Six Essentials Every Ohio State Student Needs This Spring Semester

By Jane Parry

  1. A Hammock
    If you have ever stepped foot on campus, you know that hammocks are extremely popular. In the springtime, it’s virtually impossible to go a day without seeing someone laying in a hammock. After recently purchasing my own, I must say, they are worth it! Hammocks are the perfect way to relax after a long day, or to even do homework in. Now more than ever, people are looking for ways to get outside. This is the perfect way to do so. I recommend buying a two person hammock so you can invite your friends!
  2. Spikeball
    Just like the hammock, Spikeball is exceedingly present on campus. Everywhere you turn, you can find a group of friends playing Spikeball together. Having your own Spikeball kit gives you the opportunity to get outside with current friends and even to make new ones. I have seen strangers decide to play together countless times. To learn how to play Spikeball, click here.
  3. A Picnic Blanket
    Hammocks and Spikeball aren’t your thing? That’s okay! Buying a picnic blanket is another great way to get outside. Completing your school work outside makes it much more bearable and will increase your mood overall. My friends and I have been doing this for the past few weeks, and it has totally changed my day to day routine; I’m no longer stuck in my room or the library all day. I recommend ordering a waterproof blanket. No one wants a damp blanket!
  4. A Reusable Water Bottle
    As the weather gets warmer, it’s crucial to have a durable water bottle. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body! Having a cute water bottle will only want to make you drink water even more. Think of it as an investment in yourself (and the environment!).
  5. A Good Book
    A book is a great item to pair with your new hammock and picnic blanket. It’s okay to take a break from school and relax sometimes. Escaping to another world through reading is a perfect way to do so. Head to the Ohio State bookstore and grab something you like!
  6. Sunscreen
    Protecting your skin this spring is one of the most important things you can do. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen every two hours you are outside, in all weather conditions. It may seem like an inconvenience, but trust me, your skin will thank you later!

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