What’s in the Backpack?

Ever wonder what’s in someone’s bag? I don’t mean a woman’s purse, I mean that huge backpack the kid walking to class ten feet in front of you is lugging around. You would think that it’s full of books, spirals and other college-y things, right? Guess again—I mean that’s probably true for some people, freshman tend to fit in this category, but probably not for that second semester senior who’s had just about enough of heavy book lugging and upper back pain.

I took the liberty of asking some fellow kids on my campus to dig deep into the pockets of their bags to see what they found. Most students pretty much carried the same basic stash of college necessities: hand sanitizer, pens, paper, electronics…etc. But you’d be surprised what some were able to pull from the depths of their bags.

I wouldn’t exactly call this ‘research’—more like a nosy blogger comparing the trinkets in her bottomless black hole disguised as a sparkly Victoria Secret knapsack. Most people answered truthfully and were happy to open their bags so Nosy Kat could see what was inside—there was no sleuth-y snooping—I take privacy very seriously—so don’t worry, your backpacks are safe.

Some were a little dramatic, like the nerdy English majors I’ve recently been privileged to befriend. They’ve each decided on a code name, for several reasons but mostly because code names are cool (or so they tell me)—heads up, they all chose Disney characters.

“A bottle of fairy dust, a tincture for warts made from Eye of Newt, and a garter I made from that chick that looked at me funny yesterday,” Mulan mused as she rummaged through her pack dramatically, “oh and Belle’s mom, why do you ask?”

“Research,” I replied casually sipping coffee from a paper cup eyeing our friend Belle.

Belle hugged her grey, withered back pack protectively, “I told you I didn’t steal your coffee mug. It was Elsa!”

Elsa looks up at Belle incredulously, “I don’t even drink coffee!”

Belle looks away hiding a smirk and Elsa continues, still eyeing Belle out of the corner of her eye. “Because you asked so nicely, I will tell you what resides in my amazing Harry Potter shoulder bag. That’s right, Mulan, be jealous.”

All kidding aside, here’s what I found:

First Aid kit

Vitamins (Multi-vites and Hair Skin and Nails included)

Caffeine pills—because it’s finals week

Kurieg K-Cups—always be prepared

Chap Stick (Most people had those EOS eggs, myself included)

Lots and lots of colored pens

A can opener (LOL)

A blanket—I guess coats just aren’t cutting it any more


Socks (the guy swore they were clean)

Math majors are seriously attached to their expensive graphing calculators, so naturally I found quite a few of those.

Expo markers

An Edward figurine missing his left foot???

Star Wars stickers

American Flag Duct Tape

Foreign money left over from a travel study

A Chuckie Cheese token

A single twist tie

An audio adapter

A VERY specific piece of knotted rope

A stuffed tiger

Wireless gaming mouse

10ft IPhone charging cable (available on Amazon)

The Analytical Chemistry major had gas tight syringes

A shoe. Seriously, one left shoe… Not even going to ask.

Gummy Bears



Mary Kay Pamplet


A Bucky’s keychain

Food Coloring

I even came across someone who carried toilet paper in a plastic baggy, not sure why and I couldn’t bring myself to ask.

Pocket knives were also a common find; along with various charger cords and loose jewelry that person had been missing for at least a week.

At the end of the day, the Edward Cullen figureine and the random left shoe are tied for the weird backpack content award.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever kept in your backpack?

XOXOXO  WildeKat’s





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