6 Backpack Essentials Every College Student Needs For Day 1

6 Backpack Essentials Every College Student Needs For Day 1

Pack these now!

You will forget to pack these seven items when you're rushing out of your dorm room to make it to your 8 AM class. You will be thinking about needing one of these when it's too late.

1. Portable phone charger

Your phone will die. It's inevitable. By buying a portable phone charger, you will have the ability to charge your phone anywhere you go.

2. Refillable water bottle

I like the bottles with filters for fruit or vegetables to make detox water. This will come in handy on warm days, walks to class, work outs, or long lectures. It's very important to stay hydrated.

3. Umbrella

Whether the weather channel says it's going to rain or be sunny, you never know what could change in the matter of a few hours.

4. Planner

A planner is essential to your success as a student and organization as an adult.

5. Granola bars or snacks

By packing snacks or granola bars, you will save money by not having to buy something on campus. You will also have it in case you're starving in a lecture and can't leave to get food. Believe me, it happens more often than you think.

6. Headphones

You will listen to music and watch Netflix or videos about lecture materials while you're studying. If you forget these, you will find yourself regretting it later in the day.

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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