For the Train
Since I am on the train at least three to four times a week, there have been some things that I regard as essential for my voyage in and out of the city.
A Book – Whatever title you chose, a book is an easy source of entertainment. Don’t forget you may be judged on the book title, since there aren’t single rider premium trains. Someone is bound to notice if you are on the second book of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, attributing the selection to an outpouring of your over sexuality. I hate being labeled so I stick to anything motivational, mysterious or extremely intellectual. My target look is usually adjunct professor.
A Phone/Music Source – I have heard a number of monologues on the train over the past month and I have to admit that I am not always in the mood for Shakespeare on the train, so I think it is important to have something to turn up in case you need to avoid taking part. If you can hear someone speaking, you can fall victim to the donation.
Hand Sanitizer – Approximately 86,000 riders board the train everyday. Somebody is going to have something on their hands.
Hand Mirror – My rides on the train can vary between 30 and 60 minutes each time and anything is bound to happen to my appearance. A quick glance at my mirror ensures I am always ready to be discovered or to take a selfie, excuse me usie, with a celebrity.
Nude Lipstick – Because you just never know when the next Mr. Right Now will get on.
Notebook and Pen – Some of the greatest ideas are conjured up on the rails. You must have something to write down your brilliance, which can include blog post titles, a things to do list, grocery notes or song lyrics. Haha, never song lyrics.
Metrocard – How the hell else do you plan on getting on?
Chapstick – This is simple. I am just addicted. I take Chapstick everywhere.
Granola Bar or Snack – After a few drinks and a Sunday train schedule, you could get hungry. A granola bar, some Scooby Doo Snacks or carrots are necessary to have on stand by.
Battery Source – Lets face it, we are on our phones constantly and I am no different. I use my phone for work a lot and I need to have something to juice up on when things are looking low. Charger/flashlight for my phone, Grande Skim Iced Caramel Macchicato for me.
Nail File – I would never survive a full day with a nail snagging on everything I touch. You must have a nail file for such emergencies. Buy one with a trendy design, this is New York City.
Gum – There are some close encounters on the train with other riders, and most of the time they don’t even introduce themselves, but having some gum enhances everyone’s rush hour train ride.
Sunglasses – You are no one in this city if you can’t act like you are somebody. Keeping on glasses takes your importance factor up by at least ten points. And sometime you just need to avoid eye contact.
Body Spray – You just never know when a work day can turn into happy hour, which may turn into marriage. Keeping some body spray enhances the mood and reassures confidence.
I also like to carry wet naps, lotion, a monogrammed day planner, small wallet and water source. I like to be prepared, but I don’t want to look like I am backpacking through Europe and there is a fine line. The one thing I can never leave home without is a bag full of confidence. You have to act like you own the town, so you don’t have a bullseye of innocence on your back. New Yorkers can smell it on you from miles away. Try to never look lost, download an app for directions and most importantly and I can not stress this enough, wear some shoes that are comfortable enough to conquer the avenues and streets of New York City. Until next time.