If you haven’t snatched up your back to school gear yet, now is the time. There are currently some awesome back to school sales and you won’t find prices any cheaper.
I’ve scouted the internet looking for the must haves for college students. Here’s what I’ve found.
For Everyday Use
The items that you are going to use the most don’t have to be boring and they definitely shouldn’t be poor quality.
For the every day use items make sure you go for durability and choose items that you can stand to live with for awhile.
Here are our top picks.
I am in love with this Vintage Laptop Backpack for a couple of different reasons.
First off it’s made of washed denim which makes it very durable and likely to last for years. Secondly there is a compartment that will hold a laptop up to 15.6 inches plus another hidden compartment that allows you to stash a water bottle or umbrella. Finally, the look is classic.
And did I mention that it’s very reasonably priced?!
This is a bag you should be able to carry for years.
A Long Lasting Laptop
When it comes to looking for a laptop you want something that will last for at least four years but since you’re on a limited budget it needs to be affordable too. Enter: Acer Chromebook.
The Acer Chromebook was voted by PC Mag as one of the best laptops for college students. On top of that it is also a number one best seller on Amazon.
This laptop is currently priced under $250 and comes equipped with the following features:
- Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4 GHz (Haswell micro-architecture)
- 16 GB Solid-State Drive
- 11.6-Inch Anti-Glare Screen, Intel HD Graphics
- HDMI port, 8.5-hour battery life
Have a bigger laptop budget? Check out the Apple MacBook Air .
Highlighters, Paper, Pens, Pencils (Stock Up Now)
While you can find highlighters, paper, and pens relatively cheap all year long you’re not going to find a better price than you will at the moment. Stock up now. Take advantage of rock bottom prices.
Key Chain Flash Drive
Never lose your flash drive again! This Kingston Digital Data Traveler conveniently fits on your key chain and you can purchase it with up to 64 GB of memory.
If you’re worried about misplacing your flash drive this is the one for you.
With a tablet like the Apple iPad you can easily take notes and perform research in class without having to lug your laptop around.
For Campus Living
If you’re entering your freshman year of college then you’re most likely living on campus. And with dorm living comes a whole new set of needs.
This Mini-Fridge with Wipe-Off Board will not only keep your beverages cold but also allow you a place to keep notes. And with tight dorm headquarters every multi-functional piece of furniture counts!
This mini fridge is well priced and comes in black with pink or blue trim.
Carry On Shower Caddy
With dorm life comes shared showers. Instead of leaving your bathroom gear nicely spread out on your bathroom counter you need it to be portable.
This shower caddy is quick drying, inexpensive, and allows plenty of room for all your stuff.
The SmartLight Lamp
The SmartLight models natural daylight for optimal reading and studying. It prevents strain on your eyes and has a flexible goose neck.
When you’re shopping for back to school gear go for quality and price. Obviously, you don’t want to go broke buying school stuff but if you try and take the cheap route it’s probably only going to cost you more down the road.
Is there anything else you’d add to the list? If you’ve already graduated what was the most essential college gear for you?
Alexa Mason is a freelance writer and wanna be internet entrepreneur. She is also a newly single mom to two beautiful little girls. She chronicles her journey as a single mom trying to make it big at www.singlemomsincome.com.