My bag as a commuter

If you’re going to survive a regular commute, you absolutely have to become an expert at planning your journey. I don’t just mean your route, though obviously that’s important too, and you need to have alternatives mapped out in case of cancellations and unscheduled maintenance that can ruin your journey.   No, by ‘journey planning’ what I mean is collecting together the things you need to make your commute bearable so you go into work still refreshed and not actively homicidal. I like to have my breakfast on the train because it gives me a little extra time in bed, especially as I have one of those timer coffee makers. All I have to do is roll out of bed, fill my travel mug and grab a cereal bar and I’m on my way (alright, I also shower first). Once the coffee is all gone, the mug just gets shoved into my bag to be forgotten about until the next morning when I’m desperately trying to find it and the cycle repeats itself. Always make sure you’ve actually finished the coffee first, it sounds obvious but sleepy mistakes happen and then you’ve ruined your bag. I always bring a book as well, and an MP3 player with headphones is absolutely necessary if you want to avoid making polite conversation with total strangers before you’re even properly awake. I have a friend who just brings headphones (she can’t afford an MP3 player) and tucks the end into her pocket, and she says it works just as well as the real thing. Once every couple of months I have to fly...