Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about what to bring to school? Having the right gear in college can make a difference in your grades and lifestyle. Luckily, these days you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. Just use Amazon or or any other online retailer to shop online. Here is a list of must have items you will need before your first day of class!

One of your biggest challenges will be finding a bag that fits your laptop and school books. Remember, you will be doing a lot more walking than you’re used to. You will want a bag that is comfortable enough to carry everything if need be.

You might not think you need one but there is always the time you need to print something and the library is closed for the night. Everyone should have their own printer because they will always come in handy.

Keurig Mini Coffee Maker
The smell and taste of fresh coffee in the morning makes it easier to start your day. It is so simple to use and cheaper than buying a $5 coffee every morning.

Alarm Clock
Having a separate alarm clock might seem like an outdated necessity. However, you never know when your cell phone might malfunction or not charge. It is a great backup alarm for important classes or exams.

Wallet Phone Case
When hurrying from class to class it is hard to keep track of everything you need. Having a wallet phone case makes it easier by having your student ID, cell phone, and debit/credit cards all in one place.

Bedside Storage Caddy
You will need to make the most out of the living space you have. One of the easiest ways is to buy a bedside storage caddy. You can store the items you always use to make them easier to find when you are in a rush.

Backup Battery
With a busy class schedule it’s hard to keep your cell phone or laptop charged. You don’t want to be in the middle of completing an assignment and your computer tells you that you only have 10% of battery life left. Or at least purchase a portable battery with a USB port to charge your phone on the go!

Laundry Basket on Wheels
When it comes to doing your laundry it’s a good idea to have a laundry basket that it portable and easy to move. They are usually larger than a standard laundry basket and can fit everything in one trip to the laundry room.

Mattress Topper
A mattress topper will be an important purchase if you want to have a good night’s sleep. Most mattresses in dorms and apartments are very basic and normally aren’t the most comfortable thing you have slept on. This is definitely a necessity you should buy prior to moving in.

Shower Caddy
Whether you have a shower in your room or down the hall, a shower caddy will keep your items organized and separated from your roommates. This is an essential for any college student – especially in a dorm!



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