I realized something was missing from my “Internship” segment here on Adorned in Armor: The Millennial Commuter’s Survival Guide! Because truth of the matter is, you’ll have to travel with pretty much any internship – whether it be grueling hours or mere minutes. Here, I’m sharing my fourth ELLE intern look and my top 12 internship must-haves! Scroll along, scroll along 😉
1.) Metro Card
When I interned in DC and later in New York City, a metro card was most definitely essential. If I left the house without it, I’d be doomed. No seriously. You’re using it for metros and subways – how are you going to go anywhere without it?!
2.) Form of Payment
My mom has always taught me to carry cash on me so I always make sure I have $10 minimum. Of course, I still have my debit card with me, as well. It’s smart thinking to carry multiple forms of payment to avoid the hassle of going to the bank. At the Hearst building’s cafeteria, I once tried to pay for my lunch with cash and found out they only accept cards so, I used my card. Some other time, I had to refill my metro card at the subway station but the machine wouldn’t take my debit card. Thankfully, I had cash as a back up. See what I mean? Different forms saves lives lol.
It makes things much simpler when carrying a wallet. There, I stored my internship id, my driver’s license, a metro card, cash and debit. It doesn’t have to be huge. It just has to be something that’ll make things easier for you!
4.) A Bag (Purse…whatever)
Travel lightly! Rush hour is horrible when boarding trains and subways. So my nude little bag was soooo clutch (get it? haha) to hold any must-needed items. I had a go-to small bag and a large one, which you see here! I tried to minimize switching up bags to avoid forgetting things. It happened to me twice and it was not fun!
I typically pack my bag the night before but I always double check my bag in the morning. One time when I arrived to the train station, I saw an old high school friend, Nicole, and we decided to sit next to each other on our ride to New York (She was heading there for dance class.) We finally arrive and as I was doing my triple check, I realized I left my intern id, debit card, and metro card at home.
Quickly, I asked Nicole if she could spot me so I could buy a whole new metro card. This angel spotted me and gave me her own metro card that had some change on there! She seriously saved me life because it was enough for one trip to the office! It was so crazy too because I brought lunch from home for the first time that day! Crazy how God works. I would’ve been beat and hungry.
Okay, back to the list lol.
5.) Cell Phone / Phone Charger
You need your cell phone but you knew that. I just felt the need to mention it…I’m not sure why lol. I used that bad boy particularly to buy my train tickets and see the times.
I bought a portable phone charger and it has been awesome for keeping my phone with juice! Your phone has to be alive in a city like New York.
Because hydration is key. Those subway stations are hot, sticky and basically a reason to pass out. Drink up, I’m telling ya!
7.) A Scrunchie
You’re gonna wish you tied that hair back in that heat. Trust, girl. At the end of the day, you’ll just want to pull your hair back in a pony and relax.
8.) Comfy shoes
You’re young. Who wants bunions or corns? Former ELLE Editor Victoria Hoff mentions how she “played dress-up” as a Vogue intern in my last post!
9.) A Light Cardi/Blazer/Scarf
Outside may be sweltering but the office is freezing! Bring something light to cover up. Those goosebumps will disappear in no time.
10.) A Snack
11.) Business Cards
You know how they say, “You’ll never know who you’ll meet on the elevator?” Well, they’re right. I met an editor from Marie Claire and Seventeen.com on there!
12.) A notepad.
Ideas and lessons taught come and go. Capture them before they’re gone!
Got any commuting tips? Share below! I’d love to hear ’em. 🙂