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Leaving for college is a big deal on the path towards adulting—you’re not quite on your own yet, but you’re far from Mom and Dad’s watchful eye. If you’re moving out in pursuit of a higher education this September, we’ve rounded up the things you’ll need to survive dorm life.
1. This comfy sheet set
First order of business: Make your dorm space feel homey and fun. This sheet set is super-soft 100% cotton percale and will help keep a watchful eye on your roommate (I may have made up that last part).
2. These modern string lights
Do you need fairy string lights to adorn your bed? Nope. Throw them in your cart anyway—they’ll help you through those late-night study sessions with a relaxing, celestial glow.
3. Bed risers with built-in outlets you can actually reach
These bed risers serve double-duty—they raise your bed up so you can store your life underneath, and they bring outlets and USB ports out from the corner to where you need them.
4. This deluxe surge protector
You and your roommate need to plug lots of things in. This space-saving surge protector sits on the wall, and turns two outlets into six plus two USB ports. Roommate battles averted.
5. An alarm clock that doubles as a sound machine
This multitasking alarm clock can wake both you and your dorm mate at different times, plus play white noise music for when the hall party doesn’t coordinate with your exam schedule.
6. This unique reminder board
For leaving motivational notes to yourself… Or just to remind your roommate to replace the drink they took.
7. This modern and stylish desk lamp
One classy brassy desk lamp to light your way to good grades? Add to cart.
8. Smart bulbs that fit your mood
These special bulbs change their color to help you focus or wind down—blue, bright white when you’re trying to master organic chemistry, and soft, warm white when you’re chatting with your floormates before bed.
9. This colorful single-cup coffee brewer
First order of business, get caffeinated. This Keurig unit won’t take up a ton of space, comes in fun colors, and brews your favorite K-Cup in minutes.
10. This breakfast lover's new best friend
Add tortilla, eggs, and your favorite toppings, and this machine will fashion a breakfast of champions right in your room.
11. This customizable dorm mattress
Hiding in a small box is your custom-designed foam mattress, a major upgrade from the dorm-issued variety— and you’ve got 100 nights to make sure you love sleeping on it.
12. This fun, original shower caddy
Sharing a bathroom requires efficiency and portability. Tons of pockets for all your shower essentials plus a sturdy handle.
13. These animal-print flip flops
Because the shower floors… eww.
14. This HD monitor for TV and studying
Save space and have killer movie nights with this massive 32” computer monitor that doubles as a television—2 HDMI ports make it easy to plug in your streaming media stick and video game console.
15. The best way to watch TV
Lots of streaming power in a tiny package. Plug it into the back of any contemporary TV and watch blockbusters, TV shows and so much more, no box (or cable subscription) required.
16. This tablet that's also a laptop
This is the Ferrari of college hybrids—a screaming fast 6th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, lots of storage space, and up to 12 hours of battery life. The 13.5” display works with Windows Ink pen, touch, and the click-in keyboard, making it convertible to any need. And the front and rear facing cameras make it easy to make video calls home to Mom.
17. The best way to never lose your essential items
Stick this guy in your wallet, on your laptop, or backpack, then geotrack it if it goes missing. Essential if your friends has a tendency to “borrow” things.
18. These glasses that are like a spa for your eyes
All that researching papers and studying your typed notes can lead to headaches or blurred vision all thanks to those tired peepers. Use glasses like these that help make your eyes more comfortable in the face of digital strain, so they can live to read flashcards another day.
19. This old-school instant camera
We all have smartphones in our pockets. So who can say why the charm of the instant camera, with its iconic square shape and retro style, has us all smitten. It’s a must-have for documenting college life.
20. A notebook you can microwave and reuse
This is the last notebook you’ll ever need to buy. Fill it with study notes, then blast those notes to the Android or iOS app for safe-keeping. Then throw your notebook in the microwave and watch all your notes auto-magically disappear.
21. A notebook that digitized your notes for you
Another take on the “smart notebook” idea—this one uses real pen and paper, then with one push of the folio button sends your notes to your tablet (stored on the left) or to popular apps like Dropbox or Evernote.
22. This stylish overnight bag
For weekend adventures away from the quad, a soft, lightweight weekender makes packing easy.
23. This sleek backup battery
Long days of classes on campus are no match for this backup battery, which can charge your smartphone, tablet or watch while you’re on the go. Two ports let you charge multiple devices at once.
24. This statement patch
Adorn your jean jacket and wear around campus, because it’s all gonna be A-OK!
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
Carley Knobloch is a lifestyle and technology expert on a mission to help people improve their relationship with technology one tap or swipe at a time. She’s a regular contributor to the Today Show and makes sure the HGTV Smart Home is full of cool tech every year. Carley has been featured in Real Simple, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Allure magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and myriad connected devices.