’m wearing a mask all the time, it’s always important to keep your lips hydrated and healthy.

Water: Speaking of hydrated and healthy, I need water with me everywhere. I’m always thirsty and I love my water bottle and all of it’s stickers (yes, there’s a WKNC sticker on there, of course). 

Mask: These are always good to have around nowadays, however, unlike my chapstick and hand sanitizer collection, there are only a select few that fit my face right, so I switch out the same few depending on whichever matches my vibe that day.

Scrunchie: Having my hair in my face drives me up the wall, so I always have one or two hair-ties (preferably a scrunchie that matches my outfit) on me.

Laptop: It’s where I write these very blogs, take all my notes, do homework, watch television, and more.

Everyone needs different items whilst they’re out, even my needs vary from day to day so here are some honorable mentions: chargers, headphones, a book, extra clothes, a blanket, and an extra hoodie.

But a tote is just a tote, and unlike Mary Poppins’ bag, cannot carry everything at once.

Until next time,


By Caitlin

Howdy, I'm Caitlin and I'm a senior in Communication Media. My favorite genres of music are pop and indie-rock, though I dabble in most genres. Hope you enjoy my content!