If you have checked out my “about” page, you would know that I am going into my sophomore year of college! Because I have gone through a year of living in a dorm room, I feel I have learned what items are truly necessary and which ones aren’t. All of the pictures in my list are clickable to take you right to Amazon to buy for an easy checkout! I gotchu fam!

  1. S’well water bottle

Before my freshman year started, I had bought this blue water bottle from T.J Maxx for around $5. However, I never really ended up using it that much (and it was plastic). It may sound picky, but I wanted a new one. After getting a S’well bottle, I found myself using it all the time. It’s stylish, sleek, and stainless steel! It’s a bit pricey but I’ve had mine for months now and I’ve gotten a lot of good use from it so far. Gotta stay hydrated, right?

2. Poppin’ desk collection set

If you move into a dorm for college, you’re going to have a desk. You’ll also end up with a lot of homework and projects. Whether you need to staple an essay, tape things onto your wall, or organize papers, this set can do all of it. Plus, your desk will look way more put together with matching supplies, ensuring you’ll conquer all you set your mind to.

3. Bloom daily planner

Ok, how cute is this? A planner is a MUST for college. There are so many things going on, and it’s hard to remember all of it if you don’t write it down. I love looking through mine, looking ahead to the future. This bloom daily planner I thought had all the features I would want in a planner and more. Definitely a helpful tool that will be one of your besties in college when you start feeling frazzled.

4.  Under Armour Backpack

I recently just bought this exact backpack for the upcoming school year! I used my last backpack for a good 5 years, so I decided it was time for an upgrade. I love this backpack! It has a laptop sleeve (much thicker than the thin laptop sleeve in my last one), two large main compartments, and two smaller ones. The smallest pocket (towards the top front) is perfect for putting pens/pencils in for an easy, accessible reach. I’m so excited to use this!

6.  Amazon basics Earbuds

Whether you’re in your dorm room, outside, or even in the library, there’s going to be a good amount of noise. This is where earbuds will come to your rescue! They will help you block out the outside world so you can focus on whatever you may be doing, even if it’s just watching a show on Netflix (but hopefully it’s homework 😉 ). These are super affordable as well!

7.  Cape Robbin furry slides

If you are living in a dorm, there are places you may have to walk to within your building such as the bathroom, printer, vending machines, etc. that you’ll want to wear comfortable, slip-on shoes for. You could opt for some boring slides, but I think these ones are much cooler. Plus, you can even wear them to class if you want so it’s kind of a win-win. I would’ve tried to link cheaper furry slides, but a lot of them had bad reviews! This pair has a five-star rating, and obviously I only want to you to buy the best.

8.  Cards against humanity

There will be those rainy days and boring nights in college where you just don’t know what to do! Why not spend it playing a hilarious, fun game with your friends? Just playing with a deck of cards can get boring.

9. Decorative light box

Alright, I understand this may not be considered a “must-have” but decorations are important for your dorm so you can personalize it and make it feel like home! I love this light box because you can write whatever you want in it and it’s so cute! Perfect for on your desk or a shelf. Did I mention it’s only $17?

10.  Super-cute pepper spray

Oh, someone said something mean to you? Pepper spray them. No, I’m kidding. But seriously, on large college campuses especially, you never know when some sketchy shit will go down and you’ll need some quick defense. It never hurts to add some pepper spray to your lanyard! I haven’t yet had to use mine, but let me tell you that I will be prepared if I need to lol! (I’ve seen a lot of girls carry pepper spray on their lanyard, so don’t worry it’s not “lame”).



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