Being in college comes with a certain sense of freedom and responsibility for every student. This is especially true when you venture out in a foreign land to pursue your education. Keeping that thought in mind, we have prepared a list of things every college student must-have to survive those crucial years.
When your college life is all about the rush (be it rushing through the door or the assignment deadlines), a portable charger can be a great resource to have. Now amidst the back-to-back classes in the morning, and then in between various co-curricular activities, it’s possible for your cell phone battery to die.
That’s why carrying a portable charger with you will keep you sorted. Now you can charge your phone anytime.
All that sleepless nights over exam preparation and spending your free time on the couch bingeing on food and your favorite TV series aren’t going to keep you healthy. So owning a Fitbit is certainly a step in the right direction.
It monitors the number of steps and miles you’ve walked, the amount of calories burned, and also keeps tabs on heart rate, sleep habits, and stairs climbed, and many other features.
- A single serve portable coffee maker
If the mere mention of coffee is enough to lift up your dampened spirits, then you might want to pay attention. Now for many out there, a cup of coffee is synonymous with a better start to the day, and without it, you may feel you’re barely alive. But gone are the days when you had to spend money at a local coffee shop.
A mini coffee maker is your ultimate saviour in this case. Imagine, having coffee and saving money! Win-win, right?
When you stay at a dormitory, you cannot escape the noises coming from all corners. But there’s a way to keep all that noises at bay when you have noise cancelling headphones at your disposal.
Whether you’re trying to get through the thrilling web series without interruptions or if you’re studying in your room, noise-cancelling headphones are certainly a great investment. These headphones come in wireless variety as well, so you can take them to the gym too.
Movie nights with friends are a regular thing when you’re studying in college. Now huddling close to watch the movie on the laptop screen doesn’t sound all that fun, is it? That’s why having an HDMI cable always ensures you can indulge in some “Netflix and chill,” without letting compromising on your comfort.
You can simply connect your laptop to your television with the HDMI cable, and enjoy the movie marathon with your friends to your heart’s content.
- A storage space for keys or other essentials
If you tend forget where you kept your keys or your earphones or your charger, then you’re not the only one. You can have a storage space to keep any valuable belongings that you don’t want to be misplaced or readily available, when you need them. You can also create a DIY storage for your valuables, instead of buying them.
- The Grilled Cheese Maker
Often in your quest to attain great grades, you may have skipped dinner or lunch. This is specifically true for students studying abroad. Now you may consider restaurants and diners as your go-to option, but there are much affordable options when you want to grab a quick bite. Having a grilled cheese maker, for example, is perfect when you live alone. It will cook your grilled cheese in a matter of minutes, without any hassles.
- Storage Ottoman
If you live alone in a crunched space, keeping things organized can be quite a task. So you must invest in items that are multipurpose, whenever it’s possible. You can keep things like a storage ottoman, which perfectly serves many purposes at once. You can use it as a table, a footstool, and store anything to keep things organized. And you thought only you can multi-task?
Apart from all the fun things that college has in store for you, there are also the inescapable pressure of assignments, which includes essays or Powerpoint presentations. Now imagine the horror when your files saved on the laptop become corrupt or lost. That’s why external hard drive is a must-have product. That way all your important documents will be secure.
Don’t underestimate the power of a humble stapler. This is a utility that you should always keep handy every time you’ve got an assignment to submit, because it’s highly likely that your professor will not have them. As you’re expected to turn in properly organized copies of your assignments, keep a stapler and stapler pins in your bag at all times.
Your workspace may consist of a lamp attachment already, but those industrial bulbs are only good for triggering migraines, and not to mention poor study habits. So, you should opt for one that feels comfortable and doesn’t look too bright or too dull.
You may think why a hamper is featured into this list, but we’ve got a very good reason to include it. It does a swell job of decluttering your room from the dirty clothes, found lying around. With the hamper, your room will be clutter-free.
- Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are the savior for people who suffer from frequent bouts of forgetfulness. Also, having a stack of sticky notes around will help you to instruct or inform your roommate whenever you need to know or do something while you are going out.
- Plenty of school supplies or stationaries
This list of would probably incomplete without the mention of stationeries. So stock up on pens, pencils, a 3-hole puncher, highlighters, papers, notebooks, dividers, report covers, etc because you’re going to need them all through your academic pursuits and even beyond that.
- A colorful rug
The floor in your dorm room may either have a 20 year old carpet covered in questionable stains or tiles that looks too dull. You can get a rug to cover up and decorate your room according your style. In fact, you can choose the DIY option as well, and make your own colorful and quirky rug.
- A Cosy Comforter
Being in college means you’ll have a lot of running around to do, so naturally after a long and hard day you would want to curl up in your bed and doze off and having a cosy comforter just makes falling asleep so much easier.
- Towels and Toiletries
Unless you have a fancy dress competition going on in your college, turning up like a homeless hippie shouldn’t be an option. That’s why you should keep your washroom well-stocked with towels and toiletries at all times.
- One big microwave-safe bowl
Take it from us, your entire college life will revolve around leftover pizzas, packets of instant noodles, or soup. So, having a big bowl is a necessity, whether you are having a movie marathon with friends or cramming before exams together.
- A big calendar (desk or wall) and a planner
You can use the calendar and the planner when assignment papers are due back to back. You need to keep the planner updated at all times so that you don’t forget when there’s something important coming up.
- A backpack
Now this would be a constant companion for the substantial part of your college life. And you are most likely to pack a entire universe into it. So, choose a sturdy backpack, which consists of a pocket for snacks, a pocket for notebooks and other stationery, a pocket for keys and other essentials, you get the drift, right?
Now even though none of these will help you survive the apocalypse but you will definitely sail through college life with ease.
Siena William is an entrepreneur and activist of women’s rights. She has pursued her MBA from Australian National University. She has recently joined Assignment Help Company as a writing expert.