This is it. College is happening. Your first debut out in the big world on your own. Sure, you might be a little scared, but believe you me: it's going to rock. Seriously. But, during this exciting, perhaps chaotic time, you might be forgetting to pack a few things. Check out these ten back to school must haves for the perfect first year away from home:
1. Micro Kickboard Sprite $99
Most likely, you will not have a vehicle on campus your first year. The Micro Sprite is perfect for the commute around campus. This scooter is the perfect way to get to class quickly and turns your 20-minute trek across campus into a 10-minute ride. It's lightweight and the ride is incredibly smooth and fast. Plus it's foldable so it's easy to store under your bed or in your closet. Bonus? No parking pass required!
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2. Backpack $65
Time to upgrade the backpack to something fashionable and practical for your new life! The Everlane Twill Snap Backpack is not only sleek (with leather detailing, we might add) but it also has a sleeve for your laptop, and it's super comfortable. The best part? It's only $65 bucks!
3. Cool Alarm Clock $44.99
Semesters go by fast - so each class counts! Don't get caught up in your zzz's. The Daybreak DJ Alarm Clock from PB Teen has an LCD clock display and it is a charging dock for an iphone or ipod. Trè cool!
4. Noise-cancelling Headphones $299
Let's be honest. You are going to need to study, well, a lot. Cancel out the noise and get your study on with the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Headphones. This is an extra comfortable design that offers more dynamic sound. These are worth every penny!
5. Weekender Bag $98
Even if you don't want to admit it now, you will miss home, and you will visit more than you think. There's just something about mom's home cooked meals and the way she folds your laundry that you are going to miss. Be prepared for quick trips home with the Henry Bendel Weekender Bag. This luxury handbag has plenty of pockets and compartments to keep your essentials organized during any spontaneous getaway.
6. Plastic Drawers $35.99 (set of six)
Storage is going to be a problem in your dorm. There, we said it. The closets aren't big, so creating storage where you can will be vital to your sanity. Try lofting your bed and creating some extra space underneath with these Just Plastic Boxes storage drawers. This will create extra storage for clothes, shoes, or even books. You'll thank us later.
7. Nice waterbottle $22.99
Stay hydrated with the Autoseal Fit Stainless Water Bottle by Contigo - great for on the go to class or the gym! This vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottle is BPA free and keeps beverages cold for up to 18 hours.
8. Hand Sanitizer: $34
Just buy this, okay? You're going to want it. Lots of it. Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness, in as little as 15 seconds. Woot!
9. Egg carton mattress topper $83.19
Sleep is great. You'll have a new found love for it in college. Since you'll most likely be the 42nd person to use that dorm mattress, it's probably not in the best shape. Grab this liquid gel infused 3" memory foam topper to make your zzz's that much more enjoyable.
10. Planner $10.99
Keep track of your classes or appointments with this handy-dandy Five Star Weekly/Monthly Student Planner. It's a big year, and staying organized is key!
Good luck, you! You're going to do great.