After weeks of painfully dragging around a reusable grocery bag for my workday goods, I decided last night that it was time to buy an actual bag. And here is the one I purchased:
I found it in the second store we visited. The first store didn’t have much selection, despite being a purse and luggage store. The best they carried was a black backpack and a giant purple purse, neither of which really thrilled me. The backpack made me look like a 16-year-old and the monster purple purse…was odd and not really me. So we went to The Bay and found the perfect one! It’s got all sorts of pockets and separators and comes with a cute little gorilla keychain. As you can see in the picture above.
Mobile storage has always been an issue for me-When I was in school, my mother used to pick up my backpack off the floor, grunt and exclaim:
“What the hell have you got in here? Rocks? This will kill your back!”
So, as I got older, I switched to a variety of purses, totes and those black cloth bags they used to sell everywhere. But everything seems to cause muscle strain. You might be thinking that I’m carrying too much, but honestly, I only carry the essentials*, so it’s bizarre how heavy these things get after only a few items.
Before buying this bag, I considered purchasing one of those trolley ones on wheels, since you don’t have to carry it on your back. But those things must be a nightmare in the winter and are probably awkward on a packed bus. (Plus, combined with my fanny pack will probably result in more ‘old lady’ teasing from my adorable, yet smartass husband. LOL)
So my question to you guys is: What do you carry to work each day? Does your bag(s) cause you back pain? If so, what have you done to fix the issue?
*The “essentials” for me are my lunch, sunscreen, makeup, snacks, a small sketch pad, pencil case and book. My commute is an hour long, I need snacks and art materials to keep me occupied.*