last fall, I went back to school to pursue a nursing degree. I had been out of school for 3 years, and I had forgotten how much I loved the feeling of having everything ready to go in your bag. when I was an undergrad, I lugged around a longchamp le pliage tote, and while I loved the roominess of it all & how durable it was (it’s a great travel bag, btw), I wanted something a little bit more compartmentalized this time around. this tote in navy was my Christmas present from James, and I use it both as my work tote & my school tote. I love the simple design of it & the fact that it’s in saffiano leather so that I don’t have to worry about scratching anything. it’s been especially great in the winter weather – any liquid or salt that gets on it is easily wiped away. the size is great (17″ W x 11-1/2″ H x 5″ D) – big enough to hold a class’s worth of things, but not so overwhelmingly huge that it looks comical on my 4’11” frame.
and the compartments! oh, the compartments. it has two roomy open compartments that are perfect for holding notebooks & textbooks, plus a padded & zipped middle divider compartment where you can put your laptop (my 13″ macbook pro fits). there’s a slip pocket on the front side of the zippered compartment that I use to hold my iPad mini & iPhone backup battery. there’s also a zip pocket & two slip pockets in the back, and a slip pocket & a cell phone pocket in the front. the back compartment also has an attached key lanyard, which is a much appreciated feature for someone who’s always digging around for her keys.
on a typical day, I carry around:
- legal pad
- pencil case
- makeup pouch
- document case with class papers
- water bottle
I was worried that with so much stuff in it, the straps wouldn’t be able to handle the weight, but so far, they’re holding up & show no signs of stress. the bag does get quite heavy when it’s stuffed, but the bag itself is quite light. while it doesn’t have any feet on the bottom, it does stand up & keep its shape on its own. overall, I’ve been really happy with it, and it makes going to class prepared & organized that much easier.
what’s your go-to work/school bag?