7 Everyday Essentials to Keep in Your Work Bag

7 Everyday Essentials to Keep in Your Work Bag

In every working professional’s bag, there exists a haven for all the essential items one needs to bring to survive the daily grind. Whether it’s grooming supplies, your phone, wallet, or any trusty device you just can’t leave home without, everyone’s got their own stuff to bring!

If you’re looking to fill the space in your backpack or purse, consider bringing any of these work bag essentials with you to help you survive the day.

1. A Planning System

Yes, daily planners are all the rage in the professional world—but there are many other ways to keep track of your day-to-day schedule. You can bring a bullet journal, diary, or even a tablet dedicated to day planning.

Essentially, it’s all about keeping an item for drafting notes or taking down important dates and appointments. Whatever type of planning system you decide to use, it’s definitely handy to keep it with you at all times.

2. Portable Charger

How can you stay connected with your friends, family, and colleagues if your device’s battery is always dead? Living in the digital age means you always need to stay connected at all times. It’s already a given that you always have your phone or laptop with you. Given that, it only makes sense to bring a portable charger or a power bank with you, so your devices are never out of juice.

Bringing a portable power source that’s always fully charged will make sure you can last throughout the day without needing to look for an outlet.

3. Hand Sanitizer & Protective Equipment

With everything that’s going on, bringing your own hand sanitizer and face mask is now considered a top priority on your list of things to bring. Don’t ever leave home without a hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean at all times, as well as a reusable mask to protect your face from airborne particles.

Be sure to keep these items sanitized at all times.

4. Personal Grooming Supplies

Besides bringing your own hand sanitizer, you should also consider packing a small grooming kit containing all your hygiene essentials, like your toothbrush, facial wash, tissues, floss, mints, lotions, and moisturizer. For the ladies, you can include feminine products and your makeup as part of this kit too.

5. Headphones

Headphones are considered a must for every digital nomad out there. It’s always good to have a trusty set of headphones to give you the peace and quiet you need to get your work done. If you’re the type of person who’s always on call at work, a pair of headphones can save you the hassle of taking out your phone and answering calls all the time.

6. Wallet or Money Clip with Cash

Bringing a wallet full of credit cards is great and all—but you should always be prepared in case you encounter a situation where you need cash. It never hurts to keep at least $20 in your wallet, purse, or money clip to avoid being inconvenienced.

7. Bag Organizer

Finally, with all the things you want to bring, it only makes sense to put a bag organizer inside your bag to keep everything accessible and in order. You don’t want your phone charger sitting next to your grooming kit.

Better yet, get a bag with a built-in organizer like our Madison Tote bag with a built-in interior organizer section. If you prefer something with a bit more capacity, try our Essex Expandable Briefcase with a zip-down organizer section designed for urban duty.


These are just some of the must-haves every working professional should have in their bag to get them through the day. Of course, whatever items you bring to your work is always up to you. Just remember to be prepared for anything that comes your way!

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