School’s back and in full gear, it is time to put down our toys and gadgets and start preparing for a fun filled year ahead of us. And the first step to that is figuring out which things should go in your school bag. I know that it may be hard to choose which things are important and if you are not careful, you might end up carrying your entire bedroom on your back (just kidding). Don’t worry; here is a list of backpack essentials that we prepared for you.
The Bag Itself
The first in the list because this is what you will use every day for your school essentials. A backpack being the most popular and practical choice, you should choose one with padded, wide, and adjustable straps that will enable you to choose the best position that would give your back the best comfort. Also, choosing one with many compartments helps in packing your items more neatly and distributes the weight along the pack easily.
Your school books, notebooks, pad papers, pencils and pens just to name a few. Just make sure that you bring things that are really necessary for your school activity for that day. Organizing your day to day essential supply greatly increase efficiency and avoids the risk of you forgetting things that you might need.
Whether you are in a warm or cold weather it is very important to always stay hydrated. This also saves you a lot of time from making multiple trips to the water fountain. Having a reusable water bottle also helps in saving mother earth because this eliminates the need to buy bottled water whose waste byproduct is a big contributor to the plastic wastage that is a constant problem for our environment.
For colder or wet season, bringing a light jacket or hoodie will keep you warm and comfortable. For fair or warmer weather you should bring sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses. Always see to it that you have different layers of clothing for outdoor versus indoor temperature.
Only if you have specific medical conditions. If you have asthma, make sure that you always have your inhaler with you. For allergies always see to it that you have your Antihistamine or any medicine that is prescribed by your physician. Some band-aids and headache pills can also be handy in times of emergency. Keep these things in the most accessible pocket on your bag and clearly mark them for ease of access in case of emergency.
These tags should contain important information such as your name, address, and person to contact in case of an emergency. You can also put in here your allergies and specific medications you take just in case.
Hand Sanitizer and Tissues
Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba stated that schools are ground zero for various infectious diseases mainly because most students tend to lack practicing proper hygiene. Having a small pack of tissues with you is handy at times you need to cough or sneeze, or to offer your classmates who are not as hygienic, so as to keep germs from spreading.
Aside from your daily lunch packs, these are tidbits of food that would get you through those “unexpected hungry situations”. Some candy, biscuits, or any bite size food you can easily stow and has a long shelf life.