Placement Year Hacks I: A Guide to Commuting

Whilst I love every part of my work placement, the commute to and from the busy city is something I definitely do not look forward to; commuters tightly packed into carriages like sardines, delays affecting your route and the screaming four year old who refuses every one of the bribes offered by his parent in exchange for silence. Though we have no control over these factors, there are a few things that I have learnt carrying around can make commuting slightly more bearable, detailed from left to right, top to bottom.

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  1. A tote bag: A lot of the time I will pick up things for dinner on the way home and carrying a tote around eliminates having to carry (and pay for) plastic bags. And for those of us who don’t have desks we can leave smart shoes under, you can use this to carry those too (I’d highly recommend commuting in comfortable footwear!)
  2. A good read: Commutes can be long so I suggest carrying something which can help pass the time. I like to read as it means I don’t miss any announcements as I would with headphones in, and it also gives me a chance to disconnect in the day.
  3. Keys: Keep these in a separate pocket of your bag to avoid rummaging around later!
  4. Wallet: I’d be interested to hear why someone doesn’t carry this around
  5. Mints: No one wants to smell what you had for lunch
  6. Side Pocket 1: The emergency stuff: I keep these things in the zipped pocket of my bag so they don’t get lost among the 200 other items in my bag:
    1. Hair Ties: We all need a hair tie some day, just remember to replace them once used!
    2. John Frieda Frizz Ease: I’m blessed with naturally very frizzy hair that only John can handle, this travel size is a life saver!
    3. Hand Sanitizer: I personally wouldn’t want everyone on the central line touching my desk
    4. Hand Cream: Hand sanitizer can dry out your hands so it’s best to follow through with hand cream
    5. Nail file: When you break one (wow this post is making me realise I really care about my hands)
    6. Tide to go: I’m a messy eater and this instant stain remover prevents everyone from knowing that
  7. Emergency tea stash: I’m British. And particular about the teas I drink.
  8. Flask: I carry tea in the mornings and water after that, it’s never a good idea to travel without water, especially when the weather is a little warmer
  9. Headphones: Don’t be that person who plays videos out loud
  10. Charge bar: For the days I’m not organised enough to make sure my phone is fully charged before leaving the house
  11. Side Pocket 2: Work ID & Oyster: Again, keep these in a separate pocket so you’re not faffing around trying to find them!

NB: I don’t carry an umbrella because I find them difficult so opt for a coat with a hood instead, I also don’t carry dry shampoo as I have this at my desk, with a travelo so I don’t have to carry¬†a perfume bottle