It’s starting to feel like fall. (At least it is where I live.) There are leaves on the ground, and the weather has been starting to cool down, for the most part. As much as I’ll miss summer, there are plenty of things I’m excited about for fall, like cooler temperatures. Another exciting thing that always happens in fall is…
Honestly, getting school supplies is one of my favorite parts of going back to school. And that’s why I’m sharing with you all, the people who read my blog, the supplies I have for the coming school year!
I am in love with my new backpack. I ordered it from Amazon earlier this summer (here’s the link if you’re curious; this isn’t sponsored, I just really like this backpack) and I’ve been dying to get to use it ever since it arrived. So far, it seems to be the perfect size, and it’s adorable. The label at the bottom doesn’t really make any sense, but it’s kind of funny, so whatever. It has two side compartments (I’m going to use them for a water bottle and an umbrella) and a padded laptop compartment.
I also ordered a lunchbox that matches the backpack. It’s also super cute!
Ahhh my beautiful notebooks! And they match!! (I may or may not have bought all purple notebooks so they go together.) I have an urge to doodle something on the fresh, blank pages, but I must restrain myself until school starts! Well, I have already written in one of them, but I’ll explain that in a minute.
The first notebook I got is a Mead Five Star notebook with five subjects:
The next one is also Mead Five Star, but it’s a one-subject composition book. The pages are graph paper, so I’ll be using it for math.
What better excuse to buy a beautiful new Leuchtturm notebook than the fact that you need a school planner? I already set up some spreads in my school bullet journal—to see them, click here.
Right now, I have four different folders, all labeled with washi tapes. (The one in the back is an accordion folder.) There’s one for each class, and they (for the most part) align with the color code I’m using to keep track of my different classes. I will probably get a few more folders or binders, but there are a few teachers who haven’t yet specified exactly what materials they’d like us to have, so I’ll wait until they’ve gone over that.
I’m just gonna say it: I have a LOT of pens. And these are just the ones I’m using for school.
These papermate inkjoy pens are really a joy to write with! (Haha, see what I did there? I’m hilarious. pats self on back) They dry quickly, they’re incredibly smooth, and there’s a great variety of colors (I got the 10-pack.)
Tombow dual brush pens are the best! I use these dual tipped pens in my bullet journal all the time, and I’m using these ones in my school bullet journal.
This shot shows the identifying numbers if you want to know which colors I’m using:
And here’s the gray that I’m also using but forgot to add in the original picture:
The only thing about these markers I can think of that annoys me is that when you have them for a while, the numbers start to rub off; however, I saw this tip somewhere on Instagram and it’s a life-saver! All you have to do is take a small piece of clear tape and place it over the number. How did I not think of this???
Pilot Frixion erasable pens will definitely come in very handy when I’m taking notes. They work just like pens, except you can erase them! This concept is actually mind-blowing to me. And they really work. Also, the erasers don’t make any eraser dust, which is a nice bonus.
And guess what? Pilot also makes erasable highlighters! And they come in super pretty pastel colors. I haven’t used these a lot yet, so we’ll see if they’re actually any good.
I already bought two 5-packs of Zebra Mildliners for bullet journaling purposes a while back, but I didn’t actually end up using them a lot, so I decided to use them for school. As you can see in the picture on the right, they are dual tipped:
Ever since I was a small child, I’ve used regular #2 pencils in school. I mean, most people do, right?
I have become increasingly annoyed with pencils recently. Not everybody has this problem, but I, for one, strongly dislike how messy pencils are. You have to sharpen them all the time, and the shavings get everywhere. Seriously…even with a sharpener that has a little case for the shavings, mine still manages to break open like 30 times and spill everywhere.
And that’s why I’m going completely mechanical! No more stubby tips, shavings that get everywhere, or pencils that are like an inch long because they’ve been sharpened so many times!
The first pencils I got are these super nice Bic Velocity pencils that came with a bunch of refills of both pencil lead and the erasers that fit into the top of the pencil. I bought the pack of two on a whim at Target because they were on sale, and so far, I’ve been very happy with them. I think they’re kind of like the pencil version of fountain pens—you write with them, and once you run out of lead, you refill the pencil and keep writing instead of buying a new one.
I also got these cheaper, disposable mechanical pencils, also Bic, at the grocery store.
I can never say no to Post-its!
Washi tape!! I’ve been finding washi super helpful for taping things into my notebooks. I also used it to hang my schedule on the door of my locker.
I thought it would be nice to have a ruler for note-taking and setting up spreads in my school bullet journal, so I picked up this Wescott ruler from my local craft supply store for about $1.50. It’s clear and very portable at 6 inches long, which I love.
All of these odds and ends, as well as all my pens and pencils, fit into this super pretty pencil bag. I am in love with the color and the design! I’ve had this bag for a while, and it only dawned on me recently that it would be a perfect bag for my school supplies. It’s the perfect size for me; big enough for all of my stuff, but not so big that it’s a pain to carry around.
And then there’s my laptop! The one in the picture is actually different from the one I have now. I bought one online last week, and it stopped working today, so I had to return it and buy a new one. ;(
P.S. Thanks to my little brother for being a hand model for me!
An umbrella and a pair of earbuds are absolute essentials, especially for someone who takes public transit to school like I do.
Clockwise, starting from the top:
- magnetic pencil cup (I’ll stick it on the wall of my locker and use it for extra pencils and little things I don’t need to carry around to every class.)
- safety pins and paperclips
- hand sanitizer
- magnetic bulldog clips, to hang things in my locker
And those are all of my school supplies at the moment! Now, tell me, if you’re a student, what’s your favorite part of going back to school? And what’s your favorite school supply? Good luck to all the other students out there!