College Tips

12 Things to Keep in Your College Backpack

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1) Planner

If you’re new to this blog, then you should know I love to have my things organized, and a planner is one of my go to tools for this!!! And if you’ve read any of my other posts, then I’m sure by now, you know that I always talk about how much having a planner and sticking with the habits of keeping it up to date has benefited me!!!

But no matter how much I harp about it, you won’t know what those true benefits of it are until you give it a try yourself! A few planners I have used in the past are these two, and I love them! I have had better experiences with the spiral planner, but it’s all personal preference and here’s a bound planner that I really liked!

2) Notebook/binders for each class

Keeping each class organized and separated is such a necessity. The last thing you want to happen is to lose an important piece of paper, whether or not you have to turn it back in, because I guarantee, everything those professors hand you, you want to keep, and have at the ready, because you never know what you might end up needing it for.

Plus keeping your classes separated whether it be by notebook, or binder, makes the process of studying or doing homework so much easier, and so much faster than you could ever believe!

Deciding whether you would rather have a notebook or a binder, is completely up to you, and all depending on your personal preference! I will be uploading an article soon about how I like to keep each one organized, and what has or hasn’t worked for me in the past!

3) Pencil box

I know it may seem childish, but with how I keep my backpack organized, keeping a small box for my pens/pencils has a made a world of difference. Especially since in college you always somehow end up running late, so on the go snacks are a must to have, but the I usually just end up shoving all the trash in the front pocket of my backpack, where I use to keep my pens/pencils in high school, as well as I then started keeping all my headphones, and charging cables in that front pocket as well, so being able to quickly find and pull out my pens/pencils out of that pocket started to become a major challenge for me.

It also became a hassle when I started using multiple colors when taking down notes. Since finding not just one, but multiple colored pens in such a messy box wasn’t a quick process. The solution to that issue was just to get my own little pencil box.

4) Wallet

This may already be habit for most students, but it wasn’t for me, and I’m sure I‘m not the only one! So for those of you who are like me and without thought, leave your wallet at home or in your vehicle, keep it on you while around campus!

The first, obvious, reason being that if you leave it in your vehicle, it has a higher chance of it being stolen, no matter how good of people you swear go to your school, there are always bad people around.

The next reason being you never know when you might need your student ID. Around my campus, your student ID is for more valuable than any other form of identity. Not only will some professors not let you turn in a test without first seeing your student ID, but you also can purchase food and get into certain buildings just by swiping your student ID.

5) Tampons/Pads

This one’s for all my girls! If you haven’t yet learned from your high school experience, you’ll definitely need to learn in college to always keep spare tampons in your backpack!!!

When stocking up your backpack with your lady-items, make you sure you put in multiple different sizes as well, since you never know when it’s gonna hit, or how hard it’s gonna hit!

6) Extra paper

While taking notes, some professors pack a lot of information into their lectures, and are super fast paced, and some professors go slow, you really won’t know what to expect until you go to class for the first few lectures. Just incase you run out of room in your notebook, or binder, and need more space to jot down some quick notes, before you transfer them into your computer later on, you should make sure you put an extra pack or folder of college lined notebook paper.

You also never know when you might end up getting a pop quiz, or some in class writing assignment or such, but you won’t have to be worried about that, since you’ll have extra notebook paper in your backpack at the ready!

7) Scantrons

Every professor has a different preference on which type of scantron they prefer to use (yes there are multiple types of scantrons, and yes- you will have to buy them). Some professors may be kind enough, and hand them out with the test booklets, and you won’t have to worry about buying any, or what kind, but more times than not, your professor won’t be that nice.

Most professors will tell you in the syllabus they provide you what kind of scantron they will be having you use for their exams, and how many you’ll need. When you do get your syllabus, and you’re getting ready for the first week of class, make sure you do get ll the scantrons you’ll need for the following semester, and then keep them together in a folder, so they don’t get crumpled up under all your other notebooks/binders.

8) Whiteboard

This one I stumbled upon on accident, when my bestfriend and I were buying scantrons for our upcoming exam week our first semester of college, and we realized our campus store was also selling small whiteboards, about 8”x11”. It then crossed our minds that those whiteboards could really help us get our chemistry and math homework done without wasting mindless amounts of paper.

Ever since that moment, we have kept those whiteboards on us, and I always keep it in my backpack since you never know when you’ll have time while walking around campus to sit down and get some homework done, and trust me, if you have free time, you want to be productive and get something done so you don’t have to worry about it in the future.

9) Phone charger

Being a full time college student, you will spend a lot more time walking around campus than you think you will, and you will run out of battery on your phone. Rather than be safe than sorry, I make sure to pack my phone charger in my backpack every single morning, so that I’m not caught off guard without my phone. This one I had to learn the hard way. A few times.

10) Laptop/charger

Whether you take notes by hand, or by typing them, if you have a laptop, you should always keep it on you. You never know when you’ll need computer access to work on homework, or get some studying in, and most of your classes nowadays- will be online in some sort or another.

And if you don’t have a laptop, then you should definitely get one. Personally, I’m a huge fan of apple, but here’s one I used to use before I had mine. Or even if you can’t afford a laptop, or think they’re too bulky, get a tablet of some type, and make sure you can put a keyboard attachment on it, and get a stand that will make it look as if it’s a laptop.

Of course, since you’ll have another electronic item, just as with the phone, you’ll also want to keep the charger to your laptop in your backpack with it.

11) Headphones

This one isn’t a necessity, however it makes walking around campus go by a lot faster for me. Plus while you’re using your free time to study or work on homework, having headphones available and at the ready will allow you to turn on music that helps you focus, and make it easier for you to bust out your work.

12) Snacks

Like I mentioned earlier in this article, no matter how much preparation or planning you put into it, with how much you have going on during your college experience, you’ll usually end up running late, and pushed for time. But you’re still going to be getting hungry- especially with how many calories you’ll be burning while walking around campus. Therefore you should keep quick, easy snacks, that are easy for you to grab and stuff a few into your pockets or backpack, so you don’t have to hunt down food around campus later, and wait in line as well.

Some good snack ideas are packs of trail mix, granola bars, or dried fruits.

With these tips, I hope to help you keep your backpack organized, in order to keep your life a little less stressed, and make your college experience a lot more enjoyable!

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