What I Pack in My Madewell Tote

I have owned my Madewell Transport Tote for years. It was one of the first things I bought when I moved back to Chicago almost 6 years ago. It had been tucked away in my closet for a few years and I brought it back in 2021 and I am loving it. Since I don’t really carry a wallet around with me these days because of Apple Pay, I don’t need to worry about the safety of keeping my top bag zipped. I love my Cuyana top zip for that.

One thing you should know is the Madewell Transport Tote gets better with age! I saw a friend a few weeks ago and she commented on my bag. She loved it more knowing that it was old and beaten in a bit over the years.

In the Madewell transport tote, there is a tiny side zip for an id/credit card, phone and keys to keep things safe. Since Henri is usually with me, there are a few things inside for him. If we are dining out, I will bring a toy or two to keep him busy and occupied while I eat.

Here is a look at what is inside.

Water bottle. I purchased this glass water bottle in January and it has gotten so much use. I wash it in the dishwasher and use it daily. It is a great way to save money and the environment.

Caudalie Lip Balm. There isn’t a bag of mine that doesn’t have one of these. It doesn’t matter the season, I am always grabbing for one to keep my lips hydrated.

I always have a book. It is the Gilmore Girl in me. Rory used to always keep a book in her bag and I do as well. It is a great way to get a little reading time in when you have a spare couple of minutes instead of looking at your phone. I currently have The Paris Seamstress in my bag.

Sunscreen. This glowstick is perfect for on the go and it has high protection. It doesn’t melt in high heat and give you an instant glow.

Mask. I have multiple masks from Jaanuu and I love them. They have lasted the longest after washes. Every city has different mask mandates. It’s always helpful to have one in my bag when going inside shops or to use the bathroom at a restaurant.

Sunglasses are essential. I love these from Ray-Ban.also these metal ones are super cute too!

Hand Sanitizer. This is essential for my bag, especially with a puppy. I love the lavender scent of this one. I buy a few at a time for every bag.

Journal. I get all my ideas on the go and prefer to write them down on paper. I have a journal for each year of business.

Lamb toy. Henri loves his lamb. Just a warning, there are three squeakers inside so it isn’t a quiet toy.

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