When I was packing my Camelbak L.U.X.E for a run commute yesterday morning, I realized that I’d forgotten something at work Tuesday night.
I’ve done this once before, years ago. Luckily enough, my friend lived right across the street from our workplace and kept my wallet safe at her house until the next morning. Since an evening had passed before I’d even thought to look for my wallet this time around, I didn’t think of calling anyone or rushing to the office via bus. And I couldn’t drive—no license! I figured I’d still do the run and see what the consequences of my reckless actions were when I got to the office, full of fresh air and somewhat zen.
Wallet was safe and sound, untouched, in my desk drawer. Phew.
But this can’t happen again. Next time, I may not be so lucky.
I’m constantly switching bags. For a bike commute, I have two bags I use: my everyday, nonprofit logo-emblazoned tote bag and a reusable bag (where I pack my clean clothes and shoes). My everyday tote bag sort of functions as a purse and holds my wallet, keys, lunch bag, phone and assorted other things. I pile these bags into my panniers and off I go!
When I need my wallet at work, I pull it from the tote bag, but have the bad habit of leaving it on my desk or tossing it into a drawer. I know I need to just put it back in the damn bag.
But I don’t.
For a run commute, I bring in clothes the week before via bike. I then pack my Camelbak with smaller essentials—flip flops for the shower, a padlock for the gym locker, an umbrella, brush, keys, wallet, etc.
TTC Writer, you say. Keep some stuff at work. That way you don’t have to move so much back and forth!
True, and I see things I could leave here. My padlock, maybe the flip flops, the brush wouldn’t hurt. I don’t want to leave many things because, after a vaguely threatening talk with the HR person back in August, I decided to take all of my personal stuff home. (I freely admit this place has made me a lot more paranoid than usual; I also freely admit that I want my office as empty as possible so I can jet without encumbrance when my last, sweet day comes.) So this involves a lot of carting back and forth of shoes and other things of greater value.
What I need is to make a packing list and stick to it. I feel like I randomly decide what will get thrown into any bag on any particular day. If I whittle it down to the essentials, I think I’ll save myself a lot of grief.
A tote bag or purse with more compartments would be helpful, too. I have a very cute laptop bag that could function as a purse after I get some shoulder straps on it. So I’d eschew the casual look of my canvas tote bag, but it’d have compartments! Lovely, lovely compartments in which I could stash—and easily find—things!
And I need a wallet that I’ll be forced to remember. It wouldn’t hurt to downgrade in size to save room, and I’d like to associate the wallet with my phone somehow. There’s something I’ll never forget (partly because I use it to track my cycling and runs).
Learning how to downsize is not my strong suit.
I’ll figure it out.