What’s In My Uni Bag?

Sarah MacDonald shares What Is In Her Uni Bag.

A question that pops up a lot in my inbox is how to manage eating well and staying active alongside a heavy coursework load. As a full-time law and journalism student it’s certainly a juggle, and I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say that I don’t always get it right! I think that’s important to acknowledge no one is perfect, and no one is ‘on the ball’ all the time.

That being said, there are definitely some habits and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way to help me stay on track with my studies. Something that makes life ten times easier is having a well-stocked uni bag, and there are some things that I never leave home without. I’ve decided to let the cat out of the bag – sorry, I had to – and show you the essentials that I never leave home without.

1.Phone and laptop

This goes without saying, but I store all of my notes, planners and assignments on my devices and have them on me at all times. I also keep a lot of my textbooks on my laptop, which means that I don’t have to lug around stacks of heavy books.

2.Phone and Laptop Chargers

There is nothing worse than getting to uni for the day only to discover that you have a half- charged laptop and no charger! I’ve at times had to go home early when I’d planned to study in the library all day because of it, so I try to always take these with me.

3.Meal-Prepped Food

Why is on-campus food always either so bad, so overpriced or a sad combination of both!? One of life’s great mysteries. Until it gets solved, I’ll stick to bringing my own meals. It’s ten times cheaper, healthier and probably tastier, too. If I’m going in for an early morning class, I’ll take my breakfast with me. My current go-to breakfast is an oatmeal sachet from Eimele Australia – I can add hot water once I get to campus, which means I get a hot breakfast with zero mess. As we come into more wintery weather, I’ve been loving this option! For lunch, I prepare a home-cooked, nutritious meal that keeps well in my bag. This often means something like a salad, rice paper rolls or wraps.

4.Gym Clothing – But as little as possible!

Real talk: if I have to go home after uni and before I go to the gym, nine times out of ten, I don’t go to the gym. Making healthy habits is all about making them a smooth, easy part of your day – and that means preparation. I take everything I need for both uni and the gym with me in the morning, but I try to limit what I have to carry by wearing some of it. I’ll often wear leggings and a sports bra with a ‘normal’ t-shirt or sweater, so that I only need to pack a singlet and maybe different shoes into my bag for later.


Some might say that snacks fit into number three. To those people, I say take snacks more seriously! In my opinion they deserve a whole other category. Snacks are what keep me in the library for an extra few hours or get me through a long law lecture. I always keep a few easy, on-the-go pick-me-ups in my bag. Some of my favourite options are veggie sticks, homemade bliss balls or store-bought bars and balls. I love the new Eimele Cacao & Coconut Snack Bars – they have great, minimal wholefood ingredients and they’re high-fibre and high-protein. Those are two things your snack should always be in order to keep you full for more than five minutes.

6.Reusable Shopping Bags

I have turned into my mother by saying this, but I’m okay with that: I have a few light, foldable shopping bags that live at the bottom of my bag and mean that I’m always ready for a quick top-up shop on the way home… which seems to happen every day? Am I the only one?

7.Water Bottle

Goes without saying. Buying bottled water is seriously the worst. For your wallet, the planet, and probably your body. Just don’t do it! Find a BPA-Free or glass bottle and stick with it – I use this one because it’s ‘flatter’ than traditional bottles, which means that it fits better in my bag.

8.Deodorant, Bobby Pins, Hair Ties

Because nothing is worse than getting to the gym and realising you don’t have a hair tie or hair pins! Deodorant is obviously essential if you plan on working out pre-class, too, and won’t have time to shower.


You might be doing really well to bring your own lunch every day, but then finding yourself resorting to plastic cutlery once it comes to eating it – and that can really add up environmentally! I bring my own spoons and forks to uni to avoid that. Try to find a set that fits inside your closed lunch box.

And that’s about it! I’m a simple gal: I want my bag light, efficient, and well-stocked. On a day when I’m really rushed for time, it might look something like this: my laptop, phone, laptop and phone chargers, an Eimele Mixed Wild Berries Porridge Sachet, apple, handful of almonds, a Cacao & Coconut Snack Bar, water bottle, sweater, lip balm, bobby pins, hair tie, deodorant, mints and a sachet of Creamy Mushroom and Corn Soup, plus a spoon. Having everything organised lets me get on with my day and settle in to work for the whole day, plus saves me money. Now tell me – what are your essentials?

Written in collaboration with Eimele. Head to Eimele’s website to discover their full range of plant-based porridges, soups and snacks formulated by nutritional and medical experts.

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