Invest in a good school bag. That might mean spending a few more bucks than you usually would, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to go all out either. Brands like Jansport, Herschel, and Crumpler are great since they're heavy duty (which means that you won't have to worry about your bag straps snapping) but at the same time, they're still very stylish. Try and stay away from some fashion backpacks since they're probably more focused on aesthetics rather than quality, and you don't want that for your school bag.
- YAY: you'll be able to bring anything and everything that you need without bringing an extra bag.
- NAY: it will entice you to bring more than what you actually need.
Oversized shoulder bags
- YAY: easy to carry and access items.
- NAY: a big no-no if you have back problems.
Canvas tote bags
- YAY: the lighter matierial means a lesser load plus it'll be easy to wash and dry.
- NAY: again, carrying a heavy bag on one side is really bad for your back.
Remember that you're going to an academic institution to learn so only bring what you absolutely need. These things will get you through your school day without having to lug around an entire suitcase.
- NEVER EVER FORGET YOUR WALLET AND ID.
- Invest in a good umbrella and make sure you take care of it. It might seem useless in high school but trust me, a good quality umbrella will save your life in college.
- Fillers/thin notebooks or a binder will do the job since note taking is very important but you only really need a few pages.
- A planner will be your best friend in college since professors rarely remind you about deadlines and schedules. iPad and iPhone calendars work, but nothing beats an old school day planner.
- Your pencil case should include: 2 black or blue pens, 1 red pen, at least 2 pencils, highlighters, paper clips or holdback clips, scissors, and correction tape/fluid.
- Most people take grooming kits for granted but this is probably the most important part of your school bag. Check out Marian's Beauty article on what you should have in yours.
- A water bottle will not only save the environment but it will also save your wallet when you need a drink after running around the campus.
Now that you have the items that you need, the question is how will you organize everything?
- DO spend a few minutes organizing your bag the night before so you won't stress out or forget anything in the morning.
- DON'T dump everything in your bag, because it will only give you a hard time finding something and you might even break something.
- DO have an accordion folder/envelope or even a large flat pouch to keep all your handouts and papers clean and neat.
- DON'T leave your water bottle, trash or snacks overnight in your bag.
- DO only bring the assigned books or readings for the day to lessen the load of your bag.
- Victoria Urrutia
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