I fully admit to being the type of person that carries around a fully-loaded pencil case. I should also admit that I have graduated from college. Having a pencil case probably doesn’t exactly help my cool factor, but when a friend is desperate for a ruler then I am the person to call. Whether you’re just entering pre-kindergarten or the medical program at a prestigious university, having a well-stocked pencil case is never a bad thing. Here are a few of the essentials that I think every pencil case really needs.
Pens in Every Hue
Because most people reading this probably are not in second-grade, you’ll want pens of every different hue. Make sure to at least have the standard black and blue ink pen to cover for all possibilities. If you’re a teacher, an editor, or someone else who likes their writing to stand out, you’ll probably also want a brightly-colored pen. If red doesn’t do the trick, why not try a vivid green or purple?
Pencils Aren’t Just for Kids
Sometimes, a pencil will come in handy. Make sure your pencil is sharpened, but doesn’t have a sharp point which will easily break off. You may prefer a mechanical pencil; just make sure you bring along some lead refills! Pencils come in handy when waiting at the auto repair shop, so you can tackle the crossword puzzle or Sudoku.
The Highlight of Your Day
When you need something to stand out, a highlighter will do the trick. Whether you’re perusing the wanted section or the rentals, a highlighter is the perfect choice.
A solid eraser (I personally prefer Pink Pearl) will come in handy if you make a big mistake. It will also make you popular with the ten-and-under crowd.
In Your Face
Post-it notes come in handy for just about any situation, whether it’s leaving a note for yourself or for someone else. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so find your favorite and keep it close by for unexpected situations.
This is a Stick-Up!
A small roll of clear scotch tape is never awry! You can use it to fix just about anything!
The final thing I always carry around in my pencil case is a spare USB drive. It comes in handy if I hop on a computer unexpectedly and need a way to save my work.
What are other things you think are useful to have in your pencil case?