What To Take To College If You're A Commuter

If this is going to be your first semester in a big college/university then fear no more, this blog post was made for you. I'm going to tell you what works, what doesn't, but most importantly what to take to campus if you're a commuter, like me! 

I have been in college since 2012 so I think I got it down packed. The most important thing, if all else fails, is to arrive a bit early, depending on the size of your school. If your new to campus the last thing you want is to be 15 minutes late just because you spent half an hour looking for your class! And don't forget to have a healthy balanced breakfast in order to get you through the day. (Click on the link for a How To on the perfect breakfast!)

Below I will list things that I find important and will be taking... In my opinion you should definitely take a book-bag, you can fit your laptop, wallet, books, pens and pencils without it all being a mess. Now when I went to community college I took a purse and the books that I needed for that class because I would simply go home pick up my other books then head back, but in a larger university its a different story. I live over an hour away (with morning traffic) from my school so I can't go home to eat lunch or pick up my books for my next class. Since all my classes are back to back I need the most comfortable way to carry all my necessities throughout the week. You do not want to be that girl that has her hands full with books and a purse/tote hanging on your arm barely being able to open your door. College life is all about comfort, leggings and t-shirts are go too's. (No heels! Your feet will thank you!) but more on that later... 
Anyways here is my list of everyday

College Necessity's
  • Victoria's Secret PINK Campus Backpack $39.50 (More photos below)
  • MacBook Air 13' + Charger 
  • iPhone + Charger
  • 1 Binder w/ Dividers for all my notes!
  • 1 Folder (keeps the mess of paper minimal)
  • Agenda/Planner
  • Textbooks (Depending on how many, I may take some in my hands or leave some in the car)
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Calculator
  • Wallet 
  • Umbrella (if you live in Florida this isn't even an option... Do it!)
  • USB
  • Water Bottle
  • Headphones
  • Mini Makeup bag (lipgloss, powder, concealer, etc.)
  • Gum
  • Lunch/Snacks (optional)
  • 'Skinny' Minimergency Kit 
When you read the last one you might be thinking, "What the heck is that?!?" But let me tell you its a complete lifesaver. Anything a girl could need is packed in this little bag. 22 essentials including a mending kit, earring backs, double-sided tape, hair spray, a stain-remover towelette, nail polish remover pad, deodorant towelette, safety pin, bandage, pain reliever, breath freshener, dental floss, clear nail polish, nail file, tampon, clear elastics, mirror, tweezers, bobby pins, blotting tissues, facial tissues and lip balm in the tiniest case EVER! 

Empty BookBag

Padded Laptop Pocket 

Everything Inside
Comment below your must-have for college!
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How To: The Perfect Breakfast

Growing up I had some unhealthy eating habits. For example, when I was in middle school I would skip breakfast in order to sleep 30 extra minutes and skip out on lunch because I was a vegetarian at the time and school did not have great options nor did I feel like making a sandwich every day. Instead I would take $1 and have a can of soda every single day until I got home at around 5pm. Let me tell you when I got home I would snack my butt off because I would be STARVING! At one point I wouldn't even get hungry anymore until I finally arrived home. This was not good! Actually this behavior of mine went on for about a year or so and it slowed down my metabolism A LOT!!! I tell this to anyone who mentions skipping breakfast whether it be because their mornings are busy, like me, or they desperately want to lose weight. Once I saw a quote that said: "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper." So go ahead, eat a big breakfast you and your body deserve it! One's metabolism slows down throughout the day which is why it is not recommended to have a heavy dinner late before going to bed because your body will have a harder time processing that food when it needs rest. When I began getting back to eating breakfast it was difficult. I wouldn't be hungry and even a cracker would make me feel heavy and substantially full. To stop this negative behavior I started with a balanced breakfast of 350-450 calories and at times would force myself to eat that even if my body did not want it.
Nowadays I religiously drink a smoothie, açaí bowl, etc. to supplement me in the mornings. Smoothies are so quick to make and you can take it in a to go cup and drink it on your way to work/school. I'm am going to share a recipe with you that works for me and I enjoy a lot! It leaves you feeling light yet so energized not to mention it's DELICIOUS! ...and vegan ;)

2 servings or 1 big serving (I don't judge) :)

  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk (soy/rice/coconut/almond milk)
  • 2 big ol' handfuls of spinach (organic if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons of golden milled flax (milled not the full seed)
  • 1 pre-frozen banana (I freeze them overnight)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Ice (to your liking, more for thicker texture/less for a more runny consistency)
  • Freestyle it add some yummy and healthy powders like hemp 
  • Sometimes if my soy milk is of the unsweetened variation then I go ahead and add some agave, maple syrup, or dates... But taste it without and go customizing it to your liking!

  1. Combine Ingredients
  2. Blend
  3. Enjoy! 

I use a Vita-mix (best investment... Ever!) but use any blender you may have :)

Let me know how your drink turns out, if you altered it comment below and tell me what you did!
100% Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free