I'm sure other teachers can add to this list, but these are the things that make my day happy!
Breath mints. I still remember a smoking, coffee drinking teacher whose breath knocked me out as a high school student. I almost always have some kind of mints or gum in a drawer of my desk. I don't want to be THAT teacher.
Coffee. (Hence the breath mints.) I'm not sure how people operate without coffee. "Never underestimate the power of a highly caffeinated woman." Whoever said that knew what they were talking about.
School gear. High school kids in our area appreciate seeing the adults in school, supporting them on game days. I have old football jerseys, a couple of hoodies, t-shirts that are older than they are, and several neatly monogrammed shirts provided to the staff. Fortunately, the school colors happen to be a favorite.
Ice water. Year round. I have several insulated glasses that don't sweat. (Current favorite: a Bubba Cup.) I usually drink two large glasses of ice water a day. Besides being good for me, I'm not sure how my voice/throat would hold up without it.
Glitz Bic pens. They come in a package with about 8 different colors, and I love the way they write. I now grade in lime green, sky blue, pink, and purple. Just seeing the pens in the drawer of my desk makes me happy. (I have to confess, I hide them from subs. I lose more pens and pencils on days of substitutes!) I think these little gems are 88 cents a package.
A computer bag. I would have said a brief case at one time, but the computer bag works better for me these days. I had a canvas and leather LL Bean bag that I loved; however, the school switched to macs and my computer no longer fit in my bag. This year, I made the switch to a Vera Bradley computer bag. (It was half price, or this teacher never would have spent the money for it.)
The lunch size crock pot. This was a Christmas gift from my faculty Secret Santa. (Sweet, young former student, now colleague.) Best.Gift.Ever!! Leftovers are hot and ready to go by lunchtime. The inside metal pot is removable for easy cleaning, too. No more waiting for the microwave in the workroom.
A survival pack for me would also have to include: dental floss, Shout Wipes, safety pins, bobby pins, and sample sizes of hairspray and Static Guard.
Do I NEED all of these things? No, but I sure LOVE them!