T-minus one week until most college classes begin! I, for one, love this time of year! Walking around those school supply aisles at Target gives you a sort of high, don’t you think? No? Just me? Okay…
But seriously though, this is the time of year where you assess all your existing school supplies. Do you need to make any upgrades? Do you need anything specific this year that you didn’t last year? These are the important questions!
Instead of focusing on the boring stuff like printer paper or notecards, I’m helping you with the accessories you need every day at college. Behold: All the back to college accessories you need this fall that you can tailor to your own personality, because not every professor likes assignments turned in on hot pink paper.
Embrace your inner Leslie Knope this fall! I dedicate my good GPA to an organized planner. The best thing is that the agenda industry is super saturated, so you can easily find one that suits your needs. Home Goods alone has like 5 different types of agendas with a billion different cover styles so you can align it to your personal aesthetic. Target also has many options for a low price, so you don’t have to spend a lot if you don’t want to!
Backpacks are the the #1 back to college accessory you need this fall. Some people prefer tote bags, but I am a backpack person through and through. I know that the tote bag people say that they’re more fashionable, but you can still find a lot of great stylish options in the backpack department! Plus, there’s more pockets in a backpack and pockets are the best thing since sliced bread.
Nothing says, “I am a mature adult” better than a watch, which is probably why I forget to wear mine all the time. Ignoring that small tidbit about myself, a watch can be a huge help during your college career. Sure, we all have our smart phones and our fancy fitness trackers that tell us the time, but you can’t really use those during an exam. And believe me when I say, not all classrooms have wall clocks. Annoying, but true!
Earbuds & Headphones
Yep, two completely different things! You’re going to want a pair of earbuds for your daily college routine, but those noise canceling headphones are perfect for home use or studying at the library.
A good affordable option is the Skullcandy Jib Earbud – it has good sound, it comes in a variety of colors, and they’re only $10!
Baseball Cap (for all those bad hair days)
Because, believe me, there will be bad hair days.
It’s so important to stay hydrated! You’ll want to bring your water bottle with you everywhere you go, because no matter what time of the year it is, you will have one absurdly hot classroom that will leave you sweating. Trust me, I know.
My favorite water bottle lately has been the Brita water filtering bottle. It holds 32 oz of water, and you can fill it up wherever you are because it has a built in filter! Definitely nice for those sketchy fountains in old campus buildings.
Coffee (or tea, whatever floats your boat) thermoses are perfect for those days where you’re running slightly behind schedule. Perhaps you have an 8AM class and you don’t want to wake up early enough to sit and drink your coffee. Perhaps you have a midterm that you’re studying for all night at the library. Whatever the case, you’re going to want a portable caffeine holder!
This isn’t so much of a necessity as it is a nice thing to have. If you’re an older student who didn’t get a meal plan (read: me), it could be nice to carry your lunch with you so you won’t have to pay ridiculous prices at dining centers out of pocket!
I hope this list was helpful in gathering your back to college accessory essentials! Obviously you still need to get all your class supplies + any dorm or apartment decor, but at least you’ll be walking to class in style!
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