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8 Personal Office Essentials

Updated on August 11, 2017
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Lanecia is a writer and blogger who enjoys inspiring others through self-help articles.


When we go to work, oftentimes we go with the assumption that a bagged lunch is all we need to get through the day.

What we don't think about, is that being confined for 8 hours requires more than just a few snacks and coffee to get by.

Usually we only think about packing our bag for the gym, not the office.

Whether you work full-time or part-time, it's a good investment to have some essentials around to make the day go by in a breeze.

Here are some ways that you can make your work day more substantial.

1. Hygiene

It's always convenient to have a few hygiene products around to keep you clean and fresh throughout the day. If you can't go without the extra onions at lunch, a toothbrush and toothpaste can come in handy. Most items you can find at your local dollar store in travel size, so it's easy on your wallet. Here are a some items that you may find useful:

  • deodorant
  • antibacterial wipes
  • hand lotion
  • facial tissues
  • hand disinfectant
  • lip balm
  • dental floss
  • toilet paper roll
  • small bag (plastic)
  • disposable gloves
  • unscented wipes
  • deodorant
  • mouth wash
  • comb and/or brush

Depending on your work environment you may or may not need these items. But, it's a good idea to have around just in case you run into any unexpected situation.

2. Books/Entertainment

Ever find yourself left with nothing to do on lunch or break time? A good book or your smart device can come in handy. Books are free at your local library and so are most apps that you can download, so take advantage and you'll have quality entertainment in no time.

And don't forget those earbuds! Everyone in the office won't be interested in your favorite musician. A portable gaming device and some drawing or coloring paper can be useful as well.

Also, why not play a game with a co-worker? If you find that you are in the competitive mood, bring some games to play with other people. It will help you get to know your co-workers as well as provide a good social environment.

3. Electronics

With all of that entertainment you're going to need backup. A universal charger can come in handy to suit more than one device at a time and also to prevent battery drainage.

Keeping your phone, tablet, or laptop charger in your work space everyday provides you with the security you need to keep your device going throughout the day. Also, keeping a pair of batteries on hand for devices without cords is will be a big help as well.

4. Clothing

Some extra clothing can come in handy on days when the coffee jumps out of your cup and onto your favorite blouse. If you don't have time to run home every time, carrying an extra outfit to work will keep you prepared for any mishaps.

Don't forget to keep a pair of snow boots, gloves, and a hat, just in case a blizzard decides to rip through in the middle of your workday.

5. Safety

Most jobs will accommodate your clumsiness by providing first aid kits. But, if they are not readily available, make sure to carry some bandages or a small first aid kit of your own in case you hurt yourself. Most of the time you can find these items at your local dollar store as well. Also include any medication or over-the-counter medicines that might be useful.

6. Supplies

Supplies are also provided by many workplaces, but why not have extras? A pack a of pens, pencils, or even a small calculator could benefit you when the office runs out. Don't forget a USB flash drive to back up any data that you don't want to lose.

A calendar could also be of use when you have a lot of dates that you need to remember. Depending on your work environment, make a list of supplies that would be useful and keep them stocked at all times.

7. Comfort

If there is a frequent change in temperatures throughout the day, make sure that you are prepared. If allowed, a small portable heater can come in handy when you want to stay warm in the colder months.

Even a small blanket can be useful if you find it more convenient. If your work environment does not consist of a working AC unit, a small portable fan could help as well. Also, if you are known to have back problems or any type of body aches due to constant sitting, a pillow or step stool could work wonders!

We also sometimes find that stress in inevitable in the workplace. If your environment is prone to stress, a small massager could work wonders to relieve tension.

8. Hunger

Packing a lunch is usually number one at the top of our list when preparing to head off to work, but it's always convenient to have a few healthy snacks around to keep energized and active throughout the day.

When you've gulped down your morning cup of coffee and the office fails to restock, carrying some mini packs of your own instant coffee can help you satisfy your energy craving in the middle of the day. Even a few bottles of water can help when you are feeling dehydrated.

It's always a good idea to keep a small bag around to store everything in so that you never have to worry about being unprepared.

Not sure where to keep everything? Ask a co-worker or manager where would be a good place to keep these items while working. You never know, they may offer even more great tips you can use to keep you going during the day.

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— Sean Aiken

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