What’s In My School Bag & Tips For School Success

To finish up my back-to-school series of posts, I thought I would show you what is exactly inside my backpack for college. Someone actually requested this via Twitter. I usually carry general items so this could even work for someone who is in high school or just wants to revamp their purse. I will also attach some tips and tricks that will lead you on the path of organization and success for the upcoming school year. Let’s begin!

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I got this backpack from Forever 21 and I probably won’t use it again this year but I just prefer plain backpacks. First, I will start with the hefty objects and they are my books. Some classes make you bring certain books to class so make sure you have a backpack that has enough space. You don’t need 20 million folders. Just bring the things you know you will use. If you find school to be difficult, then here is your tip: buy a planner! I have one that my school hands out yearly at orientation and it has the holidays listed, the rules, and any cool information. Bring your school I.D. and your wallet. Your school I.D. will get you into the classes and give you discounts at local places. Don’t forget your car keys, shades, and  phone, obviously. I bring gum because if I get bored I will start to zone out, so gum keeps me focused on the task.

For makeup, I keep it in a small bag that I got from Macy’s with a makeup bundle. I bring the basics. Just blush, lip gloss, lipstick, an eyeliner, and a translucent powder for touch-ups. Blotting papers are really important too. I keep these in my little blue pocket folder and they are Clean & Clear blotting papers that don’t mess up your makeup. A camera is also a necessity because as frustrating and boring that school can be at times, it will end and you are going to want to have snapped some good memories. And finally, my personal favorite, don’t forget a snack. Those late night study sessions are worthless if your growling stomach is distracting you. I usually grab some crackers or roasted almonds for a quick bite.

For tips for success, don’t get carried away. Go to the football games, paint your face, attend all the events to make it memorable, just don’t forget about your work. Either you or your guardians is paying for your schooling, so don’t mess it up because you wanted to see the basketball game. Creating a routine and finding out how you study is key before you start school. Show interest and talk often in class and to one another. I know it can be hard. I was the shy one, too. But you aren’t going to be fun if your only friend on campus is your roommate. Stay humble, work hard, laugh a lot, and enjoy your experience. And yes, these guys go to my school.

Beauty Travel Guide 101

Finally! An extended period of time where you don’t have to worry about what meeting to go to, what day it is, and whose calling my phone. Yes, traveling can be thrilling, but if you didn’t pack accordingly it could get frustrating. To go on a relaxing vacation, you simply don’t need 5 suitcases just for makeup. You’ve finally picked your perfect destination (sunny beaches, snowy mountains, lakeside resort, etc.) and have your tickets ready to go. But you just need to do one important thing – pack! How will you fit all of your clothes, shoes, and toiletries without being forced to pay excess baggage fees? Especially for you fashionistas who try to pack your whole closet. My tips and tricks will ensure that your luggage won’t be the burden on your trip Let’s begin!

First, lay out only the clothes that you need. Packing 3 pairs of shorts, 1 pants or jeans, 2 dressses, 4 shirts, a belt, heels, undergarments, and sneakers are the perfect outline. If you are going to the beach, don’t bring Louboutins. Try to be sensible. Whenever I go on vacation in the summer, I always bring rubber flip-flops. These are waterproof, sturdy, and work great as shower sandals. Make sure the shoes are already broken-in that you do bring because blisters aren’t fun. This picture shows packing for my friend’s wedding months ago. This amount of clothing lasted a little over 2 weeks. Yes, I did wash my clothes, but didn’t need a different pair of shorts each day. Plan to bring mix-and-match outfits and bathing suits.  On my most recent vacation, I only brought 2 dresses; one for the club, one sundress. All of these clothes can fit in a medium-small suitcase and can fit as a carry-on. The perfect amount for traveling.

For toiletries, only bring the items you need. Tagging along the family size bottle of lotion you haven’t use in years isn’t the best. Opt for travel size items, especially for flights. I went on a flight years ago and I didn’t really know of the 6 oz liquids rule. And all of my toiletries got thrown in the garbage for being over 6 oz. Putting your toiletries in clear traveling bags are flight securities best friend. It let’s them go through it easily and quicker. They can be found at Ulta or your local drug store. For makeup, palettes are your best friend. I usually accompany the Naked palette with my usual foundation, loose powder, peach blush, and a lipstick palette. Using palettes creates less makeup clutter.  Bring the stuff you can’t go a day without, not a year without.

And that’s it! You are now ready to board that plane, bus, train, ship, or car and soak in your fabulous get-away. I posted some of my vacation photos for your reading enjoyment. As you can tell, many of my friends are photography majors. Comment below your dream vacations!

Pool party at a friend’s condo.

On the main beach.

Beach at night. So pretty!

At the beach house.

Hardest picture to take EVER!

Shout-out to my lovely  friend, Tiffany, for taking this with her waterproof camera 🙂

 

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