10 things to put in your backpack


IAN LACK Reporter

Your college backpack serves as a lifeline. This is the travel pack that will be with you in classes, meetings, events and everywhere college will take you. It’s important to keep your backpack light, organized and, of course, full of all of the essentials.


1. Laptop

Expect to become familiar with your laptop, so have a space in your backpack for it.

Tip: Get your laptop before you get your backpack to ensure it will fit in it.

2. Planner

Having a student planner is essential to getting assignments done.

Tip: Go electronic. Phone or laptop planners eliminate an extra item and can be updated anywhere.

3. Notebooks

Being able to take detailed notes in class is paramount if you want a better understanding of the class material.

Tip: Like a planner, notebooks can be substituted for a laptop or phone.

4. Office supplies

Sticky notes, rubber bands, paper clips, whiteout and any other office supplies you think will be necessary should be in your backpack.

5. Water bottle and a snack

Having something that won’t spoil in your backpack and a bottle of water will be good  when you’re running late and maybe have to skip breakfast or lunch.

6. Folders or binders

Having a place to store handouts from your instructors will be important for organization in classes. 

Tip: Clean out your binder of unnecessary papers every other week.

7. Pencils, markers, highlighters, pens

An arsenal of writing utensils at the ready will be important (even if you use a laptop).

Tip: Store these items in a small bag to have easy access at any time.

8. Books

Being prepared for classes means having the right materials for them.

Tip: Don’t pack all of your books. Only carry ones essential for the day. You can ask your professor if your book will be necessary in class.

9. Charger and headphones

It’s important to have a charger for your electronics at all times. That goes for your laptop, phone, calculator and whatever else you may need to charge in a college classroom.

10. Personal items

Any medication that you need, female hygiene products, deodorant, breath mints, chewing gum, sunglasses, chapstick and an umbrella apply.

Tip: You can easily become weighed down by the extra items in your backpack, so try to only carry the essentials.