Prepare for your commute and new work environment with fun, unique finds (Getty Images/Westend61)
As more CPAs head back to the office and embrace a hybrid work model, there are commutes to be reacquainted with, the adjustment to a new morning routine and workplace protocols to adapt to. Whether working on-site or in your cozy home office, these essentials will help smooth the transition to the new hybrid routine.
SUPPLIES FOR ENROUTE
It’s been a while since most people have travelled between the office and home. Make your commute more enjoyable with these practical finds.
A hot cup of caffeine in the morning can help get the day started and pep you up for that budget meeting. This Contigo luxe stainless steel travel mug with an easy release button will keep your drink hot for five hours. Second Cup also boasts this wheat-fibre tumbler that’s environmentally friendly for the eco-conscious shopper.
For the temperature dedicated drinker who is ready to splurge, this unique tumbler by Ember lets you set a preferred beverage temperature and will hold it for three hours.
Laptop travel accessories
Protect your computer as you trek back and forth between home and office. This backpack by Herschel neatly fits a laptop and any other cords or gear, and is created with a luggage sleeve specifically designed to fit over a dolly or roller bag. It’s also made to look good with office wear, so audit clients won’t do a double take.
For those needing only laptop protection, this water-resistant computer cover can hold a 15.6” laptop and boasts a streamlined, light-weight design.
Climate-controlled tech mitts
Protecting your hands during Canada’s harsh winter months is a must—but so is searching for emails or the latest Foresight podcast episode while on the move. These extra-warm flip mitts by Roots offer weather protection with functional access to your fingers so you can scroll easily.
To keep your hands fully covered throughout the commute, these tech-friendly, water-resistant gloves by Lululemon allow you to swipe as you go without exposing your hands to the elements.
After the isolation of working from home, many are looking forward to returning to the office. The products below are designed to help you embrace—and enjoy—being back in your workplace.
Hot beverage needs
Save money by bringing your own barista tools, which are equally helpful at home. For a hot cup, David’s Tea offers this 16-oz loose leaf tea press and travel mug combination.
For those looking to top up their morning joe, this ceramic French press by Chantal offers you fresh coffee that will also stay hotter, as compared to glass-walled versions. With a 3.5-cup capacity, this should take care of your coffee fix, no matter where you’re working that day.
The new water cooler
Staying hydrated is always important, especially as it keeps your mind sharp as you read about the latest net-zero targets. This 12-oz option by Klean Kanteen has double-walled vacuum insulation to keep drinks cold for up to 41 hours.
For those serious about water consumption, the Yeti Rambler Jug holds 1.8 litres of liquid. The bottle is also equipped with a solid carrying handle and leakproof lid system.
Keep spending in check by bringing your own lunch. Food will stay temperature-controlled with this insulated lunch bag by Thermos, which features a heat-sealed and leakproof lining. Bonus: You’ll avoid any lineups for the communal microwave.
Or skip the bag and bring lunch in an insulated container, like this 500 ml, stainless steel jar by Stanley. And swap the plastic storage snack bags for reusable ones, like these, which come in multiple sizes from Stasher.
As you move back and forth between home and office workstations, it’s safe to assume that your desks may be different heights. This portable laptop riser by Targus is compact enough to fit in your bag, while sturdy enough to keep your computer at your ideal height, no matter which location you’re working from.
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