Students carry their lives on their backs. Everything that goes in your trusty backpack has a special purpose, but there’s still a chance that you’re forgetting some very important items. Sure, you’ve got all your textbooks and a handful of No. 2 pencils, but what about a stash of emergency cash or an umbrella for an unexpected storm? Don’t just carry the school basics; come prepared with these seven must-have items in your backpack.
It’s a good idea to carry a little cash in your backpack in case you need to take a taxi to campus or buy a last minute Scantron before an exam. But make sure you only carry small bills in your backpack and reserve the cash for emergency situations only.
You don’t want to end up on campus with a dead phone, especially if you’re meeting a study buddy or walking back home in the dark. Keep your cell phone fully charged by carrying an emergency phone charger in your backpack.
If you prefer to study in silence but cannot block out the conversations happening around you, then you’ll want to have a pair of ear plugs handy. Ear plugs are also useful when you need to take a power nap between classes or just need to sit in complete silence.
You just never know when you’re going to get a massive paper cut or a blister from walking in your new shoes on campus. If you’re carrying a first-aid kit in your backpack, this is a quick and easy fix. Your first-aid kit doesn’t need much; just a handful of bandages, antiseptic cleansing wipes, antibiotic ointment, gauze, and some aspirin.
Nothing is worse than getting rained on and having to sit in a frigid lecture hall while wet and soggy. Don’t depend on the weather report to get it right; just pack a compact umbrella in your backpack and you’ll be prepared when the rain hits or the sun is too hot to bear.
Don’t let a rumbling tummy distract you in class. Come prepared when hunger strikes with a high-protein energy bar. Just throw a few bars in your bag and eat them on the go for an cheap and effective energy boost.
If you don’t have a camera phone or even if you do, it’s not a bad idea to carry a disposable camera in your backpack in case you need to take spur-of-the-moment pictures. If you need some inspiration for an upcoming art project or just want to capture the sights of your campus, a disposable camera is a cheap, light, and easy way to document what you see.