Active modern men will often encounter situations that they are unprepared for, and it is mostly due to the fact that they can’t carry all the items they need inside the pockets of their skinny jeans or jacket. You don’t have to be paranoid and always ready to face a zombie apocalypse, but a good man bag will allow you to comfortably carry all the useful little items that will make your life a lot easier. You never know what challenges you will face in the urban jungle and where you will end up at the end of the day, so make sure you have these nine essential items with you when you leave the house.
An extra pair of socks, underpants and a clean t-shirt tucked away in your messenger bag can be a real life-saver if you end up unexpectedly spending the night at someone else’s apartment or if you decide to go out for drinks with friends right after work.
Wet and Dry Wipes
Stuck at work, in a train or an airplane for several hours? Running errands around town during a hot summer day? Pull out some wet wipes, refresh yourself and throw on a clean t-shirt, and you’re ready to face new challenges. Dry wipes will help you out when you spill something, have a runny nose or need to wipe away the sweat from your forehead.
A quick fix for those times when you know you will be out about town for the entire day. Go with one of the higher-end brands and dab the area with dry wipes to ensure that there isn’t too much of the deodorant left, which will reduce the chances of staining your clothes.
It is a matter of statistical certainty that you will, during the course of your work week, encounter plenty of little problems that require specialized tools to solve. Now, you can’t be expected to carry several screwdrivers, pliers, bottle openers and scissors, but you can have all these tools in a compact and lightweight package. There are tons of great Swiss army knives and Leatherman tools that will cover most of your basic needs.
An elegant pocket knife can be a great gentleman’s tool, as well as a lovely accessory. The knife is an incredibly versatile tool - you can use it for everything from food preparation and opening packages to small prying tasks and stripping cables. It will probably be the most used tool in your bag.
Small First Aid Kit
Get a small container and throw in some gauze pads, bandages, band aids, antiseptic spray, adhesive tape, tweezers, cotton wool and a few drugs like painkillers, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories – this will be enough to cover most minor injuries, and can even help you save a life.
Quality Pen and Notepad
Although we all use smartphone apps such as Evernote these days, it is still good to have a decent gentleman’s pen and a small notepad. It helps you show bit of class, and can be incredibly useful when your phone’s battery runs out or if you want to hand someone a hand-written note as a more personal gesture.
Making sure your breath is fresh is paramount for anyone who will be dealing with other people, and it is always a good idea to have a couple of extra packs squared away in your bag, as you never know when you might meet an interesting and attractive person on whom you will want to leave a good first impression.
It is very easy to get so caught up with different obligations and worries and forget to eat for hours on end. A rumbling stomach will leave you feeling irritable, fatigued and unable to focus – a light snack will ensure that you keep pushing on. Some good options are bananas, protein bars, some walnuts or almonds and dried fruit. If you know you will be out for long periods of time, bring a sandwich or even a whole little meal in a plastic container.
The beauty of having a man bag at your side is that it allows you to carry just about all the things that you will need in order to go through a hard day and be prepared for anything. Throw these nine items in your bag and have it ready by the door, and you’ll have everything you need with you even if you run out of the house in a big rush.