No matter how much you love your job, the commute to and from the office tends to feel tedious. Whether you drive to work every day or take public transportation, annoyances abound and are pretty much a given. As a Brooklyn resident who works in Manhattan, I am well versed in this downside of the daily grind, but I’ve picked up some crucial tips over the years that have made the journey a little less awful.
Having done a lot of driving in cities like Los Angeles as well, I’ve found that these pointers are easily adaptable to different locales. So, in case you’re equally fed up with the discomfort that often comes with commuting, I thought I’d share my definitive list of necessities for making it through. Just think of the below items as crucial investments in your sanity!
Scroll down to find out what you should have on hand for a more enjoyable commute.
Matt & Nat ‘Brave’ Leather Backpack ($125)
A good quality backpack allows you to carry a lot of stuff without sacrificing your style.
Ray-Ban ‘Folding Wayfarer’ 50mm Sunglasses ($155)
These foldable shades take up less room than other bulky pairs.
Silence + Noise Mini Crossbody Bag in Neutral ($39)
A small purse is great for throwing in your larger bag to be used when running errands or going to events throughout the day.
Comme des Garcons Embossed Continental Long Wallet ($380)
A great wallet is key to keeping all your cards, money and tickets organized.
SKITS Tech Zip Pouches (Set of 4) ($25)
These touch-sensitive, waterproof pouches keep all your tech gear safe from the elements and allow you to use them under the worst circumstances.
Valextra Textured Leather iPad Case ($550)
If you're bringing your laptop to work every day, it deserves a cover worthy of the rest of your stylish wardrobe.
Rebecca Minkoff Case Mate Mobile Charger ($78)
A portable charger gives you one less thing to worry about throughout your busy day.
Mophie Juice Pack Air iPhone 5s/5 Case in Black ($100)
If you don't care for an exciting case and would prefer to streamline, nix the portable charger and get this charging phone case instead!
Topshop Super-Soft Brushed Scarf ($32)
A cozy, versatile scarf is great for getting stuck in overly air-conditioned spaces.
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Metallic Cosmetic Zip Case ($395)
A roomy cosmetics case allows you to touch up your makeup throughout the day without risk of it spilling all over your bag.
Urban Outfitters Bubble Umbrella ($18)
You never know when you'll be caught in a storm, and this light umbrella goes with everything.
Claire Vivier Leather Tassel ($19)
This colorful keychain allows you to spot your keys quickly, no matter how crowded your bag.
Baggu Small Leather Zip-Pouch ($20)
This pouch is great for collecting all the miscellany you require in your day to day life. Think: parking tickets, receipts, coupons, etc.
Urban Outfitters Reversible Canvas + Leather Tote Bag ($59)
This reversible tote is both roomy and versatile, as you can coordinate which side you're using with your outfit for the day.
Flight 001 ‘Go Clean’ Shoe Travel Bags ($30)
To keep your heels nice and shiny en route to the office.
Forever 21 Buckled Faux Suede Flats ($23)
A light pair of flats is a necessity for getting to and from the office sans heels, and they are perfect for throwing in your bag if you have a work event that night.
Common Projects Achilles Sneakers ($425)
If you have A LOT of walking to do then you may want to skip the ballet flats and opt for a more supportive pair of sneakers. This Common Projects pair proves that you can still look cool in transit.
Master & Dynamic ME03 In-Ear Headphones ($160)
Big headphones may be cute but they're also heavy, so opt instead for an in-ear pair whose sound quality is just as good as the larger sets.
Chloe A4 Document Holder ($865)
Carrying papers to and from the office each day can get messy, and cheap folders wear down quickly. This leather document holder allows all of your hard work to stay in great shape over time.