School is back in session and I have officially began my first semester at the University of Southern California. With 13 hour Mondays on campus, I leave the apartment looking like I’m camping. I need to make sure that I have everything with me each time I head to class because there’s really nothing worse than having to do the academic walk of shame back to your doom to go grab something. That story always ends with you arriving late to class with the professor who isn’t afraid to individually welcome you in the middle of his 130 person lecture… hey Chris, I’m glad I could join you today too. So for hacking a hectic college schedule, here’s the 15 things I keep in my backpack besides my textbooks and folders:
1. MacBook: I know what you’re thinking: ‘That’s so obvious, I’m leaving this blog because I’m clearly not going to learn anything.” Ok– well first, please don’t. Second, I know bringing a MacBook to class in obvious, but you should always bring it fully charged and use the stickies feature from your launchpad as a virtual agenda to keep yourself organized in all of your courses.
2. Headphones: Whether you’re rocking AirPods or Beats bring them daily! Headphones are essential for the library when you need to focus or drown out the voices of really bad whisperers. I like to use my Beats when I’m studying, on my walks to class, and of course at the gym or on my runs around campus. Regardless of whatever bluetooth headphone team you’re on, you MUST have back up headphones in your bag for when your beloved bluetooth ones die and have to go back to the stone ages and use plug-ins. That’s right, embrace that record.
3. Chargers: All of them. Bring the entire ball of tangled wires even if you think you don’t need it because it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is especially useful when the cute guy in lecture needs an iPhone charger; you better have one because lending iPhone chargers apparently means a lot to our generation. To keep all of my chargers coiled neatly and in the same place, I use the Le Pilage cosmetic case from Longchamp.
4. Hyrdo Flask/ Yeti: **Coffee sip, water sip** repeat until you feel like a functioning human again. Everyday I take both my Hydro Flask, filled with water, and my Yeti, filled with coffee, with me to class. I love doing this because I am all about reusing, so this is an easy way for me to reduce my impact a little bit less each day. Plus as a bonus, Starbucks gives you a discount for bringing your own tumbler. It’s really a win win situation that leaves me feeling slightly less bad for needing another coffee midway through my day.
5. Wallet: Don’t leave the house without it, just don’t. Also carry cash. I know, how un-millennial of me. But really guys, not everything is ApplePay and you might need to give cash when dealing with student groups or clubs.
6. Sunglasses: Sunny California= sunglasses daily. Running into Saturday night acquaintances= sunglasses daily. Becoming a campus fashion icon= sunglasses daily. Get the drift? I always keep sunglasses in my backpack even if it isn’t necessarily sunny when I am leaving for class that day, it all goes back to that whole being prepared thing.
7. Lip Balm, Chapstick, Lipstick all of it: I am addicted to lip products. There, I said it. I probably have 2 chapsticks, a lipgloss, and a few lipsticks locked and loaded at all times; therefore, I am definitely my mother’s daughter. Keep those lips hydrated and plump! This one obviously goes for guys too, so no shaming them when they pull out that Burt’s Bees in Vanilla Bean. Here’s some of the ones you would most likely find on me.
8. Light Cardigan: It’s not breaking news that classes are cold! If you know you have a class or lecture that is always on the chilly side, plan ahead and bring a jacket, cardigan, or flannel with you. You can keep it with you in your bag and just pull it out during the class so there’s no need to stress about having it match your outfit.
9. Perfume and Deodorant: It’s nice to smell nice. I keep a rollerball of perfume with me for on the go uses as well as a stick of deodorant. You never know when you want to hit the gym right after class or need to freshen up after breaking a sweat on your walk to class in 90 degree weather.
10. Rosewater Face Spray: Hydrate your face and destress for a second. I use rosewater a lot on my face throughout the day. It helps to keep me cool and is great because it doesn’t mess up my makeup. My favorite is Mario Badescu’s and I get the 4 oz spray so that easily fits into my bag.
11. Brush and Ponytail Holders: Sometimes when you come out of a whirlwind 3 hour class you just need to brush it out. I keep a mini Wet Brush in my bag and use it throughout the day to reset. I also always have extra ponytail holders in my bag incase the one that’s usually on my left wrist has disappeared and I need to throw it back into a bun to “focus.” Have these in your bag daily because there’s nothing more annoying than unruly hair.
12. Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen! Every. Single. Day. It doesn’t matter if it is cloudy, raining, or sunny and 75. I make sure to put sunscreen on my face every morning. I personally do this step before I begin my makeup and keep it just to my face and neck, because after all I’m 20 and love a good golden glow. However, if you are more fair skinned, it might be a good idea to apply to more areas and keep some in your backpack for really sunny days. I recommend these sunscreens as they are easy to apply directly after your moisturizer and will not effect the look of your foundation.
13. Ibuprofen: Keep a small bottle in your bag just incase you get bad headaches like me or you’ve injured yourself recently. This is really great for athletes and very physically active students who, without fail, seem to always have something bothering them. Purchase a small bottle of your preferred pain reliever and leave it in your bag to ensure that nothing comes between you and your study session.
14. Gum and Mints: Pop a mint or chew on some gum to freshen up that breath. I keep a pack of gum or Altoids at the bottom of my bag to use after I eat on campus and when I’m studying. It’s pretty self explanatory that no one wants to do a group project with the kid who has bad breath. Pro tip: buy the large sharing one and make a new friend in class.
15. Protein Bar: High quality brain food. As a college student, I don’t always have time to get a proper meal in-between my classes. I keep protein bars in my bag so that I can easily refuel without messing up my study flow. Find a healthy snack you like that is easy to transport and leave it in your backpack for when hunger strikes. My favorite bars at the Think Thin bars in Salted Caramel or Chocolate Almond Brownie.
Share this post with other college girls and comment down below the things you always keep in your bag. Until next time.