Essential Bags for Every College Student

By Brittany Loeffler on March 20, 2017

The wardrobe of a college student has various items, but one of the most important items is bags. For every event, situation, or trip, every girl needs a bag to compliment her outfit. It must be appropriate for the event, but also have the capacity to hold everything she may need for any kind of situation (we’ve all had those surprise period moments).

Make room in your closets, ladies, because you’ll need some space for these bags every girl needs in college.

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Everyday Bag

The everyday bag shouldn’t be something fancy and special. It should be a neutral color and plain so it can match most of your outfits. This bag should be able to carry your most essential items and more. An everyday bag is great for when you are going out to get Chipotle with your friends or stopping by a shoe sale downtown. It’s always ready to go equipped with your wallet and keys because you use it almost every day.

School Bag

Let’s face it, college isn’t all about socializing with friends and ordering food. Believe it or not, classes take up a lot of time and space while attending college. With all of those textbooks, you don’t want to be left carrying them by hand or weighing down your shoulder. Backpacks are great for carrying a lot of weight because you have the support of two shoulders, instead of just one.

There are many options for backpacks. There are leather, drawstring, classic Jansport, and canvas bags. With such great variety, you can choose which backpack fits your style the most.

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Party Bag

Those cute little outfits you wear out to parties on the weekends probably don’t have any pockets. Even if they did, they probably wouldn’t be nearly big enough to fit your phone. A party bag should be small and compact, but big enough to fit the essentials, i.e. phone, keys, ID, cash, etc. You should be able to hold your party bag close to you so it doesn’t get in the way while you are making your way through crowded rooms or bars.


Gym Bag

Most colleges and universities offer free gyms for their students. Take advantage of this! A gym bag is great for those girls on the run who don’t have time to go home to change. Gym bags allow you to carry your workout clothes and sneakers with you to class or work, so you don’t have to waste time going home to change!

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Weekend Bag

It’s unlikely all of your friends go to the same college as you. There will be weekends that you want to visit other universities, which is a great opportunity to use a weekend bag. It’s small enough to take on a bus or train with you, but big enough to pack multiple outfits and your whole makeup routine. It is also useful for when you make those unexpected trips home to see your parents.


Briefcase/Professional Bag

There is no doubt that you will be in professional settings while attending college. Whether it is during a networking event, an interview, or your internship, it’s important to look the part. Your professional bag should be sleek and most likely black. It should be able to fit your computer, resume, and any other important documents you may need. There are many options to what kind of professional bag you have. They can be a little pricey, but it is an essential investment to make if you plan on having a career!

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Cross-Body Bag

A cross-body bag is perfect for little day trips in the city or for going to an open flea market on a nice day. It’s smaller than your everyday bag, which makes it more portable and easy to move around without straining your shoulder. This bag should be able to carry important items such as your phone, phone charger, wallet, and maybe some makeup or hand sanitizer. A cross-body bag is the perfect bag for day outings.


Evening Bag

There will be some formal events that you will attend while in college. If you are in a sorority or asked on a date by a boy in a fraternity, you will most likely go to Date Night, which is a semiformal event. This requires you to have a small evening bag, or clutch to bring the basics with you. This includes your ID, cash and cards, and lipstick. It should fit nicely under your arm or in your hand and should match your outfit.

With all of these bags in your wardrobe, you’re set for any event or adventure life takes you on while you are attending a college or university!

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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