Items for Every Teacher’s Bag

In two weeks my school reconvenes for the Spring 2013 semester. I’ve taught a variety of levels before finding my home in the college level classroom (and with school age children as a whole), but many of my other teacher pals are always amazed by the amount of things I carry in my “teacher bag.” It might be because I’m paranoid, but I tend to keep many of the same things in my “teacher” bag that I would carry in my normal purse. For the teachers out there in the blogosphere who need to know what to carry, and to the interns who are hoping to land their first teaching job, here is my list of go-to products that have proven useful for me, my former preschool kids, and my current college crazies.

This baby right here is my teacher bag. After a long time of searching for the perfect school bag, I finally decided to drop some dough on a North Face Borealis Backpack. A while ago, I wrote a blog post about how spending more on certain products turns your accessories into an investment. Two years later, my backpack is still looking as new as the day I purchased it. This backpack has paid for itself twice over and I couldn’t be happier with it. So, the first step is obviously finding a strong foundation to carry all of your items–and believe me, you’re going to have a lot of them!

So, what should be in a teacher bag? Following is a list of products and items I’ve had in my backpack since I landed my job a year and a half ago. Remember, I teach students who are usually over 18 years old yet each of these items has come in handy for them and for me.

Tissues and Hand Sanitizer: These two products have saved me when it comes to staying healthy and has kept my students healthy, too. I bring enough tissues and hand sanitizer so that I can share it with my students. I’m with them on an average of four times a week or more! If they stay healthy, so do I!

Water Bottle: Not until I began talking for hours on end every day did I realize that coffee doesn’t cut it. Get a cheap reusable water bottle and you’ll skip having to run out in the hall to a water fountain. (Yes, this is spoken from experience).

Band-aids and Neosporin: Yes, even for older students! If you can whip out a band-aid it keeps your student in your class rather than them losing time to go to the nurse. For college students, it’s just plain convenience.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lipbalm: I chose this lip balm for two reasons. 1) Because I support Burt’s, their philosophy, and their products. They make a good product and in my opinion they work to stay ethical. 2) Because it gives me quick color for in between class touch-ups without a hassle. While you’re teaching, easy = your best bet!

So, in addition to the pens, pencils, paper, post-it notes, and planners (notice all the P’s??) a teacher should be prepared with a little something to keep you looking fresh and products that keep your students safe and healthy. I’d also like to add that in most cases you will be buying your own tissues, purell, and other “extra” supplies. It’s just the way it is and those who are dedicated to the education profession already know that! Get packing!

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7 thoughts on “Items for Every Teacher’s Bag

  1. Liza says:

    Ah! A teacher who brings to class tissues and hand sanitizer and ISN’T stingy about it??!! It’s been a while since I’ve found one of those! Most teachers make such a big deal out of tissues and such. I understand that they can get costly, but blah. They don’t have to use them right in front of us/expect for us to bring 2 tissue boxes to every one of our classes. .-. In high school, this was the most difficult for me. Teachers get crazy about school supplies, ugh.

    I like that you carry a mini first aid kit as well. 😉
    :3 I’m the oldest of my siblings, and I used to carry one with me everywhere I went for convenience. I really do need to get another. o.-

    Yes! I’m still blogging! I was also wondering about you… SO cool that you’re still here as well! 😀

  2. Christa says:

    A lot of my friends who go to the local coffee shop and hang out on the weekends carry a backpack like the one you use. You’ll be amazed at the random things they pull out from them. I’ve been looking for a good bag that I can fit my paint/art supplies in so I can take it with me when I go to the coffee shop.

    When I go to the art/craft events I always carry a backpack – which I’ve had since middle school – with loads of items in it so I don’t become bored over the long day.

  3. Kayla says:

    I completely agree about it sometimes being necessary to spend more on something that you know will last. If you buy a cheaper version, you’re more likely to end up spending more any because you’ll have to replace it so often!

    I love this idea. It reminds me of my boss, she has what she calls her ‘Mum Bag’ which is loaded with similar stuff. A workmate of mine had blisters on the back of her foot a few weeks ago and my boss came to the rescue straight away haha.

  4. Nancy says:

    Happy New Year, Christine!

    You definitely got yourself a nice investment for your “teacher’s gear” inventory. Products from North Face is pretty good with its excellent quality. For sure, it lasts longer than Jansport backpacks. You definitely have a good list of supplies to bring for you as a teacher. All of these are pretty good items for the bare essentials. I like how you have a deeper reason of using Burt’s Lipbalm.

    Take care and good luck with the semester! :)

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