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Can you believe that July is here already? I can’t! Time seems to be flying faster than ever to the point where I feel like Christmas is only a few days away. I can’t be the only one that thinks this, right? I hope not. Because before we know it, it’ll be August, which means a good majority of us will be heading back to school. And, you know what that means: back to school shopping!
I am here to provide you with the ultimate guide to your back-to-school essentials so that you can rock the schoolyear all while having everything you need!
the backpack or bag
So, I am going to be honest and admit that while I have a very cute and durable (+ not to mention monogrammed ) black North Face backpack, I have always loved using my Mansur Gavriel oversized tote (you can read about it here) instead of using a backpack. Because I went to private school all my life and then went to an all-girl private high school (until my senior year), I got into the habit of never having to carry around a backpack, because the school was never huge, so we always had time to go back to our lockers to get the necessary books and materials for the next class. Because of this, when I ended up going to a public high school for my senior year, the idea of carrying around a backpack seemed so weird to me. I guess I just felt more comfortable carrying around an oversized bag versus having to carry all of my belongings on my back. Make sense? Lol. But anyway, for my high school graduation, my aunt got me a nice black North Face “Jester” backpack and to this day, it’s in perfect condition and has only been used a handful of times. I wanted the backpack (and am still glad I have it because I know that one of these days it will definitely be getting used way more than it is now) because I figured that the oversized bag I have would break because of all of my textbooks and whatnot. Well, no. For all of my freshman year, I walked from class to class, all around campus, using my Mansur Gavriel bag, that I mentioned here in this post!
That said, while I love using an oversized bag, others may decide to use an actual backpack. Whatever works for you, great! I just felt the need to tell you all because
the school supplies
macbook pro + charger | buy it here
laptop case | buy one here
2019 lilly pullitzer planner | buy it here
mead ‘five star’ notebooks (I like getting ombré notebooks!) | buy them here
‘five star’ 2-pocket folders | buy them here
usb flash drive | $$ | buy one here
black paper-mate pens (I swear by these) | buy them here
mechanical pencils | buy them here
multicolored highlighters pack | buy them here
index cards | buy them here
calculator | buy one here
the extras + necessities
apple iphone x | buy it here
black louis vuitton empriente wallet (my fav wallet ever!) | buy it here
kate spade scalloped phone pouch sticker (good for holding student id, credit card, and license) | buy one here
long iphone charger | buy it here
portable charger | buy one here
beats by dre | buy them here
the hygiene products
I think we can all agree that being out and about and not having the proper care items to help soothe period cramps or walking around with chapped lips is the absolute worst. Trust me, I know too well how sucky it is to not be prepared. So, to avoid not having what I need, I make sure to put a “toiletry bag” inside of my bag/backpack. And thank God I decided to do this, because now I never have to stress about having an all-day headache, cramps, or dry skin. Here are the products I make sure I keep handy —
louis vuitton’s pouch 26 | buy it here
too faced lip injection extreme | buy it here
burt’s bees’ pomegranant lip balm | buy it here
burt’s bees’ pink grapefruit lip balm | buy it here
honey pot’s unscented + organic tampons | buy them here
rael’s organic + cruelty-free feminine wipes | buy them here
love beauty and planet’s organic + cruelty-free rose hand cream | buy it here
pamprin | buy it here
cora’s organic panty liners | buy them here
the snacks + drinks
Anybody that knows me knows that I am not pleasant to be around, whatsoever…
Yup, I get hangry. Very, very hangry. To avoid this and to spare everybody else from having to deal with me in my annoyed and irritated state (you’re welcome 😉), I always make sure to include a few small snacks, as well as water (or tea), in my bag/backpack. Here is what I incldue —
the protection items
Also, to ensure that I am safe on and around campus, I also make sure to have at least 2 of the following items with me in my bag (or on my keychain) at all times —
taser (don’t judge)
cat defense keychain
safety alarm keychain
What all do you guys carry in your bags or backpacks? Let me know in the comment section below!
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