Here are a few items I purchased for college that I’ve ended up loving and while none of them are absolutely crucial to have, I’ve found that they’ve made college life easier! These are my personal college essentials:
A shower wrap- I have this cute white, gray, and teal shower wrap from Target and it’s a lifesaver when it comes to picking out an outfit when I hop out of the shower. There’s nothing worse than having to hold a slippery towel up with one hand while frantically flipping through hangers, am I right? There’s a velcro snap so I can freely walk around, pick out clothes, or dry my hair with both hands free.
A shower caddy- Now that I’m living in a hall-style dorm where the bathroom is at the end of the hallway, it’s especially helpful to be able to stash all of my shower products in a quick-drying, easy carrier. I love this inexpensive mesh one that I purchased from Amazon.
A wristlet- I have Scout’s Tote-All Package and it holds my phone, student ID, room key, and a couple of credit cards. I never leave my room without it! Even when I’m not at school, I use it when I don’t want to carry my entire purse with me. If you sign up for Scout’s email list, you can get 15% off your first purchase, plus they frequently have sales and free shipping offers, so I got mine for a steal.
A refillable water bottle- I used to use this 750 ml Camelbak (about 25 ounces), but I now use this awesome Lifefactory glass bottle because I’ve been trying to cut back on my use of plastic. I kid you not, water tastes way better from a glass bottle. Both have straws, which is a necessity for me.
Laundry drying rack- Although I toss big t-shirts and socks into the dryer, I prefer to let some of my clothes air dry, like clothes that will shrink, delicates, or workout outfits to make them last longer. I love my pop-up laundry rack that neatly folds down and can be stashed in the bottom of my closet.
A sleep mask- My inexpensive sleep mask from Target was a lifesaver this past year if I wanted to go to bed while my roommate still had the light on. I also love using it to help me sleep on car trips or long plane rides.
A backrest pillow- Mine has been so great to have when I’m sitting in bed finishing a textbook reading or working on my computer for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I have this pretty coral one from Bed, Bath, & Beyond (which is much lighter in person).
A white noise machine– I don’t think I would’ve made it through the years without my white noise machine! Even when other people were blasting music or playing tag in the hallway, I slept like a baby- literally, because I’m pretty sure this particular sound machine was designed for babies (haha). It makes a really soothing noise and just turning it on makes me instantly become sleepy now. My roommate loved it, too.
*I absolutely love and recommend these products and I use all of them myself. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you decide to purchase an item from the link. I found the best prices online that I could, but of course, I encourage you to shop around and find the best possible deals wherever they may be!