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What's in my bag: The event edition

June 24, 2015 0

As I unpacked after the event on June 21 (more details on that soon!), I was reminded of something my dad once teased me about: “Whyyyy do you carry such a big bag?”

I usually carry a backpack which is pretty large. It’s my grab-and-go bag and has everything inside, from a spare toothbrush to a phone charger for cars, to pendants and portraits of Rinpoche in case we run into people.

During events however, I reduce what I carry not only because a lot of it will not fit into our monk’s bag but because most of the stuff I usually carry is already provided for at the event (gifts and things).

But still, I like to make sure I have everything I need, I am paranoid like that. So the night before the event, I always pack the same things:


  • Camera. I used to take photos but not any more because my phone does a decent enough job for Facebook and we have professional photographers. I still carry it though, just in case
  • Pens Rinpoche likes (blue ballpoint for a different color; ink for signing things; black ballpoint for regular writing) and a Sharpie which I am very protective of (because once borrowed, they’re never returned! Hehe)
  • Wallet, ID, name cards
  • Burt’s Bees Vitamin E & Peppermint lip balm
  • 5-6 khatas
  • Red envelopes in case Rinpoche wants to give someone a gift / make an offering
  • Blog cards
  • Rosary (mala)
  • Ziplock bags because you can never have too many of those
  • Synflex and Cafergot (I hate migraines)
  • Nature Valley Oats & Honey bar in case it is a long day and I / someone gets hungry
  • A notepad that fits in my pocket
  • High lama envelopes (if necessary)
  • Post-it notes of two different sizes
  • 30000mAh power bank because I’m deathly afraid my phone will run out of juice
  • Heavy duty charging cable
  • Earphones
  • Walkie talkie (new addition)
  • Phone (not pictured. In it, I store soft copies of prayers and puja texts, pictures, mantras that I might need)

This list varies depending on where we are going although, to be honest, it does not differ all that much on a day to day basis. There are a few more additions, plus I carry multiples of what is above.

Anyway, that is what is in my bag. Thought you guys might like to have a look 🙂


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