Today I’ll be sharing with you guys some of the thing I can’t live without while I’m in college. :) This isn’t a comprehensive to-buy list but rather just some college and dorm room essentials that may be less talked about or likely forgotten. Hope this is helpful for some of you and be sure to check out my youtube channel!
honestly a planner is just one of those “holy grail” things that I absolutely cannot live without!! Last semester I alternated between planner + using an online system such as google calendar or this startup I found, getplan.co, but so far I’ve been loving going back to a planner and having something tangible to plan my days out in.
muji pens, .38, black
If you’re like me and your writing utensil *really* matters, then I highly recommend this one. Muji pens write so smoothly, and the line is so fine. There’s really no going back to just an average pen for me.
I’ve honestly been really enjoying the zebra mildliners too. They come in different colors as well, but what I love about this is it’s not super bold/in your face like the standard neon highlighters. It honestly gives your notes/work a really aesthetically pleasing quality.
seagate 1tb harddrive
After the first semester of my freshman year, my entire computer just crashed. lost every single piece of note, writing, lecture slides, presentations–everything. That is when I learned that backing things up is *crucial*–and that’s where this hard drive comes in.
high sierra riprap backpack
I’ve used High Seirra backpacks for *years* and they really do last years. Durable (I had one in high school that was steel cable reinforced… you can carry so much stuff in there) and long-lasting. Maybe a bit pricey–normal Jansport backpacks go for $10, $15, and I got mine for almost $30 at Costco–but it’s worth every cent because it will least you 3+ years.
hamilton beach electric kettle
I’m a huge, huge tea drinker. In college, I more or less gave up coffee (I definitely drank a LOT less, that’s for sure). It’s nice that this electric kettle boils water so quickly ( < 5 mins) especially since I’m usually quite late when trying to wake up for my 9am classes… it’s nice that I can put some water in it, let it boil while I get ready, and rush out the door as soon as that’s all done.
brita water filter
This will basically filter out the bad stuff that could be in your water. I know it doesn’t get it 100% clean (if there really IS anything in the water), but you can definitely feel better about it if you’re paranoid. I know the water at Cornell definitely taste more metallic than the water at home so using a water filter gave me a little more peace of mind.
pinzon twin xl mattress pad
I’m not super picky when it comes to how comfortable my bed is, but the mattresses in dorms are thin. Yes, I could feel each spring in my mattress. I wasn’t quite ready to spend 50+ on a foam topper so the $35 mattress pad I got from Amazon did the trick. Definitely made my bed super soft without breaking my wallet.
sterilite storage bins
It’s honestly probably cheaper to buy these local (rather than online) when you move in, but this is definitely a must-have! Dorms are tiny and you need something to keep it all organized. I have two of these that I keep under my bed, and that was very helpful in terms of storage. Also handy when it comes time for moving out–just stick your things in your storage bins and in to storage (or the car) they go!
scotch poster putty
I love customizing my room with posters and various photos/keepsakes. Poster putty is a cheap way to get all of those up there (compared to purchasing command strips, for example). They can hold quite a bit, too, and at the end of the year you won’t have to worry about wall damage.
Coordinating sleep times with your roommates can be tough–especially if they’re night owls and you’re… not.
… cause you never know what your next door neighbor might be doing.
contigo traveler’s mug
Waterbottle/traveler’s mug–whatever works for you! Certain campus cafes offer discounts if you bring your own reusable mugs (at least that’s true at Cornell!), and it’s just really good to have for coffee/tea/water on the go!
The best for last… this is so, so necessary! Especially since you will be walking around on campus a lot. If it starts raining and you don’t have an umbrella, then you’re out of luck.
(none of these products are sponsored, and all opinions are my own! however the Amazon links above are affiliate links so if you choose to buy through these links I will receive a small percentage from Amazon.)