Back-to-School Series: Backpack Essentials/What’s in my Backpack
Hello my lovelies! Today I want to do another one of my Back to School posts and I wanted to do this one on one of my favourite topics of all time: What’s in My Backpack?!
So here we have it: I’m going to show you how I organize my backpack and give you a few tips and tricks to keep yourself equipped and prepared.
Don’t be afraid if my backpack looks a little empty, I haven’t purchased my textbooks yet and, being an English Major, most of my backpack contents is books.
This is my backpack! I carry a Dakine backpack in the pattern “Juno.” Dakine backpacks come in a lot of really fantastic prints and in tonnes of different styles so you can have as many or as few pockets as you want and you can find backpacks to fit guys’ bigger bodies as well as girls’ smaller bodies all in the same prints!
I have the Hana 26L bag. This fits all my school stuff plus whatever I need for my after school activities, such as my character sheet folder and dice for D&D, my gym shoes and gym strip for when I go to the campus gym, or my belly dance outfit when I have an event with my clubs.
How many pockets have I got on this sucker?! I have 3 pockets and 2 waterbottle holders, which comes in handy when I carry a water bottle AND a juice bottle in the mornings.
I have my main pocket for books, a front pocket for stuff, and a small top pocket for essentials. So what’s in my backpack? Let’s find out!
I’m going to start with my front pocket because I’ve got so much cool stuff in it. All of my survival gear is in here. I’ll show you what I mean:
Glasses! I can’t see the board from any desk that’s not in the front row, and I don’t really want to sit in the front row, so I keep these in my backpack.
This is my tech bag. I carry all of this stuff in a little coach wristlet.
From the top down I’ve got a stylus, which can be used on either of my touchscreen devices, which I’ll touch on later.
I have an iphone charging cable and wall outlet because iPhone batteries don’t last that long when you use your phone like I do.
I’ve got a little 1 GB iPod shuffle and its charging cable. I use this guy exclusively at the gym because I just don’t want to be tied down to my phone while I’m on the elliptical. It’s not what I would deem safe, so I want something I can clip to my shirt.
I have a pair of emergency Apple earbuds; I hate them, but every now and then I forget my good ones at home and I just need something for the 45 minute train ride to school.
I have the wall plug and charging cable for my Asus Transformer Book. I’ll gush about that little guy in a bit.
And finally on the left I have a portable charger for my iPhone. The little cable that it comes with is only compatible with Android and Windows phones, so I need to use my own iPhone cable to charge my iPhone, but I also need that little cord to charge the battery. It’s a life saver on the train when I may not have had the ability to get to an outlet before heading home. My phone died while I was on the phone with my mom once on the worst day of winter. My bus hadn’t shown up for half an hour and we were trying to figure out what to do. The moment the phone died, a bus showed up. I had to charge my phone on the bus with my laptop. This is considerably more convenient.
This is my little drug bag :P I got it at the Coach outlet and I carry pain killers, Claritin, and Advil Cold&Sinus. All of the things you never think you need until you get cramps, or you can’t stop sneezing, or you suddenly can’t breath because of congestion. It’s a good thing to carry in some form or another.
Keys! Always have keys. I have a couple of fun things on mine that make them extra handy to carry around: I have a mini pen for emergencies, I have a Swiss Army knife which I use at least once a day, and I have a David’s Tea Frequent Steeper card because one way or another I’ll find myself at David’s Tea.
First I wanna talk about Kamille. Herbacin Kamille is the best skin product ever on the planet hands down. This is a German brand and it has been a thing that I’ve been using since I was a very small child in some form or another - lotions, soaps - and it is a tried and true favourite. This tube of hand cream is sold at my campus pharmacy for $4.99, so utter bliss is truly affordable.
The other thing I have here is a Dove Go Fresh deodorant, for when I go to the gym or for when I realize that I’ve forgotten to use deodorant, or for when once application simply isn’t enough. It’s handy.
Here it is, the holy grail, the makeup bag. What’s in the makeup bag? First of all, this is a limited edition Olsen Europe makeup bag which I got with a purchase. I was so happy to receive it because I used to work for the company and couldn’t receive or purchase the special gifts. I did this time! And damn does it hold a lot!
I want to start off by saying that I carry enough cosmetics to do a full face of makeup if I haven’t had time in the morning. It feels good to skip makeup when you wake up, but at some point that day I’ll regret it. So I have a stash of samples in my backpack.
I carry a Covergirl compact which is specialized for oily skin. I’ll use this on top of the Kat von D Tattoo Concealer which I’ll just use on my under eye circles and on my nose. I’ll put the powder everywhere. I have a retractable kabuki brush as well, which helps with a smooth application. This brush is not pictured, but it is a wonderful thing to have with you. I got mine at Chatters.
I’ve got a sample size of Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I’ll put under my Benefit Cream Eyeshadow in Busy Signal (a warm brown that I can smoke out, I don’t even need eyeliner at that rate) and finish off with BADgal Lash.
I have a Kat von D lipstick in Cathedral, just in case none of my other colours happen to be in my backpack at the time.
I tend to have emotional breakdowns at school from stress, so I have a little sample size Clinique eye roller which will cool my eyes down and de-puff them quickly. I find it works well both over and under makeup.
Other than that I carry tooth floss, gum picks - which are basically a soft version of toothpicks -, pads, and bandaids. Bandaids are a must guys, shit happens.
On most campuses these days you can get free hot water from one vendor or another. SO instead of forking out $2.00 every time I want a cup of tea, I smile at a barista, get a cup of hot water, and put my own tea bag in it. You can also do this with powdered hot chocolate (which I have) or instant coffee pouches (Starbucks Via guys).
Sunglasses! I like these ones because I got them for free from my Students’ Union during Frosh week last year.
My emergency nourishment kit. I carry a small Coach wristlet with a couple food items in it. I love Clif Bars, they have become my emergency meal replacement in the mornings because I sometimes skip breakfast. I feel a little nauseous when I wake up in the mornings because my body likes to stay up late and sleep in instead of go to bed early and wake up early. I also have gum in a really fun Lemon Bar flavour and some Halls Vitamin C drops for if I start feeling like I’m catching something.
What’s in the top pocket? Not much, it’s pretty small, but it’s handy!
I’ve got my EOS lip balm (see my Top 5 of All Time), my good earbuds - a pair of Skullcandy ones - and my phone case/wallet.
I was using my phone to take these pictures, so forgive the lack of phone! I have a white iPhone 4s, if it helps :P
I store my debit card, credit card, my driver’s license, and my school ID/bus pass in here. During the school year my ID is my bus pass, but it’s August, so no dice this month. I’ll also put some cash in the area under the cards.
Down to business: what’s in the school-y part of my school bag?
This is my baby. I have had back problems for the last few years because I lost control of my weight for a while after high school (I’m bringing it back into check, I’m currently at the weight I was at in 11th grade) so I don’t like carrying my big Dell with me to school.
Alex came to me one day and said that they’d had an Asus Transformer book returned to the store without some of the stuff in the box so they were selling it for a substantial discount. Counting his employee discount, I got this little transformer for $300.00 including a full warranty.
This is a 32 GB machine, but you can insert a microSD card into the side of the tablet to extend it’s memory by up to 64GB (or as high as you can find a microSD card).
The case is a Greene+Gray case that I picked up at the Microsoft Store grand opening. HELPFUL HINT: Students get 10% off at the Microsoft store! Just show your Student ID. Pictured here is the handy back pocket for stuff!
You gotta have an agenda of some description. I just got this one at Chapters for $12.95. The covers are made of recycled juice boxes!
I like the inside of this one too because it’s divided by hour, so I can schedule all my stuff. I work a lot, but my shifts can start as late 8, so people want to hang out and do stuff, but I need to be able to fit everything in, so I can fill this in and see where I can squeeze in a coffee or two.
This is my pencil case. I picked up this lovely little bag at Chapters for $9.00 last week. In it I’ve got a 16 GB memory stick for everything that I could ever need. A mechanical pencil, a stick eraser, and a packet of lead are also in here. I have a stick of chalk that I found in the hallway outside my work, so I took it because if Chalk is on the list of items in the Player’s Handbook, it’s probably useful for something. I have highlighter pencils, which are cool because they do a good job of highlighting your things in a non-obnoxious way and without bleeding through your pages. I have a Sharpie pen in purple with which I mark up fellow Creative Writing student’s work. I have a Staples Opti-flow pen. THESE ARE THE BEST PENS EVER. Although they bleed through some types of paper, and especially on paper in novels, so I got a multi-pack of RSVP pens. One colour for each subject! And what’s that Matrioshka doing there…
She’s an eraser AND a sharpener! I picked her up in Montréal, and I think she’s too cute to leave behind. I love her to bits ^^
And last but not least, 4 notebooks. I got these at Staples for $0.05 (yes you read that right) each during a back to school sale they had a couple weeks ago before the back to school rush.
With these and the 5 different coloured RSVP pens, I plan to work through one notebook at a time using one pen colour for each class. That way I can easily sort by date and prevent myself from wasting paper.
I hope I gave you guys some good ideas here, if there’s anything I missed that you HAVE to have in your school bag leave me a message! Talk to you guys soon!