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Here’s How To Survive A Long Day Of Classes As A Commuter

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Montclair chapter.

If you come to class when the sun is out and leave when it’s gone, please let me give you some of my sympathy and allow me to be your guide for on-campus days that never seem to end.

Always Have A Hygiene Kit With You

We can be many things—tired, hungry, bored—but musty will never be one of them!
You can make this kit as simple or as extra if you’d like, but in all honesty, I keep all my essentials in a Ziploc bag. 

One or two of your favorite mini hand sanitizers always come in handy. My favorites are anything vanilla or lavender-scented to add some zen to my day.

Having lotion is useful to have on hand because ashy hands never look good! In a pinch, lotion can also be used to tame frizzy hair. Just take a tiny bit, rub it in between your hands to warm it up, and glide your hands over your hair. Of course, the scented version is a great alternative if you ever find yourself running out of perfume. But as a proud perfume girly, you will never catch me without a bottle! Bath and Body Works and Target sell long-lasting mini scents that are great for layering or wearing on their own. 

Speaking of Target, you may want to grab the Honey Pot wipes during your next trip! You can use this for its main intention of wiping, but you can also use it wherever you need to freshen up. 

I also always recommend a mini deodorant, which you can buy anywhere! And of course, always have some pads or liners with you. 

This kit is easily customizable, so you can add whatever your heart desires. One last tip: buying these items during travel season or the holidays is a great way to save. Stores like Target or Ulta sell gift kits full of minis at an affordable price. 

Dress Comfortably

I used to think dressing up for class would somehow help me feel more awake, and it only resulted in feeling uncomfortable and tired anyways! If dressing up is your thing, here’s how to make things a lot more comfy. 

Matching sweater and sweatpants combos give a model-off-duty look. Put your hair into a slicked-back ponytail or bun, add some hoops, and you’re good to go! 

A wide-leg jean will never let you down! It lets in a nice breeze on warmer days or can be layered with leggings on cooler ones. I also feel it adds a more put-together vibe. Skinny jeans are out, especially for a long day of walking and being an academic weapon. 

Neutrals like white, black, beige, and gray will become your best friend, as you can get those colors almost everywhere in whatever style you’d like! 

Claw clips are also a great accessory for commuter girlies! Trust me, you need a claw clip. TikTok has a ton of easy styles you can do and it allows you to easily change styles throughout the day.  

Keep A Journal With You

You’re going to be spending a lot of time on campus, so make good use of it! You can draw, journal, organize, budget, or write down your assignments in between classes.

I know commuting is not an easy journey. I’m especially thinking of my first-gen students and WOC here, but girl, we gotta get this degree! While all these tips do take a little more effort, the calm of knowing you’re always prepared is absolutely worth it. 

By the way, this is not sponsored by Target but a girl can dream!

Chelsea Pujols

Montclair '25

Chelsea Pujols (she/her) is a junior Journalism & Digital Media major who greatly suffers from the "too much" gene. Having written at ReDefy, HudPost, The Montclarion, and serving as a Visual Arts Resident at Grain of Salt Magazine, she is looking forward to being a part of the Her Campus Girl Gang!