For some, school may have already started, you have moved into your dorm room or apartment and are ready for the first day of school. The checklist you are keeping mentally or on paper has most likely been checked and double checked. During the months leading up to college, you probably scoured the internet for pre-made lists titled “What you need for college”. My husband and I both attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and in our time there we found items that really made our experience better. Today I am going to share with you what you need for college & why you need them.
1: Coffee Thermos
If you are a coffee or tea drinker this thermos is a MUST HAVE! My husband bought this 2 years ago after several hours of research online and he still uses this thermos every day and loves it. The Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug is spill-proof and keeps your hot beverage of choice hotter for much longer than the popular stainless steel Yeti cup or any of its copycats. One day my husband filled his Zojirushi with hot coffee at 7:30 A.M. but he forgot it at home. He was able to come back home for lunch and lo and behold his coffee was still decently warm at 12:15! When you are going from class to class and no access to a microwave to reheat your drink this thermos eliminates the need for one. It is also very durable, easy to clean and has a lock position. This thermos comes in black, blue and pink champagne!
You used to be able to take notes on your laptop or tablet but some teachers are not allowing note taking on devices because let’s face it, you will probably be on Facebook, Pinterest, or Reddit. In this case, you need to have a good pen. One that writes smooth and is comfortable to hold. Sure any Bic Stick will do but if you are going to be writing for an hour your hand will sweat and the pen will slip. The BIC Atlantis Pen is an amazing pen, plus it doesn’t break the bank! I recommend buying more than just two. You will probably lose a few and lend a few that never get returned, so having back ups is a must.
Like I stated above, some professors will not let you use a computer to take notes. My recommendation, to stay organized, is to have one notebook per class. That way you are not confused about which notebook has which classes notes. It may seem like overkill but when the end of the semester arrives and your mind is shot you want your organization skills to work for you and not hinder you. I found a few simple options and a few fun options.
This may seem like a weird one but you may not have a bookshelf in your room. You may only have a ledge or the top of a dresser. Setting your books upright gives you easier access to all the books you will acquire. I personally use these Economy Bookends and they are the best! They barely take up any space and will hold up several large books.
5: Mini Fridge
Even at large universities, not every dining hall will be 24 hours. If they were 24 hours it is much more convenient to grab a healthy snack from your mini fridge than packing everything up and heading to the dining hall. Also, from a safety stance, it is better to stay in your dorm late at night than walk around campus by yourself.
6: Bedside Table
If you plan on having a loft bed or bunk beds then a bedside table is tough. Luckily there is Bunk Bedside Shelf that attaches right to the frame of your bed. It is a space saver and a real convenience!
7: Backpack Rain Cover
This is not a popular purchase for the average college student but it is an important one. There are bound the be rainy days and you will most likely have a rain coat or an umbrella but what about your backpack? Your backpack needs to be protected during a rain storm which you will most likely find yourself in at some point. A Backpack rain cover takes up very little space in your backpack and will protect your bag from getting soaked. I can’t tell you how many times I have used mine during my collegiate career. It single-handedly saved my computer from being ruined. That’s another thing if you plan on taking your computer or tablet it needs to be sheltered from the rain.
Having a computer is a must have. I knew a lot of people, myself included, who opted for a laptop. I also knew people who preferred a desktop. If you prefer a laptop here are a few options to consider. You probably already know whether you’re a Mac or Windows person, so we will skip ahead. Here I will recommend a more expensive but full-featured option and a budget friendly option. TheVerge.com recently recommended the Microsoft Surface Laptop as the best laptop you can buy right now. The model I have highlighted is the slightly faster model with more storage.
I’ve also highlighted an Acer laptop that will give you a lot of bang for your buck. And for the ace up my sleeve, I wanted to throw in a Chromebook! For those of you that are unfamiliar, Chromebooks are much cheaper options that run Chrome OS. It is all based on the Google Chrome browser. This has become a good option for those of us that don’t need a powerhouse computer on the go.
For those of you who prefer desktop computers (or those of you that just like to have more gadgets), the tablet I recommend is the New iPad. An iPad is the one that most people are familiar with and the App Store is robust with tablet specific apps. Apple recently updated the iPad to be more cost-effective and this makes me happy! My husband and I are still rocking our iPad Air from 2013 and we use it every day! I wish iPads had been available when I was in early college. I would recommend buying from Apple directly, not a third-party seller.
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