For most of us, a slow-paced, leisurely life is a luxury we only get to enjoy on occasion. More often than not, we’re running (or at least speed-walking) from place to place, whether it’s from the gym to the office or from happy hour to the couch to catch the opening credits of The Daily Show.
When so much of your life is spent on-the-go, it’s easy to become stressed out if things don’t go exactly according to plan. The best way to combat this stress? Just what the Boy Scouts, Scar, and Ron Swanson ordered- be prepared, with these five must-have items for a busy, mobile lifestyle.
How much of your life have you wasted trying to untangle your iPhone earbuds? We’d guesstimate at least a month. Luckily, you can completely eliminate that issue with wireless headphones. The latest models use Bluetooth technology to connect with your phone, and they still have the capability to allow you to talk on the phone, skip songs, or adjust the volume through buttons on the headphones. If your headphones will be multitasking as gym or running headphones, go for a water-resistant in-ear option; on-ear or over-ear headphones are perfect for the office or your daily train ride.
Portable Phone Charger
A dead phone battery can stop your productivity in its tracks, and with a life on-the-go, you can’t always guarantee that you’ll be near an outlet. Instead of fighting with a stranger at the airport for the last outlet at Gate B2, become self-reliant with a portable phone charger. Choose a bright, fashionable portable charger that plugs directly into your phone, or a wireless battery case that can extend your battery life by 60%.
You probably don’t think twice about grabbing a latte from your corner coffee shop- until you tilt your cup just so and hot, steamy liquid spills all over your hand and sleeve. Then, it becomes an issue. Sidestep that annoyance with your own reusable travel mug. The best travel mugs for coffee have key features to keep your coffee hot and your commute unstained, like spill-proof technology, double-wall vacuum insulation, and even a spout cover to protect your lid from dirt and germs. Next time you head into that corner coffee shop, bring your new travel mug along and ask the barista to use it instead of a disposable cup- we bet she’ll ask you where you got it.
A Healthy Snack
“Hanger is the enemy of productivity.” –Us.
When you’re hungry, your brain stops firing on all cylinders, and even the simplest task can seem like a nightmare. Around our office, we keep our desks stashed with healthy snacks to fuel us throughout the day. Whether it’s fresh fruit or an all-natural protein bar, we’re well-prepared for mid-day stomach rumblings.
A Bag to Carry All Your Junk Crucial Items
When your daily calendar goes “workout, office, lunch meeting, office, happy hour, home, dinner???”, making sure you have everything you need for the day becomes essential. Your old college North Face backpack may not cut it anymore, and over-the-shoulder bags can cause serious back and shoulder problems. Instead, upgrade to a better commuter backpack. Look for something with lots of pockets and zippered compartments on the outside for important items you need to access quickly (keys, phone, transit card, etc). If your day includes the gym, buy a backpack with a separate compartment for dirty clothes and shoes. Don’t forget, you’ll need a sleeve on the outside for your travel mug.
Life on the go can get stressful, but with the right tools, you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way- whether it’s a last-minute presentation or a spontaneous mission to find the best Thai food in the city. Now, you’re ready to go.