When you pack for freshman year, it’s impossible to guess all the things you need for college. You only realize you don’t have something when you need it, and by then it may be a little too late. Why wait to reach that point?
Check out our first roundup of unexpected supplies you’ll want for college.
Here’s a list of seven more things you don’t want to be without when you’re at school and away from home. Go through the list and be sure to stock up so you are always prepared for any emergency.
Whether it’s for a wireless laptop mouse, a TV remote, or even a gaming system when you need to blow off steam, you’re going to need plenty of AA batteries. Make sure you have enough on hand for all those little battery-operated pieces of equipment that you don’t even really notice until their batteries die. With this handy pack of AA batteries, you’re guaranteed to have uninterrupted power for at least one semester. They come in packs of 8, 20, 48, and 100 batteries!
Condensation rings from drinks are unsightly, but you probably didn’t know this until you moved out of your parents’ house and either got an apartment or moved into a dorm. One of the best ways to keep your furniture from being marred is by getting a set of coasters, and these silicone and felt coasters are perfect for this purpose. They won’t stick to the bottoms of your drinks and they will keep rings and water at bay.
Dorm rooms can be surprisingly cold once the weather changes. This bathrobe from Richie House will keep you toasty on the coldest nights. No matter what color you choose, you’re sure to feel warm and comfy in pretty plush fleece. Great for shower trips or even just lounging about while studying. It’s difficult to concentrate on your studies when you’re shivering, after all. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. From solid purple, blue, and red, to patterned hearts, polka dots, and floral. There are even some animal robes and onesies.
Anyone who has ever had to write a research paper knows that only one thing will keep all those note cards together and organized—rubber bands. Good for anything you need to keep bound and handy, these rubber bands can help keep you organized all year long. College moving pro tip: When packing clothes, rubber band the hanger hooks together for easy carrying.
Dorm beds are not the most comfortable pieces of furniture. Make an uncomfortable mattress bearable with a memory foam mattress topper. Back pain will be a thing of the past with this product from Linenspa. You might get so comfy in your dorm that you’ll want one for your bedroom back home too. It comes in a variety of sizes, but we chose to feature the twin for this one, as that tends to be the standard size in a college dorm.
Some people need complete darkness in order to get a good night’s sleep. These blackout curtains are perfect for that purpose. They block light and even some extraneous noises. Your privacy is guaranteed, too. It comes in 15 different colors. Including: black, burgundy, fresh green, navy blue, royal purple, teal, and white among others. With it’s triple weave, it even insulates your room and regulates temperature during both winter and summer!
Everyone needs a mirror in their room. Perfect for last-minute accessory checks, Instagram framing, or helping make sure those shoes really do go well with that skirt. It comes in a variety of frame colors too so you can choose one that’ll go well with your room décor.
Make sure you stock up with these last-minute essentials before you leave for college so you’re not caught unprepared.
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