Why I Don’t Use a Backpack! // Back To School 2018

Hey everyone!

It’s back to school season! Who else is super excited to go back to school, cause I know I am? I thought I would make a back to school series for the next few weeks leading up to school starting. I will be going back to college this year for my second semester and I am really in love with what I’m studying. I really wanted to share my tips and tricks and maybe even some inspo for you guys for back to school.

So I know the title may be surprising to everyone. No backpack? Then what do you use? Now, let’s start at the beginning before we get ahead of ourselves. I have always used a backpack since my first day of pre-school all the way up to last year. I have had them all, the ones with my favourite animated characters, the suitcase backpack, the fashionable backpack, you name it I had it. Last year I ended up using a very ugly but sturdy backpack. I was just lugging around so much stuff that I needed something that could hold all my stuff.

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This year I decided I was tired of it. I was tired of carrying around all this shit that I didn’t need. I was tired of my bag being so heavy for no reason. So I decided this year that I was done with it. I was not living that hell again. I bought myself a large purse and said everything is going to fit in here whether I like it or not.

You can actually grab my exact bag here. I love Aldo! Their bags are always amazing! Honestly, if you’re looking for a good quality bag they are the place to go.

Now it was time to get rid of all those extra things. I started off first with my notebook. I had the amazing idea of using a 5 subject notebook last year for all my classes. I think it was just super easy to know that I had all my notes for all my classes at all times. The only problem is that the notebook was heavy. So I was super excited when I saw that they sold 5 subject notebooks but smaller.

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Then it was to take out the 2 or 3 pencil cases I had. I only very used like three things, a pencil, an eraser and a pen. I didn’t need all the colourful pens and the sharpies and all the extra little things I had in my pencil cases. I downsized to one pencil case that really has the bare minimum. The only thing I added to the three things listed above was white out and highlighters and one sharpie. Now it’s light and I only have to worry about one pencil case.

Next, I decided to get rid of the three agendas. Yes, I had three agendas. One for school and one for personal/ school stuff. I decided to condense everything into one agenda. It’s actually a teacher’s planner. I bought it for like 1$ at Target when I went to visit my friend Lauren. I realized a teacher planner was perfect to see when my homework and exams were. I also noticed I never really used my personal agenda. I just didn’t think to use it. Everything is already on my phone so I didn’t need it. That again frees up a lot of space.

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School books. They are a pain in my ass. Now that I’m in college I have a lot more textbooks. Last year I left all my textbooks at home and brought them to school when I needed them. I had a locker, everyone! Yet I chose to have all my books at home. This year I am determined to do a 360 and bring home the books I need rather than have to lug them to school every day.

I was bringing a water bottle and a travel cup to school every day. I would have my tea in one and my water in the other. Liquids get heavy! Plus I would just have an empty travel cup to carry when I was done my tea. I don’t believe I need to drink a tea to be awake in the morning. I prefer just drinking water. I feel like a nice cup of cold water in the morning wakes me up better than any caffeine does. So I am dropping the caffeine in the morning from now on.

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Two books usually ended up in my bag. In case I got bored with the one book I was ready I would bring another one. So yeah, I will be sticking to one book at a time. I don’t think I need to make it clear that books get heavy. I will be working on not bring a ridiculous amount of books too school.

I have never once used a personal hygiene bag every in my life. I have never used a toothbrush or deodorant or floss or band-aids or any of those little things. They were just taking us space in my bag. The only things I do use is Tylenol/Advil and a tampon. So I will leave a small container of pain relievers in my bag and tampons when I need them. I will probably have a separate bag for the days I have gym class with deodorant and perfume because I have a class after. That I will leave at home and just throw it in my bag on the days that I will need it. Other than that it’s really a waste of space to have all those things on a daily bases. If it works for you that’s awesome but for me, it’s just clutter.

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So these are all the reasons why I will not be using a backpack every again. I want to have a more minimalist school year. I wrote this post not to make anyone think that my way is the only way but more to not make the same mistakes as me. You can put all the things I’m bringing to school into a backpack. I just simply chose a bag because to me it’s more fashionable.

I want to know, do you guys bring backpacks to school? Are any of you stuck in the same runt as me bringing too much stuff to school? Leave me to comment I would love to know.

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