My Pre-Packed Backpack
Ever since I can remember, my previous backpacks and purses always either wore me down, wore down itself, or ripped because of the overload on things I decided to carry in them. When I was in junior high school, my Hello Kitty backpack ripped wide open and I had to carry everything (including my poor Hello Kitty bag) by hand back home. When I was in high school, I tried being fancier and started carrying enormous purses so it can accommodate my needs. I remember on the first day of the ninth grade, my drama teacher commented that I have my life right in there. It was that obvious. I also accidentally whipped it at someone while turning around. I bet it left a mark. Of course, what was (also) the price? My shoulder. And my back. And my overall balance. It was bad. I constantly switched bag to purse and then purse to bag. I tried to be minimalistic, but it just didn’t work.
Based on my previous post, I took everything I need in my backpack as a commuter into account. I live about 1 to 1 1/2 hours away from my university, so I need a lot of things to survive from 10am to around 8pm. After some time figuring out what I prioritized, I’ve compiled the things that would be best for the first day of my second year in university and onwards.
- Laptop: I have managed to track down most of the textbooks I need and luckily found the e-version for all of them. Reading from my laptop can be tedious.
- Two 1-subject notebooks: I like to rotate subjects when I study. Staying by the two-subject-at-a-time rule, I’ll be carrying just two notebooks - instead of one compiled notebook - to stay organized. Since I’m going to be in school for about 10 hours, I’m blocking some of that time for studying.
- At least 10-15 pieces of lined paper: I like to longhand write my notes during lecture. It keeps me from writing every little detail from the professor and it keeps me focused on the main idea. I only write my textbook notes or neat notes in my notebooks.
- At least 5-10 pieces of scrap paper: If I have a sudden spark of an idea, or if I want to write for my personal work (i.e. blogs, novel, etc.), I have them handy. I can type them up on my computer later, if I’m not conveniently able to use my laptop.
- Agenda: My life and memory’s saviour. The agenda is a beautiful thing. It keeps me well organized and, since I decorated it, it definitely makes writing in it very easy.
- Accordion folder: I pack my notebooks, paper, and sometimes agenda, so my bag won’t look so cluttered. It keeps everything in place. It is also used for loose handouts and other papers.
- Small pencil case: I minimized the amount of school supplies I put in my pencil case. Every little bit counts. I only bring the essentials and try to keep it at that.
- Water bottle
- Lunch and dinner + snacks: If I’m going to spend 10 hours at school every day, I can’t keep eating out. I did that last year, and boy did the Freshman 15 hit me. I’m going to bring simple, healthy lunches and dinner with me and see if I can make it a routine.
- Keys + wallet
- Medium-sized makeup bag: I used to carry 2 big makeup bags with me every day in high school. It weighed down my bag and I didn’t even need a lot of it. I keep it minimalistic and if I find that I needed a few things, life goes on and I don’t need to look perfect.
- (when needed) Feminine product bag
- (when needed) Sunglasses
- Baseball cap: I’m dead lazy with my hair most days so I just cover my ridiculously flat hair with a baseball cap and it works out well.
I’m going to make more posts on my essentials on, say, my makeup bag and pencil case, as well as some ideas with your agenda.
Would you be interested in this? Let me know.
P.S. As I go through the school year, the contents in my backpack will change. I could make an update.
P.S. I’m leaving my 5-lb Psych textbook at home.