LotionIt puts the lotion on its skin. Seriously though dry skin drives me crazy. I have mild eczema so dry skin is more than just irritating it can be downright painful. I've learned to keep a travel size tube of lotion in my bag, so it's one less thing I have to fixate on when I'm trying to write.
Hair TiesThere's this movie called Over The Top where Sylvester Stalone has to flip his hat around to win arm-wrestling matches (yeah, I don't know either) but I can kinda relate to that. For some reason when I tie my hair back it gets me in the right head space to write. It's like a switch that tells me it's time to get down to business.
Lip BalmSee lotion.
GumChewing, in general, gets the creative juices flowing. When I feel like I’m stuck, it helps unstick me. Bonus points because it keeps me from mindless snacking and it's non-perishable.
Small Notebook and PenI do the majority of my writing on a computer, but sometimes I have to physically write out a scene or mind map a story to fully get into a scene. I'm so over scribbling on the back of receipts and random napkins that just get lost or accidentally thrown out.
Cords and ChargerI’ve learned the hard way that I can’t be counted on to remember to charge my tablet, and it isn’t until I’m settled in at a coffee shop for several hours of writing that I realize the battery is dead or dying. Then the food comes, and I have to eat in sad silence as I kick myself for wasting time all because I forgot a power cord. Now I keep cords for my keyboard, tablet, AND phone with me along with an external battery in case I can’t sit near an outlet. (Truth time: I keep two batteries with me because I can’t be trusted to charge the batteries consistently either, or remember to put them back in bag...le sigh).
HeadphonesBackground noise just kills my creativity. Bustling sounds of a cafe may be perfect for some, but if an irritating song comes on the radio or a loud customer sitting right by me talks over all the words in my head, it’s the end for my writing time.
Your kit can include anything that you need for a good writing session. Some people need candy to snack on or a fidget spinner to toy with as they brainstorm. If you have a lucky writing item that could go in there as well. Mine evolved over time as I made a note of hurdles to writing efficiently. Planning ahead isn’t something I'm great at so I just put all these things in a little pencil case and keep it in my writing bag at all times, so I don't have to even think about it until I need it.