With summer internship season upon us, now is the time to start thinking about the items to have in your work bag, so you can be best prepared for your first day. You want to find the balance between being properly prepared and having to carry way too much stuff that just doesn’t fit. Your bag should be polished, put-together, and appropriate for your work environment. Find a bag that comes in a neutral color, has sturdy handles, and is extra roomy for all the essentials you’ll be toting every day. Here are the essentials every girl boss needs in her work bag.

    1. Laptop

Depending on your work environment, you may need to bring a laptop to work. Whether your employer gives you a computer to use, or if you’re responsible for your own technology, you want to be prepared. A laptop is essential if remote work is also part of your job description, so being prepared for anything on the first day is essential.

    1. Planner

Having a hard-copy planner handy is essential for long days of meetings, phone calls and administrative work. Many people use electronic platforms to keep track of their schedules but having a hard-copy may be essential if you are working in an environment that handles sensitive material. The type of planner you use is completely up to you; choose a format that works best for how your brain processes and holds information. Great examples of planners can be found here, here, and here.

    1. Umbrella

If you walk to and from work, an umbrella is a necessity. Find a small umbrella that can fold into itself, so it will fit nicely into your bag. An umbrella is a great item to simply throw into your bag and forget about, because you’ll never know when you’ll get caught in the rain. Affordable examples can be found here, and here.

    1. Lunch Bag

If your job is in a larger city, buying lunch every day can get costly. Instead, try bringing your lunch to work a few days a week to keep costs down. A lunch bag can easily be stored under your desk and eating in gives you the opportunity to better get to know the people you work alongside. Examples of lunch bags can be found here, here, and here.

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    1. Mini Emergency Kit

You never know what will happen at work: blisters from new shoes, a headache, or even a button falling off. Having some sort of mini emergency kit handy with be helpful for fixing these small problems. Items like Band-Aids, aspirin, safety pins, or even clothing tape can be immensely helpful in a bind. Inexpensive kits can be found here, here, and here.

    1. Notebook

Being an intern or starting your first real job often requires taking lots of notes to get up to speed on the workings of the company or organization. Having a notebook with you at all times shows your employer that you’re ready and eager to learn and jump in. Notebooks can be found here, here and here.

    1. Business Cards

Business cards are a great tool to have when networking or when meeting someone new in the office. There are plenty of online platforms that you can use to create your own unique business cards. Handing a card to a new contact is far more convenient and professional than digging around in your bag for paper and a pen. Store your business cards in a case so they are not loosely thrown into your bag. Again, professionalism is key. Great examples of business card holders can be found here, here and here.

While this is not an exhaustive list, these items will have you well on your way to being prepared and ready for your job or internship. Remember, professionalism is so important when starting a new position. Show your employer that you are prepared and can handle any tasks that come your way.

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Joleen T
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Joleen is a Contributor at FFL. She enjoys reading, going to Chipotle, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can find her at the library, or studying for the LSAT. Her goal is to become a lawyer, and eventually run for public office. Her role models are Nikki Haley and Sandra Day O’Connor.

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