What’s NOT In My Bag

Previously, I did a post called What’s In My Bag: Tech Edition inspired by What’s In My Bag videos on YouTube. I thought it would be fun to do a post about what’s not in my bag. This post is not meant to judge people that do have the following items in their bag. I’m just remarking on how I learned to live without them being on me all the time.

Hand sanitizer

Believe it or not, I am indeed a germaphobe. If someone near me coughs or sneezes, I shield my mouth and nose with my sleeve as though it will protect me from inhaling any germs. I won’t touch my face or eat anything unless I wash my hands with soap first and I wash my hands with soap…a lot. In fact, scientists recommend washing hands with soap as the best way to reduce the number of microbes.

Scientists also say that using hand sanitizer often enough can cause bacteria to develop resistance. It also dries my hands and causes discomfort if I have any open wounds, so washing my hands with a moisturizing hand soaps* is always the better option for me. Ultimately, I noticed that my likelihood of getting an infection did not change whether or not I used sanitizer.

A fancy, expensive water bottle

Can we just stop for a second and remark on HOW MANY different types of water bottles there are out there right now? I never imagined so much creativity could go into making a container just to store water. I have friends that have spent double digits for water bottles that boast an assortment of properties, which are all very impressive, but unimportant to me nevertheless.

Instead, I opt for any water bottle that I have ever gotten for free. Universities and big name companies give away branded water bottles at promotional events for free and they’re satisfactory enough to serve their primary purpose to me at least. Typically, they last up to six months before getting worn down, which is when I simply replace them with another free water bottle.


I used to always have moisturizer in my bag because my skin, especially on my hands, gets very dry. When I started using Aveeno Skin Relief 24-Hour Moisturizing Lotion*, I realized I didn’t need to apply as much moisturizer as before. I’ll apply Aveeno before I leave the house in the morning and the single application lasts me throughout the day. Less bulk to lug around all day!


  • Makeup
  • Hair products
  • Nail file
  • Swiss army knife
  • Chewing gum/Breath mints
  • Tissues
  • Advil, Tylenol, over the counter drugs

What do you think? Do you have any of the above items in your bag? What can you do without? Leave a comment below and feel free to follow me on Twitter for more #Jainsplaining.

*This post is not sponsored. I just did it for free.


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