Backpack Essentials for Returning to School
With schools returning across the country, students find themselves repacking their bags in preparation for in-person instruction. But, with it being almost a year since they’ve been in a school building, they may be asking themselves: what are some backpack essentials I need for everyday learning? In today’s blog, we’ll go over the must-have items every student needs to get through the school day.
Here is a list of items we recommend having:
The most important essential is the bag itself. You want to have something that can easily store all your supplies, and is comfortable and easy to carry. Of course, it’s a skill to not over-pack. If you’re prone to stuffing as much as you can in your bag, consider getting a smaller size to avoid straining your back and shoulders.
This includes all notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, and erasers. Personally, I would recommend putting sheets of loose paper into a binder. Not only will it save space in the your backpack but you can also transfer them to an “at home” binder at the end of the day. It also gives you the choice to use different ruler lines (college-ruled vs square) for different classes. What’s more, not all schools allow the use of electronic devices to take notes. Plus, doodling is known to help with concentration especially during slow days.
Scientific Calculator & Textbooks
If you take math or a science, you definitely need a scientific calculator. But, in terms of textbooks, here’s a tip: take a photo/photos of the pages you’ll need for homework/studying that night. That way you can leave your textbook in your locker — especially handy when you have too many books to fit in your backpack.
Planners or Journals are a great way to keep track of your schedule and what assignments are due when. Bullet Journals allow for the most personalisation and can be completely catered to your organisational needs.
Here are some items that are small but essential for you backpack:
- Personal Items. That’s your phone, keys, wallet, and student ID. Plus any travel card if you commute by public transport!
- Tissues. Great for sneezes, cleaning up messes, and throwing away gum.
- Chapstick. Keep those dry lips at bay! These tubes fit perfectly in the front pockets of backpacks.
- Reusable Water Bottle. Not only are you doing your part for the environment but you’ll also save money in the long run. Most backpacks have a side pocket for a water bottle.
- Chargers. Very good to have on hand especially for longer days.
- Headphones or Earbuds. Whether you commute or just need to block noise out — headphones are a much needed essential!
- Mints or Gum. Ideal for after lunch time or when you need a fresh pick-me-up.
- First Aid Kit. This can be as simple as some band-aids, bacterials wipes, and painkillers.
- Spare Mask. Doing our bit to protect others is paramount at the moment, especially as you return to in-person instruction. Bring a spare mask in case yours gets dirty or wet.