If months were days of the week, August would definitely be Sunday. It's still summer (AKA the year's weekend), but it's also coming to a close. Colder weather is upon us. Summer Fridays are ending. The kids are going back to school. Yes, you read that right: back to school. It's that time of year once again.
When it comes to back-to-school shopping for college students, you've got tons of resources out there. In fact, we have a giant list of the best products that you should buy for your dorm, tested and approved by our editors. But what about recommendations from real live college students who are actually out there right now doing the whole dorm thing? We have those, too.
We talked to ten popular YouTubers who go to college about the best thing they ever bought for school. Here's what they said.
1. Amanda Castillo: Long Phone Charger
Name: Amanda Castillo
College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo '19
YouTube Channel: ItsMandarin
"My all-time favorite item I've purchased for going back to college is a super long phone charger! This is SO convenient if your bed or desk is far from your nearest outlet. Definitely recommend!"
2. Tara Efobi: Bluetooth Speaker
Name: Tara Efobi
College: Iowa State University '18
YouTube Channel: Tara E.
"I’m currently entering my senior year of college, and upon looking back at things I purchased for my freshman dorm, I’d have to say my favorite item is still my Jawbone Mini Jambox. It’s nice having a bluetooth speaker for a lot of reasons - sharing some cool tunes when you have visitors, connecting it to your laptop to give movies better sound, or to listen to a podcast while you’re cleaning your room. Really any bluetooth speaker would work, but this one has definitely stood the test of time for me."
3. Kevin Droniak: Whiteboard
Name: Kevin Droniak
College: Western Connecticut State University '19
YouTube Channel: Kevin and Lill
"My whiteboard was the best thing I brought to college because it helped me stay organized. It made seeing which classes I had on the given day of the week so easy. I don't know what I would've done without it."
4. Kenzie Elizabeth: Keurig
Name: Kenzie Elizabeth
College: Santa Monica College '18
YouTube Channel: Kenzie Elizabeth
"My Keurig was by far my best college purchase. I use it at least 2 times a day whether it's for coffee, tea, or hot lemon water. It's saved my life too many times to count."
5. Orly Alexandra: String Lights
Name: Orly Alexandra
College: Chapman University '18
YouTube Channel: Orly Alexandra
"I love the twinkle lights I put up in my dorm room. They add so much warmth to the room and gave the space such a homey and whimsical feel. It's super important to make your dorm room your own, so any way I could add personalized touches I did!"
6. Tarek Ali: Colored Pens
Name: Tarek Ali
College: Georgia State University '20
YouTube Channel: Tarek Ali
"Other than my Macbook, my favorite back to school purchase has definitely been my assorted colored ballpoint pens. As a pre-med student, you take so many science classes with so much information. These pens help me organize my notes so that my brain can focus and knows to differentiate sentences. For example, in biology the name of the protein may be in blue, its function in pink, its location in green, and any questions I have in purple. Being consistent with these colors and their purpose will help you zoom through your notes when studying instead of re-reading sentences you may not need to."
7. Brooke Miccio: Long Phone Charger
Name: Brooke Miccio
College: University of Georgia '19
YouTube Channel: Brooke Miccio
"In college dorm room environments, outlets aren’t typically located in the most convenient locations. I love having a super long phone charging cable that can reach from outlets on the floor all the way up to my lofted bed!"
8. Catherine Goetze: Ottoman
Name: Catherine Goetze
College: Stanford '18
YouTube Channel: Cath in College
"An ottoman! Having a couch is always high up on people's lists of fun dorm room add-ons, but you never think about how badly you'll want to be able to kick your feet up right after you sit down. Bonus points for ottomans that double as storage space."
9. Kent Heckel: Storage Cubes
"Storage cubes. They are the perfect size for stacking up in any configuration you need, and they help you stay organized. I use them to hang up outfits and accessories, see all my clothing at once, and store random dorm room items. I used some baskets on the inside of the cube for socks and underwear then hung all my neck ties and bow ties on the side. Then the bottom tier was holding my shoes in one and board games in the other. Being in a small space, you don't have lots of room to express yourself, but when you can store your things and express your personal style at the same time it's perfect!"
10. Brittany Lewis: Scooter
Name: Brittany Lewis
College: University of Florida '20
YouTube Channel: Brittany Lewis
"My favorite thing I brought to college is my scooter. I love cruising around campus with the wind in my hair. Scooters are really popular at the University of Florida and help students survive the limited and difficult parking that surrounds my campus, which really needs improvement. They're also really good on gas!"