It’s that time of year again: school supply shopping season! If you’re anything like me, post-it notes, highlighters, and mechanical pencils are very exciting purchases. But walking into your local Staples or Office Depot can be overwhelming, and shopping in your college bookstore can mislead you into thinking you need things you really don’t (paper clips shaped like your school mascot, anyone?). Don’t get distracted by all the unnecessary items available and instead, stick to what you really need. This school year we’ve created a list, in two parts, of the most important supplies you should include on your list.
Part one of our 2017 school supply list includes the “must haves”. These are items that you should definitely already have before school starts. Part two includes “might needs,” or items that you can afford to wait on-- you might not need them, after all! For additional tips check out Mighty's Good's 13 Experts Share Their Best College Packing Tips.
|A ClassTracker Planner||
The right planner will keep you organized and on schedule. The wrong planner, though, won’t help you do much more than take notes. As the semester progresses, you’ll be glad to have a planner in your backpack that helps you track your assignments, monitor your schedule, plan extracurricular activities, and keep your grades up.
Buy your planner while supplies last!
|Backpack or book bag||
Make sure to get a backpack that has proper support for your back! Bags such as the Patagonia Refugio or the Northface Surge laptop backpack will offer you great back support, cute colors, and will last a lifetime.
Click here for Class Tracker’s definitive list of 2017’s best book bags and backpacks!
|Binders||Protip: Get smaller binders that correspond with individual classes or school days rather than one large binder. Leave plenty of room for notebooks and supplies specific to the classes on those days. This will insure that your binder doesn’t overflow or break during the year.|
|Subject dividers||This will, of course, keep your files separate and will make finding notes easy!|
|White-Out||For those “oh no!!” moments|
|Highlighters||Get highlighters in as many colors as possible. Use them to highlight in your book and to highlight your notes. Different colors can help you differentiate between categories of notes, as well!|
|Notebooks||Make sure these are college ruled! We recommend getting separate notebooks for each of your classes instead of a large notebook with sections.|
|Paper clips||More organizational tools!|
|No. 2 Pencils or mechanical pencils||You’ll need No. 2 pencils for scantron tests and math classes as well!|
|Pens||Try to stick to black ink for writing assignments you’ll be turning in to your professors. Just trust us on this one! Multicolored pens, though, make for great note taking tools.|
|Stapler and extra staples||Your library will probably have staplers on hand but, inevitably, the day you really need to staple a paper that’s due in five min, you won’t be able to find it. So bring your own!|
|Sticky notes and page markers||These are so useful: for keeping your place in your textbooks, for keeping track of your assignments in your planner, and for jotting down notes!|
|Hole puncher||Keep your notes and syllabi in your binders. Best way to do this? Hole puncher!|
|Extra lined paper||It’s always nice to have backup paper! College ruled, of course.|
|Laptop||If possible, bring a laptop with you to college. If you can’t afford your own, some schools will lease you a laptop for the school year. Either way, you’ll need one!|
Protip: can be used to mark you page in your planner and double as snack clips!
You may not need this all the time but when you do, you’ll be glad you have it.
|Filing bin and folders for your room||When the semester is over, keep your notes and study materials handy in a filing bin! This is also a great place to store your financial aid forms, book rental receipts, and more!|
|Graphing calculator||Wait on this until you know for sure you need one. Chances are, though, you probably will!|
|Index cards||Great for taking notes, making flash cards, and preparing for presentations!|
|Multicolored pens||As previously mentioned, multicolored pens can be great for note taking.|
|Erasers||Sometimes those mechanical pencil erasers just don’t cut it, you know?|
|Pencil pouch||You may want to use a small pouch on your backpack as a pencil pouch but, just in case you’re of the purse persuasion, a pencil pouch is incredibly handy to have!|
|Combination lock||Sometimes it’s nice to have some added security.|
|Lunch bag||You may not always have time to snag lunch in the cafeteria. Bring a thermal lunch box with you to class with snacks and sandwiches, just in case. This will keep everything cool and ready to go!|
|Printer||Similar to the whole stapler thing, libraries will likely have printers for your use. Check this out when you get to school and you can always order something online. And don't forget the paper and ink cartridges.|