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11 Must-Haves for Back to College

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11 Must-Haves for Back to College. I never would have thought of some of these but they're great ideas!

If you’re a regular reader, then you know that we dropped off our oldest daughter for her 3rd year of college a couple of weeks ago. It gets a somewhat easier each year, but it still makes me a little teary-eyed. The fact that she’s very happy there and has a great group of friends makes us feel much better about it. And knowing that all it takes is a couple of clicks on her computer and she can have anything she needs delivered right to her is also comforting. 

There are a handful of items that have made her life on campus much better and a couple of things on her wish list for making things even easier. Today we’re sharing her list of 11 things that make college life easier, all easily available to students through Prime Student. Some of these you already know about, but there are a couple that you might not have thought of and that you or your student would benefit from having. Here’s her list of must-haves.

Must-Haves for Back to College

1. A large, sturdy backpack

Things college students actually do need. I was surprised by some of these!

A backpack is definitely a must for college students. But it needs to be a very sturdy one with compartments and adjustable straps. 

2. Laptop and Case

Essentials for college. A couple of surprises on this list!

A laptop is a true necessity and it needs to be protected with a laptop case. There are tons of options to choose from.

3. Student Planner

11 things to make living at college easier. I was surpised by a couple of these!

Make sure no assignments or events are forgotten by keeping everything in a planner.

4. Earphones

11 must-haves for college students. A couple of surprises on this list.

Help block out the noise on campus or just unwind with your favorite music with a good pair of headphones.

5. Reusable Water Bottle

11 things every college student needs. I hadn't even thought of a couple of these.

Most campuses require lots of walking so staying hydrated is imperative, especially for those hot August days. A reusable water bottle is a must.

6. Rain Jacket

11 college essentials. A couple of things I had never thought about on this list.

Easier to keep up with than an umbrella, a good rain jacket can make soggy days bearable.

7. Portable Charger

11 college essentials. A portable charger. Such a great idea! Lots of other really useful things on this list.

Because there are never enough places to plug in and recharge, a portable charger is extremely helpful. I didn’t know these existed until my daughter asked for one this year. What a great idea!

8. Vacuum Mug

11 college essentials. Great idea. There are a couple of things I wouldn't have thought of on this list.

Since getting up early enough to finish an entire cup of coffee isn’t always possible, a vacuum mug is a great item to have so you can take it with you and it will stay hot. It’s good for hot soup on a cold day as well. 

9. Mattress Pad

11 college essentials. Definitely a mattress pad! A couple of things I would have never thought of are on this list.

Make those dorm beds as comfortable as possible by adding a mattress pad. 

10. Water Filter Pitcher

11 must-have for back to college. A couple of things I wouldn't have thought of are on this list.

A water filter pitcher makes tap water taste much better and therefore makes staying hydrated easier.

11. Laundry Pods

11 must haves for back to college. I never would have thought of some of these but they're great ideas.

You didn’t see that one coming, did you? Surprisingly, my daughter said this was probably one of the most appreciated things on this list. Living on campus usually means lugging a heavy basket of laundry when everything is dirty. That basket is heavy enough without having to add a 5 pound bottle of detergent. Save their backs and tell them to order laundry pods! They’ll love you for it.

And last but not least, the most important thing for back to collegeAmazon Prime Student. Why is it important? Here are the perks:

  • It includes free 2-day shipping, thousands of TV shows and movies, exclusive college deals, and more.
  • Amazon Prime Student is also the go-to for Textbooks
  • Also included with the membership is Prime Photos which allows photos to be stored securely and accessed from anywhere. 
  • Available to any college student free for the first 6 months (courtesy of Sprint). And after that it’s $6.49 per month.
  • And there’s a referral credit for any friend who also joins. It’s a win-win any way you look at it.

Not to mention the fact that they don’t have to venture out and spend valuable studying time trying to find what they’re looking for. It’s always right at their finger tips. We love Amazon and order from there all the time. It just saves so much time and money. And this just gives us one more reason to love them.

Do you have a student going off to college this year? What are some of their must-haves that I haven’t listed here? Leave a comment below and let me know. And be sure to sign them up for Amazon Prime Student to make their life (and yours) a little easier.

Thanks so much for dropping by!



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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