As an IU student, my backpack is one of the most important items I take with me when I leave for campus. I fill it with things that help prepare me for the day ahead, such as my laptop, writing utensils, and my planner. However, when winter is right around the corner, I make room for essentials that can help with snowy circumstances. Below, I’ve listed items that have been handy to have in my backpack in frosty conditions:
- Extra gloves, a hat, and/or hand warmers. Any of these items can help when commuting to and from classes. They're also useful while waiting for a bus.
- A spare phone charger. In case conditions worsen and you are not able to return to your home, an extra charger could help power your electronics.
- Socks. We’ve all, at some point, worn a pair of shoes that don't work for the current weather conditions. In case you choose to accidently wear tennis shoes on a snowy day, a pair of socks could warm drenched feet.
- A bottle of antifreeze. If you are living off campus, sometimes you may find your front door frozen shut -- it really happens. Using antifreeze can help you get inside.
- Cash. If you need to buy something at a location that doesn’t accept cards, having a little extra money in your backpack can come in handy.
Making sure I have these items in my backpack during wintery conditions has become essential to my routine. Consider adding these necessities to your backpack as well to help ensure you are as prepared as possible during future frosty situations!
IU Student Marina Allen is a special projects intern for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance.