What's In My Bag - Everyday Essentials For University

Thursday, November 08, 2018

It's been a few days, but I'm back! If I'm completely honest, I've just had a lot going on over the past half a week, being extremely busy and mentally not feeling the best, so I decided to miss a couple of uploads just to get myself back on track. Now I'm back again, and I can't wait to bring you another blog post. The 'what's in my bag' style post is a staple of blogging that has been done countless times from the very start, and it's definitely one of my favourite's to read, as I just can't resist being nosy and seeing what other people carry around with them on a daily basis. I was obviously eager to transfer this trend onto my own blog, but since I don't really use a handbag everyday, I thought my university bag was much more apt. If you'd like a peek inside my uni bag and to see what I take with me on a daily basis, then make sure you keep reading!

Novels - and lots of them!
As an English literature student, not a single day goes by without having a book in my bag. Whether it's for a class, revision notes or just reading for pleasure, I'll always need at least one book with me. At the moment, the frequent ones are Beowulf, Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own' and Shakespeare's 'King Henry V', although I've also had My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier in there a couple of days in hope that I'll start reading it (but sadly I've not had time).

My laptop and charger
Since buying my new laptop (which you can read more about in this blog post), it's safe to say that I've barely gone anywhere without. It's honestly changed my way of working, and it's so much handier being able to type up all of my university notes and work from any location. To avoid it getting damaged I keep it in a marble laptop case from New Look (let's face it, when will I ever choose something that isn't marble or rose gold?) and I also carry around my charger in case of an emergency, although my laptop has insane battery life so it's usually not needed.

Folders and notebooks
I'm the type of person who tries to keep all of my notes organised from day 1, rather than leaving it until the last minute, and so I like having folders with me so that I can file a paper away as soon as I'm done with it. However, since I've started bringing my new laptop with me on a daily basis, I've actually been leaving these at home just so my bag doesn't get too heavy, which is a much better system, and instead I just have a single plastic folder in my bag for any loose sheets or work that I'll need to consult.

Pencil case
My love for making aesthetically-pleasing, perhaps too elaborate, revision notes means you'll never find me with just a pen to hand. Oh no, I've got to carry around a variety of different coloured pens, highlighters and other stationery items in case I ever need them. It might seem a bit overboard, but I genuinely get a lot of use out of these, especially in exam season, hence why a big pencil case is such an essential in my bag.

Packed lunch and snacks
Being a university student with a tight budget means you can't afford to splurge on a fancy lunch or eat from the canteen or fast food outlets every day, so I've got into the habit of making a packed lunch. This saves a lot of money and it also means that I don't have to disrupt myself whilst working to go out and find somewhere to eat. I usually take a sandwich, bag of crisps, some fruit and a biscuit or piece of chocolate to snack on throughout the day, meaning I'm never going hungry.

Water bottle
Another staple in my bag is my water bottle, as I'm definitely trying to drink more water on a daily basis opposed to juice and fizzy drinks (as hard as this is!) Having one with me is an essential, and since it's a refillable bottle I don't need to worry about having to buy new ones, whilst also being environmentally friendly. If you're someone who struggles with drinking a lot of water, then the timer graphics along the side are super handy for monitoring yourself and having a goal to drink enough.

It's always handy to have some money with you in case of an emergency, so quite often I'll have my purse floating around the bottom of my bag, as well as always having my card to hand. I try and refrain from using it, as a student budget means you can't be spending non-stop, but it's still good to have if necessary.

Phone charger
My iPhone 6s, like all iPhones, doesn't normally last an entire day without charging, especially if I'm using it a lot, and so having my charger with me is a necessity for topping it up throughout the day.

I'm the type of person who often prefers to work while listening to music, especially if it's just copying up revision notes, and so I always like to have my earphones to hand. I'm also a slight bit obsessed with podcasts, and so these truly are a necessity in my bag.

Makeup bag essentials
I'm not one of those people who carries around a full face of makeup every day, as I just don't see the point and never reapply makeup while I'm out. However, having a couple of lipglosses in my bag is essential for me, especially when it's cold outside to prevent my lips from getting chapped. I also carry around a mini hairbrush and body spray, as these are necessities for on the go.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my university handbag, and I really enjoyed writing my take on this classic post. I'd love to know what's in your bag for school, college or university, so make sure you let me know down in the comments below! Thank you very much for reading, and I'll be back on Friday with another new post, so make sure you come back then!

Love from Daisy x

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