My (Man) Bag: The Essentials

#OneMillennial confession: I am a self-proclaimed bag whore. I have fully come to terms with the murse/manbag trend and embraced it with open arms. I, much like a few of my female friends, have multiple stored away in dust bags in the back of my closet. While backpacks are the uniform in the Silicon Valley, my love affair is with oversized totes — sue me.

Because my totes are usually large enough to smuggle an extra person and a bottle or two of champagne in the movie theatre, I've been dubbed Mr. Poppins among my sweet, sweet friends and colleagues. Jealous bitches. Regardless of the nickname, I absolutely love feeling prepared — after all, I'm a planner and an Aries, it's practically in my DNA. To celebrate my most-recent bag purchase, I thought I'd share a few of my manbag essentials — take a look:

  Strawfoot tote  Waxed canvas • Made in Santa Cruz, Ca. //  Timbuk2 toiletry bag  Large enough to fit all the face, skin and haircare products that you may need on-the-go //  iPhone charger  Six-foot braided cord that reaches any outlet (and doesn't fray) • Available on Amazon //  Notebook and pen  Moleskine hardcovers are the way to my heart • Perfect for jotting down blog notes while out and about //  iPad Mini  My lifesaver • Siri really is the best assistant and having my schedule (and blog analytics) at my fingertips is gold //  Leather   wallet  By Coach Men's • I may not be rockin' a Louis, but the credit cards inside this thing thank me for it //  Noise canceling headphones  by Harman Kardon • Perfect for tuning out other travelers, housemates or your chatty coworkers //  HydroFlask  The perfect 40 oz. insulated water bottle • A gem in both the summer and winter • Keeps your favorite beverage at your desired temperature for hours //  RayBan Wayfarers  should be a staple in everyone's lives • Pairs nicely with a boat shoe, polo and a 42m sailboat //  Dog hair  Courtesy of Rocky • Because wherever I goes, he has to go too

Strawfoot tote Waxed canvas • Made in Santa Cruz, Ca. // Timbuk2 toiletry bag Large enough to fit all the face, skin and haircare products that you may need on-the-go // iPhone charger Six-foot braided cord that reaches any outlet (and doesn't fray) • Available on Amazon // Notebook and pen Moleskine hardcovers are the way to my heart • Perfect for jotting down blog notes while out and about // iPad Mini My lifesaver • Siri really is the best assistant and having my schedule (and blog analytics) at my fingertips is gold // Leather wallet By Coach Men's • I may not be rockin' a Louis, but the credit cards inside this thing thank me for it // Noise canceling headphones by Harman Kardon • Perfect for tuning out other travelers, housemates or your chatty coworkers // HydroFlask The perfect 40 oz. insulated water bottle • A gem in both the summer and winter • Keeps your favorite beverage at your desired temperature for hours // RayBan Wayfarers should be a staple in everyone's lives • Pairs nicely with a boat shoe, polo and a 42m sailboat // Dog hair Courtesy of Rocky • Because wherever I goes, he has to go too


  Sunscreen  Headhunter SPF 30 • Picked this up in Poipu, works like a charm //  Listerine pocket mist  While it may give you flashbacks of 2001, Jeff Lewis and I are bringing it back //  Kiehl's Original Musk  One of the few unisex scents that actually works well on both sexes • Smells like absolute heaven, if heaven were a wooded mountainside //  Lip balm  A must for any bag, car, nightstand and desk drawer • Surfer's Salve, another Poipu find, also works for bug bites, sunburn, rashes, windburn and dry skin //  Kiehl's hydrating mist  A godsend for those days that you (and your skin) just aren't feeling it • A couple sprays of this cactus flower and Tibetan ginseng will perk you right up //  Antacids  Maybe you're not 26 going on 74 like me, but these are life //  Hand lotion  by Kiehl's • For all the other germaphobes in the world, you know what "sanitizer hands" are • This line, though recently discontinued, works well to combat the ashy dragon skin

Sunscreen Headhunter SPF 30 • Picked this up in Poipu, works like a charm // Listerine pocket mist While it may give you flashbacks of 2001, Jeff Lewis and I are bringing it back // Kiehl's Original Musk One of the few unisex scents that actually works well on both sexes • Smells like absolute heaven, if heaven were a wooded mountainside // Lip balm A must for any bag, car, nightstand and desk drawer • Surfer's Salve, another Poipu find, also works for bug bites, sunburn, rashes, windburn and dry skin // Kiehl's hydrating mist A godsend for those days that you (and your skin) just aren't feeling it • A couple sprays of this cactus flower and Tibetan ginseng will perk you right up // Antacids Maybe you're not 26 going on 74 like me, but these are life // Hand lotion by Kiehl's • For all the other germaphobes in the world, you know what "sanitizer hands" are • This line, though recently discontinued, works well to combat the ashy dragon skin