Backpack + Car Essentials For The College Commuter

With classes starting and everything, I thought I would share my backpack and car essentials with y'all! I did my research (via Pinterest and YouTube) to help create a list of items I might need throughout the semester.

Being #OverPrepared is my middle name:


First things first, I recommend investing in a good quality backpack. I actually purchased mine from L.L. Bean a few years ago. You can find it here. I also got it monogrammed to ensure there would be no mix ups.

Here is what I keep in my backpack:
  • Laptop + Charger
  • 3 Folders ("To Do," "Turn In," and "Important")
  • 3 Notebooks
  • Pencil Pouch (Highlighters, pencils, pens, and a mini ruler)
  • Planner (See how I organize my planner here)
  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • Emergency kit
    • Pads/Tampons
    • Hairties
    • Deodorant
    • Lotion
    • Chapstick
    • Advil
    • Mini hairbrush
    • Sunscreen
    • Nail file



I wanted to keep all of my textbooks on me at all times in case I wanted to do work between classes. I picked up a gray crate from Target to hold all of my textbooks in the back of my car. It was $4; a super cheap and easy way to organize your textbooks in your trunk. 


I didn't want to lug all of my school supplies around all over campus. I found this mini tote from Thirty-One. My mini tote includes a variety of school supplies:

  • Stapler
  • Sticky notes
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Index cards
  • Large ruler
  • Post-it tabs
  • Calculator

Gym Bag.

A gym bag is essential. I don't want to lug my backpack all over campus. My gym bag includes:

  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • T-Shirt
  • Sports bra
  • Yoga pants
  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Workout band
  • Refreshing mist
  • Makeup bag (Concealer, mascara, powder, and lip gloss)

Lunch tote.

Snacks are essential. I keep a variety of snacks in the back of my car for between classes:
  • Peanut butter pretzels
  • Kind protein bars
  • Granola bars
  • Gold fish
  • Veggie straws
  • Popcorn
  • Fruit
  • Extra bottle of water
  • Apple juice
  • Cherry coke (If I need a serious pick me up!)

That's pretty much everything I have in my backpack and car trunk. Let me know what your school essentials are!

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