30 Things a New College Student Can't Live Without
There are a million things a student needs to prepare for college. Since college likely means living away from home for the very first time (and learning how to deal with a roommate, laundry, the works), here’s our guide to the 30 items a new college student can’t live without.
Noise Cancelling HeadphonesMijiaer Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Unless you lucked out with a single dorm room, you’re going to have a roommate, which makes having a pair of noise-cancelling headphones essential. These Mijiaer Active Noise Cancelling Headphones deliver superior sound quality and a comfortable, adjustable fit at a fraction of the usual cost.
Desert VibesArfbear Cactus Tapestry
Dorm rooms are, by design, bland and boring affairs that feel nothing like home. This colorful, oversized Arfbear Cactus Tapestry is a great way to spruce things up and make a concrete, cookie-cutter room feel more personal. It can be easily fixed to the wall using a sturdy adhesive or wall hook, since drilling holes into dorm room surfaces is generally not a good idea.
Get CozyGenteele Reversible Sherpa 50”x60” Blanket
After a stressful day of classes, there’s nothing better than curling up in bed with a cozy blanket and binging on Netflix. This Genteele Reversible Sherpa has super-soft Sherpa material on one side and velvety micro-cashmere on the other. You will feel twice as cozy, anytime of day.
So Fresh, So CleanOkroo Shower Caddy Tote
Gone are the days of long showers in private bathrooms with ample space for toiletries. Dorm room bathrooms are typically shared, utilitarian affairs, so this stylish Okroo Shower Caddy Tote is the best way to keep all your bath essentials in one handy, portable place.
The Secret Storage SolutionHome Solutions Premium Adjustable Bed Risers
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Stay CoolPXTAI Mini Portable Desk Fan
Few dorms have central air or great ventilation systems, which means the air can quickly grow stale and stuffy. This Mini Portable Desk Fan from PXTAI keeps air circulating wherever you need it, thanks to a portable design and fully rotatable head.
Breathe DeepPure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier
Sure, your dorm room was cleaned before you moved in, but how are you going to make sure it stays allergen and irritant free? This compact yet powerful [productid asin="B01JKDAN2M"]HEPA Air Purifier[/productid] filters out more than 99% of dust, pollen and mold spores for a fresher, cleaner room.
Live Out LoudAnker SoundCore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The days of lugging around cumbersome stereo equipment are over, thanks to portable Bluetooth speakers like the Anker SoundCore. It delivers clear, powerful sound in a compact design that goes from the dorms to the quad and beyond. This one features a weather-resistant coating and provides long-lasting playtime. One charge can last for up to 24 hours!
The Perfect WeekenderCAMTOP Weekender Travel Bag
Whether you’re going home for the weekend or taking a spontaneous road trip with friends, a roomy and stylish weekender bag is a college must-have. This canvas number from CAMTOP fits everything you need from clothes to toiletries with style. It can also be used as a gym bag or for extra storage.
Support YourselfWOWMAX Triangular Support Pillow
For the student who does their best reading and studying in bed, this triangular support pillow will lessen strain on the neck and back for a better, more comfortable session. Plus, it doubles as a decorative headboard and comes in a variety of sizes for a perfect fit.
Show Off Friends and FamilyMkono Hanging Photo Display
It can be hard being away from friends and family for the first time, so put loved ones on display with this Mkono Hanging Photo Display. It will instantly brighten up any room and comes with 25 wooden clips that create a custom work of art from treasured photos, concert tickets or anything else near and dear.
Brighten Up Your SpaceSafavieh Round Area Rug
Simply put, dorm rooms are ugly. It can be hard to feel at home in a nondescript box that’s been the same for so many students who stayed before. One of the easiest ways to instantly and entirely transform that bland space is to add an area rug, like this one from Safavieh.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarYlife 33ft. LED String Lights
Dorm room lights can be harsh and unflattering, so soften the lighting scheme with these twinkling string LED lights from Ylife. They stay cool to the touch thanks to low voltage, so there won’t be any worries about setting the room on fire.
Sweet DreamsBedStory Memory Foam Mattress Topper
There’s no getting around it - dorm beds are pretty rough. For the stiff, all-purpose mattress that feels more like a torture device than a comfy dream-chamber, a plush mattress topper, like this memory foam one from BedStory, will ensure a good night’s sleep.
Stay HydratedAquaBliss 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher
It seems like such a simple thing, but staying hydrated isn’t always easy with that gross water fountain down the hall, or in dry, heated conditions like a dorm room. A handy trick is to keep a water pitcher on hand. This one from Aquabliss holds up to 10 cups of cool, clear filtered water.
Protect Your FeetShowaflops Women’s Antimicrobial Water Sandals
An unpleasant fact of college life is that taking a shower in the dorm bathroom is more like being at the gym than back home. Stay protected from germs and bacteria with these antimicrobial water sandals from Showaflops. They’re as stylish as they are practical with a trendy pyramid stud design and slip-resistant soles.
Work Anywhere, AnytimeRelaxTime Lap Desk
Trying to balance a computer or tablet on your lap can be awkward and even painful. Plus, restricted airflow can cause devices to overheat, potentially causing major damage to the fragile components inside. This ergonomically-designed lap desk from RelaxTime keeps the tablet or laptop safe and secure (and legs cool!) wherever you go.
On-the-go OrganizationVancropak Water Resistant Laptop Backpack with USB Charger
Made of water-resistant canvas and packed with ingenious features like a built-in USB charger, this Vancropak backpack is designed with students’ needs in mind. It’s sturdy enough to handle all the books needed for a full day of classes, and stylish enough to keep long after graduating.
Plug It InAmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports
No need to make it flashy; the 3-outlet surge protector from AmazonBasics is a handy piece of hardware college students will use every day. It helps protect electronics from sudden power surges while adding additional outlets and USB ports for extra charging capacity.
Be Your Own NurseFirst Aid 299-Piece All-Purpose Kit
Save yourself a trip to the infirmary all the way across campus with this comprehensive first aid kit. From minor cuts and scrapes to burns and headaches, this lightweight and portable kit has everything you need to turn your dorm room into an impromptu doctor’s office.
No More WrinklesEssentials by Tracy Lynn Travel Steamer
Regularly ironing clothes is an unrealistic expectation, which is why this travel steamer is a dorm room essential. Instead of dealing with a bulky ironing table, just hang up the item, turn on the steamer and, a few minutes later, that shirt or dress looks like it came straight from the cleaners.
Ditch the CablesFast Wireless Charger
Too many cables can make a desk or bedside area messy and cluttered, so charge devices wirelessly with this fast and efficient wireless charger. The round design doesn’t take up too much room and the charger is powerful enough to work even when the phone case is on!
The Bedside HelperBedshelfie
If there’s no room for a nightstand to keep a phone and other small items close to the bed, the Bedshelfie is the perfect solution. It quickly attaches to the bed frame with no tools or assembly required, and is strong enough to hold books, coffee cups, laptops and more within easy reach.
No More MessDecoBros Desk Caddy
For anyone serious about studying, the first thing needed is a tidy desk. Constantly searching for highlighters or a pencil is a major distraction, which is why this desk caddy from DecoBros is a dorm must-have. Its compact design won’t take up much space even as it keeps everything needed within reach.
Sleep in StyleAmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-in-a-Bag
The right bed sheets, like the right mattress, can make all the difference in getting a good sleep; they should be cool and comfortable (and it doesn’t hurt if they’re stylish, too).
Write It DownRoomMates Dry Erase Wall Calendar Decal
Sure, there’s a phone app to take notes, but when trying to coordinate schedules with a roommate or marking off that big game or test, it’s easier to go old-school with a dry erase wall calendar. It’s a breeze to change from month-to-month, and having a daily visual reminder means you’re less likely to forget important dates and events.
A Dorm Bathroom EssentialPinzon Terry Bathrobe
Along with those trusty shower sandals and toiletry tote, a cozy terry bathrobe is absolutely essential for dealing with dorm bathrooms. It’s the perfect pre and post-shower cover-up, and helps alleviate the awkwardness of navigating public spaces in your pajamas.