Things You Really Need In Your Backpack
I have always had a bad case of I-Don’t-Know-Why-This-Is-In-My-Backpack Syndrome.
In high school, I got by just fine doing that because I went to a small school. When I came to college, things had to change. So for the past two years, I have been devising a list of essential items that I absolutely need in my backpack.
Here are the supplies that I have come up with:
This one seems pretty obvious, but I’ll admit I used to forget all the time. Now, I have two pens and two No. 2 pencils with lead refills. I find that amount to work just fine. Point is, it just makes life a lot easier if you remember at least this one.
The Small Important Stuff
This includes things like your wallet, glasses, cell phone, USB drive, chargers and headphones.
By putting all these things in your backpack, you save yourself from wondering where you may have last set them down. You are less likely to forget one larger item than a lot of smaller ones. Just one thing — if you do this, be sure to watch your backpack closely and take care of it.
I only take the books that I definitely need for the class.
In my two years at Angelo State University, I have been required to physically take a textbook to class for two classes. I recommend that you ask your professor if you need to bring the book to class on the first day.
Don’t forget your planner, highlighters, calculator and laptop — especially your laptop. Although our campus is fairly safe, it’s best not to leave temptation in plain sight. Also, leaving your laptop in your car and exposing it to different temperatures can cause serious damage to its battery life.
This applies for both indoors and outdoors. If you’re like me, you may get cold easily in air-conditioning buildings and will need to carry a light sweater. Check the weather in the morning and pack an umbrella if there is a chance for rain. In a place like San Angelo, weather can be unexpected.
The definition of this can really depend on the person. I find things like lip balm, Band-aids, hand sanitizer, tissues and ibuprofen good to carry. Girls may obviously need a few more emergency items, including cosmetics. I try to get all these things in travel sizes. It makes them much easier to carry.
It’s not good to go to class hungry. Carrying a healthy snack can help you hold out for a little while until you can get a regular meal. Snacks are a great way to remain energized throughout the day. A healthy snack can include trail mix, fruit or a granola bar.
Carrying a reusable water bottle can help save you some backpack weight and helps the environment. Instead of carrying around a few plastic water bottles, you can refill your water bottle at a water fountain on campus for free.
Last but not least, carrying a few extra dollars in your backpack is a great idea. You may cross paths with a fundraiser booth or bake sale and want to donate some money. Or you may simply want to stop by the campus Starbucks for a coffee.
Of course, there are some of us who can survive by not carrying a backpack at all! That’s fine if it also means you are successful.
If you choose to carry a backpack, be responsible about it. Be careful where you set it down, whether it be a place where people come and go or a wet surface. Last but not least, if a classmate needs a pencil, share it even if you don’t know if they’ll give it back. At least you were kind — who knows, maybe one day they’ll have your back!