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    43 Life-Saving Products For Anyone Starting College Soon

    Freshies, you need these!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    2020 is a strange, strange year to be starting a new year of college...especially if it's for the first time.

    Regardless of whether you're actually going to college, or staying on campus, or studying online from home, these products will help make being a college student easier!

    1. Every college student needs a spacious backpack to store and lug around all those books, a laptop and more! Some great options include GODS Ghost - ₹2,449, AUXTER - ₹466, or a colourful Genie backpack - ₹799

    2. If you're looking for an affordable desk, this highly-rated wooden study with 1000+ reviews is available in three sizes and colours - from ₹1,399

    3. A hoodie is a must-have for keeping you warm during all those late nights of studying and texting. The bestselling hoodie on Amazon India is from Alan Jones, which offers high-quality men's and women's cotton slim-fit hoodies in several classic and bright colours - from ₹499 🙆🏽‍♂️🙆🏾‍♀️

    Men's hoodies - from ₹499

    Women's hoodies - from ₹499

    4. If you're a tea lover, this paisa vasool giant pack of Tata Tetley tea - ₹151 (100 bags) works out to under two rupees per cup.

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    5. A smartwatch is a great investment. Get the stylish and feature-rich Mi Smart Band 4 with 50,000+ glowing reviews - ₹2,299 or the amazing HONOR Band 5 - ₹2,199. ⌚️📲

    The Mi Smart Band 4 features an AMOLED colour full-touch display with adjustable brightness. You can receive text messages, silence or reject calls, get social media notifications instantly, change the song you're listening to and adjust the volume, and track health including steps, sleep, and heart rate. You can style the band display as you like with unlimited watch faces from your photo gallery. You can even go swimming wearing the band, and it will track your workout. What's more, it has up to 20 days of battery life. A total steal for this price! Get it here.

    The bestselling HONOR Band 5 has 8000+ reviews, an AMOLED touch colour screen, extensive health and sports monitoring capabilities, and features to help you with time management and organisation. AMOLED touch colour screen, extensive health monitoring (for heart rate, oxygen levels, sleep, step count), 9 sports modes and more. BlueTooth, a Smart Assistant, clock, calendar, SMS, e-mail, weather reports, social apps and more. The 14 days standby time also saves time on frequent charging.

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    6. On those days when you don't have time to wash your hair, let this cult favourite dry shampoo - ₹399 with 10,000+ reviews clean your hair in just a minute.

    Batiste Original Dry Shampoo is an international cult favourite for a reason. A few quick sprays will make your hair appear non-greasy, clean and refreshed and leave it smelling great!

    Price: from ₹399.

    7. This bestselling Milton 1-litre flask - ₹688 (with 16,000+ reviews) keeps beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours!

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    8. Snack, Netflix, and work from the comfort of your bed or anywhere else with this sleek folding table - ₹783 that'll keep your things in one place, help avoid spills, and make you feel like less of a slob since you're technically at a desk. It's also great to take video calls from.

    Available in four colours.

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    9. Place this bestselling magnetic planner and dry-erase board on your fridge or cupboard to keep track of your chores, shopping list, grocery items, appointments, reminders and other To-Do's - ₹399

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    10. Get some quality linens from AmazonBasics. This simple and elegant bedsheet and pillow cover set is available in a variety of sizes and colours. For the bathroom, get fluffy towels (Set of 6) in a variety of colours.

    11. Sort clutter and move your things from one end of your room to the other in an organised way with the IKEA RASKOG Cart - ₹2,800.

    This portable utility cart is great for storing kitchen utensils and food items. The dimensions are: Length: 13.75 inches, Width: 17.75 inches, Height: 30.75 inches. Available in four colours.

    Price: ₹2,800

    12. Since sleep is scarce in college, make it high-quality with these bestselling Wakefit pillows - ₹699 (Set of 2) with 11,000+ reviews.

    Fluffy and medium-firm with a microfiber filling. The revolutionary supportive technology ensures you get a great night's sleep.

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    13. These boAt BassHeads100 in-Ear Headphones with Mic - ₹375 with 90,000+ reviews will become a daily essential.

    They're renowned for their great quality, fit, and bass. Get it here.

    14. These Sony headphones - ₹1,799 with extra bass, a comfortable over-ear, swivel folding design, a tangle-free cord, and pressure-relieving ear pads.

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    15. The Philips Heated Hair Straightening Brush has a keratin-infused ceramic coating to create shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair. Two temperature settings help minimise heat damage on hair. The broad paddle brush with a triple bristle design gently detangles and straightens with ease while protecting your scalp from heat - ₹2,789

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    16. Every lazy cook needs the multipurpose Prestige electric cooker - ₹1,788. It lets you pop the ingredients in and your food will be ready without you having to monitor it like a hawk. Make rice, daal, vegetables, stew, soup, idlis, and more at the click of a button!

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    17. This bestselling gadget wagon table - ₹1,290 is slim, portable and ideal for anyone for whom space is an issue. You can use it from your sofa, bed or even a study chair.

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    18. Use this versatile chalkboard decal - ₹269 to draw and write down meal plans, grocery lists, quotes, to-dos, and more!

    Made of vinyl. You can erase the chalk and then use to board to rewrite.

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    Chalkboard decal - ₹269

    19. Invest in several notebooks to suit your needs, like this minimalist AmazonBasics notebook with 6000+ reviews, a Papergrid set, a 5-subject notebook or a vibrant Gifting Tree or Factor Notes notebook.

    20. Buy lightweight ball pens in bulk for note-taking, so you never run out despite the professor who gives way too many assignments or that classmate who always asks to borrow one and never returns it. This Cello Technotip set - ₹66 for 10 or Cello Pinpoint set - ₹70 for 10 are both great options.

    21. Read The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. It's THE definitive book for twenty-somethings today, that will help you make the most of this time.

    The author, clinical psychologist Meg Jay, is an expert on this demographic. Contemporary culture sees the twenties as throwaway years where you're meant to be "exploring" and having vaguely defined "experiences." However, the things we do or don't do have consequences for the rest of our life. Jay offers a concrete guide to navigating this uncertain landscape, taking control and taking concrete action with what you know and have right now. I've recommended this book to all my twenty-something friends.

    Price: ₹458

    22. A metal wall grid is a cute way to organise your desk and to display notes, postcards and other artefacts.

    23. Use these foldable Amazon storage cubes - ₹1,129 (6 pack) to organise your cabinets and stow things away neatly, or at least hide the mess better. You can even use them as under-bed storage.

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    24. Invest in some basic deodorant and perfume to keep you smelling fabulous for class, post basketball practice or for first dates! Body Cupid and Chumbak both have some lovely and affordable options.

    25. College is when many people start wearing makeup for the first time. Invest in a flattering lipstick in a classic red, pink or peachy nude shade. You won't go wrong with a Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick - ₹238

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    26. Since you'll no longer have the time to wait for nail polish to dry, get the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. It dries in a minute. I've used this product for years and highly recommend it!

    Multiple colours available. Price: ₹347.

    Additionally, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat, can be used as a topcoat over any nail polish (including non-Sally Hansen brands) and will help it dry almost instantly.

    27. A colour-coded A4 document organiser to store all your print-outs that'll make you feel super Type-A - ₹499

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    28. A bulletin board to put up your to-dos, favourite memes, posters and postcards for inspiration on sight - ₹900

    2x3 feet. Lightweight aluminium frame. Tear-resistant and self-healing flocked fabric surface. Built-in wall hanging clips. Available in 3 colours.

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    29. A lot of colleges insist you're clean shaven. This cordless, rechargeable Philips Beard Trimmer is a game-changer and makes shaving extremely quick and easy - ₹1,299

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    30. Stock up on healthy and delicious muesli like this dark chocolate and cranberry YogaBar muesli - ₹248 made of 100% natural ingredients with zero added sugar.

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    31. Delicious and nutritious energy bars - ₹360 (pack of 10) for when you accidentally skipped a meal and are starving but not enough to eat a full meal.

    Yogabars Multigrain Energy Bars are extremely nutritious (they're made of whole grains, nuts and seeds) and have no added sugar, preservatives, or flavours. We recommend getting the Variety Box which has ten 38 gram bars in four flavours – Chocolate Chunk Nut, Nuts and Seeds Crunch, Cashew Orange Zest, and Vanilla Almond.

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    32. Faber-Castell Texliner highlighters - ₹88 (Pack of 5) will help key information stand out in your textbooks, and make it easier to skim through only what's important before exams.

    33. Saffola Masala Oats - ₹324 is high in fibre and protein. The veggie twist flavour has masala, crunchy peas, carrots and French beans, and gentle coconut flavour in an aromatic gravy. Creamy comfort food at its best!

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    34. Your favourite Maggi noodles, in the masala flavour obviously - ₹137 (pack of 12) or ₹42 for cup noodles.

    Get the mega pack here and the cup noodles here.

    35. PrintOctopus has a ton of cool plain unisex T-shirts and graphic tees from ₹350 in hundreds of amazing colours and prints. They're size-inclusive, running from XS to 3XL.

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    See the full collection here.

    Graphic tees pictured:

    National Sarcasm Society T-shirt - ₹348

    Netflix T-shirt - ₹348

    Sorry Can't Adult Today Tee - ₹348

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    36. This high-quality EMBox surge protector - ₹1,499 comes equipped with six USB ports, three universal charging ports, a 2-meter cable and surge protection.

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    37. A cute mug that'll you'll have so many cups of coffee and tea in, particularly before exams.

    38. A laundry basket - ₹299 is a must-have to collect all your used clothes in one place.

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    39. If the towels and clothes tossed around your room are making it look messy, get the IKEA over-door hanger - ₹676 to hang them up neatly.

    This hanger hangs over the top edge of the door (without scratching it) so you can hang stray clothes and towels.

    Door thickness: 4 cm (1 ½ ") Width: 35 cm (13 ¾ ") Height: 13 cm (5 ").

    Price: ₹676

    40. A cute, comfortable gel sleeping mask - ₹299 to snooze more comfortably if you have noisy roommates or have been studying or partying too hard lately.

    Blocks light. Suitable for people of all ages and nose types, particularly travellers and shift workers. 3D contoured design, lightweight and comfortable material and adjustable elastic straps with 8.5 to 16.8-inch range. Ideal for insomnia, migraine, headaches, and dry-eyes. Doesn't smudge makeup and pairs well with CPAP apparatus.

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    41. This set of assorted sticky notes - ₹199 (Set of 250) in several colours and sizes will serve you well while studying.

    42. You don't know this yet, but this Phillips Geometry LED Desk Lamp - ₹1,199 may be your new best friend! Meet your trusty companion through long caffeine-induced all-nighters mugging for exams or finishing that big project. 😴📚🙇🏾‍♂️

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    43. Finally, invest in copious amounts of sanitising products like disinfectant spray, skin and surface wipes, handwash and disinfectant liquid. Because, 2020.