What’s In My Bag? I’m Glad You Asked.

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What's in my bag? Check out the these essential items for what to have in your work bag? Working moms will totally related.

Since taking my new position, I’ve noticed that I’m out and about a lot. Most of my day consists of home visits, interviewing, going to and from appointments, and of course, meetings. What would work be without meetings? A whole lot better, in my opinion, but I digress. Because my job calls for me to be on the go so often, along with the ability to be extremely flexible, I’ve had to learn to pack an amazing work bag. There are just certain essentials that I cannot do without. One thing that’s essential, and I’m sure many ladies can agree with me here, is a cycle survival kit. There is nothing worse than being caught off guard when your period decides to make a grand entrance…while you’re at work. Ugh. Been there, done that, hated it, and it won’t happen again. Recently at Walgreens, I picked up some U by Kotex Curves® and U by Kotex Lightdays Liners® to add to my cycle survival kit. Before I go on, though, let me tell you what I recommend go in your kit.

  • U by Kotex Curves® or U by Kotex Lightdays Liners®—2 Reasons: 1) You can get them for 75 cent off through these rebates (check here and here) and 2) Kotex is always trying to make you (and me) feel more confident during those few days of the month when we might be a little less certain of a few things. The new technology in these pads do just that. It’s a fit that fits you and your underwear. No more odd walking or random poses because your nether regions are uncomfortable. You can find them at Walgreens, where I found mine.


  • Extra undies. And please, pack some cute ones. Nothing worse than grandma drawers falling out as you try to dig something out of your bag.
  • Wipes. This should be a given, but just in case, I’ll go ahead and say it. Wipes, not tissues for these issues!
  • Body spray or perfume. I think I might be getting too old to wear body spray, but until I’m told point blank to put my hands up and the body spray down, I’ll keep on spraying. Some type of spray, body spray or otherwise, is a must for your cycle survival kit.

What's in my bag? Check out the these essential items for what to have in your work bag? Working moms will totally related. What's in my bag? Check out the these essential items for what to have in your work bag? Working moms will totally related.

I put everything in a cute makeup bag (that I thrifted for 99 cent! Woot, woot!) and nobody ever knows it’s there. Not that it’s anything to be ashamed of because, hello…women are awesome! But I do understand the need for discretion for some folks and that’s why a makeup bag is great for this.

So now that you know what’s in my cycle survival kit, I’m guessing you’re wondering what else is in my work bag. Well, here ya go!

What's in my bag? Check out the these essential items for what to have in your work bag? Working moms will totally related.

  • Planners. I keep a personal planner and a work planner. Because of the nature of my work and my clientele, I feel most comfortable keeping my work obligations and family responsibilities separate. I use the Sugar Paper Planner for personal and my job provided an At-a-Glance planner for me for as well. You can read all about how I use my planner here.
  • Notebook. I have so many thoughts. So, so many thoughts. I’m constantly writing down ideas for new posts, things I need to research, to do lists, random song lyrics, meeting notes, etc. I NEED somewhere to put all of this! My ARC mini notebook is great for that.
  • Something to read. As I mentioned, I do a lot of going and coming. And inevitably, that means I do a lot of waiting. Sometime, if I’m already in the field, I’ll just stay put until my next appointment. Having a good magazine and/or good book helps to pass the time until the next event.


  • Headphones. When I am in the office, it is loud. Like super loud, most of the time. For a highly sensitive person like myself, I have to be able to block it out in order to get stuff done. FYI, if you’re a person that needs some noise, but you find lyrics to be distracting, try smooth jazz. It’s what I listen to at work…when I’m not lip-syncing to Sam Smith.
  • Pen and highlighter. So here’s a confession: I don’t let folks use my good pens. When I’m working with clients or having someone sign something, you better believe that you’re getting one of my worse pens. People don’t know how to give stuff back, y’all. For me, though, I keep my favorite pens and highlighter available to mark off my to-do list, highlight really, really important things, and highlight important dates for my clients.
  • Gum/mints and lip moisturizer. I fluctuate between gum and mints, but I always have something available for rank breath. It’s really hard for someone to focus on telling you about their traumatic childhood when you’re traumatizing them with your breath. Or you can’t crack a smile because your lips will crack too. Nope. I always try to keep those babies locked and loaded in my work bag.

So those are the major things I keep in my work bag. Out of everything, I definitely think that one of the most important things is the cycle survival kit. I mean, when oh-ohs happen, we’ve got to be prepared. Know what I mean?

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What are the must-have items for your work bag?

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What's in my bag? Check out the these essential items for what to have in your work bag? Working moms will totally related.


  1. June 13, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    I work from home, so I don’t have to pack anything extra, but i DO have to make sure I don’t run out of good feminine products! If I ever do go back to work, I’m referring to this list, because I’m pretty sure you have it all covered! #client

    • Vaneese
      June 14, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      Hi Summer! And thank you! Good feminine products are a must. I refuse to be caught without. Hopefully one day I’ll be working from home, but until then, work bag it is.

  2. June 15, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I’m JUST like you when it comes to my pens — you will not get my needle points, my gels, or anything 0.5-0.7. You will get this BIC and have a good day. LOL!

    And see, people think i’m crazy because I carry around wipes — but just as kids have accidents and mishaps, so do adults. I NEED wipes AND hand sanitizer. Those are a necessity.

    I am soooooooo doing a post like this, mainly because I love reading about them. LOL!

    • Vaneese
      June 16, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Lol @ “You will get this BIC and have a good day.” That is too funny, but I definitely get it. I’ve had too many good pens walk away, never to be seen or heard from again. And yay! Can’t wait to see what’s in your bag!!!

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