Of course, everyone has their own personal items that they’re going to bring to college with them because they can’t live without them. Mackenzie (’22) has put together her list of things that she can’t do without during the school year. Maybe this will inspire you to bring these things too, or to think about what your “college essentials” are!
Coffee is obviously number one on my list! Wow, I can’t imagine what my days would be like without my morning java. Coffee is the ultimate college-kid beverage. Or, I guess, energy drinks, if that’s your thing. I’m more of a simple, black coffee kind of gal. There were even a few nights where I had coffee or an espresso drink with dinner because I knew I still had hours ahead of me in the library. My coffee addiction is not something I am super proud of, but the caffeine is essential in the life of a college student!
2. Hydroflask or Water bottle
This is an absolute necessity in college. Your days will be full of classes, studying, and many activities that will require you to be on your A game! Hydration is the best possible way to improve energy, mood and to encourage your body to perform at its best. Any water bottle will work, but I personally prefer Hydroflasks, as they will keep your water cold for a long time! And I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say that cold water is far better than room temp water 😊
Again, headphones are an absolute staple item in college. I wear my headphones constantly — when I’m getting ready in the mornings, when I walk to and from class, while I study, while I eat meals (if I’m alone). So get your playlists ready, because you’ll be constantly listening to your jams!
4. A good pair of walking shoes!
It doesn’t matter if you live in the closest or farthest dorm from the academic quad on campus — you’ll be doing a lot of walking in college. I learned the hard way by wearing my converse almost every day at the beginning of the year – big mistake! You’ll want to change up what shoes you wear so you avoid blisters and such. I did tend to wear my nikes a lot due to the comfort factor.