Now that many students are taking their courses online, one would think the need for a college bag would be obsolete. However, you never know when you will need to be on campus the next time, and it’s always good to have a quality bag and supplies just encase. Personally, I work on campus as well as utilize different studying spaces on campus to do my coursework. Here is my go-to everyday bag, and the supplies I never leave the house without!
Firstly, my college bag this year is by Telfar, a unisex, Black owned brand. The founder and designer, Telfar Clemens, is originally from Queens, NY which also happens to be my hometown. After a rise in popularity over the summer, Telfar bags are now only being sold through limited release. There are some bags available on re-selling websites, but if you are interested in purchasing one, I encourage you to wait until Telfar’s release dates. Since Telfar is a Black owned brand, it’s better to buy directly from the source if you truly want to support the brand and the designer. Re-selling is a more convenient means, but it’s definitely more altruistic to be patient and directly support a Black owned business – especially since many re-sellers only care about profits rather than the meaning and importance behind they brands they re-sell.
My bag is in the medium size, so it’s big enough to hold my laptop and all the items I need on a typical day without being too big. Personally, I like medium bags since they are easiest to travel with and I’m always on the go. The scarf on my bag was a gift from my friend who purchased it from a vintage shop, and it looks so lovely paired with my bag! Check out the items I typically keep in my bag for daily life:
- At least 2 hand sanitizers: I always carry at least two hand sanitizers with me so I can clean my hands at my convenience. Washing your hands is the better alternative, but in situations where you don’t have access to a bathroom, sanitizer is imperative to prevent the spread of germs.
- Antibacterial wipes: For chairs, tables, and any surfaces I will be using for an extended period of time.
- Disposable plastic gloves: I normally don’t wear plastic gloves outside since I always have access to either hand sanitizer or a bathroom, but I bring a pair of gloves with me just encase. I don’t want to contribute to plastic waste, which is why I don’t typically wear them, but instead carry a pair with me if I ever end up in a situation where I would need them.
- Blue light blocking glasses: Since most of us now have to sit on our phones and computers for a much longer period than pre-pandemic times, it’s important to protect your eyes. I already have bad vision, and excessive use of my laptop and phone make it worse, even if I wear my prescription glasses. This prompted me to purchase a pair of blue light blocking glasses that would protect my eyes and prevent any further deterioration of my vision. The pair I have are from dime. in the style 016, and can be purchased here for $30.00.
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- My Apple MacBook Air: This past summer, I decided to invest in purchasing a MacBook since Apple laptops and computers are most compatible with the software I need to take my courses online. Previously, I owned a Lenovo Chromebook, which I loved, because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other laptop brands. However, many of the applications and software I need for school are not compatible with the Google Chrome system. Luckily, Apple does give discounts on all their laptops for college students and faculty. I even got a pair of discounted AirPods Pro with my MacBook Air purchase.
- My Apple AirPods Pro: Another accessory that always travel with me. A pair of headphones are especially beneficial if you are studying in the library, or a café, and need to listen to material without disturbing the other students around you.
- Electronic accessories: My trusty laptop and phone charger come with me everywhere I go!
- A notebook: Even though I usually take notes on my laptop, I always carry a notebook with me encase I need to write something down or make note of something I need to re-check at a later time. Personally, I like the feeling of handwriting notes best, but sometimes it isn’t the most practical option, especially if I’m rushing to take notes along with a video lecture. However, having a notebook with me that I can doodle in, or write random notes for myself actually helps my focus and allows me to be more productive in my study sessions.
- My house keys: A basic necessity!
- A mini pouch: In this mini pouch, I keep some more basic necessities like perfume, lip balm, and hand cream. Now that winter is approaching, and I live in upstate NY, lip balm and hand cream are a must while outside in the cold, dry air.
- My Coach wallet: As time goes on, more and more shops are adding E-pay options to their registers, but carrying a wallet is still a necessity. I not only carry my debit card, but my university ID which gives me access to certain buildings on campus and even serves as my bus pass. I got my wallet secondhand through the online thrift store, ThredUp. The exact style I have is no longer available, but you can get a similar style on ThredUp for $43.99.
I hope this was informative and maybe gave you some inspiration on what to keep in your bag! Be sure to share your everyday purse or bag with us @rooster_gnn!
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Raina is a 4th year student at SUNY Albany studying Psychology and Music. She is originally from Queens, NY but moved upstate to attend university. Her interests include fashion and avant garde makeup styles.