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Ever had one of those mornings where you’re dragging yourself to class, feeling sniffly and miserable because allergy season decided to crash the party? Trust me, I’ve been there, and I know how tough it can be to stay focused when all you want to do is curl up in bed with a box of tissues.

Don’t worry girl, I’ve got your back. Here’s my ultimate guide on how to power through allergy season like a champ, armed with nothing but your trusty backpack and a whole lot of resilience.

Let’s dive in and conquer those sniffles together.

Water bottle

I can’t emphasize this enough: drinking water is my go-to solution for almost everything.

Got a nasty headache? Water.

Feeling a bit lightheaded? Water.

Incredibly thirsty? You guessed it — water.

It’s surprising how many people overlook the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. So, toss that trusty water bottle in your backpack and make a mental note to keep sipping and refilling it whenever you can.

Personally, what motivates me to drink more water is finding a cute water bottle that I can’t resist. Once I’ve got my eye on one, it becomes my must-have accessory wherever I go.

Hand sanitizer

For me, this is an absolute must-have to prevent the spread of germs and minimize the risk of getting even sicker.

Keeping your hands clean is crucial in stopping allergens from spreading further. You can easily find adorable travel-sized hand sanitizers at your local CVS or Walgreens, making it effortless to stay germ-free while you’re on the move.

Eye drops

If you’re like me and suffer from dry eyes during allergy season, let me tell you, eye drops are a game-changer.

Seriously, they’re a total lifesaver.

Whenever my eyes feel tired and itchy, a couple of drops make me feel awake, alert and ready to tackle my classwork. It’s that simple.

These little vials of relief have become my go-to for surviving allergy season. Trust me, you won’t want to go without them.

Lip balm

We’ve all been there — dealing with dry, chapped lips is not fun at all, especially during allergy season when everything seems to be against us. That’s why I never leave home without my trusty lip balm tucked away in my backpack.

Whether it’s the icy winds of winter, the scorching heat of summer or the irritating effects of allergies, having a pack of chapstick handy is just essential.

Just toss it in your bag, and you’re all set for whatever the day throws your way. Plus, it’s a small investment that pays off big time in keeping your lips soft, moisturized, and protected from the elements and allergens alike.

Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

healthy snacks

During allergy season, it’s super important to bring a healthy snack to class.

It’s not just about satisfying hunger; it’s about taking care of ourselves, especially when allergens are floating around.

Packing stuff like fresh fruit, nuts or veggies gives us a natural boost and keeps us going strong during those long lectures or study sessions. Plus, it helps fend off allergy symptoms and keeps us feeling our best throughout the day.

Next time you’re heading to class, don’t forget to pack a snack that’ll keep you powered up and allergy-proofed.

I hope some of these tips can help you to stay strong and protected during allergy season!

Rachel is currently navigating her way through her third year at Pennsylvania State University. Born and raised in picturesque Bucks County, Pennsylvania, She has got a bit of that small-town charm in my roots. One of her favorite pastimes is delving into the captivating worlds of romantic comedies and mysteries through the pages of books. Rachel finds joy in staying in the loop with the ever-evolving contexts of Generation Z by exploring various social media platforms. Family and friends are the heartbeat of her life, and she relishes every moment spent with them. Whether it's the comfort of familiar faces or embarking on new adventures together, these connections are what truly matter to her. Now, here's a quirky tidbit about Rachel: she possess the somewhat unusual talent of reciting any line from the TV show Friends, and it all starts with the first hint of a sentence. Friends isn't just a show to her; it's a personal favorite that has subtly woven its influence into her personality and sense of humor, shaping her in ways she might not even realize. Life is a journey, and Rachel is embracing every twist and turn it brings!