What's in my (journalism) bag?

Over on Instagram in a poll, a post that was requested was “What’s in my bag?”, showing what I take with me on journalistic assignments. Now: what I’m going to show in this post is not a definitive list-as it is given to change. These are merely ‘the basics’

The Bag:

This bag was a Christmas present from my sister; however, I do not think New Look stock it anymore. There were various colours, but I preferred the black version, as it was more professional. (I even wrote about this bag for The Growing Up Guide!)
There are two pockets inside; one is a zip-up, which is where I keep things such as my door key, train ticket, spare money, etc.
But if you’re looking for an alternative; this bag from ASOS is a good alternative. 

Contents: 

The contents of my handbag has a pretty fixed number of things that go with me everywhere I go. This feeds into my nature as a person with Aspergers; it’s rigid, and helps me with a number of things, such as planning, blocking out sound I can’t filter..

In no particular order:

-Purse. Very self-explanatory this one; it has all of financial-related things in it! It is currently a little bit bulky, due to my tendency to stuff receipts, scrapes of paper, etc in it.
-Headphones. (Phone not shown.) Wherever I go, I have my headphones. They act as a sensory block for particularly noisy places, allowing me to travel as I please. (It also helps in preventing what could be termed a meltdown.)
-Filofax. I like to plan. This small ring binder keeps track of my deadlines, appointments, finances, blog post ideas, books to read, films to see, story ideas..
-Jotter. I virtually always take a jotter with me everywhere I go. It has a bunch of my scribblings, thrown together; interview questions, shorthand, lists, ideas..
-Tiny perfume bottle. This is more as a confidence boost, really.
-Pens and pencils. I have a fear that one day I will run out of ink… So, it seems that I keep an excess of writing implements with me at all times.
-Press credentials. Yep.
-Memory stick and door key. The memory stick has been with me since 2010, and it’s on the point of breaking; however, it carries important documents. The key is so I can get into my house.

Other ‘bags’:

I am a nosy individual, so whenever I see a ‘bag’ centred post, I usually click to read it. Cristina over at Criddle Me This wrote about her versatile bag; I would love to one day own the red version. Gala Darling has also written about her bag; it’s also bright pink!    And if you’d like another version of this post, look what I wrote for an Autism charity! 

What’s in your bag?

Lydia x

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2 Comments

  1. April 9, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    You’re just like me in terms of always having a bazillion pens. I always have pens, colored markers, and all sorts of random writing utensils. You never know when you’re gonna need one! Great post Lydia xxx
    Melina

  2. Lisa's Notebook
    April 10, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I’d probably have to spilt a “What’s in my bag” into two posts becuase of the amount of Flora’s stuff I always have to carry, haha. I love this post, it’s so nice to be legitimately nosey 🙂 and I know what you need to put on your wishlist next, a new memory stick! xx
    Lisa

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