13 things inside the perfect work bag

For a happier commute.

What To Bring To Work
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Packing a perfectly appointed workbag is walking on a razor's edge. You need to be prepared but unencumbered. You need items that function. You need items that are convenient. You need stuff but you don't want mass.

Your keys can't do anything for you when you spill lunch on your new white shirt. Your wallet and phone can't protect you from surprise showers. When you leave your house, make sure you have everything you’ll need for the day. Make the journey to work less miserable with these things to carry, organize, and optimize your day.

Filson Briefcase

Filson Briefcase
As a home base of sorts, get a sturdy bag.Amazon

The original rugged twill briefcase by Filson is American-made, water- and wear-resistant, and comes with a storm flap closure to keep your belongings dry and safe. The bag meets airplane size regulations and has a 46-inch adjustable leather strap. It fits a 15-inch laptop, and the interior is subdivided to make smaller items easy to get to. It's pricey, but it's worth it.

B-There Pocket Notebook

B-There Pocket Notebook
Never miss a thought.Amazon

A good idea comes in a flash and exits without saying goodbye or leaving a note. Always carry around a notepad to take notes during meetings, jot down ingenious ideas on the bus, or just doodle when the subway is halted between stations.

Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen

Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen
Toss the pencil and embrace the smooth permanence of a pen.Amazon

The Fisher 400B Space Bullet Space Pen is out of this world—and, in fact, can be taken out of this world. Write at any angle, in zero gravity, and at extreme temperatures. This pen is brass with a chrome finish and even exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art for its classic design. The ink cartridges are hermetically sealed, pressured with nitrogen gas, and made out of the same material used to make armor-piercing ammunition. Sign me up.

This Is Ground Notebook Cover

This Is Ground Notebook Cover
An Italian leather notebook cover will keep your pen, notebook, and mobile device organized and protected within your bag.Amazon

The notebook cover by This is Ground has a metal button snap and a pocket to keep your business cards. If you're running to a meeting, grab this little package and leave your bag at your desk.

Samsung 128GB Flash Drive

Samsung 128GB Flash Drive
Never forget your storage device at home.Amazon

The USB 3.0 flash drive by Samsung comes with 128 GB of storage and can easily fit on your keychain. It has a five-year warranty and is x-ray proof, waterproof, and shockproof. Your files are safe.

Star Wars Lightsaber Umbrella

Star Wars Lightsaber Umbrella
Always bring an emergency umbrella with you.Amazon

If you are stuck in the rain, let the force be with you. Not the force of the wind that is, but the force of this Star Wars lightsaber umbrella. The 32-inch umbrella is built with a double canopy and acrylic frame, which makes it extra sturdy and virtually rust-proof. The 14mm fiberglass shaft has a button on the bottom handle to switch on and off the light. Batteries not included (3 AAA needed).

1Q84 Book Haruki Murakami

1Q84 Book Haruki Murakami
For those that work in audio, give your ears a rest before and after work.Amazon

Get a good book and phase out the sounds around you. If you've never read a Murakami book, you are in for a treat.

Kindle Oasis E-reader

Kindle Oasis E-reader
This is for those people that read multiple books at once or enjoys reading the paper in the morning.Amazon

If you don't want to carry around a library, get an e-reader. I, admittedly, arrived pretty late to the Kindle game, but I've been using my roommates Kindle Oasis and I am now sold. Read classics that are in the public domain for free, or hit up your daily newspaper or that best seller you've been hearing about for months. The Kindle Oasis has 12 LEDs, an adaptive front light, and a battery that will last up to six weeks on a single charge. Nothing beats the feeling of flipping through the pages of a real book, but this comes pretty close. You can also listen to their extensive library of Audible audiobooks.

Bose SoundSport Headphones

Bose SoundSport Headphones
Whether you are heading to or returning from work, give your eyes and brain a rest.Amazon

Fill your cranium with the sweet harmonic tones of The Beach Boys or the insane control of Laura Marling's voice. Carry around a large pair of headphones, and make sure you carry some quality earbuds in your bag. The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones come in five colors; have a built-in microphone; and pump out a crisp, deep, and clear sound. They are sweat- and water-resistant, which make them great for gym use. They come in three ear sizes, too.

Screen cleaner

i-ScreenClean Cleaner
Ever sneeze on your phone? Gross. Even if you haven't, no one likes a smudged—or snotty— screen.i-ScreenClean CleanerAmazon

Carry around a screen cleaner for any occasion. The i-ScreenClean cleaner works on your phones, tablets, and computer screens. No cleaning product necessary. The round cleaner has two sides—a terry cloth side for stubborn spots and a microfiber half to remove dust and smudges.

LA Pop Design Expandable Shopping Bags

LA Pop Design Expandable Shopping Bags
For when you go shopping on the way to or from work.Amazon

If you often grab groceries on your way home from work, grab an eco-friendly LA Pop Design expandable bag to cut down on the plastic. These fruit and veggie totes are made of a lightweight, durable nylon polyester that can be tossed in the washing machine. When squished into a ball, they only occupy 2-3 inches of space. You'll barely notice they are there.

Tide To Go

Tide To Go
Who said spaghetti with tomato sauce at work was a good idea? No one.Amazon

No one can slurp up an entire bowl of pasta without the noodle whipping around as it is sucked into your mouth splattering your shirt with that red goodness. Have a way to get stains out so you aren't that office slob. Bring a Tide to Go pen. (And even if you're not prone to spills, there's nothing like being the office hero with a stain-removing pen.)

Anker Lipstick Charging Bank

Anker Lipstick Charging Bank
For people who forgot to charge the night beforeAmazon

The Anker PowerCore+ mini comes with a travel pouch and a micro USB cable. The PowerIQ will charge your device at its fastest possible speed and will add up to 14 hours of talk time. Whether you drain your battery watching downloaded Netflix shows on the way to work or listening to music to lift your spirits, a portable charging bank is a must-have. Your less-than-prepared traveling companions will thank you, too.

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