DC mom’s go bag

Adults carrying backpacks is a “thing” in DC, and with good reason: it’s a convenient way to keep all your stuff together on the Metro, and healthier for the spine than a heavy shoulder bag.


I’m a writer, artist, model and mom. My go bag is a High Sierra backpack with an optional waterproof tarp in the bottom and plenty of inner and outer pockets. I typically have

  • ASUS laptop with charger
  • a charger for my Android
  • a 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook (Bienfang in this case, though I’m not picky)
  • my planner (a small binder from Staples filled with graph paper— I prefer to make all my own calendars etc.)
  • a Sharpie fine-point pen for writing
  • two sizes of Micron pens for drawing
  • a pencil, pencil sharpener and eraser

And the baby stuff:

I’ll usually also pack food and beverages for myself and the small one, a change of clothes, and a couple extra toys, but the above is what stays in the bag.

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