We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the things that made their lives easier when they were in college. Here are their (extremely helpful!) recommendations:
1. A door stop that'll basically act as your wingman when it comes to making new friends.
2. A white noise machine that'll turn your room into a much-needed ~quiet oasis~ amidst the chaos of dorm life and its too-thin walls.
3. A ottoman you can use for seating *and* for storage.
4. A big 'ol pack of Tide Pods to mask all the parties your clothes will go through and keep up the illusion that they smell like ~spring meadows~.
5. A comfy robe that you'll probably end up throwing on at least once a day.
6. A comfy chair that folds up when you're not using it.
7. A rolling laundry hamper to make laundry days ~slightly~ less of a pain in the butt.
8. An eye mask to help you fall asleep even if every light in your dorm room is turned on.
9. An automatic air freshener that'll make your room smell 1000x times better with minimal effort (lazy people, rejoice!).
10. A planner to help you keep track of the millions of things you'll have to remember to do each week.
11. A wireless printer that'll come in handy time and time again.
12. A mini fridge to keep snacks and meals on hand because a steady food supply is absolutely crucial for late night study sessions (and, you know, just in general).
13. Mugs to help you maximize your caffeine intake (or for snacking from when you can't drink any more coffee).
"A travel mug for when you don’t have time to calmly drink your coffee in the morning (which will be always)." —sarah62
"MUGS. All the mugs. They’re great for both liquid and solid snacks. #muglyfe" —marieg4aa3c978a
14. Good-looking PJs you won't mind being seen in during (hopefully infrequent) emergencies.
15. Bed risers that'll help you squeeze the most space out of your tiny dorm room.
16. A variety of personal items and pictures to remind you of home sweet home and the people you miss.
17. A cooling pad for your laptop so it doesn't overheat along with your stress levels.
18. Plus a fan to cool *yourself* down.
19. Lots of to-go tupperware containers (if you actually like your dining hall food and want to avoid spending money on food elsewhere).
20. A shelf that'll make life easier for anyone who's doomed to sleep in the top bunk.
22. Slabs of sticky putty so you don't damage those lousy dorm room walls and end up having to pay for it.
23. A drying rack for those times when you actually do your own laundry (instead of bringing it home to mom and dad).
24. A portable speaker to use in your room, the shower, the quad.... anywhere you may want some tunes.
25. Reliable security software so your computer doesn't get screwed over by rogue viruses and the like.
26. A reliable rain jacket and pair of rain boots so you never have to drench yourself on the way to class.
27. A pack of chewing gum for when you're bored, stressed, or looking for ways to make new friends.
28. A pair of snazzy headphones that'll follow you wherever you go (whether it's walking on the quad, studying in the library, or working out at the gym).
"Between working off my midterm stress at the gym and eliminating distracting noises at the library, I use my headphones multiple times every day." —malloryr49f8f2c02
If you're more into ~aesthetics~, get this floral pair from Modcloth for $34.99 or if you want a more heavy duty, noise-canceling pair, get this black pair from Amazon for $84.99. If you'd rather use earbuds, these are a good option.
29. A light-up magnifying mirror that'll let you get ready in the morning without pissing off your still-very-sleepy roommate.
30. A wax melter to make your room smell like a goddamn haven straight out of a fairytale.
31. A basic toolkit that'll be a lifesaver when it comes to small mishaps (plus, you'll feel so accomplished fixing things by yourself).
32. Some stain remover to save you when your favorite shirt starts to look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
33. Everything you've ever used from your medicine cabinet back at home.
"Pain relievers, fever reducers, antacids, cold medicine, bandages, etc. Chances are you will get sick during that first semester and you won’t feel like getting out to get what you need. Plus, stuff like medicine can be really overpriced at campus stores and nearby gas stations, so you’ll probably save some money buying it in advance." —LizzyNeverSleeps
We don't know ~exactly~ what medications you should stock up on (that's up to you), but you can get this compact first aid kit at Amazon for $21.99.
34. An over-the-door shoe organizer you can also use for snacks, toiletries, accessories.... anything that'll fit in those handy dandy pockets.
35. Lamps to use when you get sick of the overhead fluorescent lighting (aka five minutes after you move into your dorm room).
36. Ear plugs for when things get really, REALLY, R-E-A-L-L-Y bad when it comes to the noisy roommate (or hallway) situation.
38. Comfy accessories for your bed so you can actually enjoy the few hours you spend in it.
39. And an external hard drive or USB drive for backing up all your hard work and not leaving your grades up to ~technical chance~.
Now get to campus and start killing it!
The comments for this post have been edited for length and clarity.