College Survival Kit

I am always running out of the door and leaving something behind. So, I created a college on-the-go bag or college “survival” kit to make it through my day with a little less stress. So lets take a look inside my bag!

College Survival Kit

What is in my bag?

1. Eye Wear

Regardless of whether you are creating a college survival kit or not, if you wear glasses/contacts you should ALWAYS bring your glasses, glasses case, contact case, and contact solution wherever you go. You never know when you will have to take out your contacts and switch to glasses. You do not want to be stuck trying to read a power point or front board without any eye wear.

2. Perfume and Deodorant

You will need these especially for those hot days. Sometimes when rushing to class you will find yourself sweaty and your skin sticky. To make sure you stay fresh you will always want to keep deodorant and a small bottle of perfume with you. However, be mindful of the temperature outside! You do not want to end up with melted deodorant or a busted perfume bottle because it was nearing the 100 degree mark outside.

3. Makeup

In my college survival kit I keep makeup brushes, eye shadow, eye liner, blush, mascara, lip gloss, and chap stick for touch ups in between classes or for days I am running late and need to do my makeup on the way to class. One of the best things I use in the makeup category is my makeup brush holder. It folds up and can be used to hold more than just my makeup brushes. I got mine at Five Below. Also be mindful about the makeup you bring with you. Makeup can melt on hot days as well.

4. Hand Sanitizer

I bring Germ-X with me where ever I go. It is especially useful at college during flu season and just in general after touching elevator buttons or door handles. You never know if the person who just touched the door in front of you may have a cold or not.

5. Mouth Freshener

I don’t always keep a toothbrush or toothpaste with me in my college survival kit, but it is a good option if you eat on campus. Walmart has travel size toothbrushes and toothpastes that would fit easily into a small bag. Other options are bringing along gum or floss.

6. Feminine Products

Alright ladies it is time to talk about feminine products. Even though it is not a fun thing, it still has to be addressed. So, make sure to pack a few tampons, pads, and if you want some summer’s eve wipes for those rough days.

7. Pain Reliever

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring pain reliever along with you. I always pack ibuprofen in my college survival kit. It is useful whether I am having a headache or if my feet simply hurt from walking across campus all day. Although, be cautious and always read the label to determine how much you can take within certain periods of time.

8. Hair Items

I always keep a hairbrush, hair ties, and bobby pins in my college survival kit. On those hot days you will want these items to maintain frizzy hair or to tie your hair back.

9. Lotion

I love having lotion in my bag. It is great for dry hands, especially in the fall on the cold days.

10. Headphones

Definitely keep a pair of headphones in your college survival kit. I use them daily for music when I am walking to class, for Netflix when I have spare time, and for videos for class.

11. Candy

I always keep candy in my college survival kit for when I am having a sweet tooth moment. If you don’t prefer candy you can always pack a small snack like a granola bar.

12. Money

Always carry an extra $5-$20 in your college survival kit. Even if you just need it for a snack from a vending machine.


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3 thoughts on “College Survival Kit

  1. Great tips for busy college students and adults, too! I need to make a bag within my purse of all these items! You would think being in FL I would naturally carry extra deiderant, wouldn’t you? Yikes!

  2. I had to laugh at your list–I’m a teacher and have an emergency kit in my desk drawer, containing…you guessed it–almost all of these items. There’s been a morning or two when I’ve gotten to school at 6:30 a.m. and realized I forgot to brush my teeth. It’s been wonderful to know that I have what I need. You should also add a few safety pins–they come in handy.

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