7 Things Every College Girl Should Always Keep in Her Bag

Keys? Check. Wallet and phone? Check. Awesome! You've got the bare necessities down, but don't rush out the door just yet. Make your life easier with our guide to everything a collegiette should never leave the dorm without.

1. Hair ties and bobby pins 

I can't tell you how many times I've just wanted to put my hair up in the middle of the day, but sadly realized I had no hair ties on me. Take it from me––always have at least two hair ties with you. Oh, and don't forget the bobby pins! The day you forget to pack them will be the day you end up needing them, am I right? 

2. A planner 

We're busy bees, us collegiettes. Often new plans come up as the day goes on, and we need to be able to remember them. Instead of trying to keep a file of mental notes, just jot them down in a planner! These days, you can find almost any style or aesthetic you like. I'm personally really loving this desert-themed planner from Urban Outfitters.  

3. Pads and tampons

Ladies, we've all been there. Aunt Flo comes for an unexpected visit and you end up wobbling down the hall to your friend's classroom to ask for backup. Save the wobbling, and pack a couple extra pads or tampons in your bag instead! 

4. Snacks 

When it's the middle of the afternoon and you still have two classes to get through, you need a little fuel to keep you going. For something fast, light and versatile, try snacking rounds. Ozery Bakery makes some delicious options, like Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange and Cinnamon Raisin, all with real fruit inside. Pro tip: spread a little peanut butter on top for an extra protein kick to last you through the day. 

5. Lip Balm 

This one's a no-brainer. Nobody likes chapped lips in the middle of the day, so make sure to always keep your favorite chapstick on hand. With so many flavors and formulas on the market, there's something for everyone! My current faves are Kiehl's Lip Balm and Glossier's Balm DotCom

6. Blotting sheets

For my oily-skinned girls out there, I know the struggle of walking past a mirror at 2 p.m. only to see an actual grease ball staring back. Keep your visage clear and matte all day with the help of blotting papers. Skin more on the dry side? Keep a face mist handy instead to revive dull, parched skin whenever you need! 

7. Hand sanitizer 

Let's face it, college campuses are like breeding grounds for the plague. Keep whatever virus that's floating around at bay with some heavy duty hand sanitizer. Fall's fast approaching, so what better excuse to invest in some mango-scented sanitizer spray

With all these essentials in your bag, you'll be able to handle whatever this semester throws your way. Good luck, collegiettes!