Essentials to keep in your bookbag

By Beth Schumacher

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of items for my book bag, which I’ve become very dependent on. With help from my trusty bag, I feel unstoppable and prepared for the day.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

In terms of school supplies, carry a small supply bag that has a zipper. This way, you always know where your supplies are, instead of having to rummage around your school bag for 10 minutes trying to find a pen. Add several pens, pencils, highlighters, note cards, Post-it notes, tape, colored pencils, a small pencil sharpener, erasers, paper clips, a small stapler, staples, rubber bands, a Sharpie and a small calculator to the supply bag.

In terms of food, make sure to pack yourself some snacks. It could be a granola bar or a bag of chips; regardless, you’ll thank yourself later.

It also helps to keep a container to collect your spare change in. It really does add up. You can also budget out your week by adding a set amount of money to your Huskie Bucks and using it for on-campus meals. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to keep hydrated throughout the day.

I’m not sure how to categorize this next group of items other than miscellaneous. I like to keep a few Ziploc bags just in case things get wet or have the capability of spilling. It’s a good just-in-case item.

This may sound weird, but I also like to keep an extra pair of socks for emergencies. Other miscellaneous items found in my book bag include tissues, sunglasses, a pair of headphones (because you never know when you’ll need them), an iPod charger, my phone charger on long days, a nail file, a USB flash drive, hair ties, bobby pins and band-aids.

Although, it may seem a bit extensive, keeping my book bag stocked and organized has really made my long days on campus a whole lot easier.

Clearly, not everyone’s needs are the same. Sit down and make a list of things you need throughout your day. You may be surprised at how many things you come up with.