What's in my bag?

I'm a big bag person. Not as in, I really like bags. I just like big bags (and I cannot lie). I'm actually not a bag person at all. I tend to have one big bag which I take everywhere. Something neutral but the size of weekend luggage which will house everything from my lunchboxes for work to my straighteners in a hair curling emergency.
A few weeks ago, however, disaster struck. The zip on my biggest and best day time bag broke unexpectedly and when I took it to Timpsons, they said it would cost £35 to replace. for a £30 bag. So over the last few months I've been what I will call " between bags". In that I haven't found one quite big enough for all the rubbish I lug around daily. In fact the majority of the time now you'll see me with a handbag and also one of those big 9p Aldi bags carrying my lunch and work day snacks.
In the meantime, however, I've been trailing slightly smaller bags. Okay, I can't get my lunchbox in them, but I can get all of my daily essentials inside, and it means I'm not coming home from work with aching shoulders. At the moment I've been using this leather bag from Yoshi, which is the perfect size for the weekend, and much lighter than my usual big bags. It feels much more grown-up too, and much less carrying-around-my-life-looking-a-bit-like-a-bag-lady.
I decided rather than show you the bag with an outfit (which feels a bit artificial when I'm quite clearly taking photos in my house where I don't need to be carrying my bag around with me...) I thought I'd do a "what's in my bag?". As I said, I carry an awful lot of stuff around with me on a daily basis (I carry even more when I'm going to work!) so I thought it would be fun to show you what my "essentials" are...

Come on, it's 2015. I don't go anywhere without my iPhone. You can't tell in this picture but my phone case looks like a gameboy.
I live in Manchester so...
Book or Kindle
I basically don't go anywhere without a book or my kindle in my bag. I'm currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie* which was only available in hardback at the library so that's taking up the majority of my bag space...
iPhone charger
Because, you know.
Ted Baker Purse
My mum bought me this red Ted Baker purse for my birthday a couple of years ago. I adore it but it's getting a bit worn now!
Glass nail file
I always, always need a nail file, so I splashed out on a nice glass one which never leaves my bag. 
I don't need to explain that I need keys, right?
Water bottle
I drink a stupid amount of water, and I prefer to drink it from a bottle, so I fill this up about a dozen times a day. I carry it everywhere and get stressed out if I can't refill it. I recently got a Camelbak because I was always using cheap plastic bottles and ending up with a bag full of water...
Glasses case/contacts box
This is my new favourite bag addition! I read an article a few months ago that said contact lens wearers should carry their glasses around with them like any other prescription in case of any kind of emergency, and when I was in Spain we came across this awesome glasses/contacts box! It hold my glasses in one side and in the other, a contact lens box and two small bottles to be filled with solution. We don't really want to know what the tweezers are for...
I also usually have a box of paracetamol, hand sanitiser and my headphones, plus at least 3 cinema ticket stubs, a handful of tissues and half a dozen receipts.

What's in your bag?

Charlotte x

*I wrote this blog post last week (guilty as charged!) so I actually finished this book last night! If you're interested I'm now reading Columbine by Dave Cullen


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