9 Back-to-School Essentials for Adults

As the summer comes to an end and the school year gets closer, it’s time to start thinking about what’s in your backpack.

I don’t just mean prepping your kids, I mean you too! More and more veterans and spouses are finding their way back to college thanks to the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA scholarships.

So where to start? If you’re anything like me, your backpack is practically the Mary Poppins bag.

You know what they say…it’s always better to be prepared than surprised! Here are some things you’ll need-

1. A planner

Any busy student will understand what it’s like to balance school work, with a social life and work, that gives enough income to enjoy the social life… when they aren’t studying.

Having a planner makes it far less likely that you’ll double book girls night on the night before your 10 page sociology paper is due.

And if you’re trying to make sure that your schedule, your spouses schedule and the kid’s schedule all run smoothly, a planner DEFINITELY helps.

I know everyone has their own style when it comes to planning. Some people run on a digital calendar that pings their phone with reminders, but for me, I like a good old fashioned paper planner. Right now I’m obsessed with the Me and My Big Ideas planner I received for my birthday. They have them in different sizes and styles to fit your personality.

They even have one meant just for meal planning, if that’s what you need help with organizing!

2. Laptop/iPad/tablet

Let’s face it. When I went to college the 1st time, laptops were a MAJOR luxury.

This time around, I don’t know what I would do without my laptop. I can download my textbooks, take notes in class, do research on things as soon as a professor brings them up.

And, okay, maybe I use it to procrastinate the homework I don’t want to do. Just maybe.