By Unwind magazine staff
Women are notorious for carrying large bags, which we heard are full of secrets. Here at Unwind, we asked our staff to empty their bags and give you a peek into what they really carry every day.
Alex Theriot, style editor
At this point, my black bag basically holds my life. On a day-to-day basis, my bag holds all the essentials for whatever the day may entail. I like this bag because of its numerous pockets, sturdy handles and deep interior. For the days I have class, my bag will hold my 13″ MacBook and a few notebooks, which I store in the main pocket. In the outside pockets, I keep a makeup bag filled with band-aids, hair ties, a lint roller, a tide-to-go pen and a few bobby or safety pins. I also keep nail polish remover pads and a collapsible hair brush just in case. In the other pocket, I keep a cheetah-print pencil case and my turtle flash drive so I’m always ready for class. You can never be over-prepared, and that’s why I keep small things of ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine, along with some tissues, in one pocket for those “just in case” moments. I never know who I might run into at my internship, so I always keep breath mints and gum on hand, as well as hand lotion in order to make the perfect nice to meet you moments.
Headphones are essential to my morning commute in and out of D.C., so I usually keep them next to my SmarTrip card uniquely hidden inside my gold travel card holder I purchased at Buckingham Palace in London over winter break. For those cold winter mornings, I always have different options of lipgloss or chapstick available. Other than that, I slip my Vera Bradley wallet and lanyard into the main pocket and I’m ready to go.
Amanda Eisenberg, online editor
I’ve wanted a black leather backpack for a long time, and I finally found the perfect one during a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I always pack a book; right now, I’m reading Women in Clothes, this amazing compilation of stories, Q-and-A discussions, and surveys about clothes and style. Both my reading glasses and sunglasses are stowed away in my backpack. I keep a journal and an ink pen (I’m partial to Pilot pens) to track my thoughts on the go. My phone is usually tucked away in an easily accessible pocket when it’s not in my hand, along with headphones that are always tangled. Bobby pins jangle at the bottom of my bag, along with a loose hair tie, Fresh’s Sugar lip balm that I hoard multiples of, portable tissues, a wine opener, my asthma inhaler and a travel bottle of Advil. I have an emergency kit and travel perfume for the unexpected, and my wallet is nestled inside.
Jaclyn Turner, arts and entertainment editor
In my purse I have a variety of fun things. I’ll switch between my giant MZ Wallace Chelsea Tote or a compact black and white Marc Jacobs crossbody. In my bag, I have my coral wallet by a French brand called Lancaster, which I purchased at Galleries Lafayatte, a famous department store in Paris. Lately, I use a Ted Baker Metro Case more often where I keep my student ID, a credit card and my driver’s license for easy access. Next, I have a Betsy Johnson umbrella adorned with various dresses and shoes purchased in what we would consider a TJ Maxx in Berlin.
I’ll always carry a pen; this one is a sparkley pink bic pen, my signature. For notes, I carry a gorgeous Christian Lacroix journal I picked up on my way to Guatemala in the Atlanta airport. It’s so unique and beautiful; my first luxury paper purchase — because that’s a thing. For beauty products I have two shades of lipstick and a lip balm: Benefit Fling Thing, Loreal Persistant Plum and a lavender EOS ball. I’m a perfume addict so I’ll aways carry a perfume sampler, at the moment it’s a Lola Marc Jacobs Rollerball. A lighter my friend gave me to use to light Hannukah candles is collecting dust in my purse. I keep forgetting about the tin of flavor-changing Tic-Tacs, a wine bottle stopper and a nearly empty package of Colbalt-flavored 5 gum. It’s so important to keep a bottle of Advil close by, as well as hand sanitizer and a little bottle of suncreen. I also have tons of clutter in my bag, such as old receipts and a voucher from the first time I went to a casino. But the best part is that my bag really is still quite light!
Rebecca Torchia, center editor
I have an assortment of neutral purses and bags, but this bright red purse is the perfect pop of color for my wardrobe. I always carry my Michael Kors wallet, which holds all of my cards — whether it’s a SmarTrip card, health insurance or my student ID. My room key and swipe are attached to the heart-shaped Karabiner. This goes into my purse or gets clipped to the strap so I don’t lock myself out of my room. I believe a good journalism major should always carry a pen; some of my bags have two or three. Lip balm, hair elastics and bobby pins are among my feminine essentials. I carry an old ticket from when I saw my favorite band, Parachute, in concert because I don’t want to throw it away, but I don’t know what else to do with it. I prefer Altoids or Tic Tacs over gum (I carry Altoids in this purse though because the container matches the bag). Lastly, I keep sunglasses in my bag all year, or I would never be able to find them each spring.
Sam Reilly, Editor in Chief
I always have to have the essentials: keys, wallet, a screwdriver (old Color Guard girl habit). What really makes my Buzz Lightyear backpack tough to tote around, though, is my pile of books. Call me Rory Gilmore. I pretty much always carry around my bible which weighs a few pounds. Also I’m a hoarder/travel junkie, hence the foreign coins and boarding pass collection.