Frequently being on the go means trying to always be prepared. Aside from the obvious items (sunglasses, lip balm, keys, ID, mobile phone, etc.) here are 8 things I always put in my backpack, in no particular order.
- Mini First Aid Kit – Listen, I’m not going to pretend I’m always graceful. I am for the most part, but on the other hand, I once tripped up the stairs and fractured my wrist. Yes, up. I may not be able to splint or suture, but I do make sure to always have a mini first aid kit around to handle minor cuts and scrapes for myself and others. It has a few simple items like band-aids, ointment, antiseptic wipes, and gauze.
- Wet Wipes – First of all, I am a germaphobe. Second, I hate to sweat. Third, I live in Florida. I need wet wipes in my life at all times. For everything. When I sweat, I legit have to wipe clean immediately. I keep Kleenex Wet Wipes in my backpack for on-the-go germ removal anytime, any place. They are thick, safe for the face and hands and made for doers all while being gentle and free of harsh chemicals. These are my BFF when having fun at parks, kayaking and admiring nature at one of Florida’s many wilderness preserves. They are available in 3 types being Sensitive, Germ Removal and Gentle Clean. I use Sensitive because my skin is so delicate and bratty. An extra bonus is that Kleenex Wet Wipes at Target stores and Target.com are only $1.49 which is great for stocking up for use at home and on-the-go.
- Camera – GoPro is bae. I bring my Hero5 Black plus a few accessories with me basically everywhere. If I’m using my Osprey backpack I bring a ton of accessories. Pretty much all of the accessories because the backpack can fit a billion things in it and never seems to feel too heavy. Preserving memories. Always.
- Sunblock – Hey remember that time I told you I live in Florida. Sunblock. All day, every day. It is extremely important to wear sunscreen regardless of age, race or skin tone. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, you need to protect your skin from UVA/UVB. I tan and burn easily so I use broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and up to SPF 50. If I’m just going on a day trip I dispense some sunblock into a travel bottle. When going on longer adventures I bring the full size bottle of sunblock.
- Sweater – You will never catch me leaving home without a sweater or cardigan because every restaurant and store in Florida feels the need to blast the central air to temperatures so low it is inhumane. Okay, not really, but for me, it is extremely cold indoors. Anything below 70 degrees equals winter to me. A rolled up sweater even fits in my mini backpack or my purse pack I like to call it. I have tons of sweaters and simply switch them out to match my outfit.
- Medicine – I never play with my health! I always keep medicine like my inhaler, allergy pills, over the counter pain reliever, and eye drops with me. These are things I need for emergencies or use regularly. I never leave home without them and have multiples of each so one set can always stay in my backpack or handbag. I just switch things out as they expire or need to be replenished.
- Water Bottle – I drink so much water and I love every drop! It is important to drink enough water daily, especially if you’re an active person or live in a humid climate. Florida is very humid much of the year and it is easy to become dehydrated. I put fresh water in my backpack when I’m heading out even if I’m just running to the grocery store. Just in case. You never know if you’re car will break down and you have to wait a while for roadside assistance. If I’m heading out with my Osprey I bring a tumbler filled with water but if I’m using my purse pack I bring a small 12oz bottled water which fits perfectly.
- Snacks – Snacks are a must. I eat 4-6 small meals daily but when on the go that is very hard to keep up. If I don’t eat something every few hours I get extremely weak and my body sometimes feels shaky. Snacks prevent that from happening so I put healthy things like crackers, almonds, pecans, and dried cranberries in my backpack. Of course, I throw in some cookies and other tasty treats sometimes too. This also comes in handy while at most Orlando area theme parks because you can bring snacks in and save a bit of money.
What are your backpack essentials?