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Fun College Essentials

There are so many “college essential” lists filled with basics on what you should bring/pack going back to school. My list doesn’t consist of a mattress pad or what organization bins you will need….. instead my list highlights the things you don’t think to bring to college! Here are some of my favorite:)

  1. Disposable Camera

THIS IS ESSENTIAL! I had never thought too much about taking film pictures until my sophomore year. Many people mock disposable cameras with the attitude of “just use your phone”. I swear some of my favorite pictures of my friends and me come from film because it really does capture the candid moments without a million redos. My best advice is to buy a couple at the start of the year (they are $10 from Walgreen/CVS) and have them everywhere; on your desk, in your purse or anywhere where it can be easily accessible. Then the fun part: take pictures of anything and everything!!

Birthday 2019

My favorite thing to do is wait until the end of the semester or school year to get my film developed because it is a great way to look back on the many memories of a fun year. The most random picture can capture an important moment in time and you can relive the emotions.

My friend Kaleigh makes a scrapbook with all of her film pictures at the end of every school year and I loved this idea. This is such a great habit to get into especially if you are in college. It’s a perfect way to have a time capsule and not have pictures get lost in your camera roll.

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For my disposable picture scrapbook I like to use paint pens to doodle and add… Its so fun to make the pictures your own. It’s nice as I start my senior year having a scrapbook full of film pictures of every year of college. You don’t even have to be in college to start this! There is something so special about capturing the natural moments and having a scrapbook to reflect back on the year.

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2. Liquid IV

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Now this is a MUST if you are going to be drinking in college. Liquid IV is an electro light powder that you mix with water. It has been a game changer and I wish I would have started sooner. Hangovers are the actual worst. The worst.  Along with my friends, we have had a fair share that have had us crippled. I once had a 24 hour long hangover and it actually traumatized me:)

My trick with Liquid IV is a little bit excessive but it works wonders. I always pour one of the Liquid IV’s into a cup of water before I have my first drink. This has become a habit with my roommates and me.  Once I finish it I will have a couple of drinks….

Then after a fun ~responsible~ night, we pour one more Liquid IV mix into water before bed. I normally eat while I drink my second Liquid IV and then pass out.

Works wonders!!

3. Workout Bands

When I would go to the gym I always brought my bands! I barely touched the machines because I just love band workouts. I always felt more inspired to workout using them. They are such an easy piece of equipment that takes up no space, can be used anywhere and deliever a killer fullbody workout.With gyms being closed I had to adapt to working out at home just like everyone else. For me it was pretty easy. Work out bands are a college essential I highly recommend!! On my Pinterest Board I have a whole board dedicated to band workouts!

https://www.pinterest.com/erinthumann/band-workouts/

My favorite workout bands!

4. Bucket List

BUCKET LIST!! This is one of my absolute favorite things to do with my friends. We started my sophomore year and have made one each year since. It can be the most random things on the list, anywhere from going to a unique place for happy hour or mattress surfing in your sorority house. Some of my best memories were the low-key nights where nothing was going on so we checked stuff off of our bucket list. It’s also so fun to write out and decorate your list! Sounds childish but it truly brought us so much joy! I would attach my bucket list but it’s going to stay between me and my friends;)

5. Write a letter to yourself:

On my first day of high school, my english teacher had us write a letter to ourselves. When I graduated I was able to get my letter back and it was so meaningful. I was able to reflect back and see exactly how I was feeling and what was going on in my life at that time. So many things change, even in a month, so it’s nice to write your future self a letter to look back on. You can actually write yourself a letter and hide it somewhere or there is this website I found that I use. You can pick the date to have your letter emailed back to you.  Mine is set for when I graduate!!

https://www.futureme.org

23 Comments

  • Mia
    September 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I love thiss so muchh💖

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    • Muneera
      September 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Loved it 💓

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      • Erin Thumann
        September 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

        Thank you so much!!!:)

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  • Anna
    September 24, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    So proud of youuuuu <3

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    • Erin Thumann
      September 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      HEYYY GIRL

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  • kayla
    September 24, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    so proud of u!! i love this <3 tvd one is my fave!!! so happy for u and i love dis blog ! love u!!! :’)

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    • Erin Thumann
      September 24, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      MY FAV SHOW! I am so glad you liked it:)

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  • kayla
    September 24, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    so proud !!! the tvd one >>> love dis blog !! i love u !!! :’)

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    • kayla
      September 24, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      IDK WHY THIS POSTED AGAIN HAHAH but i love u!

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    • Erin Thumann
      September 24, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      You are my fav!! Thank you for always being the best!!!

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  • Trish Vo
    September 24, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    So proud of you Erin!!! YOU’RE KILLIN IT!!! Every post draws me in & I love reading your thoughts YES QUEEEEEN

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    • Erin Thumann
      September 24, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      My GIRL! Thank you so much!!

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  • Eva
    September 24, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    These are such cool and inspiring ideas!! Definitely gonna get a disposable camera now, my mum used to always carry one around 🙂 Lots of love from the Netherlands ❤️

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  • Savanna
    September 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    This is the cutest Erin !!! I’m so proud of you and love seeing your journey in choir :))))❤️

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    • Savanna
      September 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      College haha

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  • Shreya Ravi Kanani
    September 24, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Hey!!! love this so much <3 could you do a post on how you chose your major for college? I have to start applying soon and I still have no idea what I'm doing so I could really use some advice!

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  • Mira Almaguer
    September 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    How else can I access your blogs besides insta? 🙂

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  • Anna Sophia
    September 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    God! I LOVE YOU ERIN!
    This post right here has made my life, I think haha.
    You are a genius! >> Definitely sharing with all my friends.

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  • maya
    September 25, 2020 at 2:32 am

    im moving in to college in two days, and rushing virtually! absolutely loved these tips :))

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  • Fatima
    September 25, 2020 at 11:17 am

    so proud of you erin! you’re my inspiration and I really like your personality
    love from pakistan <3

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  • Karim
    September 25, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I absolutely love you!
    I am, as you in my last year of college, this is so fun to do.
    Grettings from Mexico 🙂

    Ps. I’d love to know your hair routine

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  • Astrid
    October 1, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Loved this post! I will definitely write my future self a letter🤍 thanks Erin, I am loving your blog!

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  • yabanci
    February 12, 2021 at 6:06 am

    You are my breathing in, I own few web logs and often run out from to post . Carolin Hillel Alisha

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