On the day I started a real job, I looked at my large tote, dropped a pencil into it, and thought, "done." But I soon learned it's a bit more involved than that. Be prepared (but avoid lugging around everything you own) with these essentials.
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Facial Spray

I know what you're thinking: "Really?!" But sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your skin. Keeping a bottle of facial spray will refresh your face during the midday lull.

Evian Facial Spray, $7; bigelowchemists.com

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Folgers Iced Café™

Coffee is arguably the most important part of the day, but endless trips to your favorite coffee shop are hard on your wallet. Folgers Iced Café™ Coffee Drink Concentrates are easy to grab and go. Just mix with milk to create an iced coffee that's creamy, smooth, and absolutely refreshing. Seriously genius.

Folgers Iced Café™ Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink Concentrate, $5; coupons.com for $1 off

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USB Cable and Charger

It's okay to admit you're (frequently) checking your phone while you work. Unfortunately, when it's time to clock out your phone is ready to do the same. Make sure you're powered up for after-work drinks with an extra charger. Pro tip: Try a cloth-coated cable that won't tear when you forget to treat it nicely.

Golden Braided Aluminum USB Cable for iPhone 6, $14; amazon.com

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Stylish Notebook

Sometimes it's better to just write it down—and taking notes on your phone can look like you're just zoning out during a meeting. Make sure to keep a cute notebook in your bag for those times you need a physical record.

Flawless Notebook, $14; urbanoutfitters.com

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Good Pen

If you've ever been stuck with a terrible pen, you know just how valuable a good one is. Spring for a reliable, durable pen that will last throughout every meeting.

Gold Pilot Rollerball Pen, $20; papersource.com

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Mini Umbrella

There is nothing worse than getting caught in an unexpected downpour. A mini umbrella is the perfect size to stash in your bag. Believe me, you will thank yourself later.

Totes Mini Umbrella- Deco Pineapples, $28; totes.com

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