But, first, let me show you my bag. I currently use a big, black tote bag from allegiance2none, an e-bay seller, which has a printed bat skeleton on it. Quite the switch up from my little h.Naoto bag that I used previously, but I like the extra room.
I had little pins and badges on it, but they kept falling off so I removed them in favor of one little "SCOTLAND" pin from my time abroad, which is affixed just below one of the straps. Every time I see it I get a little nostalgia rush, which is nice.
But! How about what's actually in my bag? I'll start with the tech-y stuff. I got a new cellphone recently, an LG Reflex which is nice since I had my older phone for over almost four years. Unfortunately I also accidentally soaked it in laundry detergent, so it's kind of on the fritz if you see my meaning. But it works. I also have a little iPod nano and my heaphones, corralled with a binder clip. Lastly, I keep my kindle with me all the time. I use it whenever possible for school because the books are so much cheaper, and sometimes even free. A lot of my leisure books are also on there because I have a penchant for old books which are out of copyright. Heck yeah.
I also keep my Demonia wallet and my set of keys in my bag. The keys were on a spider lanyard, but the longer lanyard strap broke so I just carry the shorter end now. The keychain is also from Scotland, and has the Scottish flag, a silver thistle, and a little lion on it.
Inside my wallet I have a dollar in change for emergency cookie runs and a wooden coin from the Library and Information Technology department which is good for 1 cup of coffee from a local coffee shop (but which I will never use because how often do you get cute little personalized wooden coins? Not often, I'd wager.) I also have membership cards for Sephora and Hot Topic (I know, I know), as well as gift cards to Safeway and Target. I don't think I need them around here, but it feels safer to carry them than to put them somewhere and forget about them. Above those are my student ID and my Maryland State ID, because fuck driving.
Above the wooden coin in that photo is a little pressed pence (same concept as the USA's smashed pennies) from Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland. It's my little good luck charm.
Since I am a full time student, I carry my planner around with me everywhere, as well as a few pens. Very useful. If I'm going to class, I'll toss my notebook into the bag as well.
As for makeup, I keep this decorated mirror from Sephora in my bag, as well as "the Falsies" Volume Mascara from Maybelline and a Juicy Tube in "Dreamsicle" from Lancome.
I believe, and I thin most people in creative fields will agree, that having a journal on you almost all the time is a great way to keep yourself inspired and avoid that dreaded feeling where you thought you had a great idea but then forgot it. This journal isn't fancy, but it does the trick. I also keep mints around with me and a pair of gloves, an essential in New England winters. Trust me, I forgot them a few times in my dorm, and I will never make that mistake again.
Lastly, since I participate in Project365 over on my Tumblr theeverydayphotographs, I carry my camera around with me everywhere. I also carry a flashdrive for my photos and documents.
And that's it! Well, most of the time. The great thing about having a larger bag is that I'm not married to the contents of it and can add more if I need to. My laptop and chargers sometimes come with me, as do papers and scarves and anything else I might need, but for the most part this is it. I hope you all enjoyed reading! So tell me, what's in your bag?