Heading off to university but don’t know what to bring beyond the basics? We’ve gathered up seven must-have gear for college freshmen, and I bet there are at least a few on the list that you’re forgetting!
If you’re getting ready to go off to college (or a parent sending your teen off), you probably know all of the basics that you’ll need. Bedding for your tiny new bed (seriously, do those beds even qualify as twins?), backpacks, binders, notebooks, pens and pencils. Oh the pens and pencils! You have them in every color, size, and shape. Just in case. You’ve even thought of the college freshmen life-sustaining necessities: food, water, and coffee. Still, I’m betting you didn’t think of everything! Are these must-have gear on your list?
Must-Have Gear for College Freshmen
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A backpack that doubles as a bag is a win-win, and this option fits the bill. With multiple color options, this backpack is chic and functional to the last detail. Features plenty of pockets so your essentials are always within reach!
You’ll be spending a ton of time walking to and from classes! The commute to class will be infinitely better with a pair of quality headphones in tow. This wireless option integrates seamlessly with all of your devices so you’ll always stay connected.
Keep tabs on your student ID, phone, and with this handy tracking device. The connected app shows the distance between you and the item in question, and even finds your phone when it’s on silent mode.
Study for that big test while lounging in bed. All your notes on your tablet? No problem! Keep it charged with the built-in ports. Charge your smartphone, Android devices and more! I have one of these babies (or something like it) and I can’t even tell you how handy it is.
Isn’t this brilliant? Dorm rooms are tiny, so take advantage of all that wasted space AND put your outlets and charging stations closer to where you actually use them with these clever bed risers!
If you get just one thing on this list, make it the Echo Dot! My son has one and he loves it. Play music with it (an Echo-only Music Unlimited plan is just $3.99 a month), use it as an alarm clock, get the weather and SO much more. It’ll become your new best friend, trust me!
If you plan to spend a lot of time sitting in your bed reading or studying, you need a back rest. Sure, you can stack up a bunch of pillows, but this one actually contours to the shape of your body. Plus it has handy side pockets for things like remotes, your phone and other necessities.
With these college freshmen essentials, that first semester in a new dorm room away from home won’t be so daunting! Make sure you also take along plenty of coins for laundry, and stock up on healthy snacks now so you’re not tempted to use those coins to grab candy from a vending machine.