Think about what you carry in your backpack, and then think of everything that you need to carry in college bag. You’ll find that there are some things that you can leave behind from high school, but there are also a lot of new things to consider as well. This blog post will cover the top items to keep on hand when packing for college so that you aren’t left scrambling with nothing in an emergency situation.
What to carry in college bag?
1. Water bottle
The 21 st century is a big believer in staying hydrated, but students are always being told to stay away from the water bottle. In college, you’ll want to make sure that you have your own water bottle with you at all times because it’s more affordable than constantly buying bottled H20.
There are lots of different types of reusable water containers out there. Try using metal water bottles or bottles made with glass instead of plastic bottles. because plastic bottles are bad for the environment.
A good flashlight is an investment you’ll be happy to have made in college because there will be many times when you need one and don’t have it. Having a flashlight on hand means you can read small print or access things like fuse boxes without ruining your eyes with harsh lighting. A small headlamp can also be quite useful for hands-free lighting.
But as for college, a normal flashlight will be enough for your need. You’ll see a lot of students with headlamps on campus because they allow you to read for long periods while your hands are completely free.
3. Carry some Healthy Snacks
You never know when you will get hungry, and oftentimes the cafeteria might not be open when you’re ready for dinner. It’s a good idea to keep healthy snacks in your bag so that you can curb any hunger pangs until breakfast or lunch. Cereals, granola bars, and nuts are all cheap and nutritious options.
4. A Comfortable Bag
You will be bringing a lot of books with you to class every day, so it’s essential to own a good bookbag that can fit everything. Make sure that your bag has plenty of space for books as well as pockets for other belongings like your wallet or keys. You should also consider getting a padded strap since your new bag is going to need some breaking in before it becomes comfortable enough to carry around all day.
It’s unlikely that you’ll find yourself without something to write with around campus, but between classes or during study sessions in the library, it can be helpful to have an extra pen in case the one you’re using runs out of ink. It doesn’t hurt to carry extra pencils and pens around with you just in case!
A laptop is especially handy for when you’re doing homework that requires an internet connection since your phone probably won’t last the whole time on its own anyway. Personal preference will dictate whether or not you like typing (or writing!) with a tablet over using a keyboard and mouse, but tablets can be useful in both places where there isn’t access to power as well as on-the-go because they tend to be lighter than laptops. If you do decide to get a tablet, make sure it has enough storage space as well as access to the internet; otherwise it’ll be virtually useless!
7. Notebooks, Books
Your backpack will probably be full to the brim with notebooks, books, and other necessities that you’ll need for classes. When it comes to notebooks, there’s no such thing as too many! Sturdy binders are also a good idea if you have any sort of long-term projects that require writing in your binder instead of a notebook (like my math class). If you do get a binder, make sure it has enough space for all your materials as well as dividers or pockets so that information isn’t lost among everything else.
8. Charging cables for laptop, phone, etc
Cables can get lost in the shuffle of college life, so it’s a good idea to have extras of anything that charges- particularly for laptops. Some campuses may even have designated locations and/or hours when you can charge your phone or other devices, so check ahead with the university administration for more information on charging stations.
Carry earphones wherever you go because sometimes or with whomever you are, you need to listen to music. If the earphones get tangled up in your bag, take a moment to neatly bundle them into the case they came in so they don’t get caught and broken.
Pack a box of tissues because you never know when you’ll need them. You can get boxes with designs and patterns on them, but it’s good to have at least one plain option for those times when no one wants to see the cute box anymore. You can use the same box of tissues even at home.
Make sure you have everything you need for college in one place. You’ll be more organized and less stressed if your stuff is all together! Make a checklist of everything you’ll need to bring and check it twice.