What’s in YOUR Bag?

The small and mighty bag that holds my books and personality.

The small and mighty bag that holds my books and personality.

A while ago there was a popular video trending on YouTube called “What’s in Your Purse?” I became obsessed with these videos because I was impressed at how the material objects we tote around say a lot about who we are and what we do in life. The same idea can be said about what students carry in their backpacks every day. The contents in a bag can easily be used to distinguish a Political Science student from a student studying Fine Arts.

Or… if you are like me, your backpack is filled with stereotypical student life items with the odd random knick-knack here and there. So, let’s have a look at what I carry in my backpack every day.

1. Laptop

IMG_4497-514x685 My laptop becomes a part of me every single semester. It is one with me, and I am one with it. I guess what I am saying is I LOVE my laptop and would not know what to do without it. Many of my instructors upload their lecture notes prior to class. Therefore, I can download a PDF of the lecture and jot notes down right on the slides. I have yet to join the ‘cool kids’ and transfer everything over to a tablet. I don’t think I am emotionally ready to cut the tie between my Mac and I. Just kidding… I am just not a fan of touch-screens.

2. Pencil Case

You can never have too many pens.

You can never have too many pens.

I like to think that I am more prepared than a boy scout when it comes to having pens and pencils on me – especially during exam season. Every student has his or her favourite type of pen. I’m currently digging the cheap Bic pens with the blue and white grip – mostly because they are cheap.

Pro-tip: When you go to write an exam, make sure you have at least 2, if not 3, sharpened pencils with the little pink eraser still attached. There is nothing worse than having your pencil break mid-exam. Well, there probably is… but having a pencil break is up there.

3. Lip Balm and Hand Moisturizer


Although I am a born and raised Albertan, my body does not tolerate the cold, dry winters all that well. There are days when my hands can get as scaly as some of the reptiles on display in the Biological Sciences building. I rely heavily on lip balm and hand moisturizer to fight the battle of winter dryness that Mother Nature brings about every winter. I personally recommend moisturizer that contains silicone for your hands and feet. For your lips – any lip balm that contains essential oils will keep you smiling through all of your winter classes.

4. Yarn

IMG_4501-514x685Whoever told you that knitting/crocheting is an old lady sport is WRONG. Knitting on campus has led me to having great conversations with some very interesting students. A lot of the people who work in my lab knit in their downtime, so I decided that I should learn so that I could join in on their knitting conversations. In all honesty, knitting is a great way to de-stress and relax your mind. So, take a quick 15-minute break from the books and practice those knits and purls. Your brain will thank you later.

5. Emergency Money


Sometimes I hit the snooze button one-too-many times on my alarm clock and end up in a panicked morning rush to get to class. If I forget to throw my wallet in my bag, it’s always nice to know that I have a couple extra dollars and cents to use for lunch money. Sometimes I like to fold the old paper money (not that new plastic money that sticks together) into origami hearts and t-shirts. It’s also a good way to relax your mind after class.

So there you have it. These are just a few of the things I keep in my bag every day. If you would like to share what kind of neat knick-knacks (say that 10 times fast) you keep in your backpack, comment below! I’d love to hear from you guys!