article_work-bag-essentials.jpgYou've finally ditched your ratty, beat-up tote bag for a classic, well-made office bag. You can't really stuff it with litter and junk, can you? You wouldn't just want to preserve its shape, you would also want what's inside to reflect how it looks on the outside.

Do away with clutter by sticking to these 15 work bag essentials:

1_work-bag-essentials.jpg1. MAKEUP KIT
Organize small cosmetics into a pretty pouch. These are the only products you really need to bring around.
(Photo courtesy of Forever 21)

2. PERFUME
Stay sweet-smelling through business lunches, presentations, and everything else in between with a fresh scent.
(Photo courtesy of Philosophy)

3. PLANNER AND 4. PEN
Stay on top of all your work responsibilities with a daily planner and a can't-go-without pen.
(Planner photo courtesy of Moleskin; pen photo courtesy of Parker)

5. UMBRELLA
Shield yourself (and your pristine clothes) from any sudden showers with a small foldable umbrella.
(Photo courtesy of Muji)

6. BREATH MINTS
Your business associates need not know exactly what you had for lunch. Keep your breath in check with strong mints.
(Photo courtesy of Altoids)

7. FLATS
There's only too much heel-wearing your feet can take. Switch to comfy flats before you head home.
(Photo courtesy of Butterfly Twists)

8. BUSINESS CARD HOLDER
Network in style by keeping your calling cards in a sleek case.
(Photo courtesy of Kate Spade)

9. EARPHONES AND 10. MOBILE PHONE
Zone out during your daily commute (or when your colleagues' chattering becomes unbearable) by plugging these babies on. As for the mobile phone, we don't really need to elaborate, do we?
(Earphones photo courtesy of Urbanears; phone photo courtesy of HTC One)

11. SNACKS AND 12. WATER BOTTLE
Curb afternoon cravings with healthy munchies like a granola bar or a small bag of trail mix. Keep hydrated (and minimize your plastic wastage) by stashing a reusable water bottle in your purse.
(Snack photo courtesy of Nature Valley; water bottle photo courtesy of KOR)

13. SUNGLASSES
Mask evidences of a long night by slipping on a pair of chic sunglasses.
(Photo courtesy of Parfois)

14. WALLET
Cash, credit cards, IDs, and receipts go in a bright wallet that won't get lost in the depths of your bag.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Kors)

15. LAPTOP OR TABLET
Do your research and prepare presentations on the go with a tablet or laptop small and slim enough to fit in your bag.
(Photo courtesy of Apple)

(Handbag photo courtesy of Minelli)

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