School supplies are about more than just pencils and paper. At college, you’re the boss. You’re in charge of not only your classes, but also your life. These items will make your time at school a little easier.

01

Charger

Laptop chargers often come with huge transformers and an unnecessary long cable. Zolt, an uber-small portable charger, can charge your laptop, cellphone, and tablet, allowing you to just carry one plug for all of them. $100

Zolt

Laptop chargers often come with huge transformers and an unnecessary long cable. Zolt, an uber-small portable charger, can charge your laptop, cellphone, and tablet, allowing you to just carry one plug for all of them. $100

02

Hydration

Stop buying those disposable plastic water bottles. The Autoseal Cortland is leak and spill-proof, so you have fewer opportunities to embarrass yourself. It’s also not giant, so it’ll fit into your bag. $12

Contigo

Stop buying those disposable plastic water bottles. The Autoseal Cortland is leak and spill-proof, so you have fewer opportunities to embarrass yourself. It’s also not giant, so it’ll fit into your bag. $12

03

Fitness Tracker

Avoid the infamous freshman 15 with the Garmin Vivo Move. It’s a fitness tracker that doesn’t look like a fitness tracker—it’ll count your daily steps and track your sleep and look great on your wrist. $150

Garmin

Avoid the infamous freshman 15 with the Garmin Vivo Move. It’s a fitness tracker that doesn’t look like a fitness tracker—it’ll count your daily steps and track your sleep and look great on your wrist. $150

04

Cable Ties

All cables do when you’re not using them is cause clutter. These Velcro cable ties will keep any type of cable nice and neat. Your desk will stay organized, and the inside of your backpack won’t look like the trash bin at the Olive Garden. If you’re a baller and like to carry wads of cash around, these ties are perfect for keeping the Bennies in order. $7

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All cables do when you’re not using them is cause clutter. These Velcro cable ties will keep any type of cable nice and neat. Your desk will stay organized, and the inside of your backpack won’t look like the trash bin at the Olive Garden. If you’re a baller and like to carry wads of cash around, these ties are perfect for keeping the Bennies in order. $7

05

1,000 Solo Cups

The infamous red cups. Solo cups are perfect for any college party, of course. Best of all, they’re recyclable and reusable. Get the pack of 1,000 though, because there are endless uses for these things. From a beer pong party to gargling mouthwash to brushing your teeth when the bathroom’s crowded, these cups are a necessity. $153

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The infamous red cups. Solo cups are perfect for any college party, of course. Best of all, they’re recyclable and reusable. Get the pack of 1,000 though, because there are endless uses for these things. From a beer pong party to gargling mouthwash to brushing your teeth when the bathroom’s crowded, these cups are a necessity. $153

06

Sandals

Shower flip-flops are a must, especially if you’re sharing bathrooms with other students. These awesome Teva flip-flops have multi-layered cushioned soles and durable polyester webbing. They’ll prevent you from getting athlete’s foot, or from slipping on the tiles. Win! $32

Teva

Shower flip-flops are a must, especially if you’re sharing bathrooms with other students. These awesome Teva flip-flops have multi-layered cushioned soles and durable polyester webbing. They’ll prevent you from getting athlete’s foot, or from slipping on the tiles. Win! $32

07

Extra Juice

Those four-hour lab requirements are murder on your batteries. Mophie’s Powerstation 8X is a huge energy reserve, but it’s still slim and portable. It can charge two devices at once, and it’s even strong enough to recharge your iPad. It even comes in rose gold to match your phone. $150

Mophie

Those four-hour lab requirements are murder on your batteries. Mophie’s Powerstation 8X is a huge energy reserve, but it’s still slim and portable. It can charge two devices at once, and it’s even strong enough to recharge your iPad. It even comes in rose gold to match your phone. $150

08

String Lights

College dorm rooms come with crappy overhead fluorescent bulbs, making a set of Christmas lights a must. They work year round and are perfect for any holiday like Groundhog Day. Oh, and Christmas too. Plus, they could “set the mood” for special occasions. $9

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College dorm rooms come with crappy overhead fluorescent bulbs, making a set of Christmas lights a must. They work year round and are perfect for any holiday like Groundhog Day. Oh, and Christmas too. Plus, they could “set the mood” for special occasions. $9

09

Netflix

Downtime option number one: Netflix and chill in your dorm room. You can get your favorite TV shows or movies to fill those lonely nights. If you have the option to mooch off your parents’ account or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, do that. Otherwise: $10/month

Netflix

Downtime option number one: Netflix and chill in your dorm room. You can get your favorite TV shows or movies to fill those lonely nights. If you have the option to mooch off your parents’ account or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, do that. Otherwise: $10/month

10

iPad Pro and Pencil

Pens and notebooks are for high school kids. With the iPad Pro and Pencil, you can take notes to a whole new level. You can sketch, too, or just download games to help get through those classes that give you the Zzzzzzzs. Total price: $698

Apple

Pens and notebooks are for high school kids. With the iPad Pro and Pencil, you can take notes to a whole new level. You can sketch, too, or just download games to help get through those classes that give you the Zzzzzzzs. Total price: $698

11

Extra Wheels

Yes, Heelys. For all the grown-up-kids in college, these shoes provide a quick and easy way to roll your way into class. And maybe into someone’s heart. No more walking for you. Disclaimer: Other students will laugh at you, but who cares? You’re already gone! $60

Heelys

Yes, Heelys. For all the grown-up-kids in college, these shoes provide a quick and easy way to roll your way into class. And maybe into someone’s heart. No more walking for you. Disclaimer: Other students will laugh at you, but who cares? You’re already gone! $60

12

Headphones

Mobile music is crucial. It helps you concentrate, and more importantly, it effectively tunes everyone else out. The Beoplay H5 uses Bluetooth, so you can take your listening wireless. The braided material is durable, so you can just shove them right into your pocket wherever you’re going. $249

Bang & Olufsen

Mobile music is crucial. It helps you concentrate, and more importantly, it effectively tunes everyone else out. The Beoplay H5 uses Bluetooth, so you can take your listening wireless. The braided material is durable, so you can just shove them right into your pocket wherever you’re going. $249

13

Fan

Your dorm’s HVAC system was installed in the ’50s. The 1850s. Get one of these air-movers for your room. Set it right next to your bed on hot nights. Also, they generate enough white noise to drown out the annoying party next door. $20

Holmes

Your dorm’s HVAC system was installed in the ’50s. The 1850s. Get one of these air-movers for your room. Set it right next to your bed on hot nights. Also, they generate enough white noise to drown out the annoying party next door. $20

14

Coffee Maker

Your best buddy during those late night study seshs? Coffee. The AeroPress, a portable coffeemaker, will make a dark and robust brew in just minutes. Put the grounds into the tube and pour in hot water. Once you fill it to the top, wait a minute or two, then insert the plunger and press firmly. Get it? No? Watch our video. $30

AeroPress

Your best buddy during those late night study seshs? Coffee. The AeroPress, a portable coffeemaker, will make a dark and robust brew in just minutes. Put the grounds into the tube and pour in hot water. Once you fill it to the top, wait a minute or two, then insert the plunger and press firmly. Get it? No? Watch our video. $30

15

Chromebook

Don’t break your piggybank for a fancy laptop. The HP Chromebook 13 gives you all the web-based apps you need to get through college, while providing a sleek design and 11 hours of battery life. Your campus has Wi-Fi literally everywhere, right? $499

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Don’t break your piggybank for a fancy laptop. The HP Chromebook 13 gives you all the web-based apps you need to get through college, while providing a sleek design and 11 hours of battery life. Your campus has Wi-Fi literally everywhere, right? $499

16

Multi-Purpose Keychain

You’re going to be in charge of a lot of keys, so get a real keyring like the sturdy and fashionable Bottlehook. Put the cast metal hook into your belt loop and let your keys dangle into your pocket. There’s a leather tab where you can scrawl your Snapchat handle, and the top has been shaped to expertly crack open your brewskis (hence the name.) $36.50

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You’re going to be in charge of a lot of keys, so get a real keyring like the sturdy and fashionable Bottlehook. Put the cast metal hook into your belt loop and let your keys dangle into your pocket. There’s a leather tab where you can scrawl your Snapchat handle, and the top has been shaped to expertly crack open your brewskis (hence the name.) $36.50

17

Bike

Avoid being late at all times by getting off your feet and onto a bike. This simple and ergonomic Trek FX S4 is great for short and long-range commutes. The 20 gears are especially helpful if you’re going over hills. It is also DuoTrap S compatible, which means you can use a sensor to track your miles and map your rides. $1,100

Trek

Avoid being late at all times by getting off your feet and onto a bike. This simple and ergonomic Trek FX S4 is great for short and long-range commutes. The 20 gears are especially helpful if you’re going over hills. It is also DuoTrap S compatible, which means you can use a sensor to track your miles and map your rides. $1,100

18

Backpack

Every college student needs a backpack for textbooks and a laptop, but you should get something comfortable as well. The North Face Borealis gives you a comfy companion with a laptop sleeve that fits a 15-inch computer. A padded back panel alleviates any stress on the spine. $89

The North Face

Every college student needs a backpack for textbooks and a laptop, but you should get something comfortable as well. The North Face Borealis gives you a comfy companion with a laptop sleeve that fits a 15-inch computer. A padded back panel alleviates any stress on the spine. $89

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