Commuting to work or school can be a hassle, especially if you live in a big city and take public transportation, but it doesn’t have to be. Some people actually enjoy their commutes a great deal and the key is preparation. When you have a carefully planned everyday carry – those items that go with you everywhere – you’ll never be bored, no matter how bad the traffic is.
Shoes For The Job
Though not normally included in EDC lists since you can’t put your shoes in your pocket, the fact is that the right footwear is essential to a great commute. This is particularly true if you work in a more formal office that typically requires nicer shoes that would slow you down when walking or are ill-suited to bad weather.
So, what should you wear on your feet during your daily travels? Though women in skirt suits and running shoes are a staple in New York City, another practical option is a sturdy pair of boots that can withstand any kind of weather. With a pair of boots on your feet, you can be sure no puddle or storm gets in your way.
A Boss Backpack
Many people prefer shoulder bags for city commutes, seeing them as a better way to keep a close hold on their possessions, but if you’re carrying more than a handful of items or have your laptop in tow, there’s a better way: a backpack. Backpacks evenly distribute the weight of their contents, which makes them better for your back, and you don’t have to compromise fashion in the name of form. Go for a classy leather backpack with plenty of room for all the essentials.
An Indestructible Mug
Even if you’ve got a Starbucks habit, you can’t afford to tackle your commute without a great travel mug. After all, when the train slides into the station or the bus stops short, those plastic or cardboard cups slosh and spill, and you lose precious caffeine while making a mess. A leak-proof travel mug, on the other hand, will help you hold on to your coffee, while allowing you to toss it in your bag without worrying about a mess if you need your hands free.
A Soundtrack On Standby
For all its hassles, one of the best things about commuting for work is having time to yourself to enjoy your favorite songs or, better yet, podcasts. Upgrade your day with a well-curated podcast library that will entertain and inform while you make your way back and forth to the office – and don’t forget a great pair of headphones to listen to them with.
A Battery Boost
Commutes can drag on, devices get old, and sometimes we all forget to charge our phones. Luckily, you can make sure you’re never stuck with a dead phone by picking up a portable battery. These mobile charging stations will let you power up even if you’re stuck underground, keeping you connected and entertained.
Everyone has their own twist on what makes a great everyday carry, but whatever your interests – tea or coffee, music or book, Apple or Android – these essentials are sure to serve you well. Even better, they’ll make your commute a pleasure, rather than a slog you need to endure.