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These are the daily essentials I carry around with me as a minimalist.

First let’s start with my…

Pouch

A Pouch that my sister sowed

I use a tote bag usually and I needed something to hold all my small items for easy access. I got this from Joli Cartel. The size is prefect to hold all my small items. It’s the only thing I need to grab with heading out or switching purses. It also has a flat bottom so it has lots of room and it stands up on it’s own.

Slim Wallet

Dax The wallet

I downsized to this wallet when I realized that my wallet accumulates too much junk, receipts, member cards, business cards, etc. I now use that wallet for traveling to hold this slim wallet as well as my passport.

Lip Balm

EOS Lip Balm

Here in the desert and the air is always so dry. I find that this brand keeps my lips moisturized the best. I bought a pack of two and found that I have been very mindful of where I’ve put them. I am determined to finish both before having to buy more. This mindset has made me value them more.

On Guard

Amber spray bottle with an Essential Oils Blend

This is hand sanitizer made out of essential oils. I purchased it from someone about two years ago and it has lasted that long. I’m almost out but I’m sure I can purchase some more before I’m completely drained. You can also DIY.

Reusable Straw

I purchased this while on a trip at Cocoa Beach with a friend as a way to remember the trip and reduce our plastic waste. 

Pen 

A black pen my mom gave me

I always find myself needing something to write with, whenever I go out. 

Phone Cord + Power Bank

Phone cord with yarn crocheted around it with Power Bank

I always bring this with me just in case and it’s saved me multiple times. I keep it charged and ready to go at all times.

(I linked to an Anker but this is not an Anker. It’s one I got years ago at walmart for around $5. It does the job for day to day but I would recommend buying an Anker for longer trips.)

Wireless Earbuds

Knock off Apple Ear Buds and Charger

When I need to take a phone call hands free or have a personal jam out session I use these wireless earbuds. I like these because they fit perfectly in my small ears and the case is very compact compared to other brands.

Hair Ties

Crocheted Hair Tie and Elastic Hair Ties

I crocheted this when I went to Malibu earlier this year and I have been using it daily ever since. It’s great for me since I have such thick hair.

Mints

Green Tea Mints from Trader Joe’s

These are the mints I get from Trader Joes. I don’t like chewing gum so this is a game changer for me. I love drinking tea after a meal and if I don’t have tea these mints are the next best thing. I reuse the tin when I’m done with it but I am looking for an alternative option with a more eco friendly package. It takes me about a year to go through one of these so I have a bit of time.

Now all that goes inside my bag:

Glasses Case

Case for eyeglasses.

Because sometimes I want to take off my glasses and put them in a safe place where I can find them later.

Water Bottle

32oz Water Bottle

This water bottle comes with time stamps! Right now I’m currently half an hour behind on my water intake. I love it because it keeps me accountable and helps me track my H2O and it has a lock on the lid so I don’t have to worry about it popping open when I put it in my bag. I always try to finish the water that is left before I go to bed (as part of my bedtime routine) and I fill it back up in the morning.

Container + Snack

Plastic Container

This container has become really important especially as I transition into a Zero Waste Lifestyle. It’s just something I already had in the kitchen and it usually has carrots, grapes, or crackers in it. I also normally have a protein bar or an apple in my bag just in case I get hungry while I’m out and about.

Kindle

Kindle

I love love love my kindle. Whenever I finish a book I just start reading the next one. There’s no extra weight plus all the books are free because you can get book loans from your local library. It’s a win-win-win!

Craft Project

Yarn, knitting needles, and pouch of crafting essentials

There is usually some form of yarn in my bag if the bag I’m using is big enough to accommodate. I usually tote around massive projects with me like the Farmhouse Shawl I made while traveling around Asia or the Provision Shawl I design while taking the bus around East Los Angeles. I finished my Grace Sock while on a day trip to San Diego. I’m currently working on a blanket. I also carry around a small bag for all my crafting essentials as well.

Collapsible Reusable Bag

I got this back in 2018 during the Our Maker Life Meet up. I love it because you can loop it through the handles of whatever bag you have with you so that it’s always accessible. I took it with me during my camping trip earlier this year. 

Canvas Bag

Canvas Tote Bag

I got this bag back in October of 2018 when I went to a conference hosted by Karrie Garcia and Hosanna Wong. It’s very sturdy and durable. I’ve put it in the wash a few times and it’s held up perfectly. I’ll probably try to hand wash it from now on since it is autographed and I don’t want the signatures to fade. 

Watch

iTech Watch

I don’t keep this in my bag but I wear a watch everyday. I have been using this iTech watch to track my steps. It’s no fit bit but it syncs with my phone and it tells me the time. I have a full review of it here so go have a read. 

Mask

Face Mask

At the moment I usually have a mask in my bag and another one in my car just in case I switch bags.

Well there you have it.

This is everything that’s in my bag on the daily. Of course, I am likely to stick various things in my bag throughout the week but every Sunday as part of my Sunday routine I clean it out and repack it for the week.

If you are interested in how I pair this bag with my outfits take a look at my Summer Capsule Wardrobe. It will also give you an idea of what a capsule wardrobe is. My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe is also up, so go have a look.


Read More: Lifestyle | Routines | Essentials | iTech Review

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– Olguine Brutus

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