Step one is finding a really good bag. I'm a bit of a bag junkie and find searching for a great bag to be fun, but in this case I am looking to you, oh wise internets, for suggestions. I have looked a little and nothing is speaking to me yet.
Here are the key things I will likely be carrying most days:
- kid (almost 16 months old and about 28 pounds)
- lunch (mine)
- mom crap (I don't have a huge purse but I carry more than a wallet)
- kid crap (not consistent, anything too big I can send in the car with CD for arrival later)
- work crap (the occasional file folder, nothing more)
Sometimes I may have a laptop but I am working hard to make that a rare event.
Ideally, the bag would be lightweight and fairly professional looking A diaper bag with cute little elephants and flowers isn't gonna cut it. Neither is a 10 pound leather number. Since I work in an academic environment I don't have to go with a corporate look.
Leave your suggestions in the comments!