What’s In My Bag – Conference


I meant to do another one of these posts sooner.  I really did. But then I had a rare stretch of weeks at home, and my daily bag errs on the boring side – wallet, sunglasses, iPhone, the like.  Yawn. Alas, my time at home is coming to an end and I’ll be spending the first half of June traveling around the United States – to Chicago and Washington D.C for work conferences, and Cape Cod for a weekend getaway with my husband.  I’ll save the “vacation bag” for a future post, but here’s what I’ll be toting around in the Windy City and our nation’s capital.


DVF Harper Connect bag (the iPad pocket is genius!) – iPad 2 – business cards – Stephanie Johnson makeup bag – Tieks (necessary for running around a convention center) – Prada wallet – iPhone – Apple headphones with microphone – extra jewelry – StyleMint scarf – Moleskine notebookSharpie pens – gum – envelope for receipts (for easy expense reports) –

What do you pack for conferences?  Any tips or tricks on how to conquer a conference?  COMMENT below and share the goods.

  • marvelocity

    And of the most importance – the Luna bar! Having snacks during conferences is crucial! You never know when you’re going to eat again.

    You’ll be in Chicago? Welcome to the Windy City (home for me)!

    I actually carry a travel wallet with me that has room for paper tickets at the back (I often use my smartphone for my tix, but there have been many times where the scanner doesn’t work, so I get paper ones anyway) and a receipt pocket inside the wallet.

    Also, I carry a little pill case in my bag with painkillers, stomach remedies, and acidophilus tablets. Having to eat restaurant/conference food constantly does my stomach in and a headache is bound to happen.

    • hithaonthego

      The snack is MAJOR! I tend to get “hangry” (hungry + angry), which is never pretty. Snacks ensure that the hangry monster never emerges.

      I’m with you on the travel wallet, though I usually only pack it for international trips. Same goes with the pill case, though carrying it with you is a great point! I’ll have to throw mine into my bag.

  • I love when people show “what’s in my bag”! First and foremost, that wallet needs to be in my purse ;) I always have a snack in my purse too. I find that a little nail clipper set is a must in my bag, along with needle and thread kit…random, but I’ve had buttons fall off. Tragic, just tragic!


    • hithaonthego

      The wallet is the best! I’ve had it for 9 years now, and it’s still in great condition. The nail clipper set and mini sewing kit idea is BRILLIANT! I had a pencil skirt rip on me once – thankfully, there was an H&M right next to me and I was able to buy a new one on the spot.

  • Kat

    all of the above and for me a tide pen and tums. I never valued how handy it was to keep these on me until a bridesmaid made an ’emergency’ kit for me for my bachelorette and wedding. I dont get a lot of heartburn, but a few early coffees + jet lag + work stress can definitely bring it on when you least expect it.

    • hithaonthego

      Tide Pen…brilliant! I have one in my suitcase at all times, but never thought to keep it in my purse. So true!

  • Great post, and I pack pretty much the same, though a cardigan or blazer instead of a scarf. Definitely a luna bar or two, as well. love those things!


    • hithaonthego

      Thanks Alyson! I keep a box of Luna or Lara bars permanently packed in my suitcase – too often I haven’t had time to grab breakfast or need a snack, and these bars have saved my life.

  • Short and Sweet Blog

    Cute bag! And the fold flats are a must!!!

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you so much! And yes, I SWEAR by my Tieks.

  • hithaonthego

    Thank you so much for featuring me! I loved doing the interview.

  • Sunny

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been eyeing Tieks, so since you posted these, I thought I’d ask you for a review on them. How many hours can you stay in them without pain? Arch support? A review would be great :)

    • hithaonthego

      I have one coming up soon! But in short – I’m obsessed with Tieks. I wear them often, from when I’m running through airports and on my feet most of the day in NYC. I’ve stood in them for hours, with no pain. There are a lot of differences between the foldable flats in the market, and these are, without a doubt, THE BEST.