What’s In My Backpack – Co-op Edition
In the least concerning way possible, I love to know what others have on hand to keep themselves prepared.
So I decided to share what I keep in my backpack (during my co-op). Not that I have anything revolutionary that I keep on me, but you still might be interested in what I deem as essential.
1. A Notebook + Pens/Pencils
I made the mistake of taking notes on unbound papers at the start of my second co-op term, so don’t be me. Just get a notebook.
This way, at least you can look back and also add to your past notes.
2. A Multi-Tool Pocketknife
My supervisor raved about these before I even had the chance togo to my co-op in person, and I didn’t really understand why they were so ecstatic about them.
Until my first day in-person where one small thing could be used to cut boxes and build miscellaneous things.
From my second day on, I kept one of these on my lanyard.
3. A Phone Charging Cable
Because nothing is worse than having your battery drained during your ~40-minute drive home.
4. Wired and Wireless Earbuds
Wireless earbuds are great; you can listen to music, meetings, anything really, and there are no cables.
But it’s also less obvious that you are wearing headphones when you are wearing wireless ones, so I carry wired earbuds as well.
5. A USB Stick
A lifesaver. Such a simple tool, yet I could rave about these all day.
Don’t get me wrong, I love using the cloud to store and send files. But these are essential, especially if you are working with multiple computers that are not connected to a network.
6. A Lanyard (With ID, Keys and an Item Tracker)
I would’ve lost my keys and ID to a lanyard months ago if my keys and ID weren’t attached to a lanyard. Actually, I lost them months ago, so once I found my lanyard I added an AirTag to them.
My takeaway from co-op (so far) has been to carry a multi-tool pocketknife and a USB stick literally everywhere, so hopefully, I’ve convinced you to do the same.