38 Problem-Solving Products For Any College Student
Laundry backpacks, wireless earbuds, and more things that'll help make college life a little easier.
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1. A backpack laundry bag that'll make traveling from your dorm to the laundry center less of a project. With a front pocket for detergent and dryer sheets and a spacious interior pocket that'll securely hold clothes, you'll be good to go when it's laundry day.
2. A mini Keurig so you can make a fresh cup of coffee or tea in your dorm room and avoid waiting in line at your campus cafe. This coffee maker takes up minimal space (it's 4.5 inches wide!) and easily fits on a nightstand, dresser, or desk.
3. And reusable coffee pods for your Keurig machine, so you can cut back on single-use waste *and* not waste money on K-Cups. Fill one up with coffee grounds, place it into the machine, and you'll get a fresh cup without having to throw away plastic.
4. A pair of cleansing cuffs so you can wash your face without dripping water all over your sleeves (or leaving a MASSIVE puddle on your dorm bathroom floor). Slip one on your wrist to avoid getting drenched during your skincare routine.
5. A selfie ring light because it'll give you studio-quality lighting in your dark dorm room. Three lighting modes (white, warm yellow, and warm white) and 10 different brightness settings will elevate your TikTok videos, Instagram Reels, and selfies.
6. A gel-infused memory foam mattress topper that's basically what sweet dreams are made of: If your dorm bed feels like an uncomfortable rock, plush memory foam and temperature-regulating gel beads will prevent you from feeling too achy or hot while you sleep.
7. A bamboo charging dock for your gadgets that need to be powered up constantly. Tablets, smartphones, Apple Watches, and AirPods can all be juiced up at the same time. Gone are the days you need to sign into a virtual class or text your roomie only to discover that your device is out of battery.
8. A drawer divider set to keep your bras, underwear, and socks organized. No more digging through a messy drawer to find your fave boxers or bralettes if you need to get dressed really fast for a study session or club meeting.
9. A 32-inch smart-TV because streaming your favorite TV shows and movies will be so easy. An Alexa-enabled voice remote lets you use your voice to browse titles and launch apps like Hulu and Netflix, while a Fire TV setup gives you access to thousands of TV episodes and movies *plus* live TV.
10. A space-saving shower curtain that comes with plenty of pockets for shampoo, conditioners, and soap. If you and your roommates share the bathroom and need a storage solution that's not the edge of the tub, this can help you out!
11. A double-sided laptop cleaner so you can say buh-bye to the gross debris lodged in your laptop. It'll quickly clean between keys, so you're not disgusted by the sight of chip crumbs or baby hairs while you're typing in class.
12. A charging cable tag because it'll let everyone know which Android or iPhone charging cable is yours and (hopefully) prevent your roommates from "borrowing it" indefinitely.
14. Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds because you can easily tune out your roomie's conversations and campus noise. You won't have to be like "sorry can you please repeat that again?" whenever you're FaceTiming on your way to class.
15. An unbreakable dinnerware set so you'll have easy-to-clean bowls, cups, and utensils on standby for late-night study sessions that involve microwaveable ramen *or* pizza. They come in pretty pastel colors and will help you cut back on single-use paper plates for meals.
16. And variety pack of ready-to-eat seasoned beans from A Dozen Cousins that'll ~hit the spot~ if you need make a yummy meal after dining hall hours: Each bean variety is packed with flavor *and* only takes 60 seconds to heat up in the microwave. You'll get to nosh on Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Pinto Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry. 😋
17. Avarelle pimple patches to suck up all the nasty gunk inside zits that've somehow popped up this semester. Thanks to a layer of tea tree leaf oil and calendula oil, your pimples will be covered and less accessible during the process.
Promising review: "I bought this product for breakouts on my face. I have dealt with various breakouts as a college student and have never been able to find a product that is safe for my skin but helps to minimize breakouts. This product works! Whenever I have a breakout pop up, I put on a patch overnight and it sucks so much out of my skin. I typically need to use two to three to completely remove the breakout, but it is way less damaging than other methods and stays on through the night! I will continue buying this product!" —JMK
Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.49.
18. Bed risers that'll give you additional storage space in your small living space. Slip them under your bed frame and finally take advantage of all the room you'll have for random things like accessories, shoes, and towels.
It comes with four small risers and four large risers: use the small risers to raise your bed frame 3 inches, the large risers to raise your bed 5 inches, or combine both riser sizes to raise your bed 8 inches.
Promising review: "These bed risers couldn't have been easier to use. No sliding around on the hardwood floor and the bed was very stable. The risers worked as advertised and I am completely satisfied." —Steve P.
Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $18.29.
19. A pack of fidget popping toys for college students who need a lil' stress relief. Pop each hole with your fingers and relax while you take a screen break in between studying. Think of it as reusable Bubble Wrap that's portable *and* doesn't make loud noise when you use it.
20. A portable canvas cup holder that'll carry your iced coffee while you're running errands in between classes. Just slide your cold drink into this small accessory and you can finally open doors and hold shopping bags without dropping anything.
Dreamy Daisyy is a small business based in Washington, DC. You'll find so many cute handmade accessories, including canvas backpacks, spa headbands, and pins.
Promising review: "The product is super cute and fits cups perfectly!!! I bought this for my coworkers and now I need to order one for myself." —Etsy Customer
21. A laptop stand so you can type on your computer at eye level and avoid slouching in a chair for hours. Get everything done without dealing with annoying back and neck pain afterward.
22. And a cushy lap desk that has a built-in mouse pad, comfy wrist supports, and phone/tablet holders for times when you want to write papers or attend virtual class without sitting at a desk. Work from bed and avoid dropping your tech!
23. A portable no-install door lock for additional security at home or on the road. This tool stays in place and works with multiple doors, whether you're staying at your campus apartment or hotel. It's also easy to install and remove (no nails required).
24. A dual hair dryer and brush that'll dry *and* style your hair at the same time and be helpful if you need to get ready for class stat. Its three heat settings will get to work on wet strands, while its rounded edges and an oval brush design increase volume and curl your ends.
25. And a hair claw clip because your roomie has been in the bathroom for eternity and you don't have time to do the whole blow-drying thing. A secure grip keeps strands in place, so you can go about your day without hair falling down. Just twist and clip for a quick (and cute) hairstyle that requires minimal effort.
26. A small steam iron that'll be there for you when you have to get ready for a last-minute interview. De-wrinkle a button down shirt, pants, blazers, and basically every other piece of formal clothing with this portable and easy-to-use gadget.
27. A T-shirt roll holder so you can creatively display your fave tees *and* neatly roll them up, instead of cramming them all into a drawer. Next time you're getting dressed and need a T-shirt, you'll easily be able to find it.
28. A Rapid Ramen Cooker from Shark Tank that'll heat up uncooked noods in the microwave in just three minutes! And if you happen to have leftover eggs, tofu or meat, and veggies from the dining hall, you can enjoy a ~fancy~ meal without using a stove top.
29. A bedside caddy to stash anything from tech devices to water bottles. No more getting out of bed to grab that *one* thing you need when you can just reach for it right under you.
30. A hand-painted bookshelf tracker bookmark that'll help you remember which page you stopped at during your last reading session. Then when you finish a novel, you can write down its title in one of the 50 spots on the front side. 📚
British Book Art is a small business where you can find reading goods and have your favorite Disney and Harry Potter characters painted on book pages!
Promising review: "I’ve been trying to get back into reading and the urge to fill this bookmark is really making me want to read! It’s so cute and I love how much space there is to fill. It came super quick, too!" —Etsy Customer
31. A vaccine card holder with a protective cover, two interior slots, and a travel-friendly design. The best part? It conveniently fits in a backpack or pocket and you can easily take it out if you need to show your vaccine card and/or student ID.
32. A yellow backpack that'll ~check off~ all the things you want for an everyday carryall: a canvas-lined interior that'll protect essentials, comfy adjustable straps that won't slip and hurt your shoulders, and cute details like heart buckles and a white-and-yellow pattern.
33. A label maker because sharing a fridge is already a pain and you don't want to accidentally eat your roomie's food. This tiny gadget prints labels that easily stick to containers and cartons, so you can avoid the awkward "oops I thought it was mine" convo moving forward.
34. A compact garment rack so you can arrange your seasonal clothes, shoes, and accessories in an Insta-worthy, space-saving display. You can easily access wardrobe essentials *and* creatively show off your style at the same time, even if you don't have a big closet (or any closet at all) in your dorm.
Promising review: "I’m a college student living in a room with a small closet and a lot of clothes. This rack provides a convenient storage option for smaller spaces. The rack gives me plenty of space for my clothes and the wood shelving is a nice touch to store things or decorate! The quality is great for the price! I enjoy how it makes my simple, minimal room look very stylish. In short, I do recommend this item for those on a budget that need a nice organizing piece or enjoy the minimalistic style." —Megan
Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in two colors and eight styles).
35. A white noise machine because footsteps, sirens, and your roommate's late-night convos shouldn't get in the way of a good night's sleep. This compact device comes with 24 soothing sounds that'll help you catch up on ZZZs.
This gadget has 24 different sounds: seven fan sounds, seven white noise sounds, and 10 classical sounds. You can relax in bed listening to anything from ocean waves to a clock ticking, even if your apartment faces another building or a busy street.
There is also a sleep timer you can set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes if you want to take short naps or get ready for bed a little earlier. Plug it in, set the timer, and you can *finally* tune out annoying noise. The sound machine also remembers your last timer, sound, and volume settings when you turn it on again.
Promising review: "I bought this during quarantine because my husband was working from home taking phone calls while I was also at home trying to go to college classes over Zoom. I bought this and put it between our study spaces. It works great! There are so many different sounds to choose from. I usually use the white noise or the fans. They are digitally recorded sounds but they sound really good and I can't tell if they loop." —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $33.95.
36. And a few sheets of LED-dimming stickers if lights from your router, TV, and other devices are keeping you up at night. These small adhesives dim 50%–80% of light from gadgets, so you can check if they're still working without an annoying glare. If you want your room to be darker, they'll help so much when it's time for bed.
Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cavelike. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed! Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes." —Amazon Customer
Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $7.49.
37. A folding step stool because you can finally reach that high shelf in your dorm closet. Plus, you can easily fold it up and store it behind your dresser or under the bed when you're not using it.
38. And iridescent window film that'll fill your dorm with mini rainbows when sunlight trickles in and give you some privacy. Your window will look like a cool piece of art *and* prevent your neighbors from peeping in.
Promising review: "My daughter wanted this for the window in her dorm room next to a sidewalk. She likes being able to open her blinds and let the light in, but not prying eyes. I had my doubts about the rainbow effect, but if the window faces the correct direction for direct sun, and you are there at the right time of day, the effect is spectacular!" —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven sizes).
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