What To Bring In Your Bag For Rush
Starting Rush can be an intimidating process, which is why I am creating this series to help out girls wanting to rush in the Fall. An important aspect of Rush is being prepared, which is why I decided to start with this post. Bringing a bag is essential during Rush so you can bring al of the things you will need with you. Keep reading to find out what 12 essentials you should bring.
This one should be pretty obvious. It’s going to be a long day and there’s a lot you’re going to need. I used my backpack and that worked well since it was easy to carry and held a lot. Since you probably won’t be bringing it into the house, using your regular school bag should be fine. But if you have a nicer tote that goes with your outfit, then by all means use it. Just make sure it is big enough to fit everything you need.
During my year of Rush there were three rainy days, making it miserable for anyone who was caught without an umbrella. While you might be able to catch an Uber between houses, you’ll have to wait outside until it’s time for your party. Even if the forecast says sunny skies all week, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
3. Brush, Hair ties, and Bobby pins
For me, the rain made my hair a mess. The one thing that saved me was my brush that I kept in my bag. You’ll want to be looking your best for every house, so it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of a touch-up before you go in. If the weather is really getting to you, my best advice is to throw your hair up in a simple up-do. Don’t worry, you’ll still look polished and you’ll have your crazy hair under control.
Speaking of touchups, you might need to fix your makeup as well. If you’re prone to oily skin like me, oil blotting sheets are a must since they soak up all of the oil but leave your makeup intact. Since you’ll probably be eating during the day, bring your lipstick with you to re-apply. Even just a fresh swipe of lip-gloss can make a difference, but don’t feel the need to bring your whole makeup bag- just bring what you’ll be sure to use.
5. Deodorant and Body Spray
Its always a good idea to freshen up before you go into each house- but that being said, don’t over-do it. The last thing you need is to be remembered as the girl who wore way too much perfume. It can also get pretty warm in September, so it won’t hurt to re-apply deodorant during the day.
With rush going all day, and the chance of not being able to make it to a cafeteria, you’re going to want to bring something to eat. If you’re short on granola bars you can always do what I did and sneak a bagel and an apple from the caf.
7. Money and Student ID
This should be a no-brainer, but if you’re a freshman this may be new to you. Always always ALWAYS bring your student ID everywhere you go. There is also a chance you’ll want to stop for food so bring your card or some cash.
8. Jacket or Cardigan
Ok, I’m going to start to sound like your mom right now, but you definitely need to bring a jacket- no matter where you are going. I don’t care if it is 70 and sunny outside, it could get rainy or cold later, and with all the sitting outside during Rush, you’d be miserable. I’m sure that you’ll have plenty of room to stuff a cute cardigan in your bag- I promise you’ll thank me later.
9. Pads and Tampons
This is also a basic thing that you’re probably carrying around with you anyways. Even if it’s not your time of the month, it never hurts to be prepared. Plus, you could end up helping another girl who needs some.
10. Gum or Mints
You are going to be doing A LOT of talking very close together so the last thing you need is stinky breath. These are good for after you eat or before going into a house, but make sure you get rid of it before going in since you won’t want to seem rude.
11. Charging Bank
This is one thing I didn’t bring that I wish I had. By the end of the day, your phone is going to be almost dead from calling Ubers, playing on it while you’re waiting to go into a house, listening to music, or pulling up directions. Now I always carry one on hand just for convenience, but I think it is essential to have one during Rush. On some of the days I was walking back to my dorm at night with my phone on less than 20% which was a bit nerve-wracking. In my opinion, you’d rather be safe than sorry with this one.
12. Extra Pair of Shoes
My saving grace walking back to my dorm was my pair of Birkenstocks. They’re comfortable but just nice enough so you don’t look too weird wearing them with a nice outfit. You could even bring flip flops or slides- anything to avoid trekking across campus in your bid day heels. I know you might be thinking “I can tough it out, I wear heels all the time!” but it doesn’t matter. Would you rather be comfortable while walking into a house, or be limping in because of blisters and sore feet? The shoes won’t take up much room in your bag and they’ll feel like heaven when you slip them on between houses- trust me.
13. Bonus Item: Blanket or Towel
I never ended up bringing either of these, but I saw girls who did and I was definitely jealous. During my Rush, most houses set up a tent with blankets underneath to sit on, but with how many girls there were, there wasn’t enough room. My friends and I ended up either sitting on the sidewalk or standing the whole time. With the rain during my week, we had to set our stuff down on wet grass and leave it outside to get poured on. You could use the blanket to cover yours and your rush buddies’ stuff, to sit on while you wait, stay warm, or dry off. If you have room, I would highly suggest bringing one in your bag.
Is there anything else you can think of to bring for Rush?
Be sure to check out the other posts in my 2017 Rush Series: