The Ultimate Everyday Teacher bag!

The Ultimate Self Care Teacher Bag - White Elm

A blog by Teacher to the Core, Ms. Katie Knight 

I am sick of self-care being a trite and empty phrase.  I am taking self-care to a whole new level and this Gemini Mini bag is helping me.

Taking good care of myself while teaching means I have the tools, foods, and pampering items I need to get through the day. 

 The bag is gorgeous, but it was the pockets for me. I have everything I need to be organized at my fingertips. Plus, White Elm  chose bright and cheerful interior colors that help you find your items. I find black interiors challenging and depressing. This bag's interior is bright and cheerful.

My fully packed bag has:

  • 2 picture books and my laptop (headed to a staff meeting) in the padded sleeve
  • Hairbrush
  • Tampons in a cute pencil privacy case since there is always a line at the lady's room
  • A keto snack bar
  • Baggie of nuts
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer lotion spray
  • 3 masks
  • My son's inhaler 
  • Disney Mickey Hand sanitizer to pass around at lunch with my team 
  • Sunglasses
  • My Giant All About the Benjamins wallet from 31 in the front pocket
  • Lip-gloss stored in the pen holder slot
  • 32 ounce Water Bottle
  • 20-ounce coffee thermos 
  • Keys on the dedicated key-fob ring 

This front pocket runs the length of the backpack and I love it! It's great for sunglasses, or in my case, my giant wallet because I want my money, receipts, and cards organized too.

 The side pockets are soooooo incredible! I am able to carry TWO of my 32-ounce drink bottles !!!! I mean AMEN... I need to hydrate and "caffeinate". This bag allows that EASILY. 

 The interior's large, padded sleeve must be discussed! I mentioned earlier that I had a laptop in here. This is ONLY because I am going to a staff meeting.  Otherwise, I would not carry it home. But what I do carry back and forth are my cherished picture books. The padded sleeve keeps them safe and separated.  I can also slip some grading in that large sleeve. I bring grading home 1 time a week. 

There are 3 ways to carry this amazing bag:

  1. Over the arm
  2. Crossbody 
  3. As a backpack (my personal favorite since I have books in there)

The Gemini Bag comes in 2 sizes and 10 glorious colors to love. I have the mini, but I am MAXIMUM in love with it. The full-sized Gemini has more pockets and carries up to 17-inch laptops! WOW!

Want to see me pack my bag? Head to my Instagram reels and see this bag in action. Find me @teachertothecore_katie_knight. 

My last pro-tip is to utilize the key-fob ring. I attach my keys with a retractable lanyard! I can leave my keys secured, pull on the retractable string to unlock my house or classroom door, and let the keys snap back inside.  I will never have to dig for my keys again!

 And there you have it! I'm off for another teaching adventure with my White Elm Gemini Mini

Here is a short clip of Teachertothecore_katie_knight  packing her Gemini Mini! Click on the Gif to see the whole Reel! 


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