IT can be hard to know what you’ll need for class. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ONCE SAID, “BY FAILING TO PREPARE, YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL.” SO LET US NOT PREPARE TO FAIL, AND instead GET OUR BACKPACKS READY FOR CLASS!

Class-Specific Items:

  • Notebook: In my opinion, good notes are the key to passing a course and you can’t take good notes without a good notebook. For more information on how I keep my notebook organized, check out this post.
  • Pencil case: Don’t let your writing utensils roll around the bottom of your backpack; keep them contained in a pencil case instead. My must-haves inside my pencil case include gel pens, ball point pens, mechanical pencils, and of course highlighters. 
  • Folder(s): It’s vital that you bring your folder with you to class because you never know when you’re going to need to double check that syllabus, or look back at a previous assignment. 

Organizational Tools:

  • Post-it Notes: These little things are my favorite way to stay organized – I use them in my notes and planner & I always make sure I have some on hand for jotting things down.
  • Planner: If I could only advise you to use one thing to stay organized it would be a planner. I’ve been using planners religiously since high school to keep track of tests, quizzes, and upcoming assignments. I never leave the house without my trusty ban.do agenda (it contains my whole life, seriously).
  • Books I’m Currently Reading: Whether these are class assigned readings, or the increasingly rare leisure readings, I try to make sure I bring these along with me. This way if you find yourself with some extra free time, either on the bus or if you arrive way too early to class, you can get some reading in.

Miscellaneous items:

  • Umbrella: As I live in Chicago and I’m never quite sure when the weather will take a crazy turn into rain or snow, I always keep an umbrella in my backpack. Because there’s nothing worse than having to walk home from class in the midst of a thunderstorm without an umbrella. 
  • Portable Charger: This is one of those things that I carry around for peace of mind. I’m usually pretty paranoid of my phone dying, and this way I can charge my phone without searching for an outlet. I got mine from a hospitality package on a long plane trip, but you can find tons of cheap ones on Amazon (and literally everywhere else).
  • Headphones: Obviously I never leave the house without headphones, this is a given. Because the walk to class would not be the same without my personal soundtrack. 
  • Lotion: The colder it gets outside, the dryer my hands get. I usually bring a little eos lotion with me for those dry-hand-day-emergencies. 
  • Chapstick: Because who wants to walk around with chapped lips? Not me.

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