1. Planner/Agenda

Whether it’s your class schedule, due dates for assignments, club meetings or school events, as a college freshman there is a lot of things to keep track of! The best way to do this is to record EVERYTHING. Of course most computers come with some type of calendar program, but when you’re constantly on the go it might just be easier to write things down. Pick a planner that has individual sections for the days of the week not just monthly pages. The more space you have to write, the better! Lily Pulitzer Agendas are my pick for the new school year.

2. Reusable Water Bottle

The last thing you want to do is constantly be spending money on water, and while it is super convenient to pick up a bottle as you go it is also going to make an unnecessary dent in your bank account. An easy solution is a reusable water bottle, they are durable and come in all sorts of fun colors and styles. Plus you can fill up at the water fountain at school for free.

 3. Earplugs

These may seem silly but they are a must have and you’ll be glad you have them! Just pick up a pack at your nearest drugstore for the night when your roommate is watching TV at 3 a.m. or the weekend party goers have forgotten how to control their volume level.

4. Wall Decorations

While this may not seem like a necessity when packing for college, I can guarantee that you won’t want to spend the whole year looking at the plain, boring walls of your dorm room. So brighten it up, whether it’s pictures of you and your high school BFF or posters of your favorite bands, pick something that is going to cover up the boring and make your room a little more you. Dormify has great options for decorating the walls of your dorm room.

5. Headphones

If your roommate and you end up having different taste in music, don’t torture her by blasting yours. Headphones are an easy solution that allow you and your roommate to coexist while separately enjoying each of your own favorite tunes. Plus there are so many fun colors and styles that you are sure to find a pair that works for you.