I have previously talked about being a commuter and things I love to have when it comes to long drives, and not living on campus. Now that I am at a university, I thought I would sit back down and look over some more things I love.
Blanket for the car
When you have to drive an hour back and forth, you want to be comfortable. So throw a blanket in the passenger seat and wrap up on the way to and from campus. I just got a new car that has heated seats, so with those plus the blanket I could drive even farther. I have a simple orange plaid one perfect for fall folded up nicely on my passenger seat, ready for me every morning.
Or simply the note pages on your phone. I have my iPad out on my desk through the whole class, Keeping track of what I need to do before the next class. And that same list is linked up with my phone and laptop so I can pull it up on all platforms. We are already all on our phones and technology anyways, might as well type it out there and have good access to it. Then for my pencil and paper lovers, Write out the full to do list later once you have all the info typed out quickly on your device.
Glass water bottle
Save your dollars, and avoid vending machines. You need that money for gas anyways. Bring I solid, glass water bottle, Mine is from Target and has a rubber case on it to keep it from breaking. It is so easy to clean and most campus' have those water bottle fill up stations and if not they at least water fountains to fill up at. So take advantage of that.
Yay for group projects... Totally joking. I avoid group project like the plague. They stress me out, but If you have agreeable members in your group than it doesn't have to be terrible. Especially when you live an hour from campus when they live on campus and It's tricky to meet up. Get into your google drive if you haven't already. You can create a document (Or slide or whatever you need) and share it with your group, and you can all work on the project while being nowhere near each other. #yayforbeingantisocial #alsoyayfornotlivingoncampus
I don't have one of these, But I'm working on it. (check out my whole30 post for more on that) I find myself so much more focused, and aware when I'm not eating junk and feeling like junk. Also, I tend to be super focused on food when I'm not controlling what I'm eat, and when you know you are limited and are meal planning than you aren't as worried about it and you can focus on more important things like, I don't know, starting a group shared document on good drive. You eat better, you feel better.
I wish I had realized this when I wasn't doing my small community college walk anymore. On a big campus, and hilly campus' you so don't need blisters and bleed ankles. I have a pair of Birkenstock Sandles that are already formed to my feet and are uber comfortable. I can always count on them to not rip my feet apart. And socks and tennis shoes are always a safe bet. Just save your feet and where decent comfortable shoes.
Spotify has PLENTY of these. Whether that's for driving, or walking around said big campus, get yourself some solid music you can count on when you cant count on your professors. I always have a worship playlist for a pick me up, and a few others according to the season. Then its fun to look back in a year to the playlists and it brings back memories from the time you listened to it constantly.
If you have any other recommendations for essentials for commuters, go ahead and let me know below! xo Allison