I might as well jump into making posts like this, so here goes!

I’m not really a “purse” kind of person. I have a few I like and use if I need to, but I don’t carry one on a regular basis. Most of what I carry is in my school backpack or in my hands. Although I travel lightly, there’s still a few things I always make sure I have on me:

1 » Chapstick

Chapstick is something that I know I’ll be miserable without, so I always make sure to have some with me. I have tubes of chapstick in every coat pocket, in my pencil case, in my car… everywhere! In a pinch, chapstick can also be used on dry, chapped hands when it’s really cold. My personal favorite is Burt’s Bees, because it’s minty fresh and made right here in North Carolina!

2 » Ibuprofen

Honestly, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t carry ibuprofen. I don’t get headaches often, so when I do get one, I am really thrown off. Also, I like being able to help someone who needs a painkiller. I have a few of the Advil travel tubes that I refill and keep in my backpack, train case, and car.

3 » Body butter

I get a lot of compliments on my soft hands, and it’s because I keep a little tub of body butter with me all the time. I like to use body butter instead of hand lotion because of its thicker consistency. Also, it’s nice to be able to take out some lotion during class if you need a quick pick-me-up and your hands are feeling a little dry. Right now, I’m using theSoap and Glory “The Righteous Butter”. It’s part of a 3-pack of Soap and Glory that I got for Christmas, and at 50 mL, it’s the perfect carrying size.

4 » Blotting papers

My skin isn’t overly oily, I like using blotting papers just to freshen up. These come in handy especially in the summer months when the heat can make my skin feel a little gross. Right now, I’m using Boscia’s Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens. I love the packaging of these, and they smell of peppermint! However, they are limited edition and I’m not sure how long they’ll be available. Alternately, Boscia’s Blotting Linens are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin (and the packaging is adorable!).

5 » Water Bottle

I might sound like a broken record for a minute, but drinking water is so important. Since I started carrying a water bottle, my skin has cleared up and I just feel healthier. It’s important to me that my water bottle doesn’t leak, because there’s nothing quite as terrible as opening your backpack to find your papers soaking wet due to a faulty water bootle. That’s why I like the insulated CamelBak bottles. They are watertight and I like that the bottle is two different colors. Also, the lid has a handy loop you can hook on your finger for easy carrying!

That’s it for my must-have essentials. What do you find yourself carrying around again and again? Is there anything else you would put on this list?