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The one thing that is most important to any college student is the contents of their backpack. The stuff you carry around to get you through the day is so important! When I lived on campus, I didn’t really worry about whether I had all the necessities in my bag because my room was right there and if I forgot something, I could run back to my dorm in about 5 minutes.
However, now that I am commuting to school from about 25 minutes away, it is of the utmost importance that I pack everything that I just might need throughout the day. I tend to be a bit of an overpacker when it comes to anything I do, but hey…you never know when you have going to need a slew of 20 different colored pens! (I actually do have an excessive amount of colored pens for taking notes–it helps me stay focused!)
So, what do you carry in your bag, Amanda and how can I create one myself?
I am pretty sure at one point in my life, I heard that when you chew gum while learning a subject and chew the same flavor while taking a test, you are supposed to be able to remember facts better. Anyone else hear that?? Well, because of this I am always chewing gum in class, and it actually does help me focus on the material and not the fact that I would rather be anywhere else besides class.
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If you are like me and attend school in the Midwest, you most definitely need to have at least one stick of Chapstick in your backpack. When the weather is chilly and the wind blowing (as most of us are in school during the fall, winter, and early spring months) you always need something to protect your lips. I have tried practically every brand of lip balm out there and seem to always come back to the trusty Chapstick brand. I swear it heals my chapped, scaly lips overnight.
3. Hand sanitizer
If you also don’t have hand sanitizer in your bag then you are pretty much eating a disgusting amount of germs throughout the day. You wouldn’t believe how many germs are on that door you just touched or that desk you wrote notes on for the past hour. Being in such close quarters with sick people all day really increases the need for you to take care of your body and prevent getting sick. I don’t know one person who can afford a sick day in college.
4. External battery
In between classes I tend to use my phone a lot. Whether it’s checking/ responding to emails or hanging out on social media, my phone is a wonderful time passer. Well…unfortunately for me, I have a class on Mondays that doesn’t end until approximately 9 pm, which means I am on campus from about 9 am to 9 pm. My poor phone can’t last that long with me being on it throughout my breaks! Social media apps really take a toll on my battery, you guys.
Having an external battery on hand is perfect for those times when you don’t have a wall to plug your phone into and you still need to use it. Just hook your phone up to it while you’re in class and by the end, you’ll have some juice in it!
5. Granola/ protein bars
I don’t know about you, but when I am hungry I turn into a bear! Not only do I get super hangry, but I simply cannot focus on anything. Even if I know that I can eat lunch in 20 minutes, I still can’t handle it. So, bring on the protein bars. I love the Fiber One protein bars, because they have more protein than a normal granola bar, but a heck of a lot less calories than a meal replacement protein bar.
6. Extra cash
How many times have you showed up to school and realized it was the last day to something (such as mass amounts of t-shirts) and you forgot your cash! I think it’s always necessary to have at least $10 in your bag for emergencies. Even if you constantly carry money on you and never need it, that one time you don’t have it you’re going to need it. Trust me.
7. Water bottle
Staying hydrated is super important too. Carry a water bottle with you and try to fill it up at least once or twice throughout the day.
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