Back To Routine Essentials
There’s no denying that going back to the daily routine after time away is tough – but having the right kit to make it as easy as possible definitely helps. Here’s our list of must-pack essentials for heading back to the grind.
Commuting in the rain is next-level miserable, so bringing a waterproof jacket with you will help to avoid getting caught out. Look for a lightweight option that packs down to fit in your rucksack when you’re not using it, and breathability is a great feature for keeping you cool and comfortable on the move.
A durable and warm outer layer is a staple of the daily commute, especially if you’re spending any length of time outdoors and as the weather gets colder. We recommend a synthetic insulated jacket, as down ruins easily in the rain, or a lightweight fleece to keep out the chills.
It goes without saying that the right bag to carry your essentials can make or break your daily journey – so make sure your pack has all the space and features you need. Look for a spacious main pocket with a scratch-proof extra pocket on the front for valuables like your phone and sunglasses, and a side pocket for a water bottle is often useful, too.
Water bottle and coffee flask
Opt for reusable water bottles and coffee flasks to minimise waste and keep your drink warm or cold all day (if it lasts that long). Plus, some coffee shops even give you a discount for bringing your own mug. Eco-friendly, money-saving and avoids using the communal office glasses and mugs – what’s not to love?
Hat and gloves
One of those things that you’ll barely notice you’re carrying but will be endlessly grateful for on a very cold day, a durable hat and gloves set will never let you down. Look for touchscreen-compatible gloves that don’t have to be sacrificed every time you get a notification.
In the outdoors, an activity tracker is a must-have for finding your way, keeping an eye on your progress towards your goals and, of course, recording your adventures to share with friends. But take it with you to the 9-5, and it doubles up as a smart-looking watch, as well as motivating you to up your daily fitness game. You’ll never leave home without it again.
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