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#1 of 5 Old 08-07-2008, 04:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm in the process of transitioning from being a full-time employee to a full-time student and I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row. I'm having a very difficult time, emotionally, with the process but that deserves it's own post.

Anyway, I currently have a PISA (circa 2005) and have just been using the bag that it came with. The university has lactation rooms, but not all have pumps in them, so I'm going to need to take my own. But now that I'll be on campus 2 full days a week, I'm going to need to find a way to carry not only my pump and bottles and accessories, but all my books and laptop too.

Would it be too cumbersome to put everything in a big backpack? I dread having to dig all my parts out each time I need to pump, but at the same time there's no way I'll be able to manage 2 bags walking around campus.

So fellow students, what's your solution? Thanks!

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I have taken two bags around campus before - one of those messenger bags that sits low on your back, has buckles to buckle around your waist, and a diagonal shoulder strap. And then a smaller, lightweight backpack, work traditionally. I was able to carry everything securely, even bike with them on, it was easy to get in and out of, and I could keep everything separate.

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One thing to check into is whether the library or some other building has lockers that students can use. If they do, and if it's convenient to where you pump, you can always through in the PIS bag so you don't have to lug it around.

I always carried 2 bags, a backpack with my books and the PIS bag (which I referred to as the "PITA" bag).
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Yes I would see if you can keep the bag in a locker or a car. Even if you are part of a small dept, you may be able to keep in in the main office.

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Thanks for all the tips! I might be able to find a locker and that's something I hadn't thought of! I'm hoping to be able to use one of the lactation rooms that already has a pump, so all I would need to tote around is bottles and parts, but I won't know for sure until after the semester starts.

It's a huge university (and large department) and I'll be taking a bus to campus, so I won't have the option of leaving anything in my car or in someone's office.

But now that I know that many of you take two bags, I'll see what I can do. I have tons of bags at home (I'm somewhat of a collector, LOL), so I guess I'll just experiment and see what works.

Thanks for all your input!

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