Commuting is a word that is seldom associated with anything fun, but for a good portion of us, it’s how we get to and from work each day. Since moving to NJ, I’ve relied on public transportation (the train) to get to and from work. While I do have a car, parking in the city I work in it scarce, so it’s just easier to use the train. Commuting does have its benefits- I can read or text as I please and don’t have to worry about keeping my eye on the road (or getting pulled over). But then there’s the bad things- the lack of space, the constant delays, the price, annoying passengers, etc.
Either way, commuting becomes a bit more of an annoyance once the weather gets bad. So now that winter is in full-force, here are some of my winter commuting must-haves.
A pair of weatherproof boots
In the winter, you’ll need a pair of comfortable, warm weatherproof boots. Since most dress codes don’t allow UGGs, you’ll want a pair to wear solely for the walk to and from the train/subway/bus. I’ve been wearing a pair of Totes snow boots lately since it’s been rainy, slushy and snowy here. They keep my feet warm, dry and have great traction on the bottom (and they are very affordable and worth every penny). Sure- they aren’t cute by any means, but they also aren’t really ugly. Get a brown or black pair- they’ll go with any outfit! Then I stash a pair of flats or booties in my bag and change when I get into the office. I feel bad seeing the women on the train wearing 4-inch heeled boots that are getting ruined by the snow. Maybe they should read my blog.
A light, yet large bag
I decided to invest in a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Large Tote in black and have never looked back. It’s sturdy enough to hold my necessities- wallet, lunch, keys, phone and a notebook or two, but still light and small enough that it doesn’t hurt my arm or take up too much room. I don’t recommend putting a laptop in it everyday though, as it will lose its durability over time.
A portable phone charger
While I don’t own one of these (add it to my wish list), I’ve found out just how important they are. When you’re commuting and at the office, your phone’s battery can drain pretty quickly. There’s nothing worse than having a train ride home with no battery (ok, there are way worse things, but a half-hour ride without the internet can be pretty boring). This Triple C ‘iBoost’ Portable Charger is cute and practical.
The one time you forget to pack it is the one day when the wind is blowing so hard that your lips instantly chap. This EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere 4-Pack is ideal- one for your bag, one for your desk… you get the idea.
A large pashmina scarf
You never know when the office AC is going to kick on (yes, even in the winter) or when you’re stranded at the train station waiting for your delayed train. But having a large pashmina scarf, you’ll always be prepared. Sometimes I use mine as a scarf (obviously) or wrap it around my head if I don’t have a hat/earmuffs. Or you could always use it to cover the pizza stain you got on the front of your shirt minutes before that big meeting. Whoops. This Jules B Original Pashmina Scarf is a must-have.
What are your winter commuting must-haves?