After a week of tropical storm, today’s cooler, dry, sunny weather is wonderful! Not a cloud in the sky. I’ve learned a few lessons from this storm though, and hope to be better prepared for the next.
I was caught out with the wrong shoes once before I got smart and started wearing my galoshes every day. So glad that I have them! Unfortunately, they squeeze my toes a bit- fine for a short walk, but not for much more than that. I went shoe shopping and bought a new pair of work shoes now that my foot is healed. I really prefer shoes that I can walk at least a mile in comfortably, so I was very lucky when my shoes were still in stock. I now have the exact same style as my last pair (although this time I was smart and bought a half size larger for a better fit).
I’m also on the hunt for a weather-resistant purse; my bag and all contents were completely drenched one day. There’s a wonderful brand made from recycled plastic bottles; unfortunately the colours and designs are… not to my taste. A co-worker has one that looks exactly the right size and number of pockets, but she owns the least objectionable pattern and I’d rather not own the identical bag (we’re in meetings daily- I can see amusing sitcom-worthy mix-ups if I did). I’m looking at other travel bags but they tend to be a bit spendy and/or slightly larger than what I want. I am going to visit a few sport/camping stores to see if anything catches my eye. I’d like it to look purse-like for work, but right now I’m function over form.
I already carry an awful lot of stuff in my bag. Between being both a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout, preparedness is my motto. Add a number of years in child care, plus carrying the items I need to maintain my best health on the go and I lug around quite a bit. Hubby suggested Scotch-guarding my current bag, which is a brilliant idea except that the lining is disintegrating. We joke that my purse is a “bag of holding”, but I like being able to cram a water bottle, a book, and a Tupperware into my purse when needed.
Last summer I posted What’s In My Bag. The bag has not changed (yet) but some of the contents have, so here’s an list of the differences:
- I don’t carry my IMAK gloves daily any more- I now carry the Thermoskin Arthritis Gloves instead since they are more versatile and I can wear them while driving if needed.
- I don’t need the elbow pads daily any more (yay!)
- Or the can sleeve
- I stopped carrying the splints. I need to go back to carrying a wrist and ankle splint, however. Maybe I need a larger bag after all.
- My pill bottle and box have been consolidated into my pillfold.
- All the little receipts and odds and ends have been cleaned out.
- I need to replace my hand sanitizer.
- Not listed in the original post but always present: girl-emergency supplies.
I’ve also added (or plan to add) a few items to my bag. For example, a couple bug repellent wipes would be a great idea, since apparently I am a rare wine to mosquitoes. With all the rain lately I’d like to not be a walking buffet if I can avoid it. Since I want to start ramping up my walking now that my foot is better, this seems like a good solution for the evening. I have also added:
- A bandanna for covering my head on sunny walks
- A compact with a mirror on the lid
- A safety whistle, also for walks
- My mini bag has been updated to be a simple first aid kit
- Sewing kit
- 2 epi-pens
- Sunglasses and case
- A Sharpie marker
I guess that I really haven’t added as much as I thought (which is a good thing!). You can see how a good, organised bag is important however- I’d really like two (or even three) inner dividers to help sort things, rather than rooting around in the bottom of a dark brown lining to find things.
What else do you carry that is essential?